Tag Archives: Environmental

A Modern Take on the Antiquities Act of 1906

During the waning days of his administration, President Obama used the Antiquities Act of 1906 (16 USC 431-433) (“Act”) to create expansive national monuments on land and at sea.  According to the National Park Service, he established 34 national monuments … Continue reading

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Appeals Court Revisits Adverse Possession of Undeveloped Land

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently reviewed adverse possession of wild and wooded areas. In Paine v. Sexton, 88 Mass. App. Ct. 389 (2015), the Plaintiff campground operators asserted rights to property based on record title and adverse possession.  While it … Continue reading

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MassDEP’s New Cleanup Regulations Are Now Effective

As we reported earlier in guest posts from Adam Last of Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc. here and here, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has long been working on significant revisions to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP).  The MCP … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Revises Its Building Code Adding Increased Energy Efficiency Standards

Following up on my post dated November 15, 2012, as of July 1, 2014, the International Energy Conservation Code (“IECC”) 2012 went into effect, replacing the former baseline building energy code regulations.  The Commonwealth’s adoption of the updated code is … Continue reading

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An Uncertain Future for Massachusetts Underground Storage Tank Facility Owners/Operators

Guest post by Scott E. VanderSea, LSP, LEP of Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc. Background on Massachusetts UST Regulation The Board of Fire Prevention (“BFP”) regulations (527 CMR 9.00) outline the requirements for underground storage tank (“UST”) facility owners and operators … Continue reading

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Pending Legislation Would Dramatically Reform Massachusetts Land Use Law

The latest effort to overhaul Massachusetts land use law is backed by a coalition of planning, environmental and housing organizations. “An Act Promoting the Planning and Development of Sustainable Communities”, House Bill # 1859, was introduced on Beacon Hill last … Continue reading

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The Basics of Environmental Due Diligence

Guest post by Michael Coté of Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc. Environmental due diligence is a legal and technical investigation conducted to satisfy certain liability protections using state and federal environmental laws or standards. Due diligence can also be used to … Continue reading

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MassDEP Issues Emergency Regulations for Post-Storm Cleanup from Hurricane Sandy

MassDEP has issued emergency regulations to specify the procedures for post-storm cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  The emergency regulations will remain in effect for 90 days from October 26, 2012 to January 24, 2013.  The emergency regulations allow … Continue reading

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