Month: September 2012

Trustee Bank Agrees to Removal Action Settlement with EPA

JP Morgan Chase Bank entered into a Settlement Agreement For Recovery of Past Response Costs (Settlement Agreement)  for a matter captioned In In The Matter Of Browning Lumber Company Superfund Site, Docket No. CERC-03-2007-0028D where the bank agreed to reimburse EPA for $1.28 million in removal costs incurred at a former wood processing facility rural Bald Knob, …

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Bank Enters Into Settlement With EPA For Contaminated NY Site

EPA entered into a settlement agreement with the Bank of India (Bank) as part of an innovative settlement to facilitate the sale and reuse of an abandoned facility in Cortland, NY. The settlement was published in the todays’s Federal Register .The proposed settlement is subject to a 30-day comment period. The settlement involves the Buckbee-Mears …

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Ct Finds Reheater Replacement Projects Triggered New Source Review

In United States v. La. Generating, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134195 (M.D. La. 9/19/12), a federal district court ruled that reheater replacement projects for a coal-fired power plant did not qualify for the Routine Maintenance, Repair and Replacement (RMRR) exception to the New Source Review (NSR) program. As a result, the defendant who acquired the coal plant …

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Georgia District Court Narrowly Construes Right of Cost Recovery

There is no polite way to sugarcoat the opinion of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Stratford Holdings LLC v Fog Cap Retail Investors LLC and Footlocker Retail , Inc. , No 1:11-C-3463 (Sept. 17, 2012).This is a bad decision that reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of CERCLA. If followed …

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Documerica Project Captures Environmental Images From 1970s

New York City enjoyed classic fall weather last week with cloudless skies and crisp temperatures. Depending on how high your office or apartment was located, you could see all the way down to New York Harbor, see Yankee Stadium in the Bronx or Citifield where the Mets play. On days like these, it is hard …

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EB-5 Visa Program Becomes Important Source of Project Funding in NYC

In parts of NYC, it feels like 2006 again with construction projects on every block. How is this possible at a time when lenders still shying away from construction loans and equity investors demand 20% returns? One popular source of relatively cheap financing is the so-called EB-5 visa program that is available to foreigners who invest …

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Ct in MGP Case Awards Orphan Share For Civil War Era

When environmental lawyers explain the scope of CERCLA liability to property owners, we frequently tell them that they could be liable for all contamination at a property even that dating back to the Civil War. Of course, an southern attorney might refer to that 19th century conflict as the War Between the States or the …

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