Environmental Law

Almost all of the law which can fairly be characterized as “Environmental” is, by legal standards, very new law. Precedent, the notion that a decision in one case should have some bearing on the outcome on a later case involving similar facts of law, is a staple of the study of law. Where fundamental legal principles are involved, controlling precedent can be more than 100 years old. In the practice of Environmental Law, all precedent is recent. This area of the law exploded on the scene and its explosive growth continues. Most of the Environmental statutes are recent statutes and almost all of the cases which explain what those statutes mean are recent cases. In the practice of Environmental Law, cases that are 10 years old are very old cases. In some particularly litigated areas of Environmental Law, cases decided even a couple of years ago have been modified several times by more recent cases.

  • Air pollution (Clean Air Act)
  • Agriculture (farm wastes, fertilizer, land use, pest control, water)
  • Lifetime gifting
  • The Clean Water Act (SPDES Permit, Wetlands)
  • CERCLA Hazardous waste remediation and liability also known as the Superfund Law
  • Department of Environmental Conservation Regulation
  • Environmental enforcement (Civil, Criminal and Consent Orders)
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Environmental Quality Bond Act
  • Environmental regulatory program fees
  • Fresh waterlands regulations (State and Federal)
  • Hazardous waste (liability, transportation and disposal)
  • Hearing procedures (Adjudicatory and Legislative)
  • Historic preservation
  • Incineration
  • Industrial waste
  • Land use and development
  • Liquid underground storage tanks
  • Mines and mining
  • Noise; nuisance
  • Pollution insurance coverage
  • Record of compliance
  • Recycling
  • State Environmental Quality Review Act (procedures and compliance)
  • Solid waste management and management facilities (landfills, incineration, transfer stations, and treatment facilities)
  • Storm water management
  • Toxic torts
  • Water (Clean Water Act, treatment and discharges)


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