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By Natalia P. Teekah on January 20, 2020
New Jersey Sets Transportation Electrification Targets for 2025 and Beyond

On May 3, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed the State Zero-Emission Vehicle Programs Memorandum of Understanding, under which ten signatory states have pledged to advance the use of zero-emission vehicles within their borders.

By Natalia P. Teekah on January 10, 2020
Time to Dish the Dirt Part 2: Potential Changes to NJ's Soil and Fill Recycling Industry on the Horizon

Late last year, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched the “Guard Your Backyard” campaign, aimed at giving municipalities more control over the fill material imported into communities in an effort to reduce contamination.

By Natalia P. Teekah on November 25, 2019
Municipal Planning for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

The New Jersey legislature is getting serious about electric vehicles. On November 6, 2019, it passed S-606 (formerly A-1371) encouraging municipalities to begin planning for expanded electric vehicle ("EV") infrastructure across the state.

By Natalia P. Teekah on November 11, 2019
Time to Dish the Dirt – New Jersey Makes a Bid to Reduce Contaminated Fill in Local Communities

The unauthorized use of “dirty dirt” as fill in sites across New Jersey has long been an issue facing municipalities. In October 2019, DEP launched the "Guard Your Backyard" initiative specifically aimed at curbing the dumping of tainted fill in New Jersey communities.

By Natalia P. Teekah, Yin Zhou on October 24, 2019
SRRA 2.0 and the Direct Oversight Program – Important Information for Prospective Purchasers

In a prior blog post we examined recent changes to New Jersey Site Remediation Reform Act ("SRRA") stemming from the passage of Assembly Bill A-5293. This new law, colloquially known as "SRRA 2.0," makes a few important changes to New Jersey's site remediation laws that may impact clients involved in purchase-and-sale or other property transfer transactions.

By Yin Zhou, Natalia P. Teekah on August 27, 2019
SRRA 2.0: What You Need to Know about Changes to New Jersey's Site Remediation Program

In May of 2009, Governor John Corzine signed the Site Remediation Reform Act ("SRRA") into law, enacting sweeping changes to New Jersey's site remediation program. The Act created the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals ("LSRP") Program and imposed strict reporting requirements and an affirmative obligation to remediate contaminated sites.

By Anand A. Acharya on August 6, 2019
The LIBOR Phase-Out:  Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we discussed the circumstances that led to the planned phase-out of the London Inter-bank Offered Rate, commonly referred to as “LIBOR” and the proposed replacement rate known as the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”). In this last part of the series, we will present the proposed language recommended by the Alternative Reference Rate Committee (“ARRC”) to be used in new contracts that reference LIBOR.

By Natalia P. Teekah on May 3, 2019
Update: Governor Signs Clean Stormwater and Flood Reduction Act into Law Paving the Way for Stormwater Utilities

Communities in New Jersey have long been in need of a means to help mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff.

By Christopher R. Sullivan on April 16, 2019
NJEDA Expands Brownfields Loan Program to Incentivize Projects Targeting Under-served Communities

On April 9, 2019, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) authorized the creation of a revised Brownfields Loan Program (the "Program") to provide low-interest financing to borrowers in an effort to facilitate remediation of vacant or underdeveloped brownfields sites and return such sites to full and productive use, particularly in the under-served communities within the State. The Program is an expansion of the NJEDA's existing Brownfields Loan Program. 

By Jeffrey D. Winitsky on October 25, 2018
Legislature Poised to Authorize Creation of Stormwater Utilities: What You Need to Know

Aging infrastructure, rising sea levels, polluted stormwater runoff, and the impact of more intense weather events have created an urgent need for New Jersey to address its stormwater infrastructure.

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