Updates to Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Standards

The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action (ASTM Committee E-50) released an updated set of guidelines known as “E1527-21-Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA) Process,” in November 2021. E1527-21 is a revised version of the previous set… Read More

NYS Modifies General Permit for Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

The State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) rules are currently in the modification process. The SPDES General Permit was originally issued in April 2015; this is the second modification proposed. The proposed rulemaking draft (draft GP-0-22-002) and Fact Sheet released by the New… Read More

EPA Amends Clean Air Act HAP List

Effective February 4, 2022, the U.S. EPA has added the chemical 1-bromopropane (1-BP) to the national Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) list. This is the first time that the EPA has added a chemical to the Clean Air Act (CAA) list under section 112(b)(1) since 1990.   The compound 1-BP or n-propyl bromide (nPB), CAS #106–94–5,… Read More

Increased Flood Insurance Rates for Property Owners

For most Long Island homeowners living in flood zones, recent updates to the Federal Flood Insurance Program have dramatically increased flood insurance rates. The revised program has been developed over a number of years, but officially went into effect in October 2021.   Since 1968, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has calculated flood insurance premiums… Read More

NYSDEC Explains CLCPA with New Policy, DAR-21

On December 8, 2021, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) proposed policy document, DAR-21, titled “The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and Air Permit Applications.”   This policy outlines the requirements for CLCPA analyses developed by the Division of Air Resources (DAR) pursuant to Section 7(2) of the CLCPA… Read More