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The focus of Joe’s practice is in all facets of environmental law as well providing counsel on issues relating to renewable energy and climate change.

Since the sunset of the Clean Ohio Program in 2013, there has been a strong push for dedicated funding to address brownfield sites in Ohio.  The Ohio 2022-2023 budget just signed by Governor DeWine comes through in a very big way by allocating $500 million in new funding under various programs.  The budget allocates $350

ASTM International publishes the accepted standard for performance of Phase I environmental assessments to evaluate a property’s environmental condition and assess potential liability for any contamination.   U.S. EPA’s “All Appropriate Inquiries” Rule (AAI) recognizes the current ASTM Phase I standard,  ASTM 1527-13, is consistent with the requirements of AAI and can be used to satisfy

Remember four years ago when newly elected President Trump promised to dramatically reduce Obama-era environmental regulations?  President Trump vowed to eliminate two existing regulations for every newly adopted regulation.  The Trump Administration argued that Obama era regulations added $1 trillion in additional costs on businesses.

However, what President Trump and many in the business community

The Trump Administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) went into effect on June 21, 2020.  The NWPR greatly reduces federal jurisdiction over both streams and wetlands.  Most significantly has been the impact to ephemeral streams (i.e. streams that have water only when it rains or there is snow fall).

However, even intermittent streams have less

On June 16, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 168, which provides greater flexibility to manage environmental issues on commercial/industrial property. The bill will take effect on September 14, 2020 (90 days after the governor’s signature).

What issue does H.B. 168 address?

The cost to clean up historical contamination at commercial/industrial properties has

What action was taken to define the scope of federal jurisdiction?

On January 23, 2020, the Trump Administration released the final version of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), which defines which waters and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. The NWPR replaces the Obama Administration’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.

Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)- used in non-stick applications such as cookware, paper packaging, and textiles, as well as in certain types of firefighting foam- have become the new asbestos, and  PFAS litigation has been filed in multiple states.  Both the federal government and state governments have been moving forward with significant new regulation of the PFAS

The Council on Environmental Quality has proposed a new rule which would streamline the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which is the federal law that requires review of the environmental impacts from federal projects or projects that receive federal funding.  NEPA has been called by its critics as an unnecessarily long paperwork exercise that delays