Environmental Law



Environmental Law

Recently, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced the appointment of a 15-member Climate Advisory Board to assess and make recommendations on various components of the implementation and enforcement of Local Law 97 and recommendations for its rollout. The new Advisory Board, comprised of environmental advocates, building owners and tenant representatives, architects and engineers, and construction industry and public utility representatives, is part of a larger effort required by Local Law 97, which includes establishment of a new office within the Department of Buildings to oversee implementation and enforcement, including the public rulemaking process, as well as completion of a carbon emissions trading study by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Among other things, the Advisory Board is tasked with preparing a report analyzing various components of Local Law 97 for the Mayor and City Council Speaker by January 1, 2023.

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On January 23, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Corps) finalized anticipated revisions to the Navigable Waters Protection Rule defining the scope of waters subject to federal regulation under the Clean Water Act. The revisions follow the dictates of President Trump’s February 28, 2017 Executive Order 13778: “Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.”

Read more: Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Revised Definition Significantly Reduces Waters Subject to...

Author: Kathryn Walker

In July this year the SA Government announced that it intended to introduce legislation in 2020 to ban single use plastic products. As part of the transition, a pilot program to establish plastic free precincts has been implemented.

On 17 August after an EOI process which saw 10 applications for precincts made, the Government announced that the following three locations and 21 surf life saving clubs will make up the first four precincts:

Read more: South Australia to Ban Single-Use Plastics

Author: Tom Griffith

Environmental claims were the central issue in two recent cases unsuccessfully brought by the ACCC against Woolworths and Kimberly-Clark. The ACCC has announced it will appeal in each case.

Partner Tom Griffith and Law Graduate Zoe Underwood review the decisions.

The ACCC has lodged separate appeals from two recent high profile cases in which it failed to persuade the Court that the conduct of the Respondents was contrary to the law.

Read more: The Perils of Environmental Claims: the ACCC Lodges Appeals in Disposable Wipes, Eco Picnic-Ware...

Kathryn Walker, Partner, discusses the key points of the Environmental Sustainability Victoria: State of the Environment report 2018.

On 19 March, the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria, Dr Gillian Sparkes tabled the Victorian State of the Environment (SOE) 2018 (report) in Victorian Parliament.

The report, produced under the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Act (Vic) (the Act) contains 170 indicators with 13 themes. Trend summaries have been tracked for 169 of the indicators revealing only 18 as improving. 70 scientific indicators were used to asses the health of the Victorian Environment with the report, for the first time, aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more: Climate risk mitigation and adaptation a key focus for the Environmental Sustainability Victoria:...