Environmental Law

Massachusetts Changes Solar Net Metering Credits

Solar power is more prevalent and affordable in the United States than ever before. “Since 2008, U.S. installations have grown seventeen-fold from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) to an estimated 30 GW today. This is enough capacity to power the equivalent of 5.7 million average American homes.” Energy.Gov, Solar Energy in the United States.  Incentives for consumers


Defining “Waters” Subject to Federal Jurisdiction: Controversy in the United States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently promulgated the new Clean Water Rule for the stated purpose of protecting “the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.” The Rule includes a definition of “waters” of the United States which has far-reaching effects on water use by businesses and municipalities. Various agencies


Urban Development: Environmental Site Assessments And Risk

In the United States, an environmental site assessment is a critical tool for a developer to evaluate environmental risks in determining risk and potential liability for a build site. A Phase 1 environmental site assessment is usually the first step in assessing such risk in commercial real estate transactions. But how reliable is a Phase 1



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