Michael J. Gross to Moderate Panel, “Financing the Sandy Rebuild”

Shareholder Michael J. Gross will act as moderator for the upcoming panel entitled “Financing the Sandy Rebuild,” to be held Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:30a.m. at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, NJ. The panel will focus on how, under the Sandy Action Plan, property owners will be able to finance the rebuilding […]

Signing A Deed Of Dedication And Perpetual Storm Damage Reduction Easement. Is It Right For You?

Towns up and down the New Jersey Shore are pressing oceanfront property owners to sign a Deed of Dedication and Perpetual Storm Damage Reduction Easement (Easement), asserting that the United States Army Corps of Engineers requires these Easements as a prerequisite to performing dune and beach restoration.  Here are a few comments on the proposed […]

Super Storm Sandy Environmental Law Update

The impact of Super Storm Sandy will be felt for many years.  The New Jersey State Legislature appears eager to share the stage of leadership with Governor Christie by enacting new laws to assist in recovery efforts but also to plan for the future. NJ DEP adopted emergency regulations to facilitate shore rebuilding as previously […]

NJDEP Issues Guidance Document for May, 2014 Remediation Deadline

NJDEP has issued a new “Guidance Document”, detailing requirements for satisfying the State’s requirement that “Remedial Investigations” be completed by May 7, 2014.  The Department confirms that the deadline applies to contamination identified, or which should have been identified, on or before May 7, 1999. Media included in the requirement are soil, groundwater, surface water, […]

Court Clips Highlands Council’s Wings, Upholds Exemption

In the latest chapter in a long-running saga over a JCP&L substation in the Highlands Preservation Area, the Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court affirmed the DEP’s authority to approve an exemption from the Highlands Act notwithstanding an adverse recommendation from the Highlands Council. The Highlands Act includes certain exemptions from the Act, the […]

The War On Property Owners Refusal To Execute Easements For Sand Dunes Are Heating Up Down The Shore

Several municipalities located along the Jersey Shore are putting pressure on various property owners to grant easements to permit dunes to be constructed on their properties.  By way of example, Long Beach has publically posted names of several homeowners who they believe have inappropriately refused to execute the easements.  Toms River has expressed the fact […]

Bill To Strengthen Role Of Administrative Law Judges Advances

Characterization of the adjudicatory hearing process in the context of challenging agency decisions, including decisions of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, as a “kangaroo court” is certainly cynical, and may be unwarranted, but it is not an uncommon response when individuals whose rights are affected learn that the decision of an administrative law […]