Spring Environmental Law Career Panel

04/22/2014 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Please join the Environmental Section and the New Lawyers Section at our annual Spring Environmental Career Panel. This event will be an excellent opportunity for law students and new lawyers to learn about various aspects of an environmental legal career from a panel of talented experts in the field. Enjoy a cocktail and networking reception to follow. We hope to see you at this fun and informative event!...
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Volunteer on the Farm: The Food Project Serve & Grow

Join your BBA colleagues for a morning outdoors working on the farm and supporting The Food Project. The Food Project is a non-profit devoted to promoting sustainable food systems. The Food Project Serve & Grow Program is focused on growing food for hunger relief organizations and local distribution....
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Talking Turtles and Takes: The SJC & Priority Habitat Regulations Under the Mass. Endangered Species Act

04/03/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This program will discuss and analyze the SJC’s recent decision in Pepin v. DFW, which upheld the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s “Priority Habitat” regulations under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. The Department of Fish and Game’s General Counsel will briefly summarize MESA and its implementing regulations and frame the legal issues. Counsel who argued the case will then discuss the SJC’s decision, focusing on the differences between the “Significant Habitat” program established by MESA, and the Priority Habitat program established by DFW regulations to implement MESA’s “take” prohibition....
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The National Flood Insurance Program: What Recent Flood Mapping Efforts Mean for Your Private and Municipal Clients

03/31/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Rich Zingarelli from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Stephanie Kruel from the City of Boston will introduce the science and planning behind the National Flood Insurance Program’s flood mapping revisions, and discuss the impacts that those new maps will have on coastal property owners and municipalities....
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The Newly Proposed Massachusetts Contingency Plan Regulations: What you Should Know

03/24/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Mass. DEP will soon be unveiling new, comprehensive regulations governing the cleanup of contaminated properties, which could have significant impacts on existing and future development....
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New Bedford Harbor Cleanup Settlement

03/20/2014 - 12:00PM to 01:30PM
Last fall, the federal district court in Massachusetts approved the settlement agreement expediting the cleanup of the New Bedford Harbor. Private and public sector representatives will provide a history of this case, which was filed in 1983, and discuss the events leading up to the largest single-site cash-out settlement in Superfund history....
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The Keystone XL Pipeline: Talking the Tar Sands Boom and its Impacts

03/18/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Tony Horwitz, author of “BOOM: A Long, Strange Journey Along the Keystone XL Pipeline,” and Attorney Jennifer Rushlow of the Conservation Law Foundation will talk about the tar sands boom and its impact on America and the world. Mr. Horwitz travelled the entire proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Route and will discuss his observations. Jennifer Rushlow will discuss the anticipated impact of tar sands in the Northeast and related policy opportunities to hold the line against high-carbon transportation fuels....
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Mass. DPU Grid Modernization Initiative: Analysis and Retrospective Discussion on February 2014 Panel Hearings

03/04/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has been conducting a comprehensive review of how the development of new technologies may improve electric system reliability, achieve cost savings, promote clean energy and encourage greater use of electric vehicles. The DPU will be conducting extensive and comprehensive hearings on these matters in late February 2014. This brown bag lunch will feature analysis and commentary on the DPU’s hearings from decision leaders and key industry participants. The discussion will not only describe the hearing process but will also consider likely next steps and emerging opportunities for electricity industry stakeholders and developers of new technologies to serve the industry....
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A National Overview of PSD Permitting for Greenhouse Gas Emissions & BACT Determinations

03/03/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Since 2011, the Clean Air Act’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program has applied to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from new major sources and major modifications at existing sources that meet specified GHG emission thresholds. What constitutes the “Best Available Control Technology” (“BACT”) for GHG emissions in these permitting decisions is a state and project specific decision. Geoff Goode will provide an overview of PSD GHG permitting decisions across the country, both by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and by states, including the range of BACT determinations. The presentation will also touch on the scope of EPA comments on PSD GHG permits and the issues most commonly addressed in comments by environmental nonprofit organizations....
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Environmental Section Ski Trip

02/28/2014 - 08:00AM to 08:00PM
The Environmental Law Section invites you to the 7th Annual Environmental Law Section Ski Trip. Downhill skiing is planned for the Bretton Woods ski area, the largest ski area in New Hampshire and known for its great snow, low winds, and spectacular views of Mount Washington and the Mount Washington Hotel. Cross-country skiers have the Bretton Woods Nordic Center next to the hotel, with its 100 km trail network of open fields and woodlands to get lost....
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Cultivating Local, Healthy Food: Urban Agriculture Initiatives & Pro Bono Opportunities

Community residents, municipal leaders, and state agencies are working to increase access to healthy and affordable food in Massachusetts’ urban centers. Speakers at this brown bag panel will discuss the recently approved Boston Zoning Code Article 89 permitting urban agriculture, the role of lawyers in supporting residents engaging in urban / small scale - community based farming, and associated pro bono and public service opportunities available for attorneys interested in supporting urban agriculture efforts....
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Drivers of Cleantech Innovation: Policy, Capital, and IP

02/11/2014 - 12:30PM to 01:30PM
Massachusetts has been perennially named the #2 state for cleantech (after our perennially #1 West Coast cousins). During this roundtable program, two lawyers engaged in the local cleantech economy will lead a discussion on the policy, business, and legal issues driving cleantech innovation....
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The Sustainable Water Management Initiative and Water Management Act Regulation Revisions

02/10/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
SWMI is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Sustainable Water Management Initiative. It was created in 2010 by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and included input from a wide range of stakeholders and support from the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the Department of Fish and Game, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation....
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Living Cooler and Smarter: A How-to with John Rogers

02/03/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Join us for a discussion with John Rogers, a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists and co-author of the new science-based guide Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living....
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Recent Developments Under Superfund Law

01/16/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Joanna Jerison, Legal Enforcement Manager, and Audrey Zucker, Chief of the Superfund Legal Office, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 (New England), will deliver their annual round-up of recent developments under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), or the Superfund law....
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Improving the Commonwealth's Aging Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

01/13/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Senator Jamie Eldridge will be joined by Representative Carolyn Dykema and Margaret Van Deusen of the Charles River Watershed Association to discuss the Senator's bill, S.1947, An Act Improving Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure....
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Environmental Law Section Holiday Party

12/16/2013 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
'Tis the season to share holiday cheer with friends in the Environmental Law Section. Catch up with familiar faces and introduce yourself to new ones while enjoying drinks and hors d'oeuvres!...
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MassDEP Administrative Enforcement Actions

12/11/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Presenters Jane Rothchild and Michelle O'Brien will discuss the mechanics and nuances of administrative enforcement actions from the initial decision to initiate an action through to its final resolution at the administrative level. In particular, the presenters will address the case selection process, including an overview of the process for deciding whether DEP will retain the case for administrative enforcement or whether the case will be handled by the Attorney General's Office (civil or criminal enforcement), developing potential penalty amounts, and negotiating strategies for enforcement conferences....
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Lessons Learned in Public Interest Litigation and How to Find Your Next Pro Bono Opportunity

12/09/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Seasoned litigators, joined by their clients, will discuss best practices for litigation to achieve social change. Attorneys from private practice and non-profit organizations will discuss their lessons learned to assist clients in effectively accessing the judicial system....
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2013 U.S. - China Legal Exchange

12/06/2013 - 08:30 AM to 04:30 PM
This December, the U.S. Department of Commerce and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) will co-host the 18th U.S.-China Legal Exchange, a unique forum that allows the U.S. business, legal, and academic communities across the country to hear directly from Chinese officials about new and important developments in China’s commercial legal and regulatory landscape....
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New England IP Transition Conference

12/03/2013 - 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Conference attendees will hear about developments on the Internet protocol (IP) transition in the New England region from two keynote speakers and three panels. The first panel will focus on the effects on existing infrastructure of moving to an all-IP network, and the second will explore the economic developments that are occurring during this shift to an IP marketplace. Speakers on the third panel will concentrate on consumer impacts of the IP transition....
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EPA's Proposed CO2 Performance Standards for New Power Plants

12/02/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
On September 20, 2013, EPA issued its long-awaited proposal for carbon dioxide pollution standards for new power plants. This draft rule replaces the regulations that EPA put forward in April 2012 and which are now being rescinded. The proposed new source performance standards would be the first uniform national limits on carbon emissions from future power plants....
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Regulatory Takings: The State of Federal Law in Light of Koontz v. St. Johns River Watershed Management District

11/14/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This forum will provide an overview of regulatory takings jurisprudence in light of the recent Supreme Court decision announced in June, 2013 in the case of the Koontz v. St Johns River Watershed Management District case. The majority and dissenting opinions will be analyzed from the perspective of both the governing/regulating sector as well as the private sector. Additional discussion will focus on implications of the Koontz case on future regulatory proceedings and permits, including matters such as impact fees, land banking, and other forms of mitigation....
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Global Warming Solutions Act Five Year Check-Up: How Are We Doing?

11/05/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
It has been five years since the Governor signed the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) requiring a 25% reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050. This brown bag will explore the progress that has been made in implementing the Act, the challenges we continue to face, lessons learned and next steps. Representatives of the administration and the environmental and business communities will present their views and lead a roundtable discussion....
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A Candid Bench-Bar Conversation on Judicial Evaluations

11/04/2013 - 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey will discuss the issues concerning judicial evaluation and why it matters. Moderator Jack Cinquegrana,will encourage lawyers to ask questions of the panel and engage in a candid and constructive dialogue to identify ways to improve participation and boost the practical value of the evaluation system....
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Volunteer on the Farm: The Food Project Serve & Grow

11/02/2013 - 9:15:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Join your BBA colleagues for a morning outdoors working on the farm and supporting The Food Project. The Food Project is a non-profit devoted to promoting sustainable food systems....
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CLE - Environmental Due Diligence & Allocating Risks

This program will address how due diligence can help you and your clients evaluate exposure to statutory liability, complicated regulations, state and federal agency enforcement, and clean-up costs. Our panel will help you with prepare for and perform due diligence, including evaluating applicable standards, potential risks, and available liability protections....
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Agriculture, Environment Sustainability, and Poverty Alleviation in Ghana; Saving the Earth, Saving Humanity

10/22/2013 - 04:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Osagyefuo Ofori Panin, the King of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area in Ghana, the Chancellor of the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies, and the immediate former Chairman of Ghana Environmental Protection Agency, will share the area's vision and experience of efforts to save the earth and humanity in Africa....
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Clean Energy Projects Are Here

10/22/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This program will address the status and growth of Clean Energy Projects; primarily wind and solar power projects and the contract risk management and land use issues that arise. This is a great opportunity for construction law lawyers, land use lawyers, and commercial real estate lawyers, to educate themselves on the status of this growth industry and the risk management issues related to it....
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Fixing up Franklin Park

10/19/2013 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come join members of the New Lawyers and Environmental Law Sections as we partner with the Franklin Park Coalition's Woodland Volunteer Team. You will spend the morning helping to plant native understory plants in Franklin Park....
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Environmental Law Section Fall Hike

10/04/2013 - 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
The Environmental Law Section invites you for a day of fall foliage hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We will be hiking Mount Kearsarge North this year, elevation 3,268 feet, with its commanding 360 degree views from its rocky, exposed summit with vistas of the Presidentials, the Mount Washington Valley and the interior of Maine....
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Water for Fish and Farming in Cranberry Country

09/20/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Come hear how an environmental organization came to purchase a dam along the Sippican River in order to remove it, setting off a legal skirmish with an abutting cranberry grower that drew water from the pond created by the dam. Then learn how the parties came together in a creative real estate transaction that addresses both the grower's need for a reliable water source and the environmental objective to remove the dam to restore the riverine habitat....
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Siting Solar Power on Landfills

09/19/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This roundtable will focus on the use of closed landfills as the location for solar facilities. Speakers will address the use of municipal solid waste landfills, and the recent efforts to site solar power on a Superfund site in Massachusetts....
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Looking at the Underlying Causes and Practical Effects of Coastal Erosion: Coastal processes and the CZM StormSmart Coasts Program

09/17/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Environmental and real estate attorneys, as well as municipal lawyers with 'coastal clients', will benefit from this practical and timely presentation on the science and dynamics of the coastal resources that comprise much of our state, and how some of the changes we are seeing on our coasts can be understood and managed....
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Bringing Energy and Environmental Obligations into Alignment

09/16/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Spurred by a suite of groundbreaking laws enacted over the past five years, the Massachusetts clean energy revolution is well underway. We'll look at how these laws are bringing the Commonwealth's energy supply into alignment with environmental objectives, including by taking a look at examples of energy projects that have been, or will be, shaped by the new energy and environmental policies and requirements....
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CLE - Navigating Net Metering in Massachusetts: Practical Advice for Lawyers

What is Net Metering? Are you thinking of or already representing a renewables developer hoping to pursue a net metering project in Massachusetts? There's a lot to know and understand before you assist your client in navigating the existing net metering regulatory framework, and our distinguished panel of experts is here to help! ...
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Massachusetts Organics Action Plan and Food Waste Disposal Ban

06/11/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Massachusetts has set a goal to divert an additional 350,000 tons of food waste from disposal by 2020. This goal is an important element of the state's Solid Waste Master Plan and Clean Energy Results Program. This session will cover MassDEP's Organics Action Plan, which establishes a comprehensive set of action items to achieve this goal. This includes a proposed solid waste disposal ban for businesses that dispose of more than one ton of food waste per week. Learn more about the Organics Action Plan and the proposed commercial organics ban...
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Environmental Law Section Year End Celebration

06/06/2013 - 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Please join the Environmental Law Section for their annual Year End Celebration to celebrate another successful program year. Socialize with section members over drinks and light hors d'oeuvres before we break for the summer....
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FERC's Decision on the New England Order 1000 Compliance Filings: What does it mean for New England?

06/06/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
On May 17, 2013, FERC issued its decision on the New England compliance filing in response to Order No. 1000 (the FERC's landmark order on regional transmission planning and cost allocation). Come hear Eric Runge of DayPitney review key points of the New England compliance order and discuss its implications for New England, including what it means for competitive transmission development and public policy transmission projects....
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When Energy and Environmental Obligations Collide

06/03/2013 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
New England power generators are subject to both energy and environmental obligations. We’ll look at situations where generators’ obligations to the Independent System Operator New England (ISO-NE) seem to be in tension with environmental (typically air or water) requirements, and how those issues are resolved....
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Volunteer on the Farm: The Food Project Serve & Grow

06/01/2013 - 09:15 AM to 12:30 PM
Join your BBA colleagues for a morning outdoors working on the farm and supporting The Food Project. The Food Project is a non-profit devoted to promoting sustainable food systems. The Food Project Serve & Grow Program is focused on growing food for hunger relief organizations and local distribution...
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Overview and Update on the Ever-Evolving New England Wholesale Capacity Market

05/23/2013 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
The New England capacity market provides important revenues to sustain existing and support new generation and demand response resources. That market is constantly evolving with additional evolution promised in the near term. Come hear Day Pitney attorneys, who are counsel to the New England Power Pool, outline and discuss where New England's capacity market is currently and where it appears to be headed....
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Understanding the Proposed Amendments to DEP's Wastewater Regulations

05/14/2013 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
MassDEP has issued draft revisions to its wastewater regulations. The changes are part of MassDEP's Regulatory Reform Initiative, which aims to streamline environmental regulation and promote efficiency. The presentation will provide an overview of the proposed changes to rules governing septic systems (Title 5), sewer connection permitting, operation and maintenance of treatment works, wastewater permitting procedures, and beneficial re-use of wastewater residuals....
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MEPA and Adaptation to Climate Change

05/06/2013 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Adapting to the changes in our environment and communities driven by climate change poses challenges for a broad swath of policies and programs including project analysis under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act. The MEPA unit is increasingly scoping for a project's plans to account for sea level rise, storm flooding and temperature rise. Join two seasoned practitioners for a discussion of how MEPA requirements may "adapt" to climate change and how this fits in with the larger challenge of development, regulation and resource management in a changing world....
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Spring Woodland Restoration Event at Gladeside Urban Wild, Mattapan

05/04/2013 - 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This year, in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department's Urban Wilds Initiative, the BBA's Environmental Law Public Service Committee and New Lawyers Public Service Committee are sponsoring this year's spring public service day at the Gladeside Urban Wild, an "urban wild" managed by the City of Boston....
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Overview of the Proposed Massachusetts Contingency Plan Amendments

05/03/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
The speakers will give an overview of amendments proposed to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP), 310 CMR 40.0000 (the regulations for the notification, assessment and cleanup of oil/hazardous material sites) and answer questions from participants. The proposed MCP amendments, which are part of MassDEP's Regulatory Reform Initiative, are intended to enhance program efficiency and facilitate Brownfield cleanup, while maintaining a high standard of environmental protection. Proposals streamline site classification and deed notice requirements, update cleanup standards based on the most recent science, increase opportunity for achieving site closure at sites with vapor intrusion, historic fill, and nonaqueous phase liquid contamination and increase the overall transparency of conditions related to site closure....
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What To Do When MassDEP Knocks At Your Door: Notices of Responsibility, Noncompliance, & Enforcement Conference

04/30/2013 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Join us for a public and private perspective on responding to MassDEP's Notices of Responsibility, Noncompliance, and Enforcement Conference. The panel will discuss the different types of notices, MassDEP's expectations, possible strategies in responding to each, the roles of attorneys and consultants, and lessons learned....
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14th Annual Charles River CleanUp

04/27/2013 - 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Come join members of the New Lawyers Section as we partner with over 3,000 volunteers from various neighborhood, school and professional organizations to help clear trash, debris and other harmful items from the banks of the Charles River. This event will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy the company of fellow new lawyers in a non-professional setting. All volunteers will be invited to the post-cleanup BBQ on the Esplanade. Registrants will be contacted prior to the event with further information....
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Ocean Management Plan-Draft Administration and Implementation Regulations

04/26/2013 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
The Ocean Management Plan established the framework for environmental review and permitting of a range of marine projects such as wind turbines, sand mining and aquaculture would be reviewed. Draft regulations have been released that set out the procedural steps and substantive standards that will be applied through MEPA review and regulatory permitting....
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