Addressing Cape Cod's Nitrogen Problem

The Cape Cod Commission’s Executive Director and Deputy Director will discuss the nitrogen problem and the possible solutions identified in the plan. Come hear from these leaders working at the cutting edge of wastewater issues....
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Undersecretary Ned Bartlett on the Baker Administration's Energy and Environmental Priorities

06/24/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Ned Bartlett, Undersecretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will discuss the Baker administration’s energy and environmental priorities and goals during this lunch....
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Digging Dirt: MassDEP's Regulation of Soils

06/18/2015 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The recently issued "Draft Policy on Soil Receiving Facilities" describes the large scale projects involving imported soils. Learn more about how to manage soils in development projects. ...
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Order 1000 in the New England Region

06/17/2015 - 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Join the discussion on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 1000. This panel will discuss the order, the implementation of the order in the New England Region, and the resulting implications for the development of electric transmission needed for reliability and clean energy. A networking reception will follow....
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GE Revisited--DaRosa v. New Bedford: The Intersection of the Public Records Law and Civil Discovery

06/16/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Hear the two attorneys who argued this case before the SJC and and the attorney who filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Commonwealth in the case....
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Environmental Law Section Year End Celebration

06/11/2015 - 5:00PM to 8:00PM
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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Volunteer on the Farm: The Food Project Serve & Grow

05/30/2015 - 09:00 AM to 12:00 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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Keeping it Local: Urban Farming in the 21st Century

05/21/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Two experienced urban farmers will discuss the challenges and advantages of urban farming, including the use of brownfields properties and the environmental benefits of keeping food local....
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Spring Woodland Restoration Event at Roslindale Urban Wild

05/08/2015 - 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join the Environmental Law Public Service Committee and New Lawyers Public Service Committee for the annual spring woodland restoration event and enjoy nature and the company of your colleagues while also serving the community. This year, in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department's Urban Wilds Initiative, we will perform trail maintenance, invasive plant control, and pruning of 2008 restoration plantings at the Roslindale Urban Wild. ...
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Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Distribution and End-Use: What the Science Says and How to Respond

05/07/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure are garnering increased attention at the federal and Massachusetts level and are an important component of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Join us as Kathryn McKain and Professor Steven Wofsy from Harvard University discuss their research on “Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Infrastructure and Use in the Urban Region of Boston, Massachusetts"....
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Meet the New MassDEP Commissioner, Martin Suuberg

05/01/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Martin Suuberg, MassDEP's new Commissioner, brings a wealth of experience (over 30 years) working in environmental and natural resource agencies at the state and federal level. Please join us for a lunch with Martin and learn what he brings to this exciting new role....
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Soak Up the Rain: Sustainable Approaches to Stormwater

04/30/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Hear how the EPA is promoting sustainable practices to "Soak Up the Rain" in New England. Our panelists will describe the green infrastructure practices that can mitigate stormwater pollution, and discuss stormwater enforcement and settlements involving green infrastructure....
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False Claims in Environmental Enforcement Cases: In Theory and in Practice

04/28/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This program will provide a short overview of the False Claims Act (what it is, how it works, and its remedies), and a discussion of some specific environmental enforcement cases that involved False Claims and how they were resolved....
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Beyond the Sustainable Water Management Initiative: Program Implementation

04/27/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
The goal of SWMI was to develop a framework that supports the sustainable use of water for the many, and sometimes competing long-term water needs of our communities and aquatic ecosystems. In November 2014, MassDEP promulgated new Water Management Act (WMA) regulations that incorporate key components of SWMI. Panelists will provide an overview of the new WMA regulations and discuss available tools and resources to assist permitted entities. ...
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16th Annual Charles River Clean Up

04/25/2015 - 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....
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Chemical Accident Prevention: EPA’s Enforcement of Clean Air Act Section 112(r)

04/07/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Learn from recent enforcement cases so that you can help your clients avoid chemical accidents and comply with the law. ...
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Investing for Impact: The ABC's of SRI, ESG

03/31/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
SRI, MRI, PRI, ESG, Sustainability Investing, Slow Money? You've probably heard these words but may not know what they mean. This program will cover the basics of socially responsible investing and broad themes of what is happening in the field of impact investing as it relates to foundations, wealth managers and beyond. ...
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CLE - Asbestos, Lead Paint and PCBs: Environmental Issues in Construction Projects

03/25/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
The surge of construction activity has brought increasing focus on the proper legal procedures for removing hazardous materials from sites. Any misstep can lead to project delays, cost overruns and compliance concerns. Be up-to-date on the key regulatory issues in environmental law with construction projects...
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Everything You (and Your Clients) Need to Know about MassDEP's New Underground Storage Tank Regulations

03/19/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
On January 2nd, 2015, numerous new MassDEP regulations went into effect. These changes include regulation updates on Stage I/II vapor recovery equipment, and underground storage tanks (UST) policies. Attendees of this program will learn about the new regulations, and how these updates will affect your clients. ...
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Advising Conservation Commissions: Wetlands Permitting and Enforcement

03/16/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Municipal conservation commissions are at the front lines of wetlands permitting and enforcement, which can entail thorny legal issues. Attorneys experienced in representing conservation commissions will give tips on best practices and avoiding common pitfalls....
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Update on Massachusetts Public Records Law

03/11/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Angela M. Puccin will review recent developments and trends in Massachusetts Public Records Law. Topics covered will include: public records requests, exemptions, appeals and judicial review of decisions on public records. ...
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The New Environmental Justice Executive Order and What it Means for Environmental Justice Communities

03/06/2015 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
On November 25, 2014 Governor Patrick issued Executive Order 552 requiring Secretariats to take action to promote environmental justice. Considered a major step towards protecting environmental justice communities, the executive order requires state agencies to develop plans to protect environmental justice communities and to create public participation plans to ensure that these communities’ voices are heard during the government decision-making process....
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Senator Barrett on Carbon Pricing Legislation & the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

03/03/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
State Senator Michael Barrett will join the BBA to speak about his proposed carbon pricing legislation. Given that fossil fuels are not directly mined in Massachusetts, Senator Barrett will discuss the ways a carbon tax might work in the Commonwealth, and will review the findings from the Department of Energy Resources’ recent study on carbon fees and taxes as a mechanism for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. ...
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Environmental Section Ski Trip

02/27/2015 - 08:00AM to 08:00PM
The Environmental Law Section invites you to the 8th Annual Environmental Law Section Ski Trip, with an optional overnight stay the night before in Jackson, N.H. at a local ski lodge....
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CLE - Advising Municipalities and Developers on Climate Change and Adaptation

02/23/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Learn how to advise municipal clients to revise regulations and planning policies, and how to advise developers to design projects to address the challenges of climate change. ...
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Property and Liability Insurance 101: What Every Practitioner Should Know

02/20/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Come learn about property, liability and other insurance coverage items and considerations for real estate attorneys. After this program, you'll understand the required coverages in loan documents, how to confirm coverage for a borrower or lender client, and how to review insurance certificates....
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Speed Networking with Environmental Law Attorneys

02/19/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
This event gives law students and new lawyers a unique opportunity to meet with several Boston-area environmental law attorneys in just one evening. Those who attend this event will have the chance to meet all of our guest attorneys in small groups to learn about the career paths and legal opportunities available in Boston's environmental law landscape....
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Possibilities for a Binding International Agreement on Climate Change: the US Perspective

01/23/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This program will address the current status of the ongoing climate negotiations under UN auspices. The presentation will demonstrate neither Senate advice and consent nor new Congressional legislation is necessarily required for the United States to become party to an agreement to be adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris later this year....
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Learning From City of Brockton v. Energy Facilities Siting Board: Environmental Justice Strategies and Collaboration

01/16/2015 - 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Lisa Goodheart and Gene Benson will discuss the environmental justice implications of the SJC’s decision in City of Brockton v. EFSB, lessons learned from working with a community group throughout the case, and the role of pro bono representation in environmental justice issues....
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The State’s Asbestos Regulations: Amendments and Enforcement

01/05/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Come hear about the Strike Force’s Civil and Criminal enforcement of the MassDEP’s Asbestos Regulations, and the recently promulgated amendments....
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New MCP Guidance: What You Need to Know about LNAPL

12/18/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
In recent months, MassDEP has issued a number of draft guidance documents addressing the latest amendments to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP). This program will focus on the draft guidance relating to Light Nonaqueous Phase Liquids (LNAPL) present at disposal sites regulated under the MCP. We will discuss noteworthy new terms presented in the guidance, the pros and cons of the “Simplified Approach” presented therein, and other significant issues. ...
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Brownfields Tax Credits in Massachusetts: An Update from MassDOR

12/16/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
The Massachusetts Brownfields Tax Credit Program provides eligible persons a tax credit of up to 50% of eligible cleanup costs provided certain conditions are met. These tax credits are a key financial tool in the redevelopment of brownfields in Massachusetts. Come hear Dan Seferian, Esq., Counsel, Rulings and Regulations Bureau, Massachusetts DOR, talk about the brownfield tax credit program, review outstanding matters and answer questions about program details. A program not to be missed!...
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What's New With Wetlands, Waterways, and Water Quality Certification: Recent Revisions to MassDEP Regulations

12/08/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Beth Card, MassDEP Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Resource Protection, and other DEP staff will discuss the recently promulgated revisions to MassDEP Wetlands (310 CMR 10.00), Waterways (310 CMR 9.00), and Water Quality Certification (314 CMR 9.00) Regulations....
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Environmental Law Section Holiday Party

12/04/2014 - 5:00PM to 08:00PM
'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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Competing Viewpoints on EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan: Where Should the Rule Go from Here?

12/01/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan places a more stringent emission rate to reduce GHG emissions on Massachusetts power plants and the power plants located in the other Northeast states. ...
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Un-Muddying the Clean Water Act: Clarifying the Scope of the Waters of the United States

11/25/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
In response to confusion stemming from the Supreme Court’s narrow reading of Clean Water Act jurisdiction, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a rule defining the scope of the "waters of the United States." Margery Adams, Senior Enforcement Counsel for EPA, will help us understand what the proposed rule does and does not do....
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MassDEP Organics Regulations: What You Need to Know

11/24/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This presentation will be about regulating organic materials. MassDEP instituted a disposal ban starting October 1, 2014 for businesses and institutions generating more than 1 ton a week of organic materials....
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Ecuador v. Colombia: Aerial Spraying, the US, and the Role of the International Court of Justice

11/21/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Panelists will discuss Ecuador's challenge before the ICJ to Colombia's US State Department-funded aerial spraying program aimed at coca eradication....
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Boston Gas: Five Years Later

11/18/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This year marks the five-year anniversary of the seminal SJC ruling in Boston Gas v. Century Indemnity Co., 454 Mass. 337 (2009). In this program, a distinguished panel -- including several attorneys involved in the original Boston Gas litigation -- will review the decision's significance, discuss its impact, and survey the questions it left unanswered. Those questions include, for example, whether the SJC's pro rata rationale should apply to defense costs, or only to indemnity; whether it should extend to bodily injury (as well as property damage) claims; how the coverage block should be determined; and the means by which insureds may avoid pro rata allocation by a factual attribution of injury to particular policy years....
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The City of Boston's Policy and Initiatives on Climate and Energy

11/17/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Our panelists will discuss the City of Boston's efforts in the areas of climate change, energy efficiency and environmental management....
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CLE - Trying Environmental and Land Use Cases: Draw Me the Line; See What I Mean; Hear What I Say

Know the most effective tactics when trying an environmental and land use case. After this program, attendees will know how to find and present the best maps and "map readers" for proof in your case; how to best present non-narrative evidence; and how to succeed in presenting expert testimony....
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Update on Stormwater Permitting in USEPA Region 1

11/07/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
USEPA Region 1's Stormwater Coordinator, Thelma Murphy, will provide an update on stormwater management priorities and initiatives in Region 1. ...
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Energy Policy and Legislation: Wish List for the Incoming Administration

11/06/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Do you have a wish list for the incoming administration’s energy policy and legislative agenda? Join the discussion about the upcoming Nov. 2014 election results, and how the results may change energy policy in Massachusetts. Panelists will lead a discussion on the predictions and wishes for the incoming administration’s energy policy and legislative agenda. Networking reception to follow....
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Franklin Park Clean Up

10/25/2014 - 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM
We partner up with the Franklin Park Coalition’s Woodland Volunteer Team. The morning is spent helping to plant native understory plants in Franklin Park and removing invasive species. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the company of fellow new lawyers in a non-professional setting. We will be meeting at the Valley Gate Parking Lot in Franklin Park at 10am....
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A Discussion of the Draft Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan Update with CZM Director Bruce Carlisle

10/21/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Our panelist will discuss the implementation of the 2009 Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan and the draft update to the plan, which was released on September 24. Attendees will learn how to advise clients seeking permits for offshore activities about the requirements of the Ocean Management Plan and the implications of the update currently underway. ...
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Volunteer on the Farm: The Food Project Serve & Grow

10/18/2014 - 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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Waste Not, Want Not: Using Innovation and Technology to Reduce Food Waste in Massachusetts

10/16/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Recently a statewide commercial food waste disposal ban regulations went into effect on October 1, 2014. This program will provide an overview of the ban and some insights in ways that the affected community can deal with it in ways that promote other environmental goals and the food needs of underserved communities. ...
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Environmental Law Section Fall Hike

10/03/2014 - 7:00AM to 7:00PM
The Environmental Law Section invites you to attend its annual day of fall foliage hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This year, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act (Sept. 1964), we will be hiking into the Sandwich Range Wilderness. From the village of Waterville Valley, we will do a scenic loop hike up the Sandwich Mountain Trail to the ledges near the top of Jennings Peak 3,440’) and then down the Drakes Brook Trail to the starting point. This is a very nice, moderate day hike of 6.5 miles with about 2,150' of elevation gain. While segments of the trail run steeply uphill and require strenuous hiking, most of the trail is only moderately uphill/downhill, with a few flat stretches. Nevertheless, the hike does require some endurance. We expect that the hike will take about 5 hours, including time for lunch up on the Jennings Peak ledges....
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Federal Court Cases at the Nexus of Climate and Energy: A Summer Round-Up and a Look Ahead

09/22/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
The panelists will provide an overview of some of this summer’s significant cases, including the Supreme Court’s decision regarding EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases through Prevention of Significant Deterioration or Title V permits....
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