Developing New Ohio C&DD Recycling and Anti-Dumping Laws - Amended S.B. 2 extends authority of Ohio EPA director to safeguard public health

Northeast Ohio’s vibrant commercial real estate industry has not only triggered a construction boom, but has resulted in greater volumes of construction and demolition debris (C&DD) that must either be recycled or landfilled. While most of this material is sent to disposal facilities licensed under Ohio law or to recyclers that run responsible, environmentally-friendly operations, some waste finds its way to illegal dump sites. These sites often collect and then abandon large volumes of waste material, creating nuisance conditions and leaving local communities and the state to bear the cost of cleanup. [More]

Wolfe co-chairs statewide environmental seminar for the Ohio State Bar Association

On March 30-31, 2017, Leslie G. Wolfe co-chaired the 32nd Annual Ohio Environment, Energy and Resources Law Seminar sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association. The event was held at Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio and was attended by over 200 environmental attorneys and professional consultants. Highlights included a keynote address by Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler, as well as presentations by other speakers on timely environmental issues, including Professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. [More]

New Tools & Potential Risks in Environmental Due Diligence

In an article published in the February 2017 issue of Properties magazine and titled, "New Tools & Potential Risks in Environmental Due Diligence," Leslie G. Wolfe and David Ricco encouraged parties to real estate transactions to remain up-to-date on emerging issues in environmental due diligence, in order to increase the chances for the success of their projects. [More]

EPA Proposes Ban on Certain Uses of TCE - Expanded authority allows regulation of chemicals already in commerce

In its first significant action under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act of 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposal to ban the manufacture, import, processing, distribution and commercial use of the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) for aerosol degreasing and spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities. The EPA’s proposal, issued December 7, 2016, also seeks to require manufacturers, processors and distributors, (not including retailers) to provide downstream notification of TCE use prohibitions throughout the supply chain and to keep limited records. [More]