Environmental Law Posts, from members of Post & Schell’s Environmental Group, are intended to provide current updates and analysis of judicial opinions, emerging regulatory issues, and potential risks and liabilities in environmental law.
Recent Events Highlight Legionella Risks for Commercial Real Estate, Hospitality, and Health Care Industries
Legionnaires Disease has grabbed headlines in recent weeks, with high profile outbreaks that have resulted in sicknesses and deaths, along with calls for stricter regulation of water systems, particularly HVAC cooling towers. Given these highly-publicized outbreaks, commercial real estate investors and facility owners and operators would be wise to add legionella assessments to their due diligence protocols, and legionella-specific preventative measures to their property management and building maintenance programs.
On March 9, 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) released its long-awaited revised rulemaking to overhaul and substantially revise the Chapter 78 regulations pertaining to unconventional oil and gas well sites.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recently initiated an internal records review to identify underground storage tanks (USTs) that do not comply with current federal and state regulatory standards.