Friday, January 30, 2015
Meeting 8:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Topics will be: 1. Addressing some of the common regulatory issues encountered in developments in New York’s coastal zone. These include tidal wetlands and coastal erosion hazard area regulations, storm water regulation and brownfields issues associated with the state’s industrial waterfront history. We will also address topics that are becoming increasingly important in light of climate change—driven sea level rise, including changes to the FEMA Flood Risk Insurance Maps, changes to municipal building codes, and new state legislation that will require state agencies to consider future physical climate risks caused by storm surges, sea level rise or flooding in certain permitting, funding and regulatory decisions.
2. Toxic tort liability at contaminated sites, which can often rival cleanup costs in significance, but liability releases from DEC do not cover common law claims for bodily injury or property damage. This panel will focus on recent court decisions in toxic tort cases and explore the implications of these rulings on seminal issues, including what/when statute of limitations are triggered, the application of CPLR 214-c and Daubert issues.
3. Ethics Potpourri (1/2 credit).