Environmental Law Section

The section informs its members of local, state and national environmental laws and regulations. The section coordinates annual substantive continuing legal education programs on environmental law and produces a quarterly newsletter.

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Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis...
511 Union Street, Suite 2700
Nashville, TN 37219-1791
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Tennessee Department of...
William Snodgrass Building, 312 Rosa Parks Blvd, second floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615)947-2909
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Tennessee Bar Association
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Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

NYC Imposes Regulations on Greenhouse Gas Emitted by Buildings

New York City is taking a new step in its effort to combat climate change by imposing stricter limits on greenhouse gasses emitted by buildings, The New York Times reports. The plan is staunchly opposed by real estate executives because of associated costs for compliance, with estimates exceeding $4 billion. Some buildings will be exempted from the caps, including apartment complexes with rent-controlled units, places of worship and affordable housing communities, however, those buildings will still be required to take other energy-saving measures. This legislation is part of a group of bills passed yesterday known as the Climate Mobilization Act, which seeks a 40% decrease in emissions by the year 2030.

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Tennessee AG Joins Coalition Pushing for Replacement of Obama-era Environmental Rule

Attorney General Herbert Slatery joined a 17-state coalition this week in urging the Trump administration to adopt a replacement of the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule. The rule extended the authority of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to regulate bodies of water. The Trump Administration proposal would restore jurisdiction to the states.
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