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Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Stays Water of the U.S. Rule Nationwide

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Development on Oct 29, 2015.

The United States’ Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, has placed a nationwide stay on the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States rule. The final rule went into effect in August of this year and was being put into effect before the appeals court stayed its implementation. According the Court, the stay was put in place to temporarily clear up the confusion being created by both the implementation of the law and the legal challenges to it.

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Collaborative Effort Between Associations To Develop Section of International Green Construction Code

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Construction Industry News on Oct 27, 2014.

The International Green Construction Code was developed by the International Code Council -more commonly known as the ICC – and first published in 2012. Its state purpose is to develop a model code for the measurement of sustainability in the construction industry. The goal in developing the code is to “make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare”.

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U.S. Green Building Council Releases Second LEED in Motion Report

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Green Construction on Jan 27, 2014.

The U.S. Green Building Council has undertaken an effort to produce a series of reports to promote sustainable building and provide those in the green building industry with information and data to support the efforts of both USGBC and those that endorse the use of its standards. The second in that series of reports entitled “Places and Policies” was recently released.

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Is An Open Records Scandal Breaking Out at EPA?

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Construction Industry News on Apr 2, 2013.

An open and ongoing dispute between a researcher for the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Environmental Protection Agencyis starting to appear in construction related publications. The researcher, Christopher Horner, thinks EPA is hiding something and is suing in Court for what he claims are violations of the Freedom of Information Act.

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UPDATE: Pennsylvania House Passes Energy Efficient Construction Legislation and Sends to Senate

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Green Construction on Mar 14, 2013.

We previously reported the introduction of HB 34 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The bill, which is strongly supported by Republican Representative Kate Harper, has passed the House and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS BILL INTRODUCED IN PENNSYLVANIA

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Green Construction on Feb 11, 2013.

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering legislation that would require the design, construction, and renovation of certain state-owned or leased properties to comply with specified energy and environmental building standards. House Bill 34, the lead proponent of which is Representative Kate Harper of Montgomery County, is largely identical to a bill introduced last session.

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