Posts Tagged ‘brownfields’

In case you missed it…

The BLS ELS hosted a *fantastic* panel discussion this afternoon on Superfund sites, liability issues, and brownfield redevelopment!  Following a lively conversation on removal / remediation efforts under CERCLA, state versus federal response actions, and some larger issues of risk assessment, we enjoyed delicious Caribbean food from the Jamaican Dutchy vendor.

Below are some pictures, in case you were not able to join us.

Panelists Sarah Flanagan (EPA) and Larry Jacobs (Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer) discuss Superfund sites, and development on brownfields.

A packed room 503 engaged in a lively conversation, and enjoyed some delicious jerk chicken.

Panel organizer, Lee Miller, along with the speakers.


TODAY! Brownfield Redevelopment: A Panel Discussion (11/18)

Brownfield Redevelopment: A Panel Discussion

TODAY! Thursday, November 18

12:30 PM — Room 503

What is a brown field?

“any real property were development or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous waste, petroleum, pollutant or contaminant.”

What issues are involved in brownfield redevelopment?

“environmental contamination…planning, financing, community involvement, liability issues, technology selection, regulatory requirements, and the coordination of stakeholders.”


Sarah Flanagan; EPA Region 2

Assistant Regional Counsel, Superfund Branch

Larry Jacobs; Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

Environmental Law; Renewable Energy & Building Green

Speaker Bios:

Sarah Flanagan, EPA

Sarah Flanagan is an Assistant Regional Counsel in the EPA Region 2 Office of Regional Counsel, New Jersey Superfund Branch, providing legal support to the Superfund program in Region 2.  Ms. Flanagan’s responsibilities include responsible party identification and case development, negotiation of settlements for performance of Superfund response actions and/or recovery of EPA’s costs, litigation with respect to Superfund liability, and other, diverse aspects of counseling related to Superfund response actions.

Prior to joining EPA in 2001, Ms. Flanagan worked in private practice, advising clients on environmental issues in real estate and corporate transactions, negotiating with federal and state authorities, and litigating environmental disputes. Ms. Flanagan has a J.D. from NYU School of Law, 1991, and a B.A. from Brown University, 1982.

Larry Jacobs, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer

Lawrence F. Jacobs is a shareholder of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer and Chair of the Environmental Team.  He concentrates on advising clients in all phases of regulatory compliance with environmental laws and brownfields redevelopment.  Mr. Jacobs has extensive negotiating experience with federal, state and local authorities on permit applications and enforcement proceedings.

Mr. Jacobs is the co-author of a chapter in the two-volume treatise “Commercial Real Estate Transactions in New Jersey” (ICLE 2003, 2006).  He is also the author of the articles “Urban Brownfields”  (Urban Land Magazine, February 2002) and “Managing Environmental Risk”  (Urban Land Magazine, June 1999).  Mr. Jacobs is also a frequent lecturer on environmental issues for planning organizations and for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

In addition, Mr. Jacobs is the Chair of the Northern New Jersey District Council of the Urban Land Institute, whose mission is to provide responsible leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.


Lunch from the Jamaican Dutchy in coordination with the Street Vendor Pro Bono Project