2021 Environmental and Energy Law Forecast – Update from Manko Gold Katcher Fox

January 12, 2021

MGKF Special Alert – Forecast 2021

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox takes a look at some of the key issues to watch in 2021 at the federal level and at the state levels in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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Forecast of Federal Environmental Policy in 2021Michael Dillon, Esq. and Zachary J. Koslap, Esq.

AIRChanging Nature of Climate ChangeMegan A. Elliott, Esq.

New Source Review: Issues to WatchCarol F. McCabe, Esq.

Trump’s EPA Makes a Late Push to Revive the Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction Exemption, but Will It Get Out of the Starting Gate?Katherine L. Vaccaro, Esq.

Are Changes to EPA’s Risk Management Program “Ripe for the Picking” in the Early Days of the Biden Administration?Michael Dillon, Esq. and Michael C. Nines, P.E., LEED AP, Technical Consultant

What to Expect from the Renewable Fuel Standards Program in 2021Bryan P. Franey, Esq.

HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES and REMEDIATION:Biden Administration Poised to Implement TSCA RequirementsTodd D. Kantorczyk, Esq.

Federal Regulation and Legislation of PFAS Expected to Accelerate in 2021John F. Gullace, Esq. and Austin W. Manning, Esq.

Superfund Program Likely to Receive Fresh Scrutiny in 2021Garrett D. Trego, Esq.

WATER:Back on the Merry-Go-Round: Efforts to Expand Federal Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Expected in 2021Todd D. Kantorczyk, Esq. 

Choppy Waters Ahead – NPDES Permitting for Discharges through GroundwaterBrenda H. Gotanda, Esq. and Megan A. Elliott, Esq.

EPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 5 to Include an Expanded List of PFAS Constituents and Additional Public Water SystemsMichael Dillon, Esq. and Michael C. Nines, P.E., LEED AP, Technical Consultant_____

SEPs Set for Comeback in Federal SettlementsTodd D. Kantorczyk, Esq. 


Pennsylvania’s Climate Change Initiatives Entering 2021Thomas M. Duncan, Esq.

PADEP New Management of Fill Policy Forecast of ImpactsMichael M. Meloy, Esq. and William Hitchcock, Technical Consultant

Significant Changes Coming to Act 2 Cleanup StandardsMichael M. Meloy, Esq. and William Hitchcock, Technical Consultant

PFAS Remain a Pennsylvania FocusAustin W. Manning, Esq.

Public Comment Period Opens on Amendments to PADEP’s Wetland Permitting ProgramZachary J. Koslap, Esq. 

Applying the Environmental Rights Amendment in 2021Thomas M. Duncan, Esq.

Pennsylvania’s Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) III Rule Expected in 2021 Katherine L. Vaccaro, Esq. and Michael C. Nines, P.E., LEED AP, Technical Consultant

Philadelphia Building Energy Performance Tune-Up TimeBrenda H. Gotanda, Esq.

Pennsylvania Enacts Controversial Bill Promoting Advanced Plastics RecyclingRodd W. Bender, Esq.


New Jersey Site Remediation Program Faces Key Issues in 2021Bruce S. Katcher, Esq. 

NJ Claims for Natural Resource Damages Likely to Continue in 2021Nicole R. Moshang, Esq. and Maria C. Salvemini, Esq.

New Jersey’s New Environmental Justice Law Set to Resonate Throughout 2021Jill Hyman Kaplan, Esq. and Zachary J. Koslap, Esq.

New Jersey PACT – Regulatory Activity to Expect in 2021 for Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Land Use RegulationCarol F. McCabe, Esq. and Diana A. Silva, Esq.

2021 Impact of NJDEP 2020 C-1 Water Quality Designations for Additional WaterwaysDiana A. Silva, Esq.

New Jersey in Forefront in Regulation of PFAS Despite Ongoing Legal ChallengeNicole R. Moshang, Esq.

New NJ Brownfields Tax Credit Program Enacted Under Economic Recovery Act of 2020Bruce S. Katcher, Esq.