Energy & Environmental Law Blog

Energy & Environmental Law Blog

Analyzing the critical energy and environmental issues of the day

David J. Ubaldi

David Ubaldi focuses on environmental law and insurance coverage litigation, including actions on behalf of policy holders and citizen suits under state and federal Clean Water Acts, CERCLA and EPCRA. In addition to his litigation activities, David advises clients on environmental insurance coverage disputes, cost recovery and contribution claims, and storm water permitting issues. David also counsels clients on groundwater contamination and remediation, and on matters before the Pollution Control Hearings Board.

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Washington’s Courts Deliver Possible Double Whammy Limiting Insurers’ Ability to Use a Late Tender Defense to Delay Providing a Defense

Posted in Litigation, Northwest
Liability insurance policies require notice be provided to the insurer to allow the insurers time to adequately investigate and respond to claims.   An insured’s failure to provide notice to its carrier can result in the insured losing the benefits of its policies. Some courts have deemed an insured’s failure to provide notice within time periods… Continue Reading

Anticipating Washington State’s New Industrial Stormwater General Permit

Posted in Northwest, Rulemakings, Water Law
The Washington Department of Ecology is in the process of renewing the current Industrial Stormwater General Permit (ISGP), which is set to expire on January 1, 2015.  Current permit holders will need to reapply for continued coverage by July 1, 2014.  The 2015 version of the ISGP will mean little or minor changes for some… Continue Reading

Logging Roads Get A Pass – At Least For Now

Posted in Environmental Quality, EPA, Federal, Northwest, Water Law
Yesterday, in a 7-1 decision with Justice Scalia the lone dissenter, the U.S. Supreme Court handed a major victory to the forest products industry.  As it does so often, the Court reversed a Ninth Circuit ruling that had required Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for sediment laden stormwater that runs off of logging roads.  The… Continue Reading

Maia D. Bellon Named New Director of Washington’s Department of Ecology

Posted in Federal, Water Law
Maia D. Bellon has been named the new director of Washington’s Department of Ecology.  Ms. Bellon currently heads the agency’s Water Resources Program where she oversees the management of water resources including water rights and allocations.  She is also recognized for bringing Lean management practices to her Water Resources Program, something that surely caught the… Continue Reading