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Karen Cullinane Shares Update on NY Environmental Bill with CLM Magazine


Karen Cullinane Shares Update on NY Environmental Bill with CLM Magazine

February 7, 2023
Karen Cullinane

Karen Cullinane, partner in the firm’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Law practice groups, shared her perspective with CLM Magazine on the Cumulative Impacts Bill in New York that was signed into law at the end of 2022. 

“The legislation amends New York’s Environmental Quality Review Act by now requiring the state to consider, during its permitting approval and renewal processes, an analysis of the ‘cumulative impacts’ on overburdened communities that could result over time from the introduction or expansion of facilities that are potential sources of pollution and other public health hazards,” Karen explained. 

While it is not fully understood how the law will be put into action, Karen cautioned “… CIB does seem to add another bureaucratic hurdle for developers, which will likely increase the amount of time and costs that go into development projects.” 


Cumulative Impacts Environmental Bill Signed,” CLM Magazine, January/February 2023 


Karen Cullinane focuses her practice on complex asbestos litigation, toxic tort matters, mass torts, product liability cases, and general commercial litigation. Karen represents national and international entities including chemical, manufacturing, and mining companies. Her legal experience includes successful precedent-setting motion practice ranging from precluding evidence and dismissing cases on dispositive motions to obtaining directed verdicts on punitive damages.