Sep 15, 2014

SGR Attorney To Testify Before the GA Senate Mold and Mildew Remediation Contractor Study Committee

On September 18, 2014, SGR Environmental & Sustainability attorney Chris Bowers will appear before the Georgia State Senate Mold and Mildew Remediation Contractor Study Committee as a legal expert to answer questions regarding federal and state law standards governing licensing and certification of mold assessment and remediation contractors.  In March of this year, the Georgia State Senate passed Senate Resolution 953, creating the Committee.  The purpose of the Committee is to examine the assessment and cleanup of indoor residential mold by professional contractors, and whether any actions or legislation are warranted to safeguard against those who may seek to overstate the scope of… Read more

Jul 14, 2014

Iowa Supreme Court Decides That Solar Power Provider Is Not a Public Utility and Not Governed by Exclusive Territorial Restrictions

In a case closely watched nationwide, the Iowa Supreme Court last Friday, July 11, affirmed a lower court decision allowing the use of power purchase agreements (PPAs) to finance the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy facilities. SZ Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Eagle Point Solar v. Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), a Division of the Department of Commerce, State of Iowa, Iowa Supreme Court No. 13-0642 (July 11, 2014). Because of the significant upfront cost of installation of solar panels on residences and businesses, solar energy providers commonly absorb the upfront installation cost and recoup their investment through sale of the electricity produced… Read more

May 23, 2011

SGR Secures Summary Judgment for Client in Environmental Clean-up Litigation

SGR’s defense team of Steve O’Day, Chris Bowers, Jessica Lee Reece and Josie Nackers secured summary judgment for its trucking client in a long-running claim against it for clean up costs at a site in Dalton, Georgia.  Barrett Properties, LLC, et al v. CCL Enterprises, Inc., et al, Superior Court of Whitfield County, Georgia (Order, May 13, 2011). In 1995, SGR’s client made a one-time delivery of 1,1,1 trichloroethane (“TCA”) to an adhesives manufacturing plant, at which time approximately 500 gallons of the TCA leaked out of the truck.  Under a Consent Order with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (“EPD”),… Read more