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PA's Environmental Rights Amendment: What Does it Mean for Local Government...

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York County Bar Association

137 East Market Street

York, PA 17401

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On June 20, 2017, in Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v. Pa., the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dramatically expanded the scope and reach of Article I, Section 27 of Pennsylvania’s Constitution, the Environmental Rights Amendment (“ERA”). The Court essentially discarded 40 years of precedent and affirmed the duty of Pennsylvania government, at levels, to protect the Commonwealth’s environmental resources.

During this session, Environmental Attorneys Martin Siegel and Sarah Doyle will review how this broad interpretation will impact businesses and decision-making at all levels of government. It is likely that the ERA will now be used to challenge governmental decisions, including those made by local governments, and will impose new responsibilities on government and businesses.

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