Enviros' Suit Targeting EPA Over Oil Dispersants Pared

Law360, New York (September 5, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday dismissed part of a lawsuit from environmental groups that argues the chemicals the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency uses to clean up oil spills could damage the habitats of endangered species.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Pacific Environment and the Surfrider Foundation claimed in the suit that the EPA had violated the Endangered Species Act by not consulting with other officials before listing certain chemicals in the National Contingency Plan, used to deal with oil spills. But U.S. District Judge William Alsup disagreed.

“Plaintiffs contend the mere listing of a dispersant to the product schedule triggers...

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