Environmental

  • October 21, 2009

    Utilities Fail To Preemptively Bar EPA Power Plant Rule

    A power industry group has lost a bid to preemptively curtail the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate emissions from steam-generating units in power plants.

  • October 21, 2009

    Exxon Reaches Deal With Parents For MTBE Tests

    The parents of 53 Wisconsin children have asked a federal court to approve a $131,431 settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. in their lawsuit to cover medical monitoring costs from ingesting the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether.

  • October 21, 2009

    Colo. Pulls Plug On Chemical Weapons Cleanup Case

    Having lost a bid for summary judgment, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has given up on trying to speed the federal government's cleanup of leaking chemical weapons stockpiled in Pueblo, Colo.

  • October 21, 2009

    2nd Circ. Revives Exxon Gas Station Pollution Suit

    A federal appeals court has resurrected a legal tangle involving Exxon Mobil Corp., a restaurant operator and a gas station owner over alleged contamination from leaking underground petroleum storage tanks in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

  • October 21, 2009

    Bill Aims To Accelerate Vehicle Fuel Conversions

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives that seeks to streamline federal emissions certification processes to make it easier for owners to convert their vehicles to bi-fuel operations.

  • October 20, 2009

    2nd Circ. Lets Fire Dept. Off Hook For CERCLA Cleanup

    A federal appeals court has upheld a finding that a New York town and its volunteer fire department should not be held responsible for environmental cleanup costs stemming from the release of hazardous materials during a 2000 blaze that destroyed a privately owned building used to store chemicals.

  • October 20, 2009

    Feds Secure $3M Settlement For Calif. Landfill Cleanup

    A series of companies and local governments have agreed to pay nearly $3 million combined to help clean up a former landfill on U.S. Forest Service lands near Lake Tahoe, Calif.

  • October 20, 2009

    FWS Settles Case By Designating Shrew Habitat

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has conformed to the terms of a legal settlement by proposing 4,649 acres of critical habitat for an endangered shrew species — an increase of 55 times over a 2005 designation by the Bush administration.

  • October 20, 2009

    1st Circ. Sides With Former WMI Chair In Equity Spat

    A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's finding that six board members and founders of WahlcoMetroflex Inc. breached their fiduciary duty to a fellow founder and former board chairman in an issuance of equity shares to raise money for the emissions-control equipment manufacturer.

  • October 20, 2009

    W.Va. Residents Lose Bid To Add Claim To Teflon Suit

    A year after shooting down a bid for class certification, a federal judge has refused to allow three West Virginia residents to add another count to their case accusing DuPont Co. of releasing a hazardous Teflon compound into their drinking water.

  • October 20, 2009

    Developers Add Voices To Md. Suit Over LNG Project

    A federal judge has granted the developers of the controversial AES Sparrows Point LNG Terminal and Mid-Atlantic Express Pipeline Project permission to intervene in Maryland's suit challenging the U.S. Department of Commerce's approval of the project under the state's coastal management plan.

  • October 19, 2009

    Exxon Ordered To Pay $105M Over MTBE Contamination

    A federal jury has ordered Exxon Mobil Corp. to pay $105 million in compensatory damages for contaminating New York City's groundwater with the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether.

  • October 19, 2009

    5th Circ. Revives Katrina GHG Mass Tort

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has revived a mass tort that accuses dozens of oil and chemical companies of adding to the ferocity of Hurricane Katrina through their emissions of greenhouse gases, a decision that comes less than a month after the Second Circuit breathed new life into a similar mass tort.

  • October 19, 2009

    BASF Settles With EPA Over Coolant Leaks

    BASF Corp. has agreed to pay more than $380,000 in fines and overhaul industrial refrigeration units at numerous manufacturing facilities to settle U.S. regulators' allegations that the chemical company violated the Clean Air Act.

  • October 19, 2009

    Sierra Club Settles With EPA Over Ky. Coal Plant

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled a suit brought by the Sierra Club claiming that Bush administration foot-dragging had let a Kentucky coal-fired power plant go relatively unregulated.

  • October 19, 2009

    Travelers Settles With 2 Cos. Over Goodyear Claims

    Travelers Indemnity Co. has reached settlements with two French reinsurers, Assurance Generales de France SA and La Fonciere Compagnie D'Assurances, in a breach of contract suit over claims stemming from an environmental settlement with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

  • October 19, 2009

    EPA Challenges Permit For Mountaintop Coal Mine

    In an unusual move that drew immediate fire from West Virginia's governor, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has informed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers it intends to veto a permit for a 2,278-acre mountaintop coal mine because of clean water concerns.

  • October 16, 2009

    Lubrizol, Insurer Butt Heads In Superfund Dispute

    The prospect of Security Insurance Co. of Hartford and Lubrizol Corp. settling their feud over coverage for cleanup costs at a Texas Superfund site without court intervention has grown dim, with the insurer seeking to bring the resolution of the suit before a magistrate judge and the chemical company asking the court to issue a judgment in its favor.

  • October 16, 2009

    Calpine Rival Prevails In $9.7M Flying J Credit Sale

    Thwarting Calpine Energy Services LP’s late grab for Flying J Inc.’s emission reduction credits, the bankruptcy court has approved the $9.7 million deal with Hydrogen Energy California, a low-carbon power company forged by BP PLC and Rio Tinto.

  • October 16, 2009

    FirstEnergy Reaches Deal In Coal Plant Emissions Suit

    FirstEnergy Generation Corp. has settled much of a case brought by an environmental group over soot from a coal-fired plant that allegedly fouled a neighboring community and damaged its residents' health.