• May 3, 2010

    Earthjustice Pans Calif. Proposal To Allow Pesticide

    Earthjustice has blasted a California regulatory agency's proposal to authorize the use of the pesticide methyl iodide, which the environmental law group is seeking to ban nationwide because of its health risks.

  • April 30, 2010

    EPA Proposes New Limits On Mercury Emissions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued new proposals that would cut emissions of mercury and other pollutants from boilers, process heaters and solid waste incinerators, arguing the new rules could save five dollars in public health benefits for each dollar spent implementing them.

  • April 30, 2010

    DOJ Attys, Secretaries Head To Gulf As Spill Hits Shore

    President Barack Obama has halted new offshore drilling and dispatched cabinet members and U.S. Department of Justice attorneys to the Gulf of Mexico, laying the groundwork for possible litigation against BP PLC and others for the environmental devastation wrought by the Deepwater Horizon rig sinking.

  • April 30, 2010

    Baker Donelson Snags King & Spalding Enviro Atty

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has signed on former King & Spalding LLP environmental attorney Adam Sowatzka as a shareholder in the firm's government regulatory actions practice group.

  • April 30, 2010

    EPA Scolded For Exempting Salmon Farms From Rule

    A federal judge has thrashed a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Marine Fisheries Service exempting Puget Sound salmon farms from certain water-quality standards, saying the federal agencies ignored two of their own scientific studies in reaching the decision.

  • April 30, 2010

    Property Owners Target BP, Others Over Oil Spill

    BP America Inc. and Transocean Ltd. are facing two putative class actions by property owners along the Gulf Coast over damage resulting from a deadly April 20 explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon mobile oil rig off the coast of Louisiana.

  • April 30, 2010

    Fleet Management Indicted Over Alleged Oil Dumping

    A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Hong Kong-based shipping company Fleet Management Ltd. in connection with the illegal dumping of oily wastewater, a potential $3 million case against the company.

  • April 29, 2010

    Oil Rig Blast Sparks New Offshore Drilling Debate

    Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., called on the CEOs of five major oil companies Thursday to testify before Congress about the future of offshore drilling plans, as lawmakers prepare for a major re-examination of federal energy policies in the wake of the BP PLC-operated oil rig blast.

  • April 29, 2010

    Gulf Coast Fishermen, Shrimpers Sue BP Over Oil Spill

    Gulf Coast shrimpers and commercial fishermen have filed two putative class actions against BP America Inc. and Transocean Ltd. over alleged economic losses from the massive oil spill following a deadly April 20 oil rig explosion.

  • April 29, 2010

    EPA Missed Western Clean Air Act Deadlines: CBD

    The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of violating the Clean Air Act by not meeting several deadlines for reducing air pollution from particulate matter in five Western states.

  • April 29, 2010

    Colo. Lawmakers OK Uranium Cleanup Bill

    Colorado lawmakers have given the green light to a measure that would impose stiff new state regulations governing uranium mine and mill cleanups, in part by requiring companies to clean up existing radioactive waste before applying for expansion permits.

  • April 28, 2010

    Ruling Mixed In Coverage Spat Over $50M Oil Spill

    A federal judge has handed down a mixed ruling in a dispute between Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing LLC and two of its insurers over coverage for an 89,000-gallon oil spill in Kansas that the company says it has spent $50 million cleaning up since 2007.

  • April 28, 2010

    Chu Calls For Revolution At Senate Energy Hearing

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu told U.S. senators Wednesday that the world would need “nothing short of a new industrial revolution” to transition to a sustainable energy future that mitigates climate change and helps the U.S. still meet its energy needs.

  • April 28, 2010

    Green Groups, Industry Push For Action On Climate Bill

    Environmental and industry groups are urging U.S. Senate leadership to move forward on federal climate change legislation after a decision by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to back out of negotiations cast doubt on the bill's future.

  • April 28, 2010

    Corps Of Engineers Fails To Move River Spat To Del.

    A federal judge in New Jersey has rejected the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' bid to have two consolidated cases over a plan to deepen 102 miles of the Delaware River shipped off to federal court in Delaware.

  • April 28, 2010

    LA County Not Liable For Water Pollution: Judge

    A federal judge has found that Los Angeles County is not liable for polluted runoff that flowed into four local rivers, despite finding earlier that the county's discharges onto a popular Malibu beach and into a marine reserve breached the Clean Water Act.

  • April 28, 2010

    DOI Approves 1st Offshore Wind Farm

    The federal government has signed off on the first U.S. offshore wind farm, a fiercely debated project that would put 130 wind turbines off the coast of Massachusetts.

  • April 28, 2010

    Ethanol Co., Affiliate Strike $1M Deal In Wis. Enviro Suit

    Didion Milling Inc. and ethanol producer Didion Ethanol LLC have agreed to cough up a little over $1 million to settle an environmental lawsuit brought by the state of Wisconsin over alleged air pollution and wastewater permit violations.

  • April 28, 2010

    Emissions Limits Will Help Cure Oil Addiction: Jackson

    Newly adopted federal motor vehicle emissions standards will not only reduce harmful greenhouse gases, but will also help the U.S. substantially reduce its dependence on foreign oil, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson told lawmakers Wednesday.

  • April 27, 2010

    High Court Hears Appeal Of Monsanto Alfalfa Ban

    U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday questioned whether lower courts were right to ban the planting of Monsanto Inc.'s Roundup Ready alfalfa, in a case that could govern the use of genetically engineered crops and affect food from the field to the table to overseas markets.