Environmental

  • October 23, 2008

    Milberg Wins Arthur Miller To Head Appellate Group

    Milberg LLP has hired former Harvard Law School professor and federal procedure expert Arthur R. Miller to head the plaintiff firm's appellate practice.

  • October 30, 2008

    Everglade Water Woes Spawn Tribal Suits

    The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, environmental groups, the U.S. government and the state of Florida all support restoration of the Everglades, but amid contention over how best to achieve it, the Miccosukees have recently upped the stakes, firing off at least three lawsuits in the last month over water flow issues.

  • October 23, 2008

    Dynegy To Disclose Climate Change Risk To Investors

    Energy producer Dynegy Inc. has entered into an agreement with the New York attorney general's office that requires the company to disclose information to investors about the risks climate change poses to its business.

  • October 22, 2008

    US Loses Bid To Toss Suit Over Utah Canyon

    A lawsuit over the U.S. government's refusal to bar off-road vehicles from a scenic canyon in southeast Utah will move forward after a federal judge rejected the government's bid to toss the complaint.

  • October 23, 2008

    DOJ Tight-Lipped On Oil Lease Scandal: Conyers

    The U.S. Department of Justice has failed to disclose its reasons for not prosecuting two of the highest-ranking officials fingered in an internal report exposing abuses in the Department of the Interior, the House Judiciary Committee chairman has said.

  • October 22, 2008

    Chinese Scientists See Doubling Of CO2 Emissions

    A recent energy report from China's Academy of Sciences may represent a step forward in the country of 1.3 billion's acknowledgment that it is quickly outstripping others in its emissions of carbon dioxide — a gas that many agree contributes to global warming.

  • October 22, 2008

    7th Circ. Affirms Ruling In Ericsson Asbestos Dispute

    Telecommunications company Ericsson Inc. did not violate federal environmental cleanup laws when it sold off an industrial site and left behind an inactive, asbestos-containing boiler system, an appeals court has affirmed.

  • October 22, 2008

    Critics Applaud Top Whistleblower Counsel's Exit

    U.S. Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch, in charge of pursuing whistleblower suits, has announced that he will resign when his five-year term ends on Jan. 5, a move that has been welcomed by critics who allege that he has retaliated against his own employees.

  • October 22, 2008

    Ringling Bros. Faces Elephant Cruelty Trial

    A long-running lawsuit alleging that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus mistreats endangered Asian elephants that perform in the show will finally have its day in court Monday.

  • October 22, 2008

    Legacy Act To Cover Much Of $33M Ind. River Cleanup

    The Great Lakes Legacy Act, which President Bush reauthorized this month to continue funding aquatic habitat restoration, will fund roughly two-thirds of a $33 million project to dredge Indiana's heavily contaminated Grand Calumet River, officials said Tuesday.

  • October 21, 2008

    Report Says Bush Eroded Clean Water Protections

    The majority staff of a congressional committee has found that the Clean Water Act has been “undermined and weakened” by the Bush administration, which it says walked away from federal commitments for improving and repairing the nation's wastewater infrastructure.

  • October 21, 2008

    Ore. Governor Asks FERC To Rethink LNG Terminal

    The governor of Oregon has asked the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its approval of a controversial fuel import terminal and pipeline in western Oregon, threatening to take legal action if the commission does not hold a rehearing to address environmental concerns regarding the terminal's construction.

  • October 21, 2008

    Climate Change Could Cost States: Study

    A new study released on Monday says that climate change could threaten some state economies in areas such as forestry, water resources, agriculture and tourism.

  • October 21, 2008

    EU Plan For Waste Management: Make Less Waste

    The European Council on Monday adopted a new framework for waste management in the European Union that emphasizes prevention of waste but also encourages energy-efficient waste incineration.

  • October 21, 2008

    EPA Deal With Mich. Sugar Beet Co. Approved

    In an agreement that raises the bar for environmental compliance of the sugar beet processing industry, a federal court has approved a settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Sugar Co., a nonprofit, farmer-owned sugar beet processor, over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

  • October 22, 2008

    Friends Of The Earth Lambastes EU Trade Agreements

    New European Union trade deals with the developing world are "neo-colonialist" and could have a devastating impact on deforestation rates, subsistence farming and food security, according to a report released Monday by the environmental group Friends of the Earth.

  • October 21, 2008

    Canadian Court Tosses Kyoto Implementation Suit

    A Canadian court ruled Monday that the Canadian government does not have to abide by the terms of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, which the current conservative government refuses to implement despite the country's ratification of the treaty.

  • October 21, 2008

    Oil Cos Settle Suit Over Mass. Oil Spill

    Irving Oil Corp. and Global Petroleum Corp. have agreed to pay upward of $300,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the Massachusetts attorney general over a 2006 oil spill in Revere, Mass.

  • November 17, 2008

    FERC Orders Unlimited Time To Rethink LNG Terminal

    The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given itself an unlimited amount of time to review a number of petitions asking it to reconsider its approval of a controversial fuel import terminal and pipeline in western Oregon that opponents argue poses serious threats to the environment.

  • October 21, 2008

    Bush's EPA 'Exaggerated' Enforcement Efforts: GAO

    Shortcomings in the measures used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to report the effectiveness of its civil and criminal enforcement programs have enabled the agency to downplay a decline in enforcement under the Bush administration, a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office has found.