Environmental

  • November 24, 2009

    2nd Circ. Kills Petition Against Indian Point Nuclear Co.

    A federal appeals court has upheld a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission decision to reject a petition to intervene in the license-renewal adjudication of the Indian Point Energy Center nuclear power plant, ending a citizens group's objection to the 20-year extension.

  • November 24, 2009

    Frontier Refining Challenges EPA's $7M Pond Fine

    Frontier Refining Inc. has contested the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s fine of nearly $7 million for allegedly dumping harmful waste into a water treatment pond that was not properly built to prevent and detect leaks.

  • November 23, 2009

    US To Propose Emissions Target At Copenhagen

    The United States will reportedly propose an emissions reduction target at the United Nations' Copenhagen climate conference in December, although it remains unclear exactly what that target will be.

  • November 23, 2009

    Clean Air Act Suit Over Pa. Steel Plant Settled

    The federal government and the Allegheny County Health Department settled Monday with Allegheny Ludlum Corp. and contractor Harsco Corp. in a suit over alleged fugitive emissions from a Pennsylvania steel slag dump.

  • November 23, 2009

    Drywall Linked To Metal Corrosion In Homes: CPSC

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released three studies Monday linking Chinese drywall installed in homes to elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide and the corrosion of metals.

  • November 23, 2009

    BNSF, Union Pacific Appeal Fees In Enviro Cleanup

    Two railroad companies mired in an environmental cleanup dispute stemming from a California state highway expansion have appealed a post-judgment order awarding nearly $1 million in attorneys' fees to the city of Stockton agency that is responsible for managing the contaminated property.

  • November 20, 2009

    Pa. Residents Hit Cabot With Well Pollution Suit

    Fifteen rural Pennsylvania families have lodged a suit against Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., claiming the natural gas producer polluted their groundwater wells.

  • November 20, 2009

    1st Circ. Affirms Pro Rata Liability For Long-Tail Claims

    A federal appeals court has vacated a $6.2 million jury verdict against Century Indemnity Co. in an environmental cleanup suit, ruling that the district court’s all-sums approach and jury instruction were not necessarily accurate in light of recent determinations by Massachusetts’ highest court.

  • November 20, 2009

    Green Groups Ask To Intervene In EPA Miss. Delta Suit

    Several environmental groups have asked to intervene in a lawsuit brought by Mississippi’s levee board against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, voicing support for the EPA’s veto of a Mississippi River flood control project.

  • November 20, 2009

    Enviro Groups To Sue Mirant Over Coal Ash Dump

    Four environmental groups have informed Mirant Corp. that they intend to sue the power company for alleged Clean Water Act violations at a Maryland coal ash landfill.

  • November 20, 2009

    ITC Extends Mitsubishi Wind Turbine Investigation

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to extend its target date for completion of an investigation into whether variable-speed wind turbine parts imported by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. infringe two General Electric Co. patents.

  • November 20, 2009

    MMS At Center Of Jefferson Block Insurance Dispute

    A pipeline leak that poured 227 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, triggering a $3 million cleanup, is not covered by the insurance belonging to Jefferson Block 24 Oil & Gas LLC because the energy company did not specifically list the structure in its Mineral Management Service forms, the insurers have contended in a recent motion.

  • November 20, 2009

    Visteon Looks To Ditch Contaminated Property

    Bankrupt auto parts maker Visteon Corp. is seeking to sell a contaminated piece of land back to an Indiana city, looking for relief from the financial obligations connected to the property.

  • November 20, 2009

    Enviros Join Fray Against Del. River Dredging Project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been hit with another lawsuit over its plans to dredge and deepen the Delaware River, with the National Wildlife Federation, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and other environmental groups challenging the project.

  • November 19, 2009

    DOI Aims To Better Protect Streams From Coal Mining

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has put out advance notice of a proposed rule designed to safeguard streams from pollution stemming from surface coal mining, announcing efforts to increase oversight of permitting for those operations.

  • November 19, 2009

    Olin Corp. Settles Final Niagara Falls Cleanup Suit

    A federal appeals court has rendered a disputed lower court ruling in an insurance spat moot and unenforceable, citing a settlement between Olin Corp. and its insurers over $12 million spent cleaning up environmental contamination at two of the chemical producer's facilities near Niagara Falls, N.Y.

  • November 19, 2009

    AES Signs Pact To Divulge Risks Of Climate Change

    AES Corp. has reached an agreement with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo that requires the energy company to keep investors in the loop about the financial risks of global warming and climate change.

  • November 19, 2009

    Ohio Residents Appeal Chevron Refinery Suit Dismissal

    Ohio residents who say Chevron USA Inc. should be held liable for land contamination caused by a refinery are appealing the dismissal of their negligence, strict liability and conversion state law claims.

  • November 19, 2009

    Judge Lets SC Port Expansion Continue — For Now

    A federal judge has decided not to halt construction of a port expansion project in North Charleston, S.C., but declined to rule out future injunctions as the legal battle continues.

  • November 19, 2009

    Experts Urge Caution In Expanding Offshore Drilling

    Any expansion of offshore oil and natural gas drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf must take environmental concerns into consideration, according to experts who testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday.