Environmental

  • August 10, 2009

    EPA Can Decide Timing Of Cleanup Rules: Judge

    In a suit brought by the Sierra Club and other environmental groups, a federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the discretion to decide when to declare rules requiring polluting companies to provide assurances that they can pay for future cleanups.

  • August 10, 2009

    EPA Takes Heat For Renewable-Fuel Standard Review

    Several lawmakers have joined biofuel industry representatives in decrying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's peer review process for calculating lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions in renewable fuels, saying newly released documents indicate flaws and bias in EPA rulemaking.

  • August 10, 2009

    Q&A With Locke Lord's Elizabeth Mack

    All remediation programs need to be site-specific and health-based, and they need to be adequately staffed or converted to semi-privatized programs in order to allow for more responsiveness to the regulated community, says Elizabeth E. Mack, chair of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP's environmental section.

  • August 7, 2009

    NY Gov. Signs Executive Order To Reduce Emissions

    New York Gov. David A. Paterson has signed an executive order establishing a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 80 percent below 1990 levels over the next four decades.

  • August 7, 2009

    Climate Change Shrinking US Glaciers: Study

    Three benchmark glaciers in the U.S. that scientists use to keep tabs on glacial activity have shrunk faster in the past 15 years than in the previous decades, indicating global warming is having a profound impact on the nation's environment, according to a new study.

  • August 7, 2009

    DOE Grants $377M For Renewable Energy Research

    The U.S. Department of Energy has delivered $377 million in funding to universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations and private firms for a new initiative to start 46 research centers devoted to renewable energy.

  • August 7, 2009

    Enviros Take Idaho Mine Expansion Suit To 9th Circ.

    The Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups have appealed a ruling that their claims lack merit, in a suit seeking to block the U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies from allowing an Idaho phosphate mine to expand further into a national forest.

  • August 7, 2009

    'Cash For Clunkers' Extended

    The U.S. Senate has voted to prolong the “cash for clunkers” program, and will begin considering separate, longer-term legislation that would also reward fuel-efficient car buyers.

  • August 7, 2009

    Senate Bill Seeks To Reform Biodiesel Credit

    Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have introduced a bill aimed at reforming and extending the tax incentive for U.S. biodiesel production to create a stronger incentive to build the necessary infrastructure for the renewable fuel.

  • August 7, 2009

    Clean Energy Cos. Scramble For $30B In DOE Backing

    With billions in federal loan guarantees just put up for grabs and aggressive environmental and economic goals in place, the U.S. Department of Energy is pushing companies and researchers to take fast action to deploy game-changing green power.

  • August 6, 2009

    Union Pacific To Pay $31M To Repair Nev. Wetlands

    Union Pacific Railroad Co. has agreed to shell out $31 million to restore Nevada streams and wetlands to resolve the U.S. government’s suit alleging the company altered waterways during 2005 construction projects without first obtaining the required permits.

  • August 6, 2009

    Deloitte Hire Boosts Venable's Green Energy Practice

    Venable LLP has brought on tax attorney Elias Hinckley, formerly of Deloitte & Touche LLP, as a partner in its Washington office to boost its national clean energy roster.

  • August 6, 2009

    Exxon, DuPont Sue Alumax Over NJ Landfill Cleanup

    Rohm & Haas Co., DuPont Co., Exxon Mobil Corp. and others have amended a lawsuit against aluminum hardware company Alumax Inc. over the cleanup of a New Jersey landfill in light of a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision that expanded the possible causes of action for plaintiffs under the Superfund law.

  • August 6, 2009

    Concrete Maker Aggregate To Pay $2.75M Enviro Fine

    Concrete producer Aggregate Industries–Northeast Region Inc. has agreed to pay a $2.75 million fine and implement remediation procedures as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice, which accused the company of numerous Clean Water Act violations.

  • August 6, 2009

    White House Gives $2B Jolt To Electric Car Efforts

    President Barack Obama has committed $2.4 billion in stimulus funds to companies and universities working on researching, developing and manufacturing advanced battery and electric drive technology, in hopes of jump-starting a cleaner U.S. automotive industry and fueling job creation.

  • August 6, 2009

    Greenpeace, Kimberly-Clark End Forest Feud

    Greenpeace has ended its five-year public relations campaign against Kimberly-Clark Corp., now that the company has said it will set more rigorous, environmentally beneficial standards for fiber sourcing in its paper products.

  • August 6, 2009

    'Red Tides' Bill Passes Senate Committee

    A U.S. Senate committee has agreed to a bill that would enhance the U.S.' ability to predict, monitor and control the “red tides,” or harmful algal blooms, and the hypoxic zones that threaten coastal marine life and industries.

  • August 6, 2009

    Alabama Power Gets Tardy Win In Water Rights MDL

    Alabama Power Co. is among the victors in a long-running water rights battle with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, now that the federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation has corrected a recent decision granting summary judgment to claims the ACE illegally sluices water from Lake Lanier in Georgia to the city of Atlanta.

  • August 5, 2009

    Plastic Bag Bans Could Be The Next Wave

    Certain cities and towns throughout the United States have begun moving to either ban or tax the use of plastic carryout bags — but those efforts are being opposed by a chemical industry that says recycling is a better alternative.

  • August 5, 2009

    Q&A With Sutherland's Paul Turner

    There needs to be greater clarity and consistency in the treatment of the termination and liquidation process of forward contracts and swaps under the Bankruptcy Code, says Paul B. Turner, head of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP's energy and environmental practice group.