Environmental

  • November 11, 2009

    Insurer Off Hook In BofA Cleanup Suit

    Wausau Underwriters Insurance Co. has won summary judgment in a suit brought by Bank of America NA that called for the insurer to reimburse it for the costs of settling environmental contamination litigation with Safeway Inc.

  • November 11, 2009

    NJ Seeks To Join Del. In Army Corps Dredging Fight

    New Jersey has asked to intervene in a lawsuit brought by Delaware accusing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of moving forward with a dredging project on the Delaware River without state approval.

  • November 10, 2009

    EPA Settles Idaho Superfund Cleanup Suit For $12M

    The city of St. Maries, Idaho, and Carney Products Co. Ltd. have reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to clean up a Superfund site in St. Maries, at a cost estimated at more than $12 million, EPA has announced.

  • November 10, 2009

    Senate Climate Debate Turns To Job, Trade Protection

    Energy industry representatives lined up Tuesday to caution members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee that climate legislation without strong international, domestic and regional protections could create an economic void that green energy advances may not be able to fill.

  • November 10, 2009

    BofA Loses Bid For $1.6M In Coverage For Cleanup Suit

    Bank of America NA is on its own to pay $1.6 million in a property pollution case brought against it by Safeway Inc., after a federal judge sided with two insurers that claimed the bank's hiring of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in the underlying suit may have led to a poor settlement result.

  • November 10, 2009

    Raytheon Loses Bid To Depose Plaintiffs' Counsel

    A federal judge has shot down Raytheon Co.'s bid to depose the plaintiffs' counsel in a suit that alleges the defense contractor released a plume of toxins into the groundwater under a Florida neighborhood, damaging property values.

  • November 10, 2009

    Acstar Aims To Sink Clean Harbors Coverage Suit

    Acstar Insurance Co. is asking to have a lawsuit brought by hazardous waste disposal company Clean Harbors Inc. over coverage for a fuel spill cleanup case dismissed, stayed or transferred to the venue where Acstar is already fighting to avoid covering Clean Harbors.

  • November 10, 2009

    6th Circ. Tosses Challenge To TVA Reservoir Project

    A federal appeals court has dismissed a suit challenging the Tennessee Valley Authority's development of an 11,000-acre reservoir, finding that an association of property owners in the area did not establish that the construction of additional boating docks would injure its members directly.

  • November 10, 2009

    Poland Sells Spain $37M In Carbon Emission Credits

    Poland has entered into its first Green Investment Scheme deal with Spain under the Kyoto Protocol, which will allow Poland to ship surplus carbon emission allowances to Spain in exchange for funds that will be used to support Polish green energy development and carbon reduction efforts.

  • November 10, 2009

    Asarco To Sell Polluted NJ Property For $1

    Asarco LLC has earned approval to sell off a vacant property that once housed a zinc processing facility to the city of Trenton, N.J., for $1, allowing the bankrupt mining giant to untangle itself from current and future liabilities involving the remediation of the now-contaminated site.

  • November 9, 2009

    EPA Makes Bid To File Amicus In PCB Cleanup Fight

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked a North Carolina judge for permission to file amicus briefs in litigation claiming that companies including 3M Co. and Kraft Foods Global Inc. should pay to clean up a PCB-laden abandoned electrical transformer repair facility.

  • November 9, 2009

    EPA Gulf Program Champions Changes To Pollution Bill

    The director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico Program on Monday expressed support for amendments to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act that would expand and strengthen cooperative efforts to monitor, restore and protect the ecosystems in the Gulf.

  • November 9, 2009

    Feds Unveil Plan To Save Chesapeake Bay

    The Obama administration has unveiled plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay by instituting new pollution controls that will hold the watershed states accountable for failing to reduce the runoff that has long choked the nation’s largest estuary.

  • November 9, 2009

    EPA Asks White House For Review Of GHG Finding

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inching closer to issuing rules concerning greenhouse gas emissions, reportedly asking the White House for final input on whether such gases endanger human health and welfare.

  • November 9, 2009

    Copenhagen Talks Must Produce Treaty Framework: EU

    Despite slow progress in negotiations leading up to the Copenhagen climate conference in December, participating countries must reach a framework agreement at the meeting on the main elements for a treaty to replace the Kyoto accords and set a deadline for reducing emissions, the European Union said Monday.

  • November 6, 2009

    Shell To Pay $19.5M for Gas Station Enviro Violations

    Shell Oil Co. has agreed to pay California $19.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the state's hazardous waste and underground fuel storage laws.

  • November 6, 2009

    Former GE Counsel Named To Senior DOJ Enviro Post

    The U.S. Senate has confirmed Ignacia S. Moreno, former counsel of corporate environmental programs at General Electric Co., as the assistant attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division.

  • November 6, 2009

    States Press EPA For Tougher Federal Air Rules

    A coalition of 12 states and the District of Columbia has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish stricter national air standards based on successful existing state and local measures, in an effort to reduce ozone and particulate pollution.

  • November 6, 2009

    House Approves Chemical, Water Plant Safety Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to approve a bill designed to mitigate the environmental consequences of an attack on chemical and water treatment plants, giving federal regulators the authority to order the use of safer substances and technologies at the riskiest facilities.

  • November 6, 2009

    EPA Names 5 New Regional Administrators

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the appointment of new regional administrators for five of its 10 regions around the U.S.