Environmental

  • September 30, 2009

    Hodgson Russ Taps Fleming For NY Litigation Practice

    Hodgson Russ LLP has announced the addition of Cathy Fleming as a partner in the firm's New York office, where she will strengthen its business litigation practice area, the firm says.

  • September 30, 2009

    Feds Hit Motiva Up For $1.4M Over Oil Plume Cleanup

    The U.S. Coast Guard has sued oil services company Motiva Enterprises LLC — a joint venture between Saudi Refining Inc., Texaco and Shell Oil Co. — for $1.35 million in unreimbursed costs for the cleanup of a 100,000-gallon underground oil plume that spread from its Fairfax, Va., distribution plant to a nearby creek.

  • September 30, 2009

    Ford, Severstal Cleanup Suit Against MichCon Pared

    A federal judge has trimmed a suit filed by Ford Motor Co. and steel manufacturer Severstal North America Inc. to force Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. to cover environmental cleanup costs at a swath of land near Michigan's Rouge River.

  • September 30, 2009

    EPA Unveils Research Strategy For Nanomaterials

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled a new strategy to guide its research into how nanomaterials used in a growing number of consumer products might be harming human health and the environment.

  • September 30, 2009

    9th Circ. Returns Philippines Mine Suit To State Court

    A federal appeals court has sent a mining pollution suit brought by citizens of an island in the Philippines against a company absorbed by Barrick Gold Corp. back to state court in Nevada following years of jurisdictional disputes between the parties.

  • September 30, 2009

    Boxer-Kerry Bill Pledges Big Cuts, With Few Details

    Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., on Wednesday formally unveiled the U.S. Senate's version of landmark climate change legislation, which proposes deeper emissions cuts than the U.S. House of Representatives' take but leaves many of critics' biggest questions unanswered.

  • September 30, 2009

    Ill. Pipeline Operator Fined For Gas Leaks

    An Illinois pipeline operator has agreed to pay more than $350,000 in civil fines to state authorities for allowing tens of thousands of gallons of gasoline to leak from its pipeline system.

  • September 30, 2009

    EPA, Obama Admin. Call For Chemical Law Reform

    Saying the nation's three-decade-old law on the regulation of toxic chemicals was not an adequate tool for protecting the public, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the Obama administration's core principals to help guide legislative reform of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act.

  • September 29, 2009

    Plaintiffs Pursue Penalty In Egg Farm Emissions Flap

    Neighbors of an egg farm suing the facility for failing to report noxious ammonia emissions have asked a federal judge to reconsider sanctioning the defendant for allegedly destroying evidence when it excavated a manure lagoon central to the case.

  • September 29, 2009

    Greenberg Traurig Snatches WilmerHale Enviro. Atty

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has bolstered its environmental practice group in the Washington, D.C., area with the addition of former WilmerHale LLP partner Jeffrey Davidson, an experienced litigator whose interest in the intersection of public policy and dispute resolution has taken him across the U.S. during his 32-year career.

  • September 29, 2009

    Manitoba Cries Foul On US Water Supply Project

    The Canadian province of Manitoba is asking a federal court to maintain an injunction preventing the U.S. government from completing a water supply project in North Dakota, saying the U.S. has failed to adequately assess the plan's environmental impacts.

  • September 29, 2009

    Chevron's $27B Amazon Case To Get New Judge

    Mired in a bribery scandal, the Ecuadorian judge overseeing the $27 billion environmental suit against Chevron Corp. will be replaced by a colleague, injecting a new degree of uncertainty in a suit the oil giant claims has been rigged from the beginning.

  • September 29, 2009

    US Bancorp Ups Funding For $100M Solar Project

    U.S. Bancorp's community development unit agreed Tuesday to beef up a tax equity financing arrangement with SolarCity, a California solar power developer, to help fund $100 million in solar power installations.

  • September 29, 2009

    Swift Settles With Ill. Over Laundry Product Spill

    Trucking giant Swift Transportation Co. Inc. has agreed to pay about $177,000 to settle a lawsuit arising from the spill of diesel fuel, laundry detergent, nonchlorine bleach and fabric softener into a creek near Champaign, Ill.

  • September 29, 2009

    La. Citizens Can't Sue To Clean Groundwater: Exxon

    Exxon Mobil Corp. has asked a federal judge to toss a Louisiana landowner's claim for damages to clean groundwater allegedly tainted by the oil giant, contending that citizens can't reap money for restoring a state-owned resource.

  • September 29, 2009

    EU Takes Aim At Carbon Credit Carousel Fraud

    In response to a recent wave of carbon credit-related tax fraud, the European Union on Tuesday adopted a measure allowing countries to implement targeted domestic reverse-charge border mechanisms, hoping to keep schemers from diverting value-added tax revenue from countries' coffers.

  • September 28, 2009

    Kerry, Boxer To Put Forth Tougher Climate Bill

    Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and John Kerry, D-Mass., reportedly will introduce new, more stringent climate change legislation in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

  • September 28, 2009

    Exelon To Exit Chamber Over Climate Change Policy

    Less than a week after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. revealed it had pulled out of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the chief of fellow utility Exelon Corp. said Monday that his company likewise planned to exit the lobbying group based on its efforts to block legislation to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

  • September 28, 2009

    Dow, Pharmacia, BNSF Cleared In Minn. Superfund Suit

    A judge has let Dow Chemical Corp., Pharmacia Corp. and Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. off the hook on a set of environmental and personal injury claims related to dioxin contamination at the St. Regis Co. Superfund site on an American Indian reservation in Cass Lake, Minn.

  • September 28, 2009

    Desert Rock Power Plant Plan Faces Further Review

    Federal regulators will take a second look at Desert Rock Energy Co. LLC's proposal to construct a new 1,500-megawatt coal-fired power plant in northwest New Mexico, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Appeals Board remanding the project's permits to the agency for further review.