Environmental

  • February 24, 2010

    Sens. Propose Broader Renewable Electricity Standard

    Sens. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and John Ensign, R-Nev., have proposed legislation that would expand draft language for a federal renewable electricity standard to make all forms of renewable energy technology eligible to meet increasing renewable electricity benchmarks.

  • February 23, 2010

    LA County Faces Fines Over Water Pollution

    A California regional water quality control board will decide in May whether to fine the Los Angeles County Flood Control District $275,000 for allegedly allowing bacterial pollution to flow into the Marina del Rey harbor over the course of two years.

  • February 23, 2010

    Sunoco Renews Bid To Extinguish Oil Plume Claim

    Sunoco Inc. has revived its bid to trim a suit brought by the U.S. government over liability for the spread of an oil plume in Philadelphia, arguing that a 2003 agreement precludes state and federal agencies from asserting a Uniform Contribution Among Tortfeasors Act claim against the company.

  • February 23, 2010

    Esso CERCLA Counterclaim Tossed In Oil Leak Suit

    A federal judge has dismissed one of Esso Standard Oil Co.'s environmental counterclaims in a Puerto Rican property owners' suit over oil leaks that caused damage and contamination to the land and water at one of company's service stations.

  • February 23, 2010

    EPA Stands By GHG Plan, But Lengthens Time Line

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on Tuesday defended the agency's intention to push ahead with greenhouse gas emission regulation for stationary and mobile sources, albeit at a slower pace, responding to lawmakers' economic and scientific concerns.

  • February 23, 2010

    Chevron's $27B Amazon Case Gets Another New Judge

    The Ecuadorean court overseeing a $27 billion environmental damage case against Chevron Corp. has picked a new judge, Judge Leonardo Ordonez, to preside over the case.

  • February 22, 2010

    EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases Pushed To 2011

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced Monday that new greenhouse gas regulations for power plants and other large stationary sources under the Clean Air Act will not go into effect until 2011.

  • February 22, 2010

    Anderson Kill Scores Enviro, Insurance Recovery Lawyer

    Anderson Kill & Olick PC's Newark, N.J., office has picked up an attorney from Robertson Freilich Bruno & Cohen LLC who specializes in the cleanup of contaminated property and in insurance recovery.

  • February 22, 2010

    Cummins To Pay $2.1M To Settle EPA Suit Over Engines

    Cummins Inc. agreed Monday to pay $2.1 million and recall 405 engines to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the Indiana auto parts maker violated federal environmental law by shipping more than 570,000 diesel engines without pollution control equipment.

  • February 22, 2010

    Brownfields Slump Highlights Room For Reform

    After some good years, brownfields redevelopment has taken an even bigger hit than other types of real estate development and fallen off drastically, prompting calls for reform.

  • February 22, 2010

    US Not Liable For Timber Contract Breach: Fed. Circ.

    A federal appeals court has taken the U.S. government off the hook for $3.34 million in damages stemming from breach of contract allegations, holding that the U.S. Forest Service had a contractual right to suspend Precision Pine & Timber Inc.'s Arizona timber harvesting operation in the 1990s to protect endangered species.

  • February 22, 2010

    Fleet To Pay $10M Over Cosco Busan Oil Spill

    Fleet Management Ltd. will pay $10 million for its role in the Cosco Busan oil spill, caused when the ship struck the San Francisco Bay Bridge in 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced.

  • February 22, 2010

    McKesson, Angeles Ink $4.5M Deal To End Enviro Feud

    Drug distributor McKesson Corp. has asked a federal judge to endorse a more than $4.5 million settlement with Angeles Chemical Co. Inc. to end long-running litigation over cleanup costs related to the Omega Chemical Corp. Superfund site in Whittier, Calif.

  • February 22, 2010

    SC County Fights To Avoid Landfill Tab In CERCLA Suit

    A South Carolina county has asked to intervene in a Superfund case against Schlumberger Technology Corp., saying it needs to protect its residents from assuming financial responsibility for the maintenance of a sediment disposal site to be built as part of a settlement in the litigation.

  • February 22, 2010

    Citizen Can Sue Exxon For Cleanup Costs: Judge

    A federal judge has declined to reconsider an order denying Exxon Mobil Corp.'s bid to toss a Louisiana landowner's damages claim for groundwater cleanup, rejecting the oil giant's argument that state law precludes citizens from reaping money for restoring a state-owned resource.

  • February 22, 2010

    PacifiCorp To Pay $450M To Remove Ore., Calif. Dams

    Federal and state officials have reached final agreements with energy giant PacifiCorp to remove four long-controversial hydropower dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and Northern California at a cost of $450 million.

  • February 22, 2010

    CERCLA Claims Against 2 Cos. Dropped In Oil Suit

    Sloss Industries Corp. and Rescar Inc. can't be held responsible under federal law for the costs of cleaning up an oil spill from a railcar bound for Marathon Petroleum Co., but might still be liable under state law, a judge has said.

  • February 19, 2010

    Amazonian Tribes Fight Chevron's Arbitration Bid

    Representatives of indigenous tribes in Ecuador are fighting Chevron Corp.'s bid to arbitrate liability claims in an international court for an alleged $27 billion in environmental damage to the Amazon rain forest, arguing that the company is seeking to break its promise to litigate the case in Ecuador.

  • February 19, 2010

    CropLife Looks To Protect Interests In Polar Bear Suit

    CropLife America has requested to intervene on the side of the U.S. government in the Center for Biological Diversity's suit seeking to invalidate the trade organization's registrations for pesticides that allegedly jeopardize the threatened polar bear.

  • February 19, 2010

    Green Group Drops La. Agency From Clean Air Suit

    A nonprofit community group has dropped the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality from a suit accusing government officials of failing to take appropriate measures to protect Baton Rouge, La., residents from allegedly dangerous levels of air pollution.