Environmental

  • September 28, 2009

    Marathon Hits Storage Co. With $5.6M Contract Suit

    Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC is demanding more than $5.6 million in damages from Midwest Marine Inc., a storage facility it says breached a contract by refusing to pay for the cleanup of almost 13,000 tons of spilled liquid asphalt.

  • September 25, 2009

    NJ County Loses Bid To Block New FEMA Flood Maps

    A New Jersey federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by Monmouth County seeking to block the Federal Emergency Management Agency's implementation of new flood insurance rate maps that were to become effective Friday.

  • September 25, 2009

    Senate Dems May Unveil Climate Change Bill Soon

    Senate Democrats reportedly will introduce a bill to cut greenhouse gas emissions Sept. 30, though some political insiders say it's unlikely a bill would pass before December's international summit on climate change in Copenhagen.

  • September 25, 2009

    One Beacon Bid To Reconsider Fails In Asbestos Spat

    One Beacon Insurance Co. has lost a bid for reconsideration of a July decision in which a federal court ruled that glass company Pilkington North America Inc. could sue One Beacon and other insurers for the cost of cleaning up a contaminated site and paying out related asbestos claims.

  • September 25, 2009

    Alberta-Wis. Oil Pipeline Suit Transferred To Minn.

    A federal judge has sent a Sierra Club suit against the U.S. Department of State from California to Minnesota, saying that the environmental group's attempt to block the construction of an oil pipeline from Alberta to Wisconsin would be better heard in the jurisdiction with the greatest local interest.

  • September 25, 2009

    Honeywell Fined For Chemical Accidents

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has hit Honeywell International Inc. with a $550,000 civil penalty for separate chemical accidents that killed one person and sickened workers and residents living near its Baton Rouge, La., chemical plant.

  • September 24, 2009

    EPA Sues Nebraska Ethanol Plant Over Pollution

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has filed suit against Nebraska ethanol producer Midwest Renewable Energy LLC alleging the plant has racked up numerous violations of the Clean Air Act and seeking to halt the problems before the facility potentially boosts its output by as much as sixfold.

  • September 24, 2009

    Ariz. Chemical Co. To Pay $1.2M For River Cleanup

    Arizona-based chemical manufacturer Apache Nitrogen Products Inc. agreed Thursday to pay the U.S. government $1.2 million to settle a suit over cleanup of waste from an industrial plant that polluted the San Pedro River.

  • September 24, 2009

    Stop Investigator Depositions In Citgo Spill: Feds

    Attorneys for the United States are trying to keep Citgo Petroleum Corp. from deposing U.S. Coast Guard investigators in the government's lawsuit against the global gas giant over 2.2 million gallons of oil it allegedly spilled into Louisiana waterways in 2006.

  • September 24, 2009

    Seafood Cos. Fail To Net Valdez Punitive Damages

    A federal appeals court has decided not to rehear a case that two seafood processors brought in an attempt to collect punitive damages, along with a more than $8 million settlement, for harm suffered due to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

  • September 24, 2009

    Fla. Toxic Tort Suits To Proceed Without Crescent

    A federal judge has approved a bid to sever bankrupt real estate developer Crescent Resources LLC from 64 toxic tort actions pending in Florida state court so that the plaintiffs may proceed against a number of other defendants, which include Siemens Communications Inc., General Dynamics Corp. and Plessey Inc.

  • September 23, 2009

    Crooked $27B Suit Violates Trade Treaty: Chevron

    Citing corruption in the Ecuadorean court where Chevron Corp. is battling a high-profile environmental suit, the oil giant has filed for an arbitration proceeding under a 1997 trade treaty that would short-circuit the $27 billion pollution claims.

  • September 23, 2009

    EPA Releases List Of Potential Water Contaminants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday released a list of 104 chemicals — including butanol, acephate and perchlorate — and 12 microbes that may require regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

  • September 23, 2009

    McKenna Long Energy Vet Joins Manatt Phelps

    Former McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP partner Stephen Gardner has joined Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP as a partner in the firm's energy, environment and natural resources practice.

  • September 23, 2009

    PG&E Leaves Chamber Over Climate Stance

    Indicating a growing rift among businesses in dealing with climate issues, California-based Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pulled out of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, citing “fundamental differences” with the business group’s battle against legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • September 23, 2009

    Colo. Loses Bid To Control Army Weapons Treatment

    A federal judge has thwarted an effort by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to gain a measure of control over the treatment of chemical weapons stockpiled by the U.S. Army in Pueblo, Colo.

  • September 23, 2009

    Plutonic, GE Unit Move Ahead With Wind Farm Deal

    Following the completion of an extensive due diligence process, Plutonic Power Corp. and a unit of General Electric Co. are pushing forward with their effort to purchase the largest wind farm under construction in British Columbia from bankrupt EarthFirst Canada Inc., the firms said Wednesday.

  • September 23, 2009

    Poland, Estonia Win Bid To Strike EU Carbon Limits

    A European court has ruled that Poland and Estonia can reject a fixed ceiling on their carbon emissions handed down by the European Commission, striking a blow at the regulator's attempt to curb what it considers to be too-high emission levels set by member nations.

  • September 22, 2009

    The North Face Could Be Hit With $1M EPA Fine

    VF Corp., owner of The North Face brand of clothing and apparel, faces approximately $1 million in fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for selling shoes containing an unregistered pesticide and making unfounded claims regarding the footwear's health benefits.

  • September 22, 2009

    USDA Incorrectly Deregulated Modified Beets: Judge

    A federal judge has sided with the Sierra Club and other environmental groups that argued the U.S. Department of Agriculture didn't do enough to study the impacts of genetically modified sugar beet crops before it deregulated them at the request of Monsanto Co. and another seed company.