Environmental

  • August 28, 2009

    NYC, Exxon Face Off In Crucial Phase Of MTBE Trial

    Exxon Mobil Corp. is a miserly polluter, and the city of New York is out for an unjustified payday, jurors heard in the opening arguments of the third phase of the Queens groundwater contamination trial, which will decide the oil giant's liability for what could be $250 million in damages.

  • August 28, 2009

    Zurich Told It Must Cover Relocation In Oil Spill Case

    A federal judge has ruled that Zurich American Insurance Co. must pay a transportation company $153,000 to cover the temporary relocation of its employees from its headquarters while an oil spill was cleaned up at the site.

  • August 28, 2009

    Battle Heats Up Over Pacific Energy's Alaska Assets

    Pacific Energy Resources Ltd. has fired back at state and federal regulators that protested its plan to abandon oil and gas production assets near Alaska's Cook Inlet, saying the bankrupt energy company has done more than enough to address potential environmental liabilities.

  • August 28, 2009

    EPA Publishes New Rule On Airport De-Icing Waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has officially filed a new rule designed to make de-icing practices on aircraft and at airport runways more environmentally sound, while maintaining air safety as the top priority.

  • August 28, 2009

    Utah Seeks Fast Call On Venue Shift In Oil Leases Suit

    The state of Utah has asked a federal judge to speed up his decision on its request to move a high-profile case over oil leases on 77 parcels of land to a different court.

  • August 27, 2009

    EPA Sues Edison Unit Over Coal-Fired Power Plants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has hit Edison International subsidiary Midwest Generation EME LLC with a suit accusing the electrical utility of operating plants that release unlawfully high levels of acid rain-causing and asthma-inducing pollutants.

  • August 27, 2009

    Tyson Loses Bench Trial Bid In Chicken Waste Suit

    A judge has decided that a jury can consider part of a lawsuit brought by the state of Oklahoma accusing Tyson Foods Inc. and other poultry processors of polluting the Illinois River with chicken waste.

  • August 27, 2009

    Green Group Seeks Cert For Mountaintop Mine Case

    Environmental groups have taken their challenge of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitting process for mountaintop mining to the nation's highest court.

  • June 25, 2009

    CSB To Implement Chemical Release Reporting Rule

    On the heels of a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office condemning the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's “incomplete” database of accidental chemical releases, the board has said it plans to implement a rule requiring companies to report all such accidents.

  • July 15, 2009

    Clean Water Trust Fund Could Run Dry: GAO Report

    With American wastewater systems facing a potential shortfall up to $400 billion for necessary repairs over the next decade, finding the cash and consensus to support a clean water trust fund could prove difficult, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • July 8, 2009

    Bottled Water Standards Weaker Than For Tap: GAO

    Safety and consumer protections are often less stringent for bottled water than for tap water, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

  • August 27, 2009

    FEMA Faces New Suit Over Flood Insurance Program

    WildEarth Guardians has sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency in an ongoing attack by environmental groups on the National Flood Insurance Program, which they argue encourages development at the expense of endangered species.

  • August 27, 2009

    Reinsurers Appeal Arbitration Panel Appointment

    Chafing at the reinstatement of an arbitration panel, reinsurers Century Indemnity Co. and R&Q Reinsurance Co. are taking their dispute with Public Service Mutual Insurance Co. over coverage of a multimillion-dollar environmental claim to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

  • June 22, 2009

    High Court To Mull Reining In FCA Whistleblowers

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on whether whistleblowers can still file suit under the False Claims Act if state or local governments have already disclosed the alleged wrongdoing in administrative reports, taking up a fraud case brought by a county soil and water conservation district employee.

  • June 15, 2009

    Lawmakers Cast Doubt On EPA Database Reforms

    Congressional lawmakers have vowed to closely monitor a series of reforms meant to streamline the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's system for evaluating the public health risk of potentially hazardous chemicals, saying the proposed changes may not be enough to bring the database up to speed.

  • June 9, 2009

    GAO, Scientists Urge Greater Transparency At EPA

    Despite the fact that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has changed course on a slew of Bush-era decisions, a representative of the Union of Concerned Scientists told a Senate committee the agency needed more reforms, such as whistleblower protection for scientists, to ensure that sound science guides policy decisions.

  • August 27, 2009

    BNSF Railway Seeks To Toss Repeat Pollution Suit

    Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. is seeking the dismissal of a case filed by neighbors who claim the company polluted their groundwater with diesel, oil and toxic solvents, saying it won the exact same case 20 years ago and that the plaintiffs "do not get two bites at the same apple."

  • August 27, 2009

    Xcel Fails To Broaden Coverage For $120M Cleanup

    A Minnesota appeals court has affirmed a lower court decision that established Minnesota as the proper venue, and the state's allocation method as the best way to divvy up costs, in Xcel Energy Inc.'s dispute with insurers over $120 million of environmental cleanups in Wisconsin.

  • August 27, 2009

    Chinese Lawmakers Back Climate Change Efforts

    Chinese legislators reportedly approved a resolution Thursday agreeing to push forward with efforts to combat climate change, nearly 100 days ahead of a global climate summit.

  • May 21, 2009

    EPA Reforms Process For Chemical Risk Assessment

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced reforms to its system for evaluating the public health risk of potentially hazardous chemicals, pledging to bring transparency to a process criticized last year for being vulnerable to political influence.