Environmental

  • October 10, 2008

    Environmental Group Files Suit Over Protecting Seals

    An environmental group has asked a federal court to require the city of San Diego to put up a barrier at a local beach to protect a colony of seals as they rear newborn seal pups and to take other measures to ensure the seals are not disturbed.

  • October 9, 2008

    GAO Probes Quick Access To Utah Gas Wells

    Congressional investigators are visiting Bill Barrett Corp. gas wells in Utah's Nine Mile Canyon as part of an inquiry into a streamlined approval process used to grant access to drilling sites without conducting full environmental studies. The sites are home to ancient cliff murals, which activists say are at risk.

  • October 9, 2008

    Activists' Salmon Harvest Victory May Be Too Late

    Conservation groups concerned that Canada is harvesting too much endangered and threatened salmon got a green light on Wednesday from a federal appeals court to challenge some aspects of the Pacific Salmon Treaty of 1999 – but that treaty has since been renegotiated by Canada and the United States.

  • October 9, 2008

    Del. Approves Wind Power Deals

    The Delaware Public Service Commission has green-lit three contracts for the purchase of up to 170 megawatts of energy from land-based wind farms, bringing the state closer to its goal of 20 percent renewable energy by 2019, Delmarva Power said Wednesday.

  • October 9, 2008

    Foul Landfill Odor Leads To 600-Plaintiff Suit In Ohio

    More than 600 Ohio residents fed up with foul odors stemming from a recycling and disposal landfill in Stark County since 2006 have sued the landfill's owner for not controlling fumes and gases created by aluminum dross disposed of at the site.

  • October 8, 2008

    Groups Sue National Coal Over Selenium Dumping

    The Sierra Club and other environmental groups have sued National Coal Corp. for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act by dumping toxic selenium into rivers in Tennessee.

  • October 8, 2008

    Severstal Settles Allegations Of PCB Violations

    Severstal Sparrows Point LLC will pay $107,500 to resolve allegations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it improperly stored and disposed of polychlorinated biphenyls at its Baltimore steelmaking facility.

  • October 8, 2008

    DOE Calls For 'Advanced Biofuels'

    The U.S. Department of Energy has called for sharp increases in the production of plant- and biomass-based ethanol, arguing that corn-based biofuels alone can't meet the federal government's Renewable Fuels Standard.

  • October 8, 2008

    EPA Fines Commercial Laundry For Hazardous Waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took a commercial industrial laundry to the cleaners Monday, hitting the company with a $425,000 fine for failing to control hazardous air emissions at two California facilities.

  • October 8, 2008

    SEPTA Settles Hazardous Waste Violations For $1M

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority over alleged violations of regulations governing hazardous waste and underground storage tanks at several SEPTA facilities.

  • October 13, 2008

    Lawyers Look To High Court For Superfund Clarity

    A Shell Oil Co. Superfund case headed for the U.S. Supreme Court could for the first time set the standard for what landowners must do to unload some of their cleanup liability, potentially wiping away uncertainty that for years prompted many companies to settle rather than fight joint and several liability in the courts, attorneys said.

  • October 8, 2008

    Heller Ehrman's Loss Is Pillsbury's Gain

    The head count of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's team of attorneys devoted to dealing with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has almost doubled, with the addition of four new energy attorneys — including two partners — from Heller Ehrman LLP.

  • October 8, 2008

    Top Companies Singled Out For Emissions Reductions

    Pfizer Inc., Caterpillar Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc. and 3M Co. were among the seven big-name companies that received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recognition on Wednesday for significantly reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

  • October 8, 2008

    Inventor Sues Soil Remediation Co. Over Patents

    An inventor of soil and groundwater remediation technologies has taken on environmental consulting firm Groundwater & Environmental Services Inc. in an infringement suit over more than a dozen patents relating to cleanup systems for environmental contaminants.

  • October 7, 2008

    EU Panel Approves Climate Change Bill

    A panel of the European Parliament has given the green light to a sweeping and potentially costly climate change plan despite pressure from industry and business owners to tone down emissions targets in light of the deepening credit crisis in Europe.

  • October 7, 2008

    9th Circ. Backs FCC Over Bird-Killing Towers

    An appeals court has grounded allegations by conservationists that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission violated the Endangered Species Act when it issued communication tower permits in Hawaii without considering the towers' environmental impact.

  • October 7, 2008

    UN Report Criticizes Biofuel Subsidies

    The United Nations has warned in a new report that subsidies for the production of biofuels in developed countries may drive up food prices, hurt rural farmers and threaten environmental sustainability.

  • October 7, 2008

    DOI To Designate Critical Habitat For Polar Bears

    The U.S. Interior Department has agreed to designate “critical habitat” for polar bears before June 2010, as part of a partial settlement reached Monday with conservation groups who allege oil development threatens the species.

  • October 7, 2008

    Judge Trims Citgo Award In Ruptured Pipeline Suit

    A Texas appeals court has upheld most of an almost $1.5 million jury verdict for Citgo Products Pipeline Co., but cut attorneys' fees and just over $280,000 in damages in a case over a gasoline pipeline ruptured by several companies digging to lay underground fiber-optic cable.

  • October 7, 2008

    EPA Rule Aims To Boost Hazardous Waste Recycling

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled new regulations on solid waste intended to encourage business to recycle more of what have traditionally been classified as hazardous materials.