Environmental

  • January 30, 2009

    Arnold & Porter Scores Enviro Expert From Bingham

    Arnold & Porter LLP has scored a significant addition to its environmental practice, hiring expert Karen Nardi for its San Francisco office from Bingham McCutchen LLP.

  • January 29, 2009

    20 States Not Complying With Energy Rule: EU

    The European Commission has told 20 of its member states that they are not complying with the European Union's 2006 Energy Services Directive, which aims to provide a framework for improving energy efficiency.

  • January 29, 2009

    House To Revisit Tougher Mining Rules, Royalties

    Lawmakers have brought back to Capitol Hill a controversial mining reform bill that would subject miners to harsher environmental regulations and, for the first time, require them to pay government royalties.

  • January 29, 2009

    Wildlife Group Sues DOI Over Polar Bear Rule

    The Defenders of Wildlife are fighting a rule allowing for the incidental take of polar bears that the U.S. government issued to protect energy interests in the Arctic on the same day it listed the animal as threatened.

  • January 29, 2009

    Ore. Halts Plans For LNG Plant

    Plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal in Oregon have hit a stumbling block, as a board of appeals Tuesday backed environmental groups and ordered the county commission responsible for permitting the project to review its decision.

  • January 29, 2009

    EU Targets 10 Countries Over PM10 Emissions

    The European Commission kicked off infringement proceedings Thursday against 10 member states that the agency claims have yet to comply with the European Union's limits on environmentally harmful airborne particles emitted from traffic and home heating.

  • January 30, 2009

    Ohio Town Sues SunCoke To Stop New Coke Plant

    A city in Ohio has sued a unit of Sunoco Inc. to halt the construction of a coke manufacturing plant that it claims evades federal emissions laws.

  • January 30, 2009

    Calif. Panel Blocks Offshore Drilling Project

    A state panel has shot down a proposal stemming from an unusual compromise between a Houston-based oil company and several anti-oil organizations that would have allowed the first new drilling venture off the California coast in four decades.

  • January 29, 2009

    Shipping Co. Settles EPA Action Over PCB-Laden Ship

    Global Shipping LLC and an affiliate have paid federal watchdogs roughly $520,000 to settle allegations the companies illegally transported and disposed of a ship containing toxic materials.

  • January 28, 2009

    Salazar Promises Caution On Offshore Drilling

    Ken Salazar, recently appointed secretary of the interior, has said that future offshore oil drilling will be part of a broader energy plan, expressed skepticism of the previous administration's proposed oil shale leasing program and promised reform of the department's scandal-ridden Royalty-in-Kind program.

  • January 28, 2009

    Judge Pares Cleanup Claims Against Genesco

    A federal judge has dismissed a host of environmental claims from a lawsuit brought by a town on New York's Long Island against Genesco Inc. and Gordon-Atlantic Corp., but has kept a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act claim and certain indemnification claims in play.

  • January 28, 2009

    Wash. Sens. Push 'Clean Energy, Green Jobs' Bills

    Attempting to capitalize on the chance to boost the economy through the green energy sector, Democrats in Washington state have proposed a package of bills that would lower energy costs, create new jobs and provide training for unemployed workers.

  • January 28, 2009

    Colo. Lawmakers Reject Delay Of New Drilling Rules

    A Colorado state legislative committee has rejected a bill that would have delayed the implementation of new natural gas and oil drilling environmental rules, leaving opponents little option except to try to modify the rules individually.

  • January 28, 2009

    WildEarth To Sue FWS Over 21 Species' Protection

    Wildlife protection group WildEarth Guardians said Wednesday it planned to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s alleged failure to federally protect 21 endangered animals and plants under the Endangered Species Act.

  • January 28, 2009

    EPA Amends Emissions Standards For Some Plants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it is eliminating the opacity standard, which prohibits the emission of air contaminants dark enough to obscure a person's vision, for certain fossil-fuel fired electric utility facilities.

  • January 27, 2009

    Asarco, Denver Strike Deal On Environmental Claims

    Asarco LLC has asked the bankruptcy court in charge of its Chapter 11 proceedings to approve a settlement pact that would resolve the city of Denver's environmental claims against the mining company in exchange for an allowed general unsecured claim of $640,000.

  • January 27, 2009

    Valero Sued Over Slurry Discharge At NJ Refinery

    Valero Energy Corp. is facing a proposed class action from neighbors of its Paulsboro, N.J., refining plant who claim the company should pay for damage to their homes and other personal property that was allegedly caused by a hazardous slurry release from the refinery.

  • January 27, 2009

    NOAA Authorizes, Regulates Navy Sonar Training

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has authorized the U.S. Navy to conduct sonar training off the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, but has also issued guidelines to minimize the activities' impact on marine mammals.

  • January 27, 2009

    Calif. Board's Actions On Goodrich Cleanup Nullified

    A court has ruled that the California State Water Resources Control Board improperly accepted jurisdiction over a matter concerning the cleanup of a contaminated site previously owned by Goodrich Corp., requiring the board to revisit more than a year's worth of actions related to the cleanup.

  • January 27, 2009

    6th Circ. Upholds Class Denial In Toxic Train Spill Suit

    Crushing the plaintiffs' latest attempt to secure class status in a suit over a train derailment and chemical spill, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has affirmed a denial of class certification for Tennessee residents seeking damages from Norfolk Southern Corp.