Environmental

  • August 27, 2009

    Australia Gives Go-Ahead To Chevron LNG Project

    Australia's environment minister has given conditional blessing to an expanded environmental protection plan submitted by Chevron Corp. for its $42 billion Gorgon liquefied natural gas development, clearing the way for a final investment call from the oil giant and its partners.

  • August 26, 2009

    USVI Water Pollution Suit Against Dow, Vulcan Nixed

    A federal judge has dismissed a case brought by the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources against The Dow Chemical Co. and Vulcan Materials Co. alleging dry cleaning chemicals made by the two companies contaminated an aquifer in the Virgin Islands.

  • August 26, 2009

    NYC Beats Out Exxon In Phase 2 Of MTBE Trial

    A federal jury has sided with New York City in the second phase of a $250 million trial over groundwater allegedly contaminated by Exxon Mobil Corp., paving the way for the case to continue to a high-stakes showdown in phase three.

  • August 26, 2009

    EPA Announces Steps To Combat Lead Poisoning

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced new initiatives to protect U.S. consumers from lead poisoning, which include proposed tougher restrictions on lead-based paint products.

  • August 26, 2009

    10th Circ. To Rehear Hydro Appeal Over Mine Permit

    A federal appeals court has agreed to rehear an appeal over whether drilling company Hydro Resources Inc.'s plans to build a uranium mine in northwestern New Mexico should fall under federal or state jurisdiction.

  • August 26, 2009

    LA Darling Dealt Another Blow In Superfund Spat

    A federal judge has refused to reconsider a July decision denying summary judgment to display maker L.A. Darling Co. in a suit over recovery costs for a Bronson, Mich., Superfund site.

  • August 26, 2009

    US Chamber Demands Hearing On GHG Finding

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has renewed calls for an on-the-record public hearing about the scientific evidence used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its proposed greenhouse gas endangerment finding, saying the public should have its chance to refute “spurious” scientific claims.

  • August 25, 2009

    Pa. Appeals Court Revives Challenge To Sewage Rule

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has revived a challenge to East Brunswick Township’s ordinance that put restrictions on farms' use of sewage sludge to fertilize land.

  • August 25, 2009

    7th Circ. Says Apex Cleanup Not Discharged In Ch. 11

    A federal appeals court has upheld an order requiring Apex Oil Inc. to remediate soil and groundwater contamination from a former refinery in Hartford, Ill., at a cost that could top $150 million.

  • August 25, 2009

    EPA, Vertellus Strike Deal In Clean Air Act Suit

    Vertellus Agriculture and Nutrition Specialties LLC has agreed to pay a $425,000 penalty and upgrade its facilities to settle allegations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice that the chemical company violated the Clean Air Act at an Indianapolis plant.

  • August 25, 2009

    Enviros Have Standing In PacifiCorp Plant Suit: Judge

    A federal judge has backed environmentalists’ standing to sue PacifiCorp over pollution from a power plant in Wyoming, but refrained from granting summary judgment on their claims that the density of the emissions exceeds the limit, citing a need for closer scrutiny.

  • August 25, 2009

    NH High Court Pulls Oil Cos. Back Into MTBE Suit

    New Hampshire’s highest court has ruled that the state's contamination suit against oil refining companies Flint Hills Resources LP and Western Refining Yorktown Inc. was properly served, remanding a lower court’s dismissal of the case.

  • August 25, 2009

    W.Va. Enviro Agency Found To Have Violated CWA

    A federal judge has ruled that the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection violated the Clean Water Act by allowing pollutants to be discharged at various bond forfeiture sites without a permit required by federal law.

  • August 25, 2009

    NH Hits North Star Up For $2M Over Enviro Deal

    New Hampshire’s insurance commissioner has filed suit against North Star Reinsurance Corp. to recover roughly $2.2 million allegedly owed to now-defunct the Home Insurance Co. as part of the liquidated insurer’s settlement of environmental damage claims.

  • August 25, 2009

    Feds Win Extension To Respond To Oil Shale Suit

    A federal judge has granted the U.S. government's fourth request to delay its response to a suit seeking to block a Bush-era plan to open up 2 million acres in the Rocky Mountain West to oil shale and tar sands leasing.

  • August 25, 2009

    Sunoco Can't Seek Costs, Fees From US: Judge

    Sunoco Inc. has lost its bid to seek attorneys’ fees and costs from the U.S. under the Tank Act in a long-running dispute over whether a Philadelphia-area refinery owned by the oil company caused a contamination plume, and whether the U.S. should reimburse Sunoco for the cost of investigating the site.

  • August 24, 2009

    Jury Begins Deliberating In Exxon MTBE Case

    Jury deliberations are under way in phase two of the $250 million trial over New York City groundwater allegedly contaminated by Exxon Mobil Corp.

  • August 24, 2009

    GE Aims To Torpedo Arranger Liability Ruling

    General Electric Co. has asked a federal judge to withdraw a finding that the company arranged for waste disposal in New Hampshire, arguing that a U.S. Supreme Court decision absolves it of arranger liability in the U.S. government's suit over a $9 million cleanup.

  • August 24, 2009

    Water Pollution Claims Proceed Against San Joaquin

    A federal judge in California has allowed water pollution claims against San Joaquin County to proceed, rejecting the county's argument that the plaintiffs were unable to show subject matter jurisdiction and lacked standing to file suit.

  • August 24, 2009

    Beazer Agrees To Pay Part Of $3.7M Cleanup In Pa.

    Beazer East Inc. has agreed to reimburse the commonwealth of Pennsylvania for nearly $2 million of the more than $3.7 million the state says it spent on cleaning up hazardous contamination at an old landfill in western Pennsylvania.