Environmental

  • 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.

  • January 27, 2009

    EPA To Weigh Stricter Ocean Water Acidity Limits

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday granted an environmental group's request that it study whether ocean acidification should be regulated under the Clean Water Act — a petition the Bush administration had failed to respond to.

  • January 26, 2009

    Obama Accelerates State Auto Emissions Limits

    President Barack Obama directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to move quickly to allow California and more than a dozen states to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, wasting no time in addressing his promise to step up state and federal climate change initiatives.

  • January 26, 2009

    EPA Takes Tough Stance On SD Coal Power Plant

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has voiced objections to South Dakota's proposed permit for a coal-fired plant and demanded requirements for state-of-the-art pollution controls, winning strong praise from the environmental community, which saw the move as a return to enforcement.

  • January 26, 2009

    Obama Taps Retired Latham Partner For DOI Post

    President Barack Obama has nominated David J. Hayes, the retired global chairman of Latham & Watkins LLP's environment, land and resources department, to be deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, in a move lauded by environmental conservation groups.

  • January 28, 2009

    EU Issues Proposals Ahead Of UN Climate Talks

    The European Commission proposed Wednesday that developed countries create a worldwide carbon market, take on strict emissions targets and provide more funding to the developing world as a way to temper climate change, offering its blueprint for the United Nation's Copenhagen climate conference in December, where the global community will try to hammer out a follow-up to the Kyoto Protocol.

  • January 26, 2009

    Wellinghoff To Push Green Energy As FERC Head

    President Barack Obama has named commissioner Jon Wellinghoff as acting chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, appointing a leader who pledged to focus the agency's work on the need to expand green energy sources.

  • February 2, 2009

    Shift From Bush Enviro Agenda Likely To Be Subtle

    The Obama administration is unlikely to directly attack positions taken by its predecessor in pending environmental lawsuits, but there are a number of mechanisms at its disposal that will have the practical effect of rebutting Bush-era policies, experts say.

  • January 26, 2009

    GE Adds Cost Of Water Line To Hudson Cleanup

    General Electric Co. has agreed to pay millions to fund the cost of a water line that, if needed, will provide fresh water to towns in the Adirondack Mountains when dredging operations begin this spring to clean poisonous chemicals from the Hudson River.

  • January 26, 2009

    Studebaker Successor Liable For Cleanup Costs: SC

    The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that Cooper Industries LLC, the successor to the long-dissolved Studebaker Corp., along with insurers of Studebaker, can be held liable for potentially tens of millions of dollars in cleanup costs for a massive industrial site.

  • January 26, 2009

    Insurers Liable For Appleton PCB Cleanup: Judge

    A Wisconsin judge has upheld a 2008 jury verdict holding eight insurance companies liable for Appleton Papers Inc.'s portion of upward of $400 million in costs to clean polychlorinated biphenyl contamination out of local waterways.

  • January 26, 2009

    Hausfeld Launches Global HQ, Names New Partners

    Recently formed claimants litigation firm Hausfeld LLP announced Tuesday that it has opened a new office in Washington, D.C., to serve as its global headquarters.