Environmental

  • May 18, 2009

    Environmentalists Cry Foul Over EPA Mining Permits

    The Obama administration is under fire after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency purportedly gave the go-ahead to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to approve up to 42 new permits for mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia.

  • May 15, 2009

    Water Infrastructure Aid Bill Advances To Full Senate

    Having clinched committee approval, a bill co-sponsored by Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., that would reauthorize and increase funding for states seeking to upgrade water infrastructure systems to comply with the Clean Water Act is headed to the full Senate.

  • May 15, 2009

    Group Sues EPA Over Ocean Acidification Threat

    A conservation group has taken a new tack in the drive to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to protect Washington state's ocean waters from the threat of ocean acidification.

  • May 15, 2009

    Stupak Tries Again To Rein In Energy Speculators

    Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., has introduced a bill aimed at preventing speculators from manipulating energy markets and artificially inflating prices, particularly with respect to any upcoming cap-and-trade program.

  • May 14, 2009

    Minn. Court Finds Phosphorus Wastewater Rule Valid

    A Minnesota appeals court has tossed a challenge from almost 80 municipalities, upholding a state rule limiting the amount of phosphorus wastewater that treatment plants can dump into the state's lakes and reservoirs.

  • May 14, 2009

    EPA Further Delays Bush-Era NSR Revision

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has once again delayed implementing a last-minute Bush administration revision to the New Source Review program's aggregation policy, saying it needs more time to reconsider the matter.

  • May 14, 2009

    Oil Co. Fails To Get US’ 'Prop Washing' Suit Tossed

    A federal court has refused to dismiss a suit brought by the U.S. government against Rutherford Oil Corp. and one of its marine tug operators for allegedly discharging pollutants into Texas' Galveston Bay, ruling that the suit does not need to name additional marine contractors in order to proceed.

  • May 14, 2009

    Oil, Gas Developers Sue DOI Over Withdrawn Leases

    Three oil and gas developers have sued the U.S. Department of the Interior for retroactively withdrawing nine Bush-era oil and gas leases after the Obama administration determined that the land was too close to several national parks in Utah.

  • May 14, 2009

    10th Circ. Denies Injunction In Tyson Waste Case

    Oklahoma's attorney general has lost a bid to stop poultry farmers from dumping waste in the Illinois River watershed while the state's environmental case against Tyson Foods Inc. is pending in federal court.

  • May 13, 2009

    Some Claims Tossed In Cleanup Suit Against BP

    BP Products North America Inc. will not have to pay for the cleanup of a parcel of land allegedly contaminated by a gas station it used to operate on the property because the contamination was discovered more than a decade ago, although it's not off the hook for another gas station on that property, a district judge has ruled.

  • May 13, 2009

    CB&I Can't Escape Liability Suit Over Pa. Cleanup

    A federal judge has refused Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.'s bid for summary judgment in an environmental cleanup case brought by railcar and barge maker Trinity Industries Inc. claiming the steel engineering and construction firm is liable for cleanup costs at a Pennsylvania manufacturing site.

  • May 13, 2009

    Katten Muchin Environmental Vets Join Foley

    Two former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP partners have joined Foley & Lardner LLP's Chicago office in the environmental regulation practice, Foley announced Wednesday.

  • May 13, 2009

    White House Spotlights Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

    In an effort to restore Chesapeake Bay to health, the White House has created a federal committee charged with flexing regulatory powers and expediting the cleanup of the nation’s largest estuary.

  • May 13, 2009

    Transmission Bill Amendment Passes Senate Panel

    A Senate panel has reportedly voted to prevent the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from allocating the costs of new transmission lines for green energy unless consumers in a region will receive “measurable economic and reliability benefits.”

  • May 13, 2009

    Tronox Sues Former Parent Over 'Fraudulent' Spinoff

    Pigment producer Tronox Inc. has sued former parent company Kerr-McGee Corp., alleging that it fraudulently transferred its substantial environmental liabilities onto Tronox while taking the company's assets before spinning it off in 2006, ultimately forcing Tronox into bankruptcy.

  • May 13, 2009

    Settlement Of Allegheny Forest NEPA Suit Approved

    A federal judge has signed off on a settlement agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and several environmental groups, resolving its claims that the government violated the National Environmental Policy Act in relation to oil and gas development in the Allegheny National Forest.

  • May 13, 2009

    Tyson 'Poisoning' Poultry Waste Research: Okla.

    The state of Oklahoma has moved to shield materials related to the scientific peer review of research into poultry farming waste from the eyes of Tyson Foods Inc., in a case accusing the chicken giant of contaminating the state's waters.

  • May 13, 2009

    BP Unit, Trust Reach $29M Deal Over Oil Spill Losses

    The BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust has reached an approximately $29.5 million settlement agreement with a subsidiary of BP PLC over royalties lost in the wake of two Alaskan oil spills.

  • May 12, 2009

    Ohio Adds State Claims To Akron Sewage Dispute

    In a move that could significantly increase the fines Akron, Ohio, faces over its sewer system, Ohio has added state claims to the U.S. government's suit accusing the city of illegally discharging pollutants into the Cuyahoga River for more than a decade.

  • May 12, 2009

    Ill. AG, Texaco Reach Agreement In Enviro Suit

    The Illinois Attorney General's Office and Texaco Inc. have reached a consent decree requiring the company to pay for natural resource damages at a former refinery along the Embarras River in southern Illinois.