Environmental

  • February 4, 2010

    Bipartisan Bill Would Amend Clean Air Act

    Having watched the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution rules get repeatedly shot down in court, a bipartisan group of senators took matters into its own hands Thursday, introducing legislation that would slash sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants.

  • February 4, 2010

    Republicans Skewer SEC's Climate Change Guidance

    Rep. Spencer T. Bachus III, R-Ala., has become the latest Republican lawmaker to express concern with interpretive guidance the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued on climate change disclosure, saying the guidance went beyond the agency's expertise and will impose potentially significant compliance costs on issuers with little benefit to investors.

  • February 4, 2010

    Mandatory Energy Benchmarking Coming Into Vogue

    As climate change legislation takes center stage, benchmarking is gaining traction among lawmakers, environmentalists and landlords as a viable first step toward systematically reducing energy use in buildings.

  • February 4, 2010

    Obama Reveals New Clean Energy Initiatives

    President Barack Obama has announced three key initiatives to boost biofuel production and reduce the U.S.' dependence on foreign oil, including two new federal regulations and a new task force.

  • February 4, 2010

    ANI Loses Latest Bid To Avoid Superfund Liability

    A federal judge has shot down yet another attempt by American Nuclear Insurers to dodge the bill for defending Whittaker Corp. and Textron Inc. in litigation over the cleanup of nuclear contaminants at a Superfund site in Massachusetts.

  • February 3, 2010

    Crucible's Coverage Claims Against Lloyd's Tossed

    A federal judge has dismissed claims against certain underwriters at Lloyd's of London brought by now-defunct Crucible Materials Corp. in a protracted battle stemming from environmental claims over an excess liability policy issued in 1968.

  • February 3, 2010

    CAA Trumps Ohio Emissions Exemptions: Judge

    An Ohio law mandating that businesses employ best available technology for emissions controls partially violates the Clean Air Act, while other parts are preempted by the CAA, a federal judge has ruled in the Sierra Club's suit against the director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

  • February 3, 2010

    Virtual Firm Scores Willkie Farr, O'Melveny Attys

    Virtual Law Partners LLP has added to its roster the former chair of the executive compensation and employee benefits department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and an attorney who served as counsel in the energy, natural resources and environment practice group of O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • February 3, 2010

    Idaho County Free To Regulate Feedlots: Court

    Idaho's highest court has upheld a lower court decision allowing counties to regulate feedlots over objections from farmers who complained that state law preempted the local ordinance.

  • February 3, 2010

    Congressmen Move To Prohibit EPA From Policing GHGs

    Two Democrats and a Republican have proposed a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, in the wake of the EPA's endangerment finding on GHGs.

  • February 3, 2010

    Obama May Shelve Cap-And-Trade Plans — For Now

    President Barack Obama has indicated that he may be willing to set aside plans to implement a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions in order to focus on first passing tax breaks and investment incentives to make clean energy and efficiency technology cheaper.

  • February 3, 2010

    NY Town Objects To Old GM’s Mediation Plan

    The town of Salina, N.Y., is opposing a move by the bankrupt remnant of General Motors Corp. to resolve unliquidated claims filed against it in mediation, arguing that the alternative dispute forum is not the right place for the town’s claims for more than $41 million in environmental cleanup costs.

  • February 3, 2010

    Truckers, Refiners Fight Calif. Emissions Policy

    California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by regulating emissions spent to transport fuel into the state, according a suit filed against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other state officials by a group of trade associations and energy lobbyists.

  • February 2, 2010

    EPA Reduced 2011 Budget Worries Inspector General

    The acting inspector general of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reportedly has warned that President Barack Obama's proposed 2011 budget for the agency — which would shrink from $10.3 billion to $10 billion — leaves in-house watchdogs without enough money to properly police spending on certain projects.

  • February 2, 2010

    Equity Firm Ends Suit Over Failed ChemRisk Deal

    Private equity firm Environmental Capital Partners LLC has resolved a suit alleging that ChemRisk Inc., an ecological consulting firm that ECP sought to purchase for $8.5 million, breached a contract by considering other business deals at the same time.

  • February 2, 2010

    Massey Fights To Oust Protesters From W.Va. Mine

    A Massey Energy Co. unit has won a temporary restraining order in its effort to keep tree-climbing environmental protesters away from a West Virginia coal mine, scoring a victory ahead of the company's planned request for a preliminary injunction against the protesters.

  • February 2, 2010

    EPA Rolls Out New TSCA Rules On 15 Chemicals

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will require companies to report the use of 15 potentially toxic chemicals — many of which have been found to harm aquatic life or pose risks to humans — before manufacturing or importing them.

  • February 2, 2010

    Lockheed Martin Can't Shake $20M CERCLA Suit

    A federal judge has refused to dismiss claims by Pennsylvania's environmental regulator that Lockheed Martin Corp. is liable for $20 million the agency spent cleaning up Strontium-90 contamination at a decommissioned nuclear facility.

  • February 2, 2010

    EPA Walking The Walk On 'Enviro Justice': Experts

    Talk of environmental justice among federal regulators isn't just rhetoric — it's backed by a big shift in thinking at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, insiders and experts say.

  • February 2, 2010

    Ind. Appeals Court Clears Insurers In Cleanup Spat

    An Indiana appeals court has upheld a state court's decision releasing American Casualty Company of Reading, Pa., and Continental Casualty Co. from an insurance suit brought by a ceramic capacitor maker seeking coverage for environmental cleanup efforts at its Attica, Ind., plant.