Environmental

  • August 11, 2008

    Environmental Groups Sue To Stop W.Va. Coal Mine

    A coalition of environmental groups is asking a federal judge in West Virginia to stop development of a coal mine that was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers earlier this month.

  • August 11, 2008

    Sierra Club Can't Double-Dip In EPA Suit: Judge

    Sierra Club's lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleging the regulator failed to collect money from mining and other industries for hazardous cleanup precludes a second request that the court review EPA's actions or its failure to act, a federal judge ruled Friday.

  • October 10, 2008

    EU Blowing Funds Into Offshore Wind Power

    With the pressing need to curb Europe's increasing dependence on foreign energy and to meet the ambitious goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020, the European Union is promoting and supporting the development of offshore wind power farms, saying this untapped resource could provide the answer to many of its concerns.

  • August 12, 2008

    Exxon Wins Dismissal Of Ill. Town's Remediation Suit

    A federal appellate court has upheld a district court’s dismissal of an environmental dispute between an Illinois town and Exxon Mobil Corp., ruling that the town’s attempt to force Exxon to clean up a toxic site immediately was preempted by state law.

  • August 26, 2008

    Climate Change Bill Imminent: Lawyers

    Climate change has gained enough momentum so that federal legislation addressing the issue is a virtual certainty in the next four years, regardless of which political party wields power in January 2009, environmental lawyers say.

  • August 27, 2008

    High Court To Tackle Clean Water Act, Sonar Disputes

    Four environmental cases are up for review by the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming term, including a case that seeks to exempt the U.S. Navy’s sonar activities from federal law in the name of national security and another that could have broad implications on environmental groups’ standing to file suits.

  • August 8, 2008

    American Indians Win Small Victory Over U.S. Govt.

    After a 12-year lawsuit alleging the U.S. government grossly mismanaged a trust for American Indian landowners and owed them billions of dollars, a federal judge has awarded the class $455 million.

  • August 8, 2008

    NRDC Sues State Dept. Over Keystone Pipeline

    The National Resources Defense Council and other nonprofit environmental groups have sued the U.S. government in a move to stop the development of the Keystone Pipeline Project, a 2,148-mile crude oil transportation pipeline between Canada and the U.S. that the groups say will cause increased pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • August 28, 2008

    Law Firms Prepare For Expected Climate Regulations

    Although there is currently no mandatory federal program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many law firms are forming climate change practice groups to help prepare for what they see as an inevitability.

  • August 25, 2008

    Environmental Issues Ripe For Courtroom Drama

    While environmental litigation has steadily increased in recent years, the time is ripe for even more court activity as the U.S. government, corporations and individuals begin to grapple with the environmental realities of the 21st century, according to some experts.

  • August 8, 2008

    EPA Invites Facilities To Fess Up Online To Violations

    In an effort to encourage self-disclosure of environmental violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new pilot program that enables regulated companies to report infractions online, the agency announced Thursday.

  • August 25, 2008

    Environmental Attys. Optimistic About Future: Survey

    Environmental lawyers at the 250 largest firms in the U.S. are better-paid than many of their peers and tend to have an enthusiastic view of their chances for advancement, a Law360 survey has shown.

  • September 2, 2008

    Enviro Boutiques Get Boost From Climate Work

    As more companies seek to address climate change and alternatives to oil, the growing demand for legal expertise is giving environmental boutiques a leg up on full-service firms.

  • August 7, 2008

    EPA Denies Texas Biofuels Waiver

    Amid concerns over skyrocketing grain prices, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has denied the state of Texas' request for a waiver from the Renewable Fuels Standard, which mandates the use of biofuels such as corn-based ethanol.

  • August 7, 2008

    EPA Inks Settlement With Puerto Rico Over Wetlands

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with the Puerto Rico Land Authority resolving allegations of Clean Water Act violations related to development projects in protected wetland areas.

  • August 7, 2008

    Ohio EPA Fines Ford $1.4M For Clean Air Violations

    The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has fined Ford Motor Company $1.4 million for violations relating to out-of-date air pollution control equipment at the company's iron-casting plant in Cleveland.

  • August 7, 2008

    Utilities Settle Spat Over Clean Water Act

    Three utilities that own a coal-fired power plant in Oak Creek, Wis., have agreed to spend $105 million to protect Lake Michigan, and in return they will be allowed to keep a once-through cooling system that environmental groups alleged violated the Clean Water Act.

  • August 7, 2008

    Court Ups Damages In Nuclear Fuel Storage Suit

    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. succeeded Thursday in partially overturning a district court’s ruling on damages the U.S. Department of Energy should pay for violating a contract for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

  • August 7, 2008

    Conservationists Sue To Stop Utah Gas Drilling

    A coalition of environmental and historical preservation activists has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management in an attempt to halt the expansion of natural gas drilling in a remote corner of Utah.

  • August 7, 2008

    Honeywell Settles Environmental Claims For $6M

    Weeks after a subsidiary agreed to fork over $3 million to Arizona's Maricopa County to settle claims of air quality violations, Honeywell International Inc. has reached a $6 million settlement with the state's environment officials over hazardous waste at its Phoenix airport facility.