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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.