Environmental

  • January 26, 2010

    Maryland Seeks Ruling In Suit Over LNG Project

    Maryland's Department of the Environment has asked a court to vacate the U.S. Department of Commerce's approval of the controversial AES Sparrows Point LNG Terminal and Mid-Atlantic Express Pipeline Project, a decision Maryland argues Commerce made without essential information.

  • January 26, 2010

    In-House Counsel Name Favorite Litigators

    Litigators named by corporate counsel in a new report for providing excellent client service all seem to share one trait: a profound knowledge of their clients' businesses and goals.

  • January 26, 2010

    Barrick Asks Court To Keep Cortez Mine Open

    Mining company Barrick Gold Corp. has asked a district court for a limited injunction allowing it to keep working on its Cortez Hills mining project in Nevada while the U.S. government conducts further environmental reviews, which a federal appeals court ordered last year after hearing a challenge to the project by a group of Indian tribes.

  • January 26, 2010

    Wells Fargo Cleanup Spat Moves To State Court

    Harwood Investment Co. has dropped a federal environmental suit over cleanup costs stemming from hazardous chemical spills and a fire at a California sawmill that occurred after defendant Wells Fargo Bank NA took control of the property in order to sell off equipment.

  • January 26, 2010

    BLM Loses Bid To Nix Enviro Group's Sage Grouse Suit

    A federal judge has refused to dismiss a case brought by a conservation group that accused the Bureau of Land Management of failing to protect the greater sage grouse and its habitat in Idaho and Nevada.

  • December 3, 2009

    9th Circ. Revives Tribes' Effort To Halt Mining Project

    A federal appeals court has partially reversed an order denying several Indian tribes' bid to halt the federal Bureau of Land Management's gold mining project at a sacred site near a Nevada mountain, ruling that the tribes are entitled to seek injunctive relief under the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • January 26, 2010

    Sensient To Settle Long-Running Fight Over NJ Cleanup

    Sensient Technologies Corp. has said it plans to settle environmental claims related to the General Color Co. Superfund Site in New Jersey after a prolonged legal battle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • January 25, 2010

    NJ Ratchets Up Penalties For Medical Waste Dumping

    As one of the final acts of his single term in office, former New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed a bill that doubles certain penalties related to the illegal ocean dumping of medical waste.

  • January 25, 2010

    Norfolk Southern Escapes Suit Over Toxic Train Crash

    A federal judge has tossed a putative class action accusing Norfolk Southern Corp. of negligence in connection with a 2005 train derailment in which a tanker ruptured and released chlorine gas into the air, killing nine people in Graniteville, S.C.

  • January 25, 2010

    Chemtura Moves To Thin $2.1B In Superfund Claims

    With the aim of avoiding portions of $2.1 billion in potential Superfund bills, bankrupt Chemtura Corp. has filed a broad objection to the U.S. government's environmental claims, which the chemical maker says unfairly stick it with the brunt of the liability.

  • January 25, 2010

    Westar To Fork Over $500M In Air Pollution Case

    Westar Energy Inc. has agreed to settle a Clean Air Act lawsuit by spending about $500 million for pollution-control equipment at a coal-fired power plant in Kansas, paying a $3 million civil penalty and investing $6 million on environmental mitigation projects.

  • January 25, 2010

    Natural Gas Groups Lash Out At EPA Tailoring Rule

    A coalition of natural gas interest groups is seeking a meeting with officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over concerns that proposed permitting standards for greenhouse gas emissions may pose unfair regulatory burdens on natural gas facilities, infrastructure and developments.

  • January 25, 2010

    Bayer Seeks Stay In Suit Over Pesticide Approval

    Bayer CropScience AG has asked a federal judge to stay an order vacating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of its pesticide spirotetramat while the company pursues an appeal.

  • January 25, 2010

    16 States Support EPA In Endangerment Suit

    A coalition of 16 states and New York City is asking for permission to intervene on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a lawsuit challenging the agency's recent finding that greenhouse gas emissions are subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act.

  • January 22, 2010

    Court Upholds Rejection Of Everglades-Area Mining

    A federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should not have issued permits allowing mining companies to extract limestone from a wetlands area containing a primary aquifer for Miami-Dade County, handing a victory to the Sierra Club and other environmental groups.

  • January 22, 2010

    US Calls Off Asarco Criminal Enviro Probe

    Federal prosecutors have dropped their criminal investigation into whether Asarco LLC violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by storing hazardous materials without the proper environmental permits at a former facility in East Helena, Mont.

  • January 22, 2010

    EPA Ups Ante On Water Regulation, Enforcement

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making good on its promise of a more stringent approach to water quality management with an increased focus on nonpoint sources, more enforcement actions from government and nonprofit entities, and numeric limits on certain pollutants, experts say.

  • January 22, 2010

    Claims Pared Again In Exxon Mobil Tank Leak Suit

    A federal judge has once again trimmed down allegations in a suit accusing Exxon Mobil Corp. of refusing to contribute to cleanup costs stemming from underground storage tank leaks at a property it once owned in California.

  • January 22, 2010

    NRDC Asks 9th Circ. To Block Shell Offshore Drilling

    A coalition of environmental and Alaska native groups that includes the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council is calling on a federal appeals court to put a stop to plans by Shell Oil Corp. to drill off the coast of Alaska.

  • January 22, 2010

    US Settles Alaska Railroad CERCLA Suit For $4.2M

    A federal judge has signed off on a $4.2 million settlement resolving an environmental cleanup suit between the U.S. government and Alaska Railroad Corp., the entity charged with operating Alaska's railroad system.