Environmental

  • June 9, 2009

    House Urged To Tighten Green Marketing Rules

    As the market for environmentally friendly products grows, better regulation — and a better definition of what “green” means — is needed to prevent consumers from being overwhelmed by confusing or misleading ads, marketing experts told a U.S. House of Representatives panel Tuesday.

  • June 11, 2009

    Lawmakers Say Waxman-Markey Will Hurt Farmers

    Rushed passage of the Waxman-Markey climate change bill could hobble American loggers and farmers, members of the U.S. House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle have said.

  • June 5, 2009

    Whole Foods Developer, Insurer Settle Enviro Beef

    A real estate developer and Westchester Surplus Lines Insurance Co. have agreed in principle to settle a court fight over environmental remediation at an Oakland, Calif., site that was converted from a Cadillac dealership to a Whole Foods Market grocery store.

  • June 5, 2009

    Asarco Gets Green Light On $1B Enviro Settlement

    In the largest environmental bankruptcy in U.S. history, Asarco LLC has won final court approval to settle approximately $3.6 billion in environmental claims at 46 sites nationwide for a total of $1.1 billion.

  • June 5, 2009

    Pollutant Transfer Isn't Discharge: 11th Circ.

    An appeals court has ruled that the transfer of a pollutant from one navigable body of water to another is not necessarily a “discharge of a pollutant” under the Clean Water Act, a move that comes amid several challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently enacted water transfer rule.

  • June 4, 2009

    UN Says Sustainable Energy Efforts Need Cash Boost

    After years of skyrocketing growth, global investment in sustainable energy increased only slightly in 2008 due to the economic crisis, meaning the sector must take drastic measures to ensure a peak in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, according to a United Nations report.

  • June 4, 2009

    Sen. Demands Posting Of Renewable Energy Bonds

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has called for developers of renewable energy projects to be required to put up bonds to dismantle them, fearing that large projects will remain up long after their use has ceased.

  • June 4, 2009

    CWA Suit Over Wash. Mine Suffers Setback

    A judge has ruled that an environmental group can't pursue a lawsuit seeking to hold the U.S. Forest Service liable for pollution from an abandoned mine site in a national forest in Washington state because the site is already the subject of a cleanup plan under the Superfund law.

  • June 4, 2009

    Salazar Offers Input On Carbon Storage Plan

    In response to President Barack Obama's call for an 80 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has sent Congress recommendations on a carbon capture and sequestration program, including how to identify potential storage sites and how to categorize stored carbon for potential future use.

  • June 4, 2009

    Climate Risks Not Being Disclosed To Investors: Report

    Though greenhouse gas-emitting companies have increasingly been under pressure from investors to disclose their climate risks, most have taken very few steps to actually do that, according to a pair of reports released Wednesday by environmental and investment groups.

  • June 4, 2009

    Insurer Denies Duty In USVI Airport Pollution Case

    Zurich Financial Services unit American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Co. has asked a federal court to determine that it has no duty to defend or indemnify the Virgin Islands Port Authority, a cement company and an architectural firm in an underlying suit over dust pollution stemming from a runway expansion project.

  • June 4, 2009

    Tyson Cries Foul Over Okla. Pollution Deal

    Tyson Foods Inc. and a clutch of other poultry companies accused of polluting Oklahoma’s Illinois River are in an uproar over the state’s allegedly lax settlement with a smaller poultry grower.

  • June 3, 2009

    Wyo. Eyes Stricter Ozone Limit In Drilling Area

    A Wyoming environmental board is considering a request to impose more stringent ozone standards in Sublette County, an area of the state where gas exploration has flourished in recent years and, according to the rule’s proponents, contributed to higher ozone pollution.

  • June 3, 2009

    Oil Groups, County Sue Over Allegheny Forest Deal

    Oil industry groups and Warren County, Pa., are fighting a court-approved settlement requiring the U.S. Forest Service to conduct environmental analyses before authorizing drilling in the Allegheny National Forest. The groups claim the environmental review isn't required by law for private oil and gas exploration.

  • June 3, 2009

    Texas Petroleum Hit With Suit Over La. Oil Spill

    A Louisiana property owner has launched a suit against Texas Petroleum Investment Co., claiming the company's lack of safety standards caused an oil spill that harmed wildlife, vegetation and recreational hunting operations on its 8,000-acre stretch of marshland.

  • June 3, 2009

    Deaths From Soot Twice As High As Previously Thought

    Mortality rates among people exposed to fine particulate matter are nearly twice as high as previously thought, according to an analysis of a long-running study released Wednesday.

  • June 2, 2009

    Golf Club Challenges Sanctions In PCB Cleanup Suit

    Innis Arden Golf Club has asked a federal judge to reconsider a decision to sanction the century-old golf club for spoliation of evidence in its case against Pitney Bowes Inc. and Pateley Associates 1 LLC over polychlorinated biphenyl contamination at the club.

  • June 3, 2009

    Former DOI Solicitor Rejoins Brownstein Hyatt

    After nearly eight years working in the Bush administration's U.S. Department of the Interior, most recently as solicitor, David Longly Bernhardt is returning to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • June 3, 2009

    Concentrated Natural Gases Pollutants, Judge Says

    High concentrations of naturally occurring gases constitute a pollutant for the purposes of an insurance policy's pollution exclusion, even if they do not cause injury at lower concentrations, a district judge has ruled.

  • June 2, 2009

    Sierra Club, Others Howl Over Wolf Delisting

    The Sierra Club and other environmental groups on Tuesday challenged a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule removing protections for gray wolves as an endangered species in Idaho and Montana.