Environmental

  • April 2, 2009

    Obama CAFE Rule Worse Than Bush Proposal: CBD

    The Center for Biological Diversity is challenging the Obama administration’s corporate average fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks for the 2011 model year in a federal appeals court, decrying the standards as "illogical" and lower than those proposed by the Bush administration last year.

  • April 3, 2009

    Wind Power May Be Key Cleaner Energy Source: DOI

    Bolstering the Obama administration's push to develop cleaner energy sources, a report released by the U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday points to offshore wind power as a key future energy source for the United States.

  • April 6, 2009

    Bill Would Revive CAIR, CAMR In Wake Of Acid Rain

    Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y., has introduced a bill to reduce acid rain and mercury emissions by giving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the statutory tools to re-establish two programs that federal courts nixed.

  • April 2, 2009

    Former Ariz. Enviro Director Tapped For EPA Post

    President Obama has decided to nominate the former director of Arizona's environmental regulator to fill a top post at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to the White House.

  • April 1, 2009

    Supreme Court Spares Utilities $3.5B In Upgrades

    Energy companies will not have to spend roughly $3.5 billion a year to prevent fish from being sucked into cooling water intake pipes at existing power plants, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

  • April 1, 2009

    Environmental Law Vets Named For DOI, EPA Posts

    President Obama has picked two seasoned environmental litigators to fill posts at the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

  • April 1, 2009

    Judge Blocks Army Corps Coal Mining Permits

    A federal judge has granted summary judgment to environmental groups that challenged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over its process for granting streamlined permits that allow for mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia.

  • April 1, 2009

    Court Upholds Wyoming Drilling Permits

    Natural gas projects in the wilds of central Wyoming will be plunging ahead now that a federal judge has dismissed two suits challenging drilling permits the U.S. government issued to several oil companies, including Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

  • April 1, 2009

    Sunoco To Pay $1.5M Over NJ Refinery Waste Levels

    Sunoco Inc. will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection $1.5 million to settle charges that benzene waste levels at the company's Westville, N.J., oil refinery violated the Clean Air Act.

  • April 1, 2009

    EPA, Construction Co. Settle Over NY Superfund Site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has filed a consent decree with a construction company to recover costs related to the million-dollar cleanup of a Stillwater, N.Y., Superfund site.

  • April 1, 2009

    BP Unit Must Step Up Wastewater Monitoring: EPA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered a BP PLC unit operating in American Samoa to monitor its wastewater discharge from a petroleum storage terminal as required by its permit for the station after finding that the company had "rarely" done so since the permit took effect in 2003.

  • April 1, 2009

    US Hits BP With Civil Suit Over Prudhoe Bay Oil Spill

    The U.S. government has sued BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. seeking civil penalties in connection with the Prudhoe Bay oil spill, after the company pled guilty to a misdemeanor environmental crime for the spill in 2007 and was ordered to pay $20 million in criminal fines.

  • March 31, 2009

    Westinghouse Can Sue Over CERCLA Cleanup: Judge

    A federal judge has issued an amended order in a Superfund case, allowing Westinghouse Electric Co. to sue for contributory payments for environmental cleanup, although the company itself has not been held liable under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

  • April 1, 2009

    Terrorism No Issue In Nuclear Relicensing: 3rd Circ.

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not have to examine the environmental impact of a hypothetical terrorist attack on a nuclear power facility while reviewing an application to relicense it, a federal appeals court has decided.

  • April 1, 2009

    Zurich To Provide Pollution Coverage For Contractors

    Global property and casualty insurance provider Zurich Financial Services Group has begun offering pollution liability policies from contractors in the central North and Northeast as the company expands its environmental liability coverage in the U.S.

  • March 31, 2009

    Mass. Agency, Police Hit With CERCLA Suit

    The U.S. government has launched a suit demanding that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Massachusetts State Police clean up a 41-acre Superfund site in New Hampshire, adding to the list of hundreds of parties potentially responsible for the waste oil site's contamination.

  • March 31, 2009

    FWS Rethinks Bull Trout Stance In Wake Of Scandal

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may soften its stance in a lawsuit brought against it by environmental activists fighting cuts to habitat protections for the threatened bull trout, amid a larger review of certain Endangered Species Act decisions that were allegedly tainted by a Bush administration official who exerted undue political pressure on the process.

  • March 31, 2009

    Bill Calls For Transportation Plans To Cut Emissions

    As members of Congress put forth a slew of bills to fight global warming, Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would help states and cities develop land use and transportation plans that ultimately cut greenhouse gas emissions.

  • March 31, 2009

    Draft Bill Calls For Greenhouse Gas Cuts Of 83%

    Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., released a draft climate change bill on Tuesday that called for greenhouse gas emissions to be cut 83 percent by 2050 while creating jobs and protecting U.S. companies and consumers.

  • March 31, 2009

    Shook Hardy Nabs Enviro Whiz From Sonnenschein

    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP has hired Kevin Haroff, formerly of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, to join its environmental and toxic torts group as a partner in the firm's San Francisco office — the firm's second major environmental hire this year.