Environmental

  • January 20, 2009

    Judge Blocks Utah Oil, Gas Leases At 11th Hour

    A district court judge granted a last-minute temporary restraining order over the weekend to block the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from going forward with issuing contentious oil and gas leases for 77 parcels of Utah land.

  • January 20, 2009

    EPA To Revisit Cement Plant Mercury Emissions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled a lawsuit brought by nine states and a handful of environmental groups by agreeing to set new limits on the amount of mercury and other pollutants that cement plants can emit.

  • January 20, 2009

    Feds Ignore Impact Of Warming On Species: Suit

    The Center for Biological Diversity has accused six federal agencies of ignoring for two years its petition asking the U.S. government to factor the impacts of global climate change into its decisions affecting endangered species.

  • January 20, 2009

    Green Groups Fight $5.5B Coal-To-Liquid Fuel Plant

    The Natural Resources Defense Council has accused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of failing to assess the environmental impacts of the nation's first coal-to-liquid fuel plant, which the group calculates will emit 26 million tons of carbon dioxide every year.

  • January 21, 2009

    Environmental Practice: K&L Gates

    Climate change issues will affect practices across various legal disciplines as regulatory and public policies demand more environmental accountability, according to William H. Hyatt, co-coordinator of K&L Gates LLP’s environmental practice group.

  • January 16, 2009

    EPA To Rule On Petition To Nix Citgo Refinery Permit

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to rule within the next three months on whether an air quality permit for Citgo Petroleum Corp.'s refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, should be revoked.

  • January 16, 2009

    Latham Lawyer Who Fought Enron To Rejoin DOJ

    The incoming Obama administration has selected former Enron prosecutor and Latham & Watkins LLP partner Kathryn Ruemmler to serve in the U.S. Department of Justice as a top associate attorney serving under the deputy attorney general.

  • January 16, 2009

    Law360 Environmental Editorial Advisory Board

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2009 environmental editorial advisory board.

  • January 16, 2009

    Ore. Gov. Vows To Fight LNG Terminal

    Oregon's governor says the state will challenge the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to authorize the construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal on the Columbia River.

  • January 16, 2009

    US Lawmakers Reintroduce Nanotech Research Bill

    U.S. lawmakers have reintroduced a bill to reauthorize and update a federal research program to oversee the development of nanotechnology, an emerging technology that has sparked debate over its possible risks to human health and the environment.

  • January 16, 2009

    Asarco Pens $3M Deal For Superfund Cleanup

    Bankrupt mining company Asarco LLC has asked a judge to approve a $3 million deal with six companies, including BP America Inc., to settle claims related to the cleanup of a Missouri Superfund site.

  • January 16, 2009

    Green Groups Sue EPA Over Farm Exemption

    A coalition of environmental groups including Sierra Club and The Humane Society of the United States has lobbed a lawsuit at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a bid to challenge a last-minute Bush administration rule that exempts factory farms from federal laws requiring them to alert government officials when they release hazardous substances from animal waste into the air.

  • January 16, 2009

    Calif. Water Plaintiffs Seek To Resolve MTBE Claims

    California-American Water Co. and several California water districts involved in one part of the multidistrict litigation over methyl tertiary-butyl ether contamination are looking to settle their claims against Exxon Mobil Corp. and a group of remaining defendants.

  • January 20, 2009

    Rising Sea Level Threatens US Coastal Cities: EPA

    As the newly installed Obama administration seeks to bring greater awareness to climate change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies have issued a report showing that rising sea levels are posing an increasing threat to U.S. coastal cities, particularly from New York to North Carolina.

  • January 20, 2009

    House Stimulus Bill Includes Green Energy Grants

    In an effort to help better spur renewable energy production, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have included a plan in their proposed economic stimulus package to provide funding for wind, solar and other renewable energy projects using grants instead of certain tax incentives.

  • January 15, 2009

    EPA Gives States 2 Years To Provide Haze Plans

    Under pressure from a lawsuit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that 37 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands have all failed to submit plans to eliminate haze-causing air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas, and the agency has set a timetable for submission and approval of the plans.

  • January 15, 2009

    Congressman Introduces Bill To Regulate Fly Ash

    A congressman from West Virginia has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to regulate coal ash waste three weeks after a rupture at a Tennessee Valley Authority dam unleashed an avalanche of sludge covering hundreds of acres.

  • January 16, 2009

    Cemex To Pay $2M To Settle Clean Air Act Claims

    Leading cement manufacturer Cemex California Cement LLC agreed Thursday to fork over $2 million and install advanced emissions controls to settle allegations by federal prosecutors that the company violated the Clean Air Act.

  • January 15, 2009

    House Democrats Look To Reverse New ESA Rule

    Thirteen Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have moved to overturn a new rule that critics say neuters the Endangered Species Act by allowing federal agencies to sidestep a requirement that they consult with experts on projects that could affect imperiled species.

  • January 15, 2009

    US Officials Designate Western Energy Corridors

    As part of an initiative under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, federal land management officials have designated corridors through most Western states as preferred locations for future energy transmission lines.