• July 13, 2009

    Anadarko, Kerr-McGee Sued Over Tronox Spinoff

    Kerr-McGee Corp. dumped hundreds of millions of dollars of environmental and tort liabilities on former subsidiary Tronox Inc. and concealed the scope of those liabilities before spinning off the now-bankrupt Tronox, according to a putative securities class action brought against Kerr-McGee and Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

  • July 13, 2009

    PacifiCorp To Pay $10.5M Over Illegal Eagle Kills

    PacifiCorp will pay about $10.5 million to resolve a case involving the electrocution of at least 232 golden eagles and hundreds of other birds on power lines throughout Wyoming.

  • July 13, 2009

    5th Circ. Rebuffs Chevron Contamination Suit Again

    A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its earlier ruling that the owners of a defunct sugarcane farm in Louisiana cannot sue Chevron USA Inc. for allegedly contaminating the site, finding that the owners failed to establish an exception to their claims being time-barred.

  • July 10, 2009

    Sediment From Valero Refinery Not Hazardous: EPA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed granting a petition by Valero Refining Co. to remove sediment generated at its refinery in Memphis from a list of hazardous waste.

  • July 10, 2009

    SC Agency Settles CERCLA Suit With Steel Cos.

    The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has asked a federal judge to sign off on a final settlement with a group of steel and chemical companies that have agreed to pay $350,000 toward remediation costs at a former fertilizer manufacturing facility.

  • July 10, 2009

    Green Groups Attack Bush-Era Energy Corridor Plan

    A Colorado county and 14 environmental groups have sued the U.S. government in an effort to stop a Western energy corridor designated during the Bush administration, arguing that the plan ignores renewable energy goals and threatens already-imperiled animal species.

  • July 10, 2009

    Feds Seek OK For $21M Superfund Site Cleanup Deal

    The U.S. government has asked a federal judge to approve a settlement that calls for Northrop Grumman Space & Mission Systems Corp. and other defendants to fund a $21 million, eight-year cleanup of a Superfund site in Los Angeles County, Calif.

  • July 10, 2009

    Geithner Unveils $3B Renewable Energy TARP Funding

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Department of Energy have allotted $3 billion for renewable energy projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, allowing approved businesses to receive direct payments — not tax credits — for biomass, solar, wind and other production facilities.

  • July 10, 2009

    Reid Pushes Back Deadline For Climate Bill

    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has pushed back a deadline for when committees can complete their work on a climate bill, but has said he still aims to get something passed by the end of the year.

  • July 13, 2009

    Bat Advocates Fight To Halt Work On Wind Farm

    With a controversial wind farm in West Virginia nearing completion, environmental and animal rights groups have asked a federal judge for an injunction to halt construction in order to protect endangered bat populations in the farm's vicinity.

  • July 14, 2009

    Solar, Wind Experts Want Full Press Into Alt. Energy

    A lag in research and development funding has held back the growth of wind and solar power in the U.S., and the recession has further dampened progress, key industry voices told lawmakers on Tuesday.

  • July 9, 2009

    G-8 Agrees To Cut Emissions By 80 Percent

    The Group of Eight leading nations has struck a long-term deal to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and to work with all nations to cut global emissions in half.

  • July 9, 2009

    Tyson Denied Bid To Postpone Poultry Waste Trial

    Tyson Foods Inc. has lost its bid to push back a September trial accusing several poultry producers of polluting Oklahoma’s Illinois River.

  • July 9, 2009

    Cozen O'Connor Adds Two Offices In Eastern Pa.

    Cozen O'Connor announced Thursday the opening of new offices in Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre, Pa., two vital business and government hubs that the firm expects will give a boost to its regulatory and litigation services and key practice areas as it continues to grow strategically in 2009.

  • July 9, 2009

    With MTBE Trial Near, Exxon Keeps Up NYC Fight

    With about three weeks to go until the start of a trial over the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether, last remaining defendant Exxon Mobil Corp. has filed another motion for summary judgment against the city of New York.

  • July 9, 2009

    Refinery In Limbo, Chevron Appeals Ruling

    Chevron Corp. is appealing a California judge’s ruling that pulled the plug last week on the overhaul of a refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area, claiming the project's environmental impact report adequately addresses pollution from the expansion.

  • July 13, 2009

    Q&A With Katten's Nancy Rich

    It will be interesting to see if the increase in EPA’s budget results in a substantial increase in enforcement. Hopefully, that will depend on the number of meritorious cases that the EPA hasn’t had the funds to prosecute, but beware of de facto “bean counting” requirements, says Nancy J. Rich, chair of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP's sustainability and climate change practice.

  • July 9, 2009

    RI Ups Fines For Industrial Pollution

    Rhode Island on Thursday increased the maximum fine against industrial polluters from $1,000 per violation to $25,000 per violation per day, the same day a joint motion was filed to dismiss a suit alleging that a utility company's manufactured gas waste contaminated dozens of properties in the town of Tiverton, R.I.

  • July 15, 2009

    Q&A With McKenna Long's Peter Gray

    Until the United States passes climate change legislation and commits to GHG emission reduction, it will not be able to provide the leadership necessary to reach a global commitment that includes China, India and other developing nations, says Peter L. Gray, head of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP's environment, energy and product regulation practice group.

  • July 9, 2009

    Trout Suit Nixed After FWS Agrees To Revisit Rule

    A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by environmental activists fighting cuts to protections for the bull trout following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to re-evaluate a 2005 rule governing the designation of the threatened fish's habitat.