Environmental

  • May 29, 2009

    Enviro Groups Sue FWS, NMFS To Protect Turtles

    In an effort to preserve two types of sea turtle, three environmental groups have launched a suit against the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, claiming the agencies are at least six months overdue reviewing bids to heighten the species' environmental protections.

  • May 28, 2009

    EPA Proposes New Coal Plant Emissions Standards

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new emission limits and monitoring requirements for equipment used at plants that process and prepare coal.

  • May 28, 2009

    Calif. Fines BP $1M For Clean Air Code Slipups

    Seventeen minor violations of California's clean air regulations for automotive fuels have stacked up to a hefty fine of more than $1 million for BP West Coast Products LLC.

  • May 28, 2009

    Monsanto Loses Bid To Lift Germany's Corn Ban

    Agricultural giant Monsanto Co. has suffered a blow in its efforts to suspend a ban on a strain of its genetically engineered corn in Germany, with a German state court reportedly upholding the prohibition on the grounds that the product could pose a danger to the environment.

  • May 28, 2009

    NH City To Pay $30M To Upgrade Sewer System

    The city of Lebanon, N.H., has agreed to upgrade its wastewater system at a cost of about $30.2 million to settle U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allegations that the city illegally discharged raw sewage into nearby bodies of water for at least five years.

  • May 28, 2009

    CDX Gas Ch. 11 Plan On Track For Confirmation

    A bankruptcy judge has approved an amended disclosure statement and set a hearing date for the confirmation of a reorganization plan for CDX Gas LLC, whose earlier proposal faced objections from several parties over the way environmental obligations would be handled.

  • May 28, 2009

    Paper Co., BNSF Fail To Get Superfund Suit Tossed

    Superfund litigation over a wood treatment facility in Minnesota will continue against International Paper Co. and Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co., after a federal judge left it for a jury to decide whether the claims against the companies are barred by a statute of limitations.

  • May 29, 2009

    EPA Alters Bayou Protection For Post-Katrina Upgrade

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discharge dredged or fill material into a protected wetland area in a New Orleans suburb as part of an effort to build better storm surge protection in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

  • June 24, 2009

    Q&A With Foley & Lardner's Linda Benfield

    Government and citizens’ groups often attempt to force environmental change through enforcement, but many of the most challenging environmental issues facing our society need to be resolved through legislation, says Linda Benfield, chair of Foley & Lardner LLP's environmental regulation practice.

  • May 27, 2009

    EPA Faces Criticism Over New Pesticide Measures

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued final new measures for soil fumigant pesticides that will allegedly reduce exposure to bystanders and increase overall safety, but they have already been criticized as a watering down of the agency's original proposal.

  • May 27, 2009

    EPA To Speed Up Dioxin Cleanup At Mich. Dow Site

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has announced that the agency plans to accelerate the cleanup of a Midland, Mich., dioxin hot spot and to make its negotiations over the ongoing effort with Dow Chemical Co. more transparent.

  • May 27, 2009

    Solar, Geothermal Projects To Get $467M From Feds

    More than $467 million in funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 will be put toward developing and expanding geothermal and solar energy projects throughout the U.S., President Obama said Wednesday in a speech marking 100 days since the $787 billion stimulus package went into effect.

  • May 27, 2009

    DOI, Mining Co. Settle Over Past Damage At Ariz. Site

    A Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. unit has agreed to pay $825,000 to settle claims by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Tohono O'Odham Indian nation that the company released hazardous substances at a copper oxide mining site in Arizona, though the company may still face future claims related to natural resources damage at the site.

  • May 27, 2009

    Lockheed, Alcoa Hit Up For Superfund Cleanup Costs

    The owner of a Superfund site in the U.S. Virgin Islands has filed suit against Lockheed Martin Corp., Alcoa World Alumina LLC and the property's other previous owners, alleging they should shoulder the costs of cleaning up bauxite contamination at the site.

  • May 26, 2009

    NRDC, Others Join Fray Over NY Cap-And-Trade

    Five environmental advocacy groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, have filed an amicus brief challenging Indeck Energy Service Inc.'s contention that a regional cap-and-trade system for power plants constitutes a tax that New York state administrative agencies don't have the power to levy.

  • June 12, 2009

    Q&A With Morrison & Foerster's Susan Mac Cormac

    Once companies are required to measure their carbon output and disclose the results, there will be a considerable amount of legal work associated with representing and financing the companies that can track and verify carbon, says Susan Mac Cormac, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP's venture capital/emerging companies group and the cleantech group.

  • June 26, 2009

    Q&A With Gibson Dunn's Jeffrey Dintzer

    The latest wave of recently decided U.S. Supreme Court cases have reinforced a long-held view that CERCLA should be updated so that it is clearer and, as a result, more predictable, says Jeffrey D. Dintzer, co-chair of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's environmental litigation & mass tort practice group.

  • July 6, 2009

    Q&A With Latham & Watkins' Claudia O’Brien

    We are just seeing the beginning of a tidal wave of activity in the climate change area, says Claudia M. O’Brien, co-chair of Latham & Watkins LLP's climate change practice group.

  • July 1, 2009

    Q&A With Paul Hastings' Peter Weiner

    Hazardous waste law has an increasingly narrow purview. It is time to revisit how the transportation, handling and management of both products and wastes are regulated, says Peter H. Weiner, chair of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP's West Coast environmental practice.

  • June 29, 2009

    Q&A With McGuireWoods' Gordon Alphonso

    When one government entity decides to pursue a matter, then that entity alone should be required to go forward with that matter, as oftentimes there are multiple parties going after the same company for the same issue but with a different motive, says Gordon R. Alphonso, chairman of McGuireWoods LLP's land use and environmental department.