Environmental

  • March 21, 2008

    City Claims Dow, Shell Polluted Wells: Report

    Dow Chemical Co. and Shell Oil Co. have reportedly been slapped with a lawsuit by the city of Bakersfield, Calif., and the California-based company that delivers water to its residents, accusing them of knowingly polluting drinking water wells with a suspected carcinogen used in pesticides.

  • March 20, 2008

    Peruvians' Toxic Tort Is Removed To State Court

    A federal judge has agreed with a group of Peruvian children who were allegedly injured by exposure to toxins at a smelting plant in La Oroya, Peru, that their tort claims against the American companies who control the site should be removed from federal to state court.

  • March 19, 2008

    France Won't Repeal Ban On Modified Crops

    To the chagrin of agriculture technology giant Monsanto Co. and French farmers, France's state council has refused to overturn a ban on the commercial use of genetically modified crops grown in the country.

  • March 20, 2008

    Navajo Suit Pushes For EPA Action On Coal Plant

    The Navajo Nation and Desert Rock Energy Co. LLC have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that the agency failed to timely issue an air permit for a coal-fired power plant that Navajo officials say would provide thousands of jobs for their struggling economy.

  • March 19, 2008

    ARCO Settles Plant Neighbors' Claims For $27M

    Neighbors of a former nuclear fuel operation in western Pennsylvania have agreed to a $27.5 million settlement with Atlantic Richfield Co. over claims that radioactive dust released by the facilities made them ill.

  • March 18, 2008

    Pilot Charged With Negligence In Calif. Oil Spill

    The pilot at the helm of the cargo ship involved in November's massive oil spill in San Francisco Bay has been charged by federal prosecutors with criminal negligence for his role in the disaster.

  • March 18, 2008

    Judge Tosses Marathon's Superfund Claim

    A district court has thrown out a claim brought by Marathon Petroleum Co. under the Superfund law against a company that had inspected a rail car involved in a toxic spill. However, the judge left the company's common-law claims intact.

  • March 18, 2008

    Arnold & Porter Welcomes Partners In San Francisco

    Arnold & Porter has added three partners to its San Francisco office to increase the firm's West Coast presence in areas including consumer class actions, intellectual property, product liability and environmental matters.

  • March 17, 2008

    EPA Analysis Buttresses Senate Global Warming Bill

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released on Friday its economic analysis of legislation designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions, with the bill's sponsors saying the report confirms that the U.S. can reduce carbon emissions responsible for global warming while maintaining economic growth.

  • March 17, 2008

    W.R. Grace, Feds Strike Deal Over Cleanup

    Bankrupt W.R. Grace & Co. has struck a deal with the U.S. government that would split the costs of cleaning up hazardous substances that contaminated a site near Baltimore.

  • March 18, 2008

    Toxic Tort Against Weyerhaeuser Gets Go-Ahead

    A suit brought by hundreds of residents of an Arkansas town who claim pollution by Weyerhaeuser Co. made them sick will go forward after a judge rejected the lumber company's motion to have the case dismissed.

  • March 14, 2008

    Damages Opinion Could Help Total In Tanker Spill Case

    An adviser to the European Court of Justice said Thursday that companies that do not intentionally cause damages could possibly be excluded from liability. The opinion could toss a lifeline to oil giant Total SA as it fights a French court ruling blaming it for one of Europe's worst environmental disasters.

  • March 13, 2008

    New Bill Seeks To Stall Alaskan Oil Leasing

    A contingent of Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at prohibiting oil and gas leasing in certain areas of Alaska until it is determined whether to list the polar bear as an endangered species.

  • March 13, 2008

    EPA Tightens Pollution Cap, Some Say Not Enough

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Administration has set the cap for pollution-forming ozone at 75 parts per billion, defying a scientific advisory committee’s urging that it impose a significantly lower limit and drawing rebuke from several lawmakers.

  • March 17, 2008

    House Committee Embraces Clean Diesel Bill

    Following the Senate's lead, the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Energy and Commerce has decided to back a bill that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to continue funding clean diesel projects as part of environmental enforcement settlements.

  • March 13, 2008

    Bill Would Put Coal-Fired Power Plant Plans On Ice

    Two U.S. lawmakers have proposed legislation that would put a stop to approval of new coal-fired power plants that don't control their global warming emissions, claiming that plants built now could release more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide a year without adequate controls.

  • March 13, 2008

    Court Denies N.J.'s Late Claim Against W.R. Grace

    A federal district court has ruled against New Jersey environmental regulators in their wrangling with W.R. Grace & Co. over asbestos liabilities, upholding a bankruptcy court's earlier ruling that denied the state's claims.

  • March 14, 2008

    Santa Monica, Attorneys Lay Fee Dispute To Rest

    After brokering a massive $250 million settlement with major oil companies over methyl tertiary butyl ether water contamination, the city of Santa Monica, Calif., has reportedly laid to rest a bitter fee dispute with the law firms that represented it in the landmark case.

  • March 13, 2008

    Budget's Focus On Nuclear Power Provokes Critics

    The White House's $25 billion budget proposal for the U.S. Department of Energy is under fire for funneling money into nuclear capabilities while decreasing funds for initiatives to address dependence on foreign oil and the need for alternative energy sources.

  • March 13, 2008

    Green Group, PG&E Settle Over Nuclear Plant

    An environmental watchdog has resolved a lawsuit challenging the legality of the California Coastal Commission's approval of new steam generators at a nuclear power plant, securing commitments to protect the central coast from damage in a long-negotiated settlement.