Environmental

  • October 3, 2008

    EPA Sues Pipeline Co. Over Jet Fuel Spill

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking a fine of as much as $28 million against a pipeline company responsible for a 2007 jet fuel spill in Texas.

  • October 3, 2008

    BP Plant Upgrades Violate Clean Air Act: EPA

    For the second time in less than a year, BP Products North America has been targeted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act by upgrading an Indiana refinery near Chicago before it had the proper permit to do so.

  • October 3, 2008

    Judge Drops Part of Exxon's Third-Party Claims

    Exxon Mobil Corp. and waste storage company Quanta Resources Corp. saw a key portion of their effort to recoup environmental cleanup money dismissed on Friday in connection with pollution that contaminated real estate in Queens, N.Y.

  • October 3, 2008

    Cooley Godward Snags Displaced Heller Lawyers

    Cooley Godward Kronish LLP has scooped up 15 partners from recently dissolved Heller Ehrman LP in a move that is meant to bolster the firm's corporate and technology practices and provide a strong base for the opening of a Seattle office.

  • October 2, 2008

    FWS To Review Marbled Murrelet's Protected Status

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said it will review the "threatened species" status of the marbled murrelet, a seabird found in the northwestern United States, upon urging from representatives of the forestry industry.

  • October 2, 2008

    Asarco Pushes For Discovery In Bid For EPA Records

    Asarco Inc. is fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's request for summary judgment, asking a district court to commence discovery on the company's claim that the agency withheld information that could affect a $187.5 million settlement of a Superfund case.

  • October 2, 2008

    Dow Chemical Faces $330K Fine For Shoddy Records

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has leveled an administrative complaint against The Dow Chemical Company, seeking a $330,000 fine for clean air violations at a plastics manufacturing plant in Connecticut.

  • October 2, 2008

    NM Moves To Prevent Construction Of Coal Plant

    The state of New Mexico has joined environmental groups in appealing an air quality permit that allows for the construction of a coal-fired power plant on Navajo land in the northwestern part of the state.

  • October 2, 2008

    EPA Settles Claims With Merit Energy, Shell

    Merit Energy Co. LLC and Shell Exploration & Production Co. have settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over claims that the companies violated provisions of the Clean Air Act at a natural gas plant in Manistee, Mich.

  • October 2, 2008

    EPA, Conn. Sue For Superfund Site Cleanup Costs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Connecticut have both sued a gold leaf manufacturer for the costs of cleaning up a Superfund site in the state.

  • October 2, 2008

    States Sue EPA Over Clean Water Act 'Loophole'

    Nine states, led by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, are launching an attack against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's "water transfer" rule, which they argue greenlights the transfer of polluted water into clean water sources, Cuomo's office announced Thursday.

  • October 2, 2008

    Class Action Status Denied In DuPont PFOA Suit

    Residents of a West Virginia town were denied class action status on Tuesday in a case alleging chemical firm DuPont released a hazardous Teflon agent into their drinking water.

  • October 1, 2008

    Mass. AG Appeals NRC Decision On Rulemaking

    Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has appealed a decision by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to deny a rulemaking petition that affects the re-licensing of two New England nuclear power stations and ignores a request for the agency to address the risks of severe accidents at those plants.

  • October 1, 2008

    Wind Farms Do Not Pose Risks To Birds: Study

    Wind turbines on farmlands do not have an adverse effect on birds, according to a study by British researchers that could prompt energy companies to start developing more wind structures.

  • October 1, 2008

    99¢ Only Stores Fined $1M Over Pesticide Violations

    Discount giant 99¢ Only Stores is facing a penalty of nearly $1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for selling unregistered and mislabeled pesticides in California and Nevada.

  • October 2, 2008

    Enviro Groups Sue For Wolverine Endangered Listing

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service disregarded scientific evidence about the threats to the U.S. wolverine population when it decided not to list the animal as endangered, conservation groups have alleged in a new lawsuit.

  • October 1, 2008

    Enviro Groups Sue PGE Over Clean Air Violations

    The Portland General Electric Co. has been hit with a lawsuit by environmental groups accusing it of operating a coal-fired power plant in Boardman, Ore., that emits massive amounts of pollutants in violation of the Clean Air Act.

  • October 1, 2008

    Injunction Bid Denied In Poultry Waste Suit

    A federal judge has denied the State of Oklahoma's bid to bar a flock of chicken and turkey breeders from dumping “poultry litter” on protected lands while a legal battle over the environmental effects of poultry waste wages on.

  • October 1, 2008

    Renewable Tax Credit Bill Added To Bailout Plan

    The U.S. Senate has attached a renewable tax credit bill to the financial bailout legislation set to go up for a vote on Wednesday, in the hopes of forcing the U.S. House of Representatives to approve a measure that differs from its own clean energy incentive proposal.

  • October 2, 2008

    EPA Seeks To Stay Pesticide Cases

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to stay three cases alleging that it wrongfully reregistered a group of pesticides that have been suspected of posing health risks to humans and wildlife while a related appellate lawsuit is pending.