Environmental

  • September 14, 2009

    Pacific Energy Gets OK To Abandon Alaska Assets

    Having failed to find a buyer for the unprofitable facilities, bankrupt Pacific Energy Resources Ltd. has won the right to abandon oil and gas production assets near Alaska's Cook Inlet — despite opposition from government regulators over potential environmental liabilities.

  • September 14, 2009

    EPA Had Right To OK Iowa Clean Water List: 8th Circ.

    A federal appeals court has affirmed a victory for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a suit brought by the Sierra Club accusing the agency of violating the Clean Water Act by improperly approving a list of substandard-quality bodies of water in Iowa that omitted dozens that failed to meet cleanliness rules.

  • September 14, 2009

    JPMorgan Makes $203M Bid For EcoSecurities Shares

    A JPMorgan Chase & Co. unit and EcoSecurities Group PLC on Monday announced a £122.9 million ($203.2 million) deal under which the investment bank will buy the Irish carbon trader to bolster its presence in the growing sector.

  • September 14, 2009

    Water Agencies Balk At Tronox $415M Huntsman Deal

    Regulators from four states have objected to bankrupt Tronox Inc.’s plan to sell the bulk of its operating assets to Huntsman Corp., saying the $415 million deal provides little information about who will take over facilities in Henderson, Nev., that were found to contaminate the Colorado River.

  • September 14, 2009

    EU Nears Rollout Of Cargo Van Emissions Tax Plan

    The European Union is reportedly close to unveiling its plan for taxing carbon dioxide emissions from new cargo vans sold in the bloc's 27 member nations, possibly imposing cuts in vans' carbon pollution by as much as 14 percent by July 2013, with deeper long-term reductions by 2020.

  • September 14, 2009

    Asarco To Sell Perth Amboy Cleanup Site For $5M

    Bankrupt mining giant Asarco LLC has agreed to sell a 70-acre New Jersey property for $5.1 million, releasing the embattled copper company from remediation responsibilities at a site with a long history of environmental issues and finalizing a settlement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

  • September 14, 2009

    Don't Lift Crescent Stay In Toxic Torts Suits: Siemens

    Siemens Corp. has objected to a motion to modify the automatic stay in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Crescent Resources LLC that, if granted, would allow discovery to continue in a number of toxic tort actions pending in Florida against Crescent, Siemens and other companies.

  • September 11, 2009

    NM Court Gives Green Light To Emissions Limits Suit

    New Mexico's highest court has upheld a lower court's decision clearing the way for a group of lawmakers and auto dealers to challenge in federal court a state environmental board’s authority to implement stricter emissions laws on new vehicles sold in the state.

  • September 11, 2009

    Jury Indicts 3 More In NJ Superfund Kickback Scheme

    A New Jersey grand jury has indicted three men accused of taking part in fraud, bid-rigging and kickback conspiracies for contracts to work on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's cleanup operations at two Superfund sites in northern New Jersey.

  • September 11, 2009

    Former White House Counsel Lands At Jenner & Block

    Kenneth Lee, former associate counsel to President George W. Bush, has left Washington for Los Angeles to join Jenner & Block LLP as a partner.

  • September 11, 2009

    Feds, Genesco Settle Over Long Island PCE Cleanup

    Footwear and hat retailer Genesco Inc. has agreed to set up a $10.7 million guarantee for the U.S. government to cover cleanup costs associated with alleged tetrachloroethylene, or PCE, contamination at the company's facility in New York.

  • September 11, 2009

    EPA Scrutinizes Mountaintop Coal Mines More Closely

    As part of its effort to step up enforcement of the Clean Water Act and minimize the environmental effects of surface coal mining, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified 79 proposed projects in Appalachia as cause for alarm, saying it will review their impact on water quality.

  • September 11, 2009

    EPA Plans Limits On Pesticide Use To Protect Salmon

    After years of litigation over the effects of three pesticides on salmon populations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans Friday to introduce new voluntary limitations on use of the chemicals in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

  • September 11, 2009

    Seafood Cos.’ Suit Over Exxon Valdez Deal Stayed

    A lawsuit filed by seafood processors against Exxon Mobil Corp. over the interest rate for a settlement related to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill has been stayed pending the end of connected state court litigation, in the latest development in a long-running fight.

  • September 10, 2009

    EPA Green Light For Calif. GHG Rules Challenged

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Automobile Dealers Association have filed a petition with a federal appeals court in Washington seeking review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to let California set its own limits on greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.

  • September 10, 2009

    WildEarth Sues EPA To Clear Pollution Plan Backlog

    Environmental group WildEarth Guardians has filed a suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to push the agency to clear out a backlog of air quality control plans submitted by states under the Clean Air Act.

  • September 10, 2009

    Katten Scores White Collar Defense Pros From Hunton

    A team of four attorneys has left Hunton & Williams LLP to build a white collar criminal defense practice that includes a subspecialty in environmental litigation in Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP's Washington office, as Katten helps clients confront stepped up enforcement under the Obama administration.

  • September 10, 2009

    7th Circ. Won't Review EPA Air Quality Ruling

    The state of Michigan has been denied a review of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruling imposing stricter air quality controls on emissions producers in and around an American Indian tribe's lands.

  • September 10, 2009

    Groups Lose Bid For TRO On Alberta Clipper Pipeline

    The Sierra Club and other environmentalists opposed to construction of the Alberta Clipper pipeline from Canada to Wisconsin have lost an attempt to get work on the project halted temporarily.

  • September 9, 2009

    Calif. River Group Sues Feds Over Mine Discharges

    An environmental group has accused the Bureau of Land Management of violating the Clean Water Act by not policing the activities of a now-bankrupt mining company that leased land from the bureau and went on to allegedly dump arsenic and other hazardous chemicals into nearby surface waters.