The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public comment on a proposal to deregulate genetically engineered corn that would supposedly facilitate ethanol production, the agency announced Monday.
Dunmore Oil Co. Inc. has agreed to reimburse the U.S. government approximately $300,000, settling a suit over costs the government incurred responding to an oil spill at a service station in northeast Pennsylvania.
Finding regulators slow to act, the Sierra Club and a West Virginia environmental group have taken Powellton Coal Co. LLC to court, alleging the mining company routinely dumps its waste into neighboring rivers rather than follow surface mining regulations.
A federal judge in Rhode Island has tossed an attempt by automakers to block the state's efforts to impose more stringent vehicle emissions standards.
Faced with a deluge of asbestos-related litigation, several dozen Agent Orange-related lawsuits stemming from the Vietnam War and environmental cleanup costs, T.H. Agriculture & Nutrition LLC has filed for Chapter 11 in a prepackaged bankruptcy case.
Punishments have reportedly been meted out to more than half a dozen U.S. Department of Interior workers who repeatedly accepted gifts, used drugs and alcohol and had sexual relationships with oil and gas industry executives.
Murphy Oil Corp. has reportedly been slapped with a federal lawsuit accusing it of violating the Clean Air Act for half a decade by releasing pollutants such as sulfur dioxide at rates exceeding the company's emission permits.
The U.S. government has sought leave to file late proofs of claim associated with cleanup costs at a Pacific Northwest copper and tungsten mine in the Asarco LLC bankruptcy case.
In a case of bad walls making bad neighbors, an auto parts supplier is suing Chemtron Corp. for more than $3 million, claiming Chemtron's waste disposal facility contaminated the adjacent property and still requires remediation.
Citing deep-seated institutional bias at the U.S. Department of the Interior, an environmental group is suing the agency again to rescue wilderness in southwestern Idaho that has been opened up to the cattle industry.
U.S.-based firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom generated more revenue in 2007 from litigation, disputes and arbitration than any of the 90 major global litigation law firms recently surveyed by a legal Web site.
The Michigan law regulating ship discharges that could potentially introduce non-native species into the Great Lakes isn't preempted by federal law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has affirmed.
In a case involving illegal dumping by workers at a shipping company, the one-time federal prosecutor who led the task force that probed Enron Corp.'s demise has asked a U.S. appeals court to re-examine the liability standards for corporations whose employees commit crimes.
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said she intends to renew a congressional committee on energy and climate change to help create federal legislation to reduce emissions and tackle global warming.
A federal judge has allowed seven industry groups to intervene on behalf of the government in a lawsuit over the polar bear's protected status, paving the way for them to argue that the Endangered Species Act should not be used to set climate policy.
In an opinion that clarifies aspects of the Supreme Court's U.S. v. Atlantic Research Corp. ruling on Superfund liability, a federal judge has denied cross motions for summary judgment from Reichhold Inc. and United States Metals Refining Co., determining that issues of material fact pertaining to the contamination remain in dispute.
In an attempt to protect water resources from further chemical contamination, federal regulators have proposed classifying certain pharmaceuticals as hazardous waste and requiring hospitals and health care centers to dispose of them accordingly.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has vacated Shell Offshore Inc.'s drilling plan in Alaska's Beaufort Sea, citing the government's failure to analyze its environmental impact.
Eleven partners left hanging in the wake of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP's dissolution have flocked to Nixon Peabody LLP's energy and environmental practice group, boosting to 80 the number of lawyers Nixon Peabody has absorbed from Thelen, according to a Nixon spokesman.
A comprehensive settlement agreement between the U.S. government, the state of New Hampshire and 101 potentially responsible parties will finance the $48 million cleanup of a Superfund site in Plaistow, N.H., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.