Environmental

  • November 25, 2008

    USDA Mulls Deregulating GE Corn For Ethanol

    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.

  • November 25, 2008

    Dunmore Settles Oil Spill Suit For $290K

    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.

  • November 25, 2008

    Sierra Club Sues Coal Co. For Fouling Rivers

    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.

  • November 25, 2008

    Rhode Island Wins One In Emissions Rules Battle

    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.

  • November 25, 2008

    Asbestos, Agent Orange Suits Send Co. Into Ch. 11

    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.

  • November 24, 2008

    DOI Workers Punished In Ethics Scandal

    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.

  • November 24, 2008

    Murphy Oil Sued Over Refinery Emissions

    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.

  • November 24, 2008

    US Seeks Late Claim In Asarco Bankruptcy

    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.

  • November 24, 2008

    Chemtron Tagged With $3M Suit For Toxic 'Plume'

    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.

  • November 24, 2008

    DOI Sued For Giving Livestock Open Range

    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.

  • November 24, 2008

    Skadden Tops List Of 2007 Litigation Revenue Makers

    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.

  • November 24, 2008

    State Law For Ship Discharges Trumps Fed: 6th Circ.

    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.

  • November 24, 2008

    Rogue Workers Don't Make Corps. Liable: Prosecutor

    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.

  • November 25, 2008

    Climate Committee Needs '1 More Term': Pelosi

    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.

  • November 21, 2008

    Industry Groups Can Intervene In Polar Bear Suit

    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.

  • November 21, 2008

    Summary Judgment Bids Nixed In NJ CERCLA Suit

    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.

  • November 21, 2008

    EPA Aims To List Some Drugs As Hazardous Waste

    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.

  • November 21, 2008

    9th Circ. Nixes Shell's Arctic Drilling Plan

    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.

  • November 21, 2008

    11 Thelen Energy Lawyers Jump To Nixon Peabody

    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.

  • November 21, 2008

    EPA Settlement Provides $48M For NH Superfund Site

    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.