Environmental

  • October 7, 2008

    EPA Rule Aims To Boost Hazardous Waste Recycling

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled new regulations on solid waste intended to encourage business to recycle more of what have traditionally been classified as hazardous materials.

  • October 7, 2008

    9th Circ. Backs FCC Over Bird-Killing Towers

    An appeals court has grounded allegations by conservationists that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission violated the Endangered Species Act when it issued communication tower permits in Hawaii without considering the towers' environmental impact.

  • October 8, 2008

    No Arbitration Obligation For Ecuador In Chevron Suit

    Chevron Corp. has lost its bid to convince an appeals court that Ecuador and its state-owned oil company are bound by a 1965 joint operating agreement and therefore liable for cleanup costs in the Amazon rainforest that could potentially total billions of dollars.

  • October 7, 2008

    DOI To Designate Critical Habitat For Polar Bears

    The U.S. Interior Department has agreed to designate “critical habitat” for polar bears before June 2010, as part of a partial settlement reached Monday with conservation groups who allege oil development threatens the species.

  • October 8, 2008

    Supreme Court Hears Sonar, Forest Disputes

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in one dispute over whether the Navy should have to limit training exercises that allegedly harm whales, and in another dispute stemming from Forest Service rules that could influence environmental groups’ standing to file suits.

  • October 6, 2008

    Pa. Adopts Voluntary GHG Registry

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has chosen voluntary registries for businesses to track carbon emissions and offsets, which is a requirement of the state's Climate Change Act signed by the governor in July.

  • October 6, 2008

    Supreme Court Won't Consider Md. LNG Terminal Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by Baltimore County, Md., of a circuit court decision that overturned zoning regulations designed to block construction of a liquefied natural gas terminal.

  • October 6, 2008

    Wis. Clamps Down On Mercury Emissions

    With its state Legislature unwilling to challenge proposed rules for heightened mercury limits, Wisconsin is expected to implement strenuous standards by year’s end that require coal-fired plants to reduce mercury emissions by 90 percent by 2015.

  • October 6, 2008

    NJ Paves Way For State’s First Offshore Wind Farm

    In an effort to jumpstart projects for renewable energy sources, New Jersey regulators have hand-picked Garden State Offshore Energy to build the state’s first offshore wind farm, which would power about 125,000 homes.

  • October 6, 2008

    Strange Bedfellows Seek To Delist Polar Bears

    An unlikely coalition of interest groups is challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior's designation of the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

  • October 6, 2008

    EPA Blasts Pa. Over Radioactive Superfund Site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sued Pennsylvania over a radioactive Superfund site, claiming that the state owes the government money for mounting a response to a hazardous material found in a contaminated wood flooring production facility.

  • 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

    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

    EPA Gives Houston More Time For Ozone Compliance

    Houston has become the second city in the nation, after Los Angeles, to be classified as a severe ozone area by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and now has until 2019 to reduce its ozone to acceptable levels.

  • October 3, 2008

    EPA Fines Lab For Hazardous Waste Violations

    A Maine genetics laboratory has been hit with a proposed $213,670 fine by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violations of federal hazardous waste regulations.

  • October 3, 2008

    Group Sues USFWS Over Reduced Habitat Areas

    The Center for Biological Diversity filed five separate lawsuits against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday alleging that the agency failed to protect the habitats of six endangered and threatened species in order to appease industry groups and for other political reasons.

  • October 3, 2008

    Chevron Lobbying Won't Kill Ecuadorian Suit: Critics

    Legislation extending trade benefits to Peru, Ecuador, Columbia and Bolivia passed the U.S. Senate Thursday after making its way through the U.S. House of Representative earlier in the week – without a rider pitched by lobbyists for Chevron that would have excluded benefits for Ecuador, which is currently embroiled in a $16.3 billion environmental suit against the oil giant.

  • October 3, 2008

    Russia's Sakhalin Oil Project Under New Legal Fire

    Russia's controversial Sakhalin II oil and gas project came under fresh scrutiny Friday, with a coalition of Russian environmental groups launching a legal action in a bid to put a halt to the Exxon Mobil Corp.-led venture for threatening the critically endangered western Pacific gray whale.

  • 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 3, 2008

    Global Warming Impacting Water Quality: EPA

    Climate change will threaten U.S. water resources in the coming years by increasing pollution, reducing the availability of clean drinking water and damaging coastal areas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water said this week in a new report.