Environmental

  • July 8, 2008

    EU Lawmakers Vote To Cap Airline CO2 Emissions

    In an overwhelming vote that drew harsh criticism from the airline industry, European Union lawmakers approved an agreement Tuesday to include the aviation industry in the EU's emissions trading scheme.

  • July 8, 2008

    Report Prompts U.K. To Rethink Biofuel Boom Policy

    The United Kingdom government said on Monday that it would “proceed cautiously” with the introduction of biofuels, after a report warned that the alternative energy method could increase greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to rising food prices.

  • July 8, 2008

    Bristol-Myers Agrees To Clean Air Act Upgrades

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., the New York-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, has agreed to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act by reducing the output of ozone-depleting refrigerants at five industrial facilities at a combined cost of $3.65 million.

  • July 7, 2008

    Judge Rules For Tremont In Halliburton Dispute

    A federal judge in Texas has affirmed an arbitrator's decision in a dispute between Halliburton Energy Services Inc. and Tremont LLC over costs stemming from the cleanup of NL Industries Inc.'s former petroleum businesses.

  • July 7, 2008

    Ciba Faces Chemical Contamination Claims

    Ciba Corp. has reportedly been slapped with a lawsuit by a slew of Alabama plaintiffs who claim the manufacturing company failed to contain “hazardous and toxic substances,” polluting hundreds of acres with the chemicals.

  • July 8, 2008

    La. Act 312 Will Apply To Cleanup In Exxon Suit: Court

    The Louisana Supreme Court has sent a dispute between M.J. Farms Ltd. and Exxon Mobil Corporation over the applicability of environmental legislation that was passed while the suit was pending back to a lower court, after finding that the application of Louisiana Act 312 to the case was not unconstitutional.

  • July 7, 2008

    Massachusetts Signs Off On Clean Energy Act

    The governor of Massachusetts has signed off on a law that would include provisions to develop and use green energy measures, with a goal of meeting at least 25% of the state's electricity needs through energy efficiency and 20% through renewable and alternative energy generation by 2020.

  • July 3, 2008

    In BLM Reversal, Solar Projects To See Light Of Day

    The Bureau of Land Management will continue to accept new applications for solar projects on public lands while it studies the environmental impact of such projects, the agency announced Wednesday.

  • July 3, 2008

    Lawmakers Urge Ethanol Reduction

    The EPA has yet to respond to a letter that 51 House Republicans sent last week urging the agency to adjust the Renewable Fuel Standard as domestic food prices soar.

  • July 3, 2008

    Transcor And Petrobras Fight Over Texas Refinery

    Belgian oil trading and refining company Transcor Astra Group SA and Brazilain oil company Petrobras are fighting over an oil refinery in Pasadena, Texas.

  • July 2, 2008

    Colorado Takes Another $20.5M in Superfund Case

    The last of seven lawsuits about natural resources damage brought by the state of Colorado in 1983 has been settled for $20.5 million, according to the state attorney general's office.

  • July 1, 2008

    U.S. Gives DuPont, ConocoPhillips $52M For Cleanup

    A district court judge has approved a settlement in which the federal government agreed to pay E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. and ConocoPhillips Co. to resolve a decade-long dispute over the companies' claims for environmental cleanup costs.

  • June 30, 2008

    High Court Rejects $20.7M Pollution Award Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to hear an appeal of a nearly four-year-old pollution case that awarded several Georgia state residents more than $20.7 million against a manufacturer of carbon black.

  • June 30, 2008

    Nossaman Merges With D.C. Firm

    Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP will join forces with a Washington, D.C.-based law firm that specializes in environmental lobbying, health care and infrastructure work.

  • June 30, 2008

    Supreme Court To Hear Alaska Mine Tailings Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday that it will review an Alaska case involving the discharge of mine tailings into U.S. waters.

  • July 1, 2008

    Georgia Court Denies Air Permit For Coal Plant

    A proposed coal-fueled generating plant in Georgia, the first in more than two decades, was stalled on Monday after a county judge refused to grant energy company Dynergy an air-pollution permit for the project.

  • July 1, 2008

    MRC/Marathon Balk At Bank's $200M Claim

    Fresh off winning approval for Pacific Lumber's reorganization plan, Marathon and Mendocino Redwood Co. are fighting back against an effort by the Bank of New York to collect a $200 million superpriority claim that the duo says is a “last-ditch” attempt to derail confirmation of the proposal.

  • July 1, 2008

    D.C. Circuit Rebuffs Petition For EPA Deadline

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has refused to set a deadline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that allowed the agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.

  • June 27, 2008

    Deal In Massey Energy Derivative Suit Gets Court OK

    A West Virginia judge has approved a settlement in a derivative shareholder suit that accused defendants including coal producer Massey Energy Co.'s Chief Executive Don Blankenship of breaching their fiduciary duty by failing to ensure that the company complied with environmental and worker safety-related laws and regulations.

  • June 26, 2008

    Exxon Ruling Will Drill Punitive Awards: Experts

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case, which set a 1:1 ratio for punitive damages to compensatory damages, is only binding under federal maritime law. Still, many observers say the order will be influential in cutting damages in other types of cases as well.