Environmental

  • September 8, 2008

    Wachovia Loses Bid To Nix 'Bad Faith' Bankruptcy

    A bankruptcy court has rejected Wachovia Bank NA's attempt to get the Chapter 11 case of environmental remediator and real estate developer EnCap Golf Holdings LLC dismissed, despite Wachovia's assertion that EnCap sought bankruptcy protection in bad faith.

  • September 8, 2008

    API, Others Look To Dive Into Polar Bear Suit

    The American Petroleum Institute and four other groups have asked a federal court for permission to join as intervenor defendants in a lawsuit over the polar bear’s protected status, claiming that an elevation of its status from threatened to endangered would have adverse economic effects on their members.

  • September 5, 2008

    Akerman Launches Forestry Resources Practice Group

    Hoping to capitalize on opportunities in emerging markets involving wetland and carbon credits, law firm Akerman Senterfitt announced on Thursday the formation of a new practice group called the Forest Resources Team.

  • September 5, 2008

    9th Circ. Affirms US Claim On Pacific Atoll

    An appeals court on Thursday sank a challenge to the United States' ownership of a protected Pacific atoll, upholding a district court's decision to dismiss the action as time-barred.

  • September 5, 2008

    Waste Treater Pleads Guilty To Illegal Discharge

    Industrial waste treatment firm Comprehensive Environmental Solutions Inc. has entered a plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, admitting to the agency’s charges that it violated the Clean Water Act and made false statements about illegal discharges of untreated liquid wastes.

  • September 5, 2008

    Energy Co. Fights Injunction On Drilling Permit

    Savoy Energy LP has asked for permission to intervene in a court battle between the federal government and environmentalists in order to appeal an injunction on a drilling permit.

  • September 5, 2008

    Fire Retardant Found In Children's Blood: Study

    A study released by the Environmental Working Group has found that a class of chemicals used in fire retardants is appearing in toddlers' blood at levels three times higher than in their mothers'.

  • September 5, 2008

    FERC Refuses To Reconsider Broadwater LNG Project

    In a slap to lawmakers and environmentalists, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has refused to grant a rehearing on the contentious Broadwater Energy LLC liquefied natural gas project that the agency approved in March.

  • September 4, 2008

    NYC Closes Door On Sidewalk Air Conditioning

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg passed a law Wednesday prohibiting stores from blowing cold air onto sidewalks in an effort to attract shoppers.

  • September 4, 2008

    Calif. Waste Solutions Faces EPA Fines

    Major trash and recycling manager California Waste Solutions has violated the Clean Water Act for five years, federal officials said this week, and is responsible for waste discharges into a San Francisco Bay waterfront and tributary.

  • September 4, 2008

    New Priority Superfund Sites Named, More Proposed

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named six new Superfund sites to its National Priorities List and proposed adding an additional 10 sites, elevating them to high-priority areas in need of investigations into the potential health and environmental risks they pose.

  • September 4, 2008

    Utah Refinery To Pay $3M In Criminal Pollution Case

    Chemical company Johnson Matthey Inc. has agreed to plead guilty and pay $3 million to settle an alleged Clean Water Act felony violation at a precious metal refining plant in Utah.

  • September 4, 2008

    Colo. Sues Military Over Leaky Chemical Weapons

    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has sued the U.S. Department of Defense for violating hazardous waste laws by storing obsolete chemical weapons at a facility in Pueblo, Colo.

  • September 4, 2008

    New Exhaust Standards Will Curb Pollution: EPA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released stricter regulations Thursday to limit pollutants emitted by engines for consumer lawn and marine products, including weed whackers, lawn mowers and speedboats.

  • September 5, 2008

    BLM Tags Public Lands For Oil Shale Development

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management published its plan on Friday to set aside almost 2 million acres of public lands to be leased for commercial oil shale development, which it believes could yield billions of barrels of oil to replace foreign imports.

  • October 16, 2008

    New Drilling Method Draws Deeper Scrutiny

    Over the last few years, energy companies have begun using hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling to extract natural gas from shale formations throughout the United States. Opposition to the technique has popped up, however, over concerns that it could poison groundwater and have other adverse environmental effects.

  • September 22, 2008

    REACH May Inspire TSCA Reforms In Coming Years

    The European Union's tough REACH chemicals regulation has shed new light on long-standing and widespread concerns about weaknesses in the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act, and spurred a growing demand for changes that give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stronger tools to crack down on potentially dangerous substances.

  • September 3, 2008

    DOI Pushes To Toss Hunters' Suit Over Polar Bears

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has asked a district court to toss a lawsuit challenging a statement it made in a rule naming the polar bear a threatened species and banning the import of sport-hunted polar bear trophies from Canada.

  • September 3, 2008

    EPA Must Look Into Ky. Water Standards: 6th Circ.

    A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to re-examine water quality standards for Kentucky, which exempted six types of pollution from state review.

  • September 3, 2008

    Report Blames Cox, SDG&E For Calif. Fires

    Cox Communications and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. are to blame for breaking power line rules and causing three wildfires that swept through San Diego County last fall and destroyed over 1,200 homes, California regulators allege.