Environmental

  • March 25, 2008

    EPA Serves Greka With 4th Enforcement Order

    Greka Oil and Gas Inc. has been served with its fourth U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcement order this year and faces fines of up to $32,500 per day if it does not immediately clean up a polluted California site.

  • March 25, 2008

    Group Asks Court To Reconsider Cap-And-Trade Plan

    An electricity industry group has asked a federal appellate court to reconsider its rejection of a plan to regulate mercury emissions at coal- and oil-fired power plants via a cap-and-trade system rather than a stricter provision of federal law.

  • March 24, 2008

    Feds Balk At W.R. Grace Plan To Sell Polluted Sites

    The U.S. government has objected to W.R. Grace & Co.'s plan to sell off 10 contaminated industrial properties through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, claiming that the proposed deal doesn't do enough to ensure those properties will be cleaned up.

  • March 24, 2008

    Kansas Governor Vetoes Plan For New Coal Plants

    Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill on Friday that would have allowed Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to construct two coal-fired power plants in the southwestern portion of the state.

  • March 21, 2008

    FERC Approves 1st U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Facility

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the proposed Broadwater Energy LLC liquefied natural gas facility, the first such facility in the U.S., on condition that Broadwater adopt more than 80 safety measures.

  • March 24, 2008

    BP's Russian Oil Venture Faces Environmental Probe

    In a one-two punch to BP's Russian oil venture, Moscow's environmental watchdog said Friday it would launch an investigation into the company's biggest oil field one day after Russian authorities revealed they had arrested an TNK-BP employee and his brother on charges of industrial espionage.

  • March 20, 2008

    Peruvians' Toxic Tort Is Removed To State Court

    A federal judge has agreed with a group of Peruvian children who were allegedly injured by exposure to toxins at a smelting plant in La Oroya, Peru, that their tort claims against the American companies who control the site should be removed from federal to state court.

  • March 21, 2008

    City Claims Dow, Shell Polluted Wells: Report

    Dow Chemical Co. and Shell Oil Co. have reportedly been slapped with a lawsuit by the city of Bakersfield, Calif., and the California-based company that delivers water to its residents, accusing them of knowingly polluting drinking water wells with a suspected carcinogen used in pesticides.

  • March 19, 2008

    ARCO Settles Plant Neighbors' Claims For $27M

    Neighbors of a former nuclear fuel operation in western Pennsylvania have agreed to a $27.5 million settlement with Atlantic Richfield Co. over claims that radioactive dust released by the facilities made them ill.

  • March 20, 2008

    Navajo Suit Pushes For EPA Action On Coal Plant

    The Navajo Nation and Desert Rock Energy Co. LLC have filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that the agency failed to timely issue an air permit for a coal-fired power plant that Navajo officials say would provide thousands of jobs for their struggling economy.

  • March 19, 2008

    France Won't Repeal Ban On Modified Crops

    To the chagrin of agriculture technology giant Monsanto Co. and French farmers, France's state council has refused to overturn a ban on the commercial use of genetically modified crops grown in the country.

  • March 18, 2008

    Pilot Charged With Negligence In Calif. Oil Spill

    The pilot at the helm of the cargo ship involved in November's massive oil spill in San Francisco Bay has been charged by federal prosecutors with criminal negligence for his role in the disaster.

  • March 18, 2008

    Judge Tosses Marathon's Superfund Claim

    A district court has thrown out a claim brought by Marathon Petroleum Co. under the Superfund law against a company that had inspected a rail car involved in a toxic spill. However, the judge left the company's common-law claims intact.

  • March 18, 2008

    Arnold & Porter Welcomes Partners In San Francisco

    Arnold & Porter has added three partners to its San Francisco office to increase the firm's West Coast presence in areas including consumer class actions, intellectual property, product liability and environmental matters.

  • March 17, 2008

    EPA Analysis Buttresses Senate Global Warming Bill

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released on Friday its economic analysis of legislation designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions, with the bill's sponsors saying the report confirms that the U.S. can reduce carbon emissions responsible for global warming while maintaining economic growth.

  • March 17, 2008

    W.R. Grace, Feds Strike Deal Over Cleanup

    Bankrupt W.R. Grace & Co. has struck a deal with the U.S. government that would split the costs of cleaning up hazardous substances that contaminated a site near Baltimore.

  • March 18, 2008

    Toxic Tort Against Weyerhaeuser Gets Go-Ahead

    A suit brought by hundreds of residents of an Arkansas town who claim pollution by Weyerhaeuser Co. made them sick will go forward after a judge rejected the lumber company's motion to have the case dismissed.

  • March 14, 2008

    Damages Opinion Could Help Total In Tanker Spill Case

    An adviser to the European Court of Justice said Thursday that companies that do not intentionally cause damages could possibly be excluded from liability. The opinion could toss a lifeline to oil giant Total SA as it fights a French court ruling blaming it for one of Europe's worst environmental disasters.

  • March 13, 2008

    EPA Tightens Pollution Cap, Some Say Not Enough

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Administration has set the cap for pollution-forming ozone at 75 parts per billion, defying a scientific advisory committee’s urging that it impose a significantly lower limit and drawing rebuke from several lawmakers.

  • March 13, 2008

    Court Denies N.J.'s Late Claim Against W.R. Grace

    A federal district court has ruled against New Jersey environmental regulators in their wrangling with W.R. Grace & Co. over asbestos liabilities, upholding a bankruptcy court's earlier ruling that denied the state's claims.