What is third-hand tobacco smoke and is it dangerous?

In general terms, the phrase "third-hand tobacco smoke" ("THS") refers to the tobacco particulates and gas that get on clothes, in hair, etc. You have smelled it when you approach a smoker, even if they are smoking at that time. Technically, it consists of residual tobacco smoke pollutants...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: AEP v. Connecticut - A Comparison Of The Briefs Filed By The Defendant Electric Utilities

By Julia Ciardullo, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School O n January 31, 2011, five investor-owned utilities[1] (Petitioners) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), an electric utility owned by the US government, filed separate briefs with the United States Supreme Court (USSC...

Electric Utilities and States Present Oral Arguments in Supreme Court on Second Circuit Ruling on Power Plant Emissions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) On Tuesday, April 19, The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments over whether it should uphold a Second Circuit ruling reinstating two lawsuits brought by eight states seeking to limit emissions from five power companies under the Clean Air Act (CAA) ( American Electric...

Two Key Rulings Pending in Global Warming Suits

By John G. Nevius, Esq., P.E. On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, two separate oral arguments were held that will help determine the future of climate-change litigation - and whether and how insurance coverage is available to defend against certain climate-change claims. The first oral argument involved...

Recent experiments demonstrate that beaked whales are sensitive to sonar

Some marine mammals, such as harbor porpoises, have been shown to be sensitive to sound, such as that generated by sonar; some marine mammals do not seem to be bothered. Using a large array of underwater microphones, assessment of marine mammal impacts during sonar exercises at the Navy's underwater...

The manufacturer of PCE dry cleaning machine filtering system is not a CERCLA arranger

Since 1980, Team Enterprises, LLC leased space in a shopping center in Modesto, California, where it operated a dry cleaning store. From 1980 to 2004, Team used PCE in its dry cleaning equipment, and the machines generated wastewater containing PCE. Team used Puritan Rescue 800 filter-and-still combination...

More Thinking About Smith v Inco – A Videocast Analysis by Dianne Saxe

Noted Canadian environmental lawyer Dianne Saxe has prepared an excellent video analysis of a recent Canadian appellate decision, Smith v. Inco , that looks at the application of the famous strict liability case from England , Rylands v. Fletcher, [1868] UKHL 1, (1868) 3 L.R. 330 , in an environmental...

A Videocast on the Application of Rylands v. Fletcher In Nuisance Actions

Noted Canadian environmental lawyer Dianne Saxe has prepared an excellent video analysis of a recent Canadian appellate decision, Smith v. Inco , that looks at the application of the famous strict liability case from England , Rylands v. Fletcher, [1868] UKHL 1, (1868) 3 L.R. 330 , in an environmental...