Alyssa Moir, Jeff Kray and Brad Marten
FREE DOWNLOAD: Marten Law Group on Great Expectations: President-Elect Obama’s Environmental and Energy Policies

In his acceptance speech in Grant Park Tuesday night, President-elect Obama spoke of a “planet in peril.” As a candidate, he promised to combat global warming and to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil. Obama tied energy issues...

Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.
Ethanol industry questions EPA lifecycle GHG emissions analysis

Using the classic Executive Branch backdoor/end-run around an agency [a common practice in all of the last Administrations stretching back to the 1970s], the ethanol industry has met with OMB to raise questions about EPA's proposed lifecycle emissions...

Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.
California may get the award for energy efficiency, but it is the second largest emitter of CO2; Texas is first

DOE's Energy Information Administration has released its statistics for energy-related CO2 emissions for the time period 1990 to 2005. The information is broken down by State. The data focuses just on CO2, not on all GHGs. However, as EIA notes: "Although...

Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.
2nd Cir. reverses District Court and remands Bhopal groundwater contamination litigation due to erroneous procedural actions by the District Court

In 2004, residents of Bhopal, India, sued Union Carbide in Federal District Court over injuries alleged to derive from groundwater contamination. The alleged source of the contamination was a pesticide manufacturing facility owned and operated by Union...

Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.
California's DTSC warns lenders that they are required to properly clean up hazardous wastes found on foreclosed residential properties

California's Department of Toxic Substances Control, a division of Cal-EPA, has issued a press release reminding lenders who foreclose on residential properties and the restoration companies that are contracted to prepare the homes for resale that...

Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.
EPA issues new rule requiring improved handling of manure by concentrated animal feeding operations

In response to a 2005 ruling by the 2nd Circuit [ Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc. et al v. EPA et al , 399 F.3d 486 (2nd Cir. 2005)], EPA has now issued a new rule, developed in conjunction with USDA, requiring improved handling of manure by concentration...