Clean Trucks Battle Heads To Los Angeles Court

LOS ANGELES – (AP) The battle over whether the Port of Los Angeles can regulate trucks that haul goods in and out of its property is heading to court. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday in a federal lawsuit pitting the trucking industry against the nation's busiest port over...

Federal Court Reverses TVA Emissions Ruling

RICHMOND Va. - (AP) A federal appeals court in Virginia has reversed a judge's ruling requiring the nation's largest public utility to promptly install upgraded emission controls at four coal-fired power plants. Three of the Tennessee Valley Authority plants are in Tennessee, and the other is...

EPA Affirms Greenhouse Gas Endangerment Finding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 29 denied 10 petitions challenging its Dec. 7 determination that greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to public health and must be regulated under the Clean Air Act. The finding allows the federal government to regulate...

Government Urges Dismissal Of Carbon Dioxide Lawsuits

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The federal government on Aug. 25 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a lower court decision to reinstate two lawsuits seeking to limit carbon dioxide emissions, arguing that new greenhouse gas regulations have displaced public nuisance cause of actions ( American...

U.S. High Court Agrees To Take Up Case Over Energy Companies' Emissions

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (Mealey's) The nation's high court on Dec. 6 granted a petition for certiorari filed by five power companies seeking review of a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling reinstating two Clean Air Act (CAA) lawsuits brought by eight states seeking to limit the companies'...

High Court Will Review Climate Change Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) In a new case about climate change, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from electric utilities that are trying to short-circuit an effort by states to force cuts in power plant emissions. The court agreed Monday to consider ending a federal lawsuit by eight states. . . . Full...

Texas, EPA Fight Over Regulations Grows Fierce

HOUSTON - (AP) A longstanding tit-for-tat between Texas and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over how to regulate pollution has grown fierce in recent months, leaving industry frustrated and allowing some plants and refineries to spew more toxic waste into the air, streams and lakes than what...

Supreme Court Casts Doubt On States' Global Warming Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court appeared deeply skeptical Tuesday about allowing states to sue electric utilities to force cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Both conservative and liberal justices questioned whether a federal judge could deal with the complex issue of global...

High Court Hears Arguments Over States' Lawsuits Against Power Companies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on April 19 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 Power...

High Court Reverses 2nd Circuit Ruling Allowing States' Lawsuits Over Greenhouse Gases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 unanimously reversed a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that allowed five states to pursue lawsuits under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that sought court-imposed limits on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions discharged by a number...

Virginia Supreme Court Reaffirms Ruling In Global-Warming Coverage Dispute

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) An underlying complaint alleges that damages were the "natural and probable consequence" of an insured's intentional actions, the Virginia Supreme Court said April 20, upholding its finding that a commercial general liability insurer has no duty to defend...

The Cost Of Environmental Damage: Refineries, Pesticide Manufacturer Pay Out $150 Million In Recent Settlements Of Separate Suits

While the Gulf Oil Spill has communities and government agencies focusing on mitigation and prevention, not to mention restitution, the United States is joining with states around the country to ensure that environmental laws are being enforced for everyday actions. In the past several weeks, the LexisNexis...

EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules Unanimously Backed By Federal Appeals Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A panel of the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 26 found that rules and findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars, light trucks and large, stationary emission producers are neither...

High Court Hears Arguments On EPA’s Ability To Regulate Greenhouse Gases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 24 heard oral arguments on whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its bounds by regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as power plants ( Utility Air Regulatory Group v. U.S. Environmental...

Supreme Court Reverses Ruling Giving States Second Chances At Emissions Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) In a 6-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 29 reversed a District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision that states are excused from adopting implementation plans prohibiting emissions that “contribute significantly” to air pollution...