Weitz & Luxenberg Sues Dupont, Royle Over Toxic Chemicals Plume

NEW YORK — Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. has announced that it began filing complaints March 4 against E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and Royle Systems Group on behalf of more than 350 residents of Pompton Lakes , N.J. The firm said this legal action is prompted by the defendants’...

Oil Spill Cleanup Causing Illness Among Workers

BP has hired 22,000 workers to combat the Gulf oil spill, and many of these workers are already becoming ill from the toxic clean up chemicals and may have long-term workers' compensation claims. Source: Johnston, Moore & Thompson

Judge Dismisses W.Va. Soldiers' Case Against KBR

WHEELING W.Va. - (AP) A federal judge in West Virginia has dismissed two lawsuits filed by National Guardsmen who believe they were exposed to toxic chemicals in Iraq, and those soldiers now plan to join similar litigation in Texas. U.S. District Judge Frederick Stamp recently ruled he has no jurisdiction...

EPA Launches Green Products Web Portal for Pollution Prevention Week

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is observing Pollution Prevention (P2) Week (September 19-25, 2011) by launching a new tool designed to provide Americans easy access to information about everyday products like home appliances, electronics and cleaning products that can save...

Removal Pitfalls: Toxic Tort Case Remanded Back To State Court

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block A recent federal court decision out of the Northern District of Ohio illustrates the importance of carefully evaluating when the 30-day deadline for filing a removal petition begins to run. In Tolloty et al. v. Republic Services, Inc. et al. , plaintiffs...

Pepper Hamilton: Nike, Adidas Pledge to Stop Toxic Discharges from Supply Chain by 2020 – A Pledge that May Be Easier to Make than Keep

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP A number of companies (Adidas Group, C&A, G-Star, H&M, Li Ning, Nike Inc., and Puma) have pledged to eliminate hazardous chemical discharges from their factories by 2020. Specifically, they plan to verify that phthalates (a substance that...

Another estrogenic substance is identified (BPS, which is related to BPA), and the vector exposes nearly everyone

Prior posts have noted that BPA (an estrongen mimic) is found not only in certain plastics (about which there is much nashing of teeth), but the main vector may very well be thermal cash register receipts. Well, get ready for its cousin, BPS, and the newest vector, paper money. Holy greenbacks, Batman...

FDA Announces Ban on BPA in Bottles and Sippy Cups

By Katherine M. Rahill, Partner, Jenner & Block On July 17, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a final rule amending its food additive regulations to ban the use of polycarbonate resins in baby bottles and sippy cups. Bisphenol A ("BPA") is a key component...

Jenner & Block: New EPCRA Tier I and Tier II Updates

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block EPA has proposed changes to EPCRA Section 312 Tier I and Tier II Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms required under 40 CFR Part 370. The new rules become effective January 1, 2014. The reporting requirements under the community right...

More Evidence That Exposure to Pesticides and Solvents May Cause Parkinson’s

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer A recent report in a leading peer reviewed medical journal, Neurology , again concludes that exposure to pesticides and solvents is linked to a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease . The report evaluates the results of 104 studies from around...

What is California Up To? – The Initial List of Candidate Toxic Chemicals is Published

The California Safer Consumer Products Regulations (SCPR) took effect on October 1, 2013. http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/LawsRegsPolicies/Regs/upload/Text-of-Final-Safer-Consumer-Products-Regulations-2.pdf The CA Dept of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a list of 150 informational "initial"...

California Enacts Modest Reform to Proposition 65

By Karen F. Lederer and Eric L. Unis On October 5, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill amending the state’s notorious Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly known as Prop 65, giving some protection to a few businesses. Prop 65 has long been...

U.S. EPA Proposes Increased Reliance on TRI Data to Drive Enforcement Actions

U.S. EPA has announced that it is in the process of developing new electronic tools to utilize the data collected by its Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) to better focus its enforcement efforts. According to Steven Knizner, acting director of U.S. EPA's TRI Program Division, U.S. EPA's TRI program...