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High Court Hears Arguments Over States' Lawsuits Against Power Companies
Posted on 19 Apr 2011 by Shane Dilworth

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... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Clean Air Transport Rule Thrown Out
Posted on 24 Aug 2012 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Author: Katerina E. Milenkovski The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit yesterday vacated US EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, finding that it violates federal law. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, commonly... Read More

Railroads Threatened With Lawsuits Over Diesel Exhaust
Posted on 22 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

LOS ANGELES - (AP) An environmental group threatened to sue two of the nation's biggest rail owners Tuesday under a novel legal theory that would classify diesel exhaust as hazardous waste. The Natural Resources Defense Council sent letters to Union... Read More

Federal Court Won't Dismiss Lawsuit Against Exxon Mobil
Posted on 10 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HOUSTON - (AP) A federal court will allow environmental groups to pursue a lawsuit that accuses the largest U.S. refinery of violating federal air pollution laws thousands of times in the past five years. The U.S. District Court Southern District on Tuesday... Read More

New Climate Change Case Headed To U.S. Supreme Court
Posted on 19 Apr 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Obama administration and environmental interests generally agree that global warming is a threat that must be dealt with. But they're on opposite sides of a Supreme Court case over the ability of states and groups such... Read More

EPA Pursues Michigan's Largest Coal-Fired Plant
Posted on 28 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

MONROE, Mich. - (AP) A Michigan utility spent $65 million last year replacing key parts at the state's largest coal-fired power plant. When regulators found out, they hauled the company into court for what it didn't do: Spend millions more at... Read More

Environmental Groups Say Exxon Violates U.S. Air Laws
Posted on 7 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HOUSTON - (AP) The largest U.S. oil refinery violated federal air pollution laws thousands of times during the last five years, releasing 10 million pounds of illegal pollution, including cancer-causing toxins, without facing proper fines or being forced... Read More

Feds Sue Pennsylvania Coal Plant Operators Over Pollution
Posted on 9 Jan 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HOMER CITY, Pa. - (AP) The federal government on Thursday sued several companies over a coal-burning electricity generating plant, calling it "one of the largest air pollution sources in the nation" and asking the court to keep it from operating... Read More

Environmentalists Sue ExxonMobil Over Air Pollution
Posted on 14 Dec 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HOUSTON - (AP) The largest U.S. oil refinery released 8 million pounds of illegal pollution in the last five years, violating federal air pollution laws thousands of times, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by environmental groups. The lawsuit against... Read More

BP Agrees To $25 Million Penalty For 2006 Alaska Spills
Posted on 4 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) BP's subsidiary in Alaska will pay a $25 million civil penalty under a settlement announced Tuesday that comes five years after more than 200,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from company pipelines on the North Slope. The... Read More

EPA Fines BP $15 Million For Texas City Violations
Posted on 30 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HOUSTON - (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice have slapped a $15 million fine on BP for Clean Air Act violations at the oil company's Texas City refinery. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers . Read More

Environmental Groups, PacifCorp Reach $1 Million Pollution Settlement
Posted on 16 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

CHEYENNE Wyo. – (AP) A lawsuit filed by environmental groups over alleged air pollution violations at a power plant in western Wyoming has resulted in PacifCorp agreeing to pay $1 million to the federal government. If approved, the penalty likely... Read More

Judge: LA Port's Clean Trucks Program Can Proceed
Posted on 27 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A federal judge ruled Thursday that the Port of Los Angeles can regulate trucks that haul goods in and out of its property to reduce air pollution around the country's busiest port complex. U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder... Read More