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Lawsuit Alleges EPA ‘Overreaching’ With Global Warming Finding

ATLANTA — Representing 13 U.S. representatives, 17 companies and associations and itself, the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF) on Feb. 10 filed a Petition for Judicial Review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, challenging the Endangerment Finding on carbon dioxide...

Environmental Groups, PacifCorp Reach $1 Million Pollution Settlement

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 would be the largest fine in state history against...

EPA, Green Groups Settle Farm Pollution Lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa - (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled a lawsuit filed by environmental groups by agreeing to gather more information about factory farms in an effort to keep more waste out of waterways. The EPA reached the settlement Tuesday with the Natural Resources Defense...

Second Phase Of 8 Oil Dispersants Toxicity Testing Data Released By EPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released peer reviewed results from the second phase of its independent toxicity testing on mixtures of eight oil dispersants with Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil. EPA conducted the tests as part of an effort to ensure that EPA decisions remain...

Environmental Groups Sue To Spur Cape Cod Cleanup

BOSTON - (AP) Two environmental organizations have sued federal environmental regulators in an effort to accelerate the cleanup of Cape Cod's coastal waters. The Conservation Law Foundation and the Coalition for Buzzards Bay allege in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection...

EPA Investigates Benzene Release At BP's Texas Refinery

HOUSTON - (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched an investigation into a 41-day benzene release at BP's Texas City refinery, the site of a massive explosion in 2005 that killed 15 workers. The EPA's investigation, announced late Thursday, is the latest blow to the oil giant...

EPA Fines BP $15 Million For Texas City Violations

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 .

Court Asked To OK New Hanford Cleanup Schedule

SPOKANE, Wash. - (AP) State and federal agencies asked a federal judge Wednesday to approve a new cleanup schedule for the Hanford nuclear reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons site. The motion filed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the state Department of Ecology would govern...

U.S. High Court Declines To Hear Dispute Over Transfer Of Pollutants In Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S Supreme Court on Nov. 29 denied a petition for certiorari filed by environmental groups in Florida over whether the transfer of water pollutants from one body of water to another constitutes an "addition" of pollutants to navigable waters therefore...

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'...

EPA Pursues Michigan's Largest Coal-Fired Plant

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 the same time to greatly eliminate air pollution....

Lindquist & Vennum Leads 'Green Law Office' Charge In Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - Lindquist & Vennum PLLP has announced that through its participation in the American Bar Association-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Law Office Climate Challenge, it has achieved highest standings awarded to law offices participating in the Climate Challenge. The firm has adopted...

GM, EPA Reach $23.79 Million Agreement On Superfund Cleanup Costs

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) The liquidation company for bankrupt General Motors Corp. on Jan. 30 reached a $23.79 million settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve environmental liabilities related to Superfund sites in three states ( In Re: Motors Liquidation Company f/k/a General...

Well Investor Agrees To Pay $90 Million To Resolve Gulf Oil Spill Claims

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC has agreed to pay $90 million to resolve liability and pay civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to settle claims asserted against it by the government and five states over the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill...

High Court Says Couple Can Seek Review Of EPA's Compliance Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 21 unanimously found that an Idaho couple could file a lawsuit challenging a compliance order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act (CWA) because the order was a final agency action that could be...

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...

Duane Morris LLP: U.S. District Court Preliminarily Enjoins EPA and ACOE ‘Waters of the United States’ Final Rule

On August 27, 2015, a federal district judge in North Dakota preliminarily enjoined the final rule of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), titled "Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States," which was set to take effect on...