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Environmental Group Sues Interior Over Wyoming Coal Leasing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – (AP) An environmental group is suing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to try to get the government to increase its regulation of mining in the nation's top coal-producing region. The lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians in U.S. District Court in Denver on Tuesday also seeks to...

Lawsuit Targets Mega-Development Adjacent To Critical Wildlife Area

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. — The Friends of the Northern Jacinto Valley and the Sierra Club on April 22 sued Riverside County and its Board of Supervisors for approving a development that includes 11,350 residential units and 500,000 square feet of commercial space. The Villages of Lakeview would...

Where Does The BP Gulf Oil Spill Rank Among The World’s Worst?

The black crude keeps flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from an uncapped oil rig, the worst oil leak in U.S. history. On May 28, the chairman of BP upgraded the severity of the oil spill from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig from "very modest" to an "environmental...

Obama: BP Agrees To $20B Fund; Chairman Apologizes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) President Barack Obama and BP reached agreement Wednesday on a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the giant British company's chairman apologized to America for the worst environmental accident in the nation's...

Residents, Environmental Groups Sue Maryland Steel Mill

BALTIMORE - (AP) Sparrows Point residents have joined two environmental groups in suing the owners of a century-old steel mill. The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore targets Severstal North America, the current operator of the steel mill, and its last owner, ArcelorMittal. Full...

Judge Halts Oil, Gas Development On Chukchi Sea

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) A federal judge on Wednesday stopped companies from developing oil and gas wells on billions of dollars in leases off Alaska's northwest coast, saying the federal government failed to follow environmental law before it sold the drilling rights. The lease sale in February...

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...

Crabs Provide Evidence Of Oil Tainting Gulf Food Web

BARATARIA, La. - (AP) To assess how heavy a blow the BP oil spill has dealt the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are closely watching a staple of the seafood industry and primary indicator of the ecosystem's health: the blue crab. Weeks ago, before engineers pumped in mud and cement to plug the gusher...

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...

Gulf Waste Heads To Landfills, Some With Problems

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The cleanup of history's worst peacetime oil spill is generating thousands of tons of oil-soaked debris that is ending up in local landfills, some of which were already dealing with environmental concerns. The soft, absorbent boom that has played the biggest role in containing...

Mo. Hog Company Says It Has Resolved Odor Issue

KANSAS CITY Mo. - (AP) Missouri pork giant Premium Standard Farms's plan to install new technology that will prevent odors from its hog confinements from polluting the air outside its farms violates a previously set deadline and the company should expect to pay a fine, state officials said. Full...

Feds Sued For Backing Off Fast-Track Drilling

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - (AP) A petroleum industry group has filed a lawsuit saying federal land managers lacked authority to stop fast-track approval of oil and gas drilling on public land in the West. The Western Energy Alliance filed the lawsuit on Oct. 21 in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, alleging the...

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...

Judge Orders Removal Of Sugar Beet Seed Plants

DES MOINES, Iowa - (AP) A federal judge in California has ordered the removal from the ground of plants grown to produce seeds for genetically modified sugar beets, citing the potential for environmental harm. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White has again raised questions about the use of...

Crowell & Moring Group Expands Chemical, Pesticide Experience

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Crowell & Moring LLP's Environment & Natural Resources Group has gained senior counsel David E. Menotti and partner Warren U. Lehrenbaum to bolster its practice in air, pesticides and chemical regulation. Based in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, the new attorneys...

Judge Halts Any Ecuadorean Pollution Award Against Chevron

NEW YORK - (AP) A federal judge took the unusual step Tuesday of blocking a potential multi-billion-dollar judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental damage in Ecuador for at least 28 days after concluding that lawyers representing 30,000 Ecuadoreans were planning a "helter skelter" disruption...

TVA Paring Coal Operations, Paying $10M To Settle Lawsuits

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - (AP) The Tennessee Valley Authority over the next five years will shutter operations that account for about 16 percent if its coal-fired capacity to settle lawsuits from several states over air quality, its board said Thursday. TVA chief executive Tom Kilgore said the nation's...

New Climate Change Case Headed To U.S. Supreme Court

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 as the Audubon Society that want to sue large electric...

Federal Court Won't Dismiss Lawsuit Against Exxon Mobil

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 dismissed a request by Exxon Mobil Corp. to...

Railroads Threatened With Lawsuits Over Diesel Exhaust

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 Pacific Corp. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe...

Environment Groups File Lawsuit Over Natural Gas Drilling Regulations

NEW YORK - (AP) Environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday in New York City to force federal officials to conduct an environmental review before issuing final regulations on natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin because of concerns over the method used to remove the gas. The lawsuit asks...

Ban Sought On Gene-Altered Crops On Federal Land

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - (AP) Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to stop the planting of genetically-modified crops on 44,000 acres of federal land in the South, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the corn, milo and rice provide food for migrating birds along critical flyways...

William A. Ruskin: Insurance Can Facilitate Environmental Transactions

By William A. Ruskin “Representations and Warranties” insurance has become a strategic option that can help clients mitigate risk and successfully buy and sell businesses. Over the past fifteen years, Reps and Warranties coverage has evolved to become a useful tool for getting deals done...

Williams Mullen: Clean Water Rule Opens Litigation Floodgates

By A. Keith "Kip" McAlister, Jr. | With much fanfare, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) recently issued a final rule clarifying which bodies of water are “waters of the United States” protected under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). Coming in the...