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Environmental Groups Say Exxon Violates U.S. Air Laws

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 to fix equipment, environmental groups claim....

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...

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...

Golden Globes Group Sues Dick Clark Productions

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the annual Golden Globe Awards, is suing Dick Clark Productions, claiming it signed an agreement with NBC to broadcast the awards show without the association's consent. The HFPA's suit against Dick Clark Productions, which...

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'...

Environmentalists Sue ExxonMobil Over Air Pollution

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 ExxonMobil is the latest by Sierra Club and Environment...

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...

Feds Sue Pennsylvania Coal Plant Operators Over Pollution

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 unless it meets Clean Air Act standards. The...

Farm Bureau Sues EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

HARRISBURG, Pa. - (AP) Two farmers' organizations sued the federal government Monday over a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, challenging the legality of its pollution standards and asking a judge to keep them from being enforced or applied. The American Farm Bureau Federation and the Pennsylvania Farm...

Court Revives N. California Town’s Pollution Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) An appeals court revived a class-action lawsuit Thursday for 160 residents of a Northern California town who claim an industrial plant's pollution severely sickened them. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a trial judge was wrong to dismiss the case on grounds that the...

Chevron Countersues Ecuador Pollution Claimants

SAN RAMON, Calif. - (AP) Chevron Corp. on Tuesday filed a countersuit against trial lawyers and their consultants for what it says was a campaign to rig the Ecuadorean court system in a bid to win billions of dollars in a pollution claim. The step is the latest in an 18-year-old court battle. . . . Full...

Chevron Fined $8 billion For Oil Contamination In Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador - (AP) An Ecuadorean judge ruled Monday that Chevron Corp. was responsible for oil contamination in a wide swath of Ecuador's northern jungle. The plaintiffs' attorney says the company was fined $8 billion. Chevron confirmed the ruling but not the amount of the fine. The company...

Chevron Asks Court To Block $9.5 Billion Award

NEW YORK - (AP) A Chevron Corp. lawyer said Friday that the company will not apologize for damage that an oil company it purchased is accused of causing to Ecuador's rainforest even though the refusal means a $9.5 billion judgment against it will nearly double within days. Attorney Randy Mastro instead...

Scientist Finds Gulf Bottom Still Oily, Dead

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist's video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn't degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of the sea floor. That report is at odds. . . . Full version...

Old GM Settles $51 Million In Pollution Claims

DETROIT - (AP) The U.S. Attorney's Office and the Environmental Protection Agency have reached a $51 million deal to settle a group of environmental claims against the old General Motors Corp. The deal, which covers 34 sites in 11 states, is the eighth settlement with old GM for pollution claims...

EPA: Abandoned California Mercury Mine A Toxic Hazard

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) An abandoned mercury mine that for decades has sent polluted, orange waste into a creek that eventually feeds into San Francisco Bay is a threat to human health and should be added to a list of the nation's worst polluted places, federal environmental regulators say. The New...

Jury Returns Verdict For Plaintiffs In 1st Phase Of Contamination Trial

FRESNO, Calif. - (Mealey's) A federal jury in California on April 1 returned a verdict for the plaintiffs in the first phase of a mass tort action against the owners of an industrial site in Merced County, Calif., for allowing hexavalent chromium and arsenic to contaminate air, soil and surface water;...

Appeals Court In New York City Puts Chevron On Defensive

NEW YORK - (AP) A lawyer for energy company Chevron found himself on the defensive Tuesday as he argued that it was urgent that the courts protect the company from an $18 billion judgment against it in Ecuador over damage done to the Ecuadorean rain forest decades ago. Two judges. . . . Full version...

Kraft To Pay $8.1 Million To Settle Pollution Lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS - (AP) Kraft Foods Inc. will pay $8.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over pollution at a former factory in Attica, Ind. The lawsuit, filed in 2009 and representing nearly 130 families, claimed pollution from a former Kraft factory contaminated the groundwater beneath their homes...

Complaint Filed Against Rio Tinto For Oil Spill

SYDNEY - (AP) A complaint has been filed against Rio Tinto Alcan in Australia, saying the mining giant is responsible for a leak of 19,000 gallons (75,000 liters) of oil into the ground. The Department of Resources for the Northern Territory lodged the complaint earlier this month and announced it on...

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...

Texas Federal Judge Imposes Maximum $2 Million Fine On Felony Pollution Counts

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — (Mealey’s) A Texas federal judge on Feb. 5 imposed fines totaling more than $2 million on convictions stemming from oil/water separation tanks that had been operated without the required covers for nearly 10 years, polluting the air and causing the deaths of migratory...

Judge Denies Monitoring, Future Medical Expenses In Criminal Pollution Case

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — (Mealey’s) Compensation for future medical expenses, court-ordered medical monitoring and relocation from allegedly polluted properties is not justified by the evidence, the Texas federal judge sentencing CITGO Petroleum Corp. for criminal pollution violations said...

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...