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UN starts $5M Agent Orange cleanup at Vietnam base

HANOI, Vietnam - (AP) The United Nations has launched a $5 million project to clean up Agent Orange contamination at a former U.S military air base in Vietnam, the world body said Tuesday. The project will focus on dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa airport on the outskirts of southern Ho Chi Minh City...

Law Center Prepares Lawsuit Over Mich. Oil Spill

MARSHALL, Mich. - (AP) A public interest law firm prepared Monday to sue the owners of a pipeline that ruptured in southern Michigan and dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into a Kalamazoo River tributary, while residents voiced concerns to government officials following a community meeting...

AIG Pays $23M In Gulf Oil Spill Claims; Total May Rise

NEW YORK - (AP) Taxpayers took another hit, this one indirect, from the oil spill caused by the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion through insurance claims related to the disaster. AIG, the insurance giant that is 80 percent owned by the government, said it paid approximately $23 million in claims following...

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...

NYC Mayor Urges Settlement Of 9/11 Health Lawsuits

NEW YORK - (AP) New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the special master of the 9/11 compensation fund are urging ground zero workers to settle thousands of lawsuits over health problems caused by World Trade Center dust. Lawyers for about 10,000 workers. . . . 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...

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...

Exxon Mobil Wins Ruling In Alaska Oil Spill Case

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) Exxon Mobil Corp. has won a round in a dispute with environmentalists who want more money to clean up oil left on the shoreline of Prince William Sound from the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill. U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland ruled Monday against a request. . . . 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...

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari on GE’s Due Process Challenge to EPA Orders Under CERCLA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court has declined review of a District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling holding that the Environmental Protection Agency's use of unilateral administrative orders to enforce Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and...

Mining Company To Pay $263 Million To Settle Superfund Lawsuit

SPOKANE, Wash. - (AP) The largest mining company in Idaho's Silver Valley will pay $263.4 million plus interest to settle one of the nation's largest Superfund lawsuits one of the top 10 such settlements in history, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. The U.S. Department of...

GAO: States are under reporting drinking water violations

EPA has delegated enforcement of drinking water standards to most States. EPA depends on the reported data to monitor the effectiveness of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) program. To assess the accuracy of the data reported, EPA asked GAO to audit the reports. Using data from the 14 States EPA audited...

Did Gulf surface bacteria not find Deepwater Horizon oil to be a complete diet?

Prior posts have discussed various aspects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its impact on the biota of the Gulf. Bioremediation has several goals. First, one uses nature to remediate contamination, saving significant sums. Second, the "food" (contaminant) should cause the bacteria to...

Pennsylvania DEP Reorganizes in Response to Gas Drilling

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A major reorganization within the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will refocus the agency on its core mission of protecting the environment while improving efficiency and regulatory consistency. "These organizational changes will enhance the department's...

CERCLA Claims Against Environmental Contractor Allowed To Proceed

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block A federal district court refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging CERCLA liability on the part of several environmental contractors that performed an environmental assessment and cleanup of a contaminated property. In Bancorpsouth Bank v. Environmental...

Jenner & Block: Corporate Purchaser Not Liable to the Government for CERCLA Liability; Former Operator Must Begin Cleanup

By Gabrielle Sigel, Partner, Jenner & Block In long-running litigation regarding one of the costliest Superfund cleanups in the country, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin reversed a decision it reached just 5 months earlier and found that Appleton Papers Inc. ("API"...

Cascades/Superior Paper Mill Cleanup: Final Settlement?

Going after individuals for cleanups of historic contamination continues to pay off for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment . The MOE Director issued a section 18 Order to five companies and three individuals to cleanup outstanding environmental issues at an old paper mill in Thunder Bay. The...

Landmark Lead Paint Abatement Case Decided In California

In a landmark lead paint liability case, the Superior Court of California has held three of five paint companies liable for public nuisance. The court ordered them to clean up lead paint in California residences painted before 1978, at a total cost of $1.15 billion. The use of lead in interior residential...

Picture Perfect Result? EPA and Kodak Reach Agreement For Clean Up Of Contamination at Business Park and River

Kodak Also to Pay for Liability at Superfund Sites in New York and New Jersey The federal government has entered into settlement agreements with Eastman Kodak Company that resolve environmental claims and liabilities asserted by the United States against Kodak. After Kodak filed for Chapter 11...

Ecuador Oil Pollution Claim Can Try Again To Collect From Chevron In Canada

By Meredith James Indigenous Ecuadorian villagers can try again to enforce a controversial $18 billion environmental damage award against Texaco (now merged with Chevron Corp., one of the world’s largest corporations) in Canada. This is part of a worldwide legal battle between the villagers...

Sixth Circuit Weighs in on CERCLA Cost Recovery, Contribution Actions

By Glenn A. Harris The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court recently issued an important opinion, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], related to claims to recover environmental cleanup costs at an Ohio landfill. The court’s ruling in Hobart Corporation, et...

Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program Update

Many of our Ohio based automotive suppliers with retained environmental liability are performing soil and groundwater cleanups using the Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP). My colleagues and I thought it would be timely to describe the August 1, 2014 Ohio EPA rules for the VAP program and how these...

Kawartha Oil Spill Cost Recovery Litigation Drags On

City of Kawartha Lakes taxpayers continue to pay heavily for the Ministry of the Environment’s 2009 order, which required the City to cleanup an oil spill that it did not cause. While everyone agreed that the City was an innocent victim of the spill, the Ministry saddled the City with $471,691...

EPA Issues Vapor Intrusion Guidance

By Channing J. Martin Vapor Intrusion (“VI”) is the migration of vapors from contamination in the ground into overlying buildings and structures. It’s no secret that regulatory agencies have increased their focus on VI over the last decade. Moreover, under ASTM E1527-13, a Phase...

Fifth Circuit Holds Insurer Waived One-Year Reporting Requirement in Pollution Buy-Back Endorsement

In its recent decision in Cox Operating, L.L.C. v. St. Paul Surplus Lines Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 13318 (5 th Cir. July 30, 2015), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, applying Texas...