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Dec 4, 2019

Supreme Court seems skeptical that Superfund landowners can seek more extensive cleanup than EPA approves

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed to suggest that the Environmental Protection Agency must make the ultimate decisions on cleaning up toxic waste sites, and that landowners’ attempts to use state courts to get additional compensation from companies requires the agency’s approval. The court was considering a massive cleanup of arsenic from a […]

Aug 10, 2018

Appeals court tells EPA to stop sales of harmful pesticide

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday ordered the Environmental Protection […]

Apr 17, 2017

Environmental Law: Trump reverses past climate change policies with energy independence order

On March 28, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to dramatically shift course from the climate change focus of the Obama administration. The order has several components which will affect United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate regulations along with energy production activities. A key aspect is the revocation of the Clean Power Plan […]

Mar 31, 2017

Commentary: How Gorsuch’s views could sway climate policy

The keystone of President Donald Trump’s executive order on the environment, signed Tuesday, is a directive to the Environmental Protection Agency to review and rescind the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which aimed to shift the country’s electricity generation from coal-fired plants to sources that emit less carbon. When the EPA acts, that will trigger […]

Feb 22, 2017

Environmentalists ready to battle Trump, GOP in court

CHICAGO — The night before Donald Trump’s inauguration, five environmental lawyers filed a federal court brief defending an Obama administration clean-water rule that the new president and his Republican allies had targeted for elimination, considering it burdensome to landowners. The move served as a warning that environmentalists, facing a hostile administration and a Republican-dominate[...]

Jan 11, 2017

Volkswagen to admit guilt in scandal

Volkswagen took a major step toward resolving one of the darkest chapters in its history Wednesday, pleading guilty to an emissions-cheating scandal and agreeing to pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil charges as the U.S. announced charges against five new individuals. As part of its settlement, VW pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, obstruction […]

Dec 16, 2016

Environmental Law: Donald Trump and the Environmental Agenda

Writing this column in December 2016, now a month past the surprising presidential election result, brings with it many uncertainties. Predicting environmental policy in new administrations is challenging under normal election conditions, but with a businessman about to assume the presidential office in January, the level of uncertainty is at an all-time high. However, based […]

Nov 5, 2015

NY AG, others seek to defend EPA

ALBANY (AP) — New York’s attorney general has joined a coalition of 24 states, cities and counties seeking to intervene in court to help defend a federal plan to require power plants cut their greenhouse gas emissions. The group is filing a motion to intervene at the U.S. Court of Appeals defending the Environmental Protection […]

Aug 10, 2015

Feds to spend $9.5M, restore Braddock Bay

GREECE — The federal government will spend $9.5 million so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can restore a bay on Lake Ontario’s New York shore where erosion and silting have drastically reduced wetlands and hampered boating. Sen. Charles Schumer was at Braddock Bay Marina on Monday to announce the Environmental Protection Agency’s project to […]

Jul 28, 2015

EPA ordered to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants. At the same time, the court upheld the EPA’s right to impose the clean-air standards, rejecting an argument by […]

May 11, 2015

US settles with NY Coke plant for $12M

BUFFALO — A coal-burning industrial plant that a federal official called an “environmental outlaw” has agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims that it polluted the air and water with harmful chemicals, authorities said Monday. The agreement entered in U.S. District Court requires Tonawanda Coke Corp. to spend $7.9 million on pollution-reducing upgrades and […]

Nov 26, 2014

High court to review EPA mercury limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The justices on Tuesday said they would hear arguments from industry groups and states that are […]

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