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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General Project Notification: Evaluation of Importers' and Manufacturers'...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has issued an August 22nd Project Notification titled: Evaluation of Importers’ and Manufacturers’ Chemical Data Reporting Under the Toxic Substance Control...more

112(r)/Air Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ketchikan, Alaska Facility Enter into Expedited Settlement...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and E.C. Phillips and Son, Inc. (“E.C. Phillips”) entered into an August 17th Expedited Settlement Agreement (“ESA”) addressing alleged violations of regulations...more

Wind Farm/Transmission Line: Federal Court Addresses Whether Facility Operations Can Continue Pending NEPA Supplemental EIS...

A United States District Court (Southern District California)(“Court”) addressed a dispute as to the appropriate remedy for a constructed wind farm and transmission line (collectively “Project”) whose United States Department...more

404/Wetland Enforcement: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Residential Developer Enter into Consent Agreement

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and D.R. Horton, Inc., (“DRHI”) entered into an August 17th Consent Agreement and Final Order (“CA”) addressing alleged violations of Section 404 of the Clean Water...more

Tesco fined £8 million for environmental and safety offences

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In June 2017, Tesco was fined £8 million for breaches of environmental and safety law. The prosecution followed an incident in July 2014 at a petrol filling station in Haslingden operated by Tesco. 23,500 litres of petrol...more

Uncertainty Looms with Delays to Resolution of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program Challenges

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Two recent developments in the interrelated legal challenges commonly known as POET I and POET II may create additional uncertainty for the future of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program (LCFS). Earlier this year, the...more

Negligence liability: parent and subsidiary companies

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The High Court has considered the circumstances in which a parent company may be liable to third parties in negligence for the acts or omissions of its subsidiary....more

Public Decision Making Newsletter Winter 2017

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This newsletter summarises recent developments in resource management and local government law in New Zealand that are of particular relevance to local authorities and decision makers. In this edition, we address recent...more

This Month in Corruption: Power Plant Tech Punished for Equipment Tampering

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A recent Massachusetts case involving violations of the federal Clean Air Act serves as a much-needed reminder of how dependent we all are upon the honesty and diligence of those responsible monitoring the purity of the water...more

DOJ Directive Threatens Availability of Penalty Mitigation Approach

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A June 5, 2017, Department of Justice (DOJ) policy directive threatens the ongoing availability of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) in civil environmental settlements. SEPs have traditionally provided a means by...more

Louisiana Supreme Court Defines “Good Faith” for LEQA Whistleblower Actions

Answering a question certified by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the term “good faith,” as used in the whistleblower section of the Louisiana Environmental...more

Responding to environmental incidents?

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Will regulators be able to access all your documents? In March the Munich offices of international law firm Jones Day, were raided by prosecutors in the VW emissions investigation. This breach of the law firm citadel has...more

Beware Environmental Regulations Lurking in Local Codes – Such as the Wellhead Protection Program

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Most companies know that the environmental impacts of their operations are regulated by the federal government (primarily the US Environmental Protection Agency) and various state governments (in Oregon, primarily the Oregon...more

U.S. Fifth Circuit Adopts Broad Definition of “Good Faith” for Louisiana Environmental Whistleblower Claims

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On June 1, 2017, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Borcik v. Crosby Tugs, L.L.C. applied a broad definition of the intent required of a plaintiff under the Louisiana Environmental Whistleblower Act. In...more

U.S. District Court Finds EPA Erred in Approving Pesticides Known To Impact Endangered Species

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On May 8, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted, in part, a motion for summary judgment brought by plaintiffs in a suit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”)...more

Another Retailer Shells Out for Hazardous Waste Violations: Big Lots Ordered to Pay $3.5 Million

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Following closely on the heels of Dollar General’s hazardous waste settlement (about which we reported in our April, 19, 2017 blog post), another discount retailer has been held to account in a big way for its failure to...more

Oil Field Contamination Award Upheld

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Forest Oil Corporation v. El Rucio Land and Cattle Inc. et al deserves your attention for four reasons: You won’t see another one involving damage to a rhinoceros pen...more

Federal Court Dismisses Some of Seattle’s PCB Tort Claims

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In a blow to the efforts of municipal plaintiffs to pursue environmental damages through product liability theories, a Washington federal court granted Monsanto’s motion to dismiss Seattle’s design defect and failure to warn...more

To Plead Or Not To Plead?

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Two of our lawyers published an article on recent sentencing developments in the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management's (CIWM) monthly journal. The article discusses the impact of the Environmental Offences Sentencing...more

Retailers Beware! Dollar General Just Hit with $1.125 Million Judgment for Improper Hazardous Waste Handling and Disposal

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Here’s another major reminder to retailers to know their waste streams and to make sure they are being managed and handled properly. On Monday, Kern County Superior Court Judge Sidney P. Chapin ordered Dollar General (Dolgen...more

This Month in Corruption: Smuggled Drugs, Bogus Billing, Tampered Equipment

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Wrong Way to Keep Prisoners in Line. The office of William D. Weinreb, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, announced March 3 that two former corrections officers at the Essex County Correctional facility...more

The Delphic Provision

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On 8 December 2014, the agreement between the three Departments of Mineral Resources (DMR), Environmental (DEA) and Water Affairs, also known as the “One Environmental System” became a reality. In principle, this was aimed at...more

The cost of non-compliance

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Thames Water has received a record £20.3 million fine for water pollution. The fine is ten times higher than the previous largest fine of £2 million (given to Southern Water in December 2016)....more

A reminder to get replies to enquiries right

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The High Court decision in First Tower Trustees Limited v. CDS (Superstores International) Limited [2017] EWHC B6 (Ch) is a salutary reminder of some of the pitfalls to avoid when providing replies to pre-contract enquiries...more

No English jurisdiction over Nigerian oil pollution claims against Shell

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In a highly mediatised ruling, the English High Court refused jurisdiction over claims brought against Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, by over 42,000...more

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