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EPA Seeks Comments on Discharges of Pollutants to Groundwater

by Burr & Forman on

On February 20, the Environmental Protection Agency published in the Federal Register a request for comments on a longstanding EPA policy regarding the question of whether and to what extent discharges to groundwater might be...more

No parent company duty of care for Niger Delta claims

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the English courts do not have jurisdiction over claims by victims of oil leaks from pipelines in the Niger Delta. The judgment comes after the Lungowe & ors v Vedanta Resources Plc [2017]...more

Ninth Circuit Weighs In On Circuit Split Regarding CERCLA Contribution Claims After Settlement and The Statute of Limitation

Asarco, LLC v. Atlantic Richfield Company, 866 F.3d 1108 (9th Cir. 2017). In a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) contribution case, the Ninth Circuit addressed three issues of...more

As Ninth Circuit Expands Clean Water Act Liability for Groundwater Discharges, EPA Seeks Comment on Clean Water Act Coverage

by King & Spalding on

A recent Ninth Circuit decision has expanded Clean Water Act (“CWA” or the “Act”) liability, holding that discharges to groundwater are actionable if there is a “fairly traceable” connection between the groundwater discharge...more

Ninth Circuit Ruling Expands Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Over Groundwater Discharges

A recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers California, Oregon and several other western states, potentially extends Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction to require permits for point source discharges...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Wastewater Discharge to Groundwater Requires Clean Water Act Permit in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui

On Feb. 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a highly anticipated decision in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui, No. 15-17447 (9th Cir. Feb. 1, 2018). At issue was whether the County of Maui...more

Natural Resource Damages for the Entrepreneurial Practitioner: Innovations in NRD Assessment and Restoration

by WilmerHale on

The natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) process has evolved since its inception in the late 1970s. The innovations keep coming. In 2016, a third-party “credit banking” mechanism was used for the first time to settle...more

BC Seeks Feedback and Engagement on Second Phase of the Spill Response Regime

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Phase-2 to BC’s Spill Response Regime - The British Columbia government is moving forward with the second phase of spill regulations, announcing further stakeholder engagement on important elements, such as spill response...more

Kyiv Environment Newsletter (Ukrainian) - January 2018

by Dentons on

We would like to draw your attention to the following fact: Commencing 1 January 2018, the payers of environmental tax should apply the respective tax rates increased by 11.2 percent when determining the environmental tax...more

Kyiv Environment Newsletter - January 2018

by Dentons on

We would like to draw your attention to the following fact: Commencing 1 January 2018, the payers of environmental tax should apply the respective tax rates increased by 11.2 percent when determining the environmental tax...more

Implication of Daishowa to Purchasers

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Since the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. v. Canada, 2013 SCC 29 [Daishowa], clarity exists for how a vendor treats abandonment obligations on the sale of resource...more

Parent company may owe a duty of care to employees of African subsidiary

by Hogan Lovells on

This case is the latest in a line of cases before the English courts about parent company liability, specifically the duty of care owed for activities of their subsidiaries. ...more

U.S. Fifth Circuit Affirms $20 Million Judgment Against Barge Owner as Responsible Party Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990

by Liskow & Lewis on

In July of 2008, nearly 300,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Mississippi River in New Orleans when a tugboat towing an oil-filled barge veered across the river into the path of an ocean-going tanker. American Commercial...more

Ninth Circuit Paves Way for Regulation of Stormwater Discharges Under RCRA

by Perkins Coie on

The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) anti-duplication provisions under 42 USC § 6905 do not apply in the absence of a stormwater discharge permit issued under the Clean...more

On the Surface, Everything Looks Good. But what dangers lurk below?

Routine Investigations – Whether they are a long-term tenant, buyer, developer or lender, prudent parties dealing with real estate conduct thorough due diligence of the property at issue, including obtaining a Phase I...more

European Parliament Calls for Tougher Environmental Liability Rules

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) aims to prevent, remedy and/or compensate for environmental damage. ELD seeks to achieve this through the “polluter pays principle”, ensuring businesses are held legally and...more

Security for Costs Decision Allows Significant Recognition and Enforcement Appeal to Proceed

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On October 31, 2017, the Ontario Court of Appeal released the latest decision in a nearly 25-year legal saga being pursued on behalf of approximately 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorian villagers affected by environmental pollution...more

Court of Appeal confirms jurisdiction over Zambia environmental damage claims against UK-domiciled parent and local subsidiary

by Dentons on

The Court of Appeal last week upheld jurisdiction over claims by Zambian citizens arising from discharges from a copper mine. In Lungowe & Ors v. Vedanta Resources Plc & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 1528, Jackson, Simon and Asplin...more

Ninth Circuit Requires US to Pay Defense Contractor Cleanup Costs

by WilmerHale on

On October 4, the Ninth Circuit reversed the District Court for the Southern District of California's decision to allocate to a government contractor 100 percent of cleanup costs for hazardous contamination at a manufacturing...more

You have an Environmental Insurance Policy. Do you know what the fine print says?

THINK YOU CAN MAKE A CLAIM ON YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL INSURANCE POLICY? You better read the fine print first. *Due Diligence – The mantra is often repeated - take initiative, be proactive. For a variety of reasons a...more

Insurance Coverage – Indemnification Under Excess Policies

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Montrose Chemical Corporation of California v. Superior Court - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (September 8, 2017) - The California Second District Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Montrose Chemical...more

Climate change liability? The escape of the salmon

by DLA Piper on

Many industries are increasingly concerned with predicting the damage that climate change will cause to people, business and the environment. And businesses are asking themselves a related question: what can be done to...more

U.S. Reversed on 100% Allocation to Contractor

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a district court decision allocating 100% of CERCLA response to costs to a U.S. military contractor, where both the U.S. and the contractor were liable parties. TDY Holdings,...more

Protecting Purchasers in Commercial Property Transactions

by Snell & Wilmer on

Congratulations! Your company just bought a large commercial property to manufacture its widgets. Unfortunately, you just received a notice from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) that the previous owner...more

Ninth Circuit: defense contractors need not shoulder wartime cleanups alone

by DLA Piper on

A recent decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal rejected a lower court finding that the US government had no responsibility for cleaning up site contamination arising, in part, from work done to support the...more

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