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IN BRIEF: New Hampshire sues Monsanto, others over PCB contamination

12:34am GMT

The state of New Hampshire sued Bayer AG's Monsanto, Eastman Chemical Co's Solutia Inc and Pfizer's Pharmacia LLC in state court on Tuesday alleging that the companies knowingly contaminated the state's public property and surface water with polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs.

IN BRIEF: Split D.C. Court refuses to pause rule weakening methane protections

27 Oct 2020

A federal appeals court denied on Tuesday separate bids by two dozen states and environmental groups to freeze or cancel a Trump administration rule that weakens curbs on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

IN BRIEF: Enviros file latest lawsuit to cancel Pendley-tenure land management plan

27 Oct 2020

A plan by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) spelling out how 1.7 million acres of federal land in southwestern Colorado is to be used should be invalidated because it was issued during the more than 400 days deputy director William Pendley unlawfully led the agency, conservation groups said on Tuesday in a lawsuit.

Venezuela's PDVSA sues U.S. for hundreds of millions of dollars over green-fuel tax credits

24 Oct 2020

A unit of Venezuela's state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela is suing the United States in Houston federal court to seek the reimbursement of several hundred millions of dollars it says it overpaid in taxes between 2005 and 2011.

Oregon high court rejects kids' climate-change lawsuit

23 Oct 2020

Oregon's high court has struck down claims by two young plaintiffs that the state has an obligation as caretaker of public resources to do more to fight climate change and protect natural resources from its damaging effects, in the latest blow to youth activists who have filed similar state and federal lawsuits nationwide with little success so far.

University of N.C. flunks bid to toss lawsuit over campus coal-fired plant

23 Oct 2020

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) must face claims by environmental groups who allege the school exceedingly pollutes ambient air with its on-campus, coal-fired power plant, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

Showdown at the BLM corral: Montana senator fires out bill to oust director Pendley

21 Oct 2020

A U.S. senator introduced a bill Wednesday to prohibit the Trump administration from appealing a federal court ruling that forbids William Pendley, a deputy director at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), from continuing to unlawfully exercise the authority of BLM director.

IN BRIEF: Novel lawsuit says use of tear gas to end protests flouts enviro law

21 Oct 2020

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has broken environmental law by quashing protests in Portland with tear gas and other chemical munitions without first measuring the agents' risks to the environment and public health, green groups claim in a federal lawsuit.

IN BRIEF: Lawsuit says fed's Gulf of Mexico wildlife review ignores reality of major oil spills

21 Oct 2020

A federal analysis of the risks of the offshore oil industry to threatened species in the Gulf of Mexico from sperm whales to oceanic whitetip sharks arbitrarily ignores the likelihood of mega oil spills on the scale of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident, environmental groups said in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

IN BRIEF: Avian groups say pioneering wind farm flies in face of migratory birds

20 Oct 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy must face claims by bird lovers that a first-of-its kind, freshwater wind farm project on Lake Erie that the DOE has committed to funding risks harming with its blades some of the millions of migratory birds that fly across the lake, a federal judge in Washington D.C. said Tuesday.

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