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Calif. water utility sues U.S. over PFAS contamination from Air Force base

22 Jan 2020

A California water utility has sued the U.S. government in Sacramento federal court, alleging that the U.S. Air Force knowingly contaminated one of its sources of drinking water by disposing of a firefighting foam laced with substances it says are hazardous.

Eleven states support challenge to FERC's use of tolling orders at D.C. Circuit

22 Jan 2020

Eleven states have asked a federal appeals court to review a challenge to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's delay of the administrative review of its 2017 certification of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project until after it had authorized construction to begin.

Q&A: Lawyer's DuPont lawsuit becomes Hollywood blockbuster

21 Jan 2020

When Rob Bilott, of Taft Stettinius & Hollister, got a call in 1998 from a small farmer who said his cows were dying because a landfill owned by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co contaminated a creek near their pasture, it was the start of an improbable journey.

Children, young adults cannot sue U.S. government over climate change: ruling

18 Jan 2020

A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit by children and young adults who claimed they had a constitutional right to be protected from climate change, in a major setback to efforts to spur the U.S. government to address the issue. | Video

IN BRIEF: Massachusetts urges federal court to remand its lawsuit against Exxon

18 Jan 2020

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts on Friday urged a federal court to remand to state court its lawsuit accusing Exxon Mobil Corp of misleading investors and consumers for decades about the role fossil fuels play in climate change.

IN BRIEF: Senators lash out at U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Rhode Island climate case

17 Jan 2020

Three U.S. Senators took aim at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday in an amicus brief filed with the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that challenges the business group's motives for supporting the removal of a climate lawsuit Rhode Island has brought against oil companies to federal court.

IN BRIEF: Enviros sue over permits for Formosa's sub Louisiana petrochemical complex

16 Jan 2020

A coalition of four environmental groups on Wednesday sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, challenging permits the agency issued to a subsidiary of a Taiwanese plastics company that is proposing to build a $9.4 billion petrochemical complex in eastern Louisiana.

IN BRIEF: Michigan AG sues 3M, DuPont and others over PFAS chemicals

15 Jan 2020

The state of Michigan sued 3M Co, E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Co and 15 other chemical makers for allegedly contaminating the state's drinking water with potentially hazardous chemicals, adding to a growing list of state attorneys general suing manufacturers of the substances.

Enviros sue BLM over central California fracking plan

15 Jan 2020

A coalition of eight environmental groups on Tuesday sued the Bureau of Land Management in Los Angeles federal court, challenging its conclusion that opening more than a million acres of California public lands and mineral estate to oil and gas development presents no health risks from fracking.

State court yanks permits for $1 bln Minnesota copper-nickel mine project

14 Jan 2020

The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a decision by Minnesota regulators to grant permits to a Glencore Inc-controlled company seeking to set up a mining operation costing nearly $1 billion, siding with environmentalists who had requested a review of its mining and dam-safety permits.

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