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German companies to pay $1.2 million for ocean dumping

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 16 2012

Two German shipping companies have agreed to pay a $1.2-million criminal penalty for violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships

South Carolina Supreme Court determines state lacked authority to approve dredging project

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 16 2012

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) lacked authority to approve a Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 water-quality certification for a project to deepen the Savannah River

OR mobile emissions toolkit

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 8 2012

The Oregon Department of Transportation launched a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit March 22 to help local jurisdictions determine which actions and programs can be implemented to help reduce mobile source emissions

No speeding! And, be ready for EPA’s new vessel general permit

  • Blank Rome LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 14 2012

The U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”) have issued reminders to ship operators that the Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule (the “Final Rule”) is in effect and being enforced

Coast Guard announces new ballast water regime

  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 19 2012

Two and one-half years after publication of its notice of proposed rulemaking in August 2009, this week the Coast Guard is publishing its final rule establishing a new ballast water regime

South Carolina reinstates tax credits for purchase, lease of plug-in hybrid vehicles

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 15 2012

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) signed legislation (H.R. 3059) on May 14, 2012, reinstating an income tax credit for the purchase or lease of new plug-in hybrid vehicles for tax years 2012 through 2016

SC reinstates plug-in hybrid tax credit

  • Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 10 2012

Legislation enacted by the state legislature in May reinstates the income tax credit for the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid vehicle for tax years 2012 through 2016

EPA doubles excess NOx penalties for heavy-duty diesel engines

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 14 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule doubling the per-engine penalty for heavy-duty engines that do not meet federal standards of 0.2 grams of nitrogen oxide (NOx) per brake horsepower-hour

Second Circuit absolves ship classifier from liability for environmental damage from sunken tanker

  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 21 2012

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an American ship classification society, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), was not liable to Spain for environmental damages that occurred when a tanker it had certified sank off the coast of Spain

New vessel general permit means new record-keeping headaches for industry

  • Venable LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 31 2009

On December 18, 2008, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") issued the final version of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System ("NPDES") General Permit for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of a Vessel ("Vessel General Permit" or "VGP"