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Former tugboat company manager convicted of dumping dredged material
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • May 21 2010

A federal jury in San Francisco has reportedly convicted the former manager of Brusco Tug & Barge Co. of Longview, Washington, of illegally dumping tainted dredged materials into Sacramento-San Joaquin River near Pittsburg, California


Marine Mammal Protection ActESA: environmental group files notice of intent to sue over alleged oil drilling violations
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • May 28 2010

The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group, has filed a notice of its intent to sue the Secretary of the Interior for allegedly allowing oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA


Citizen suit seeks to halt construction of silicon plant
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 26 2010

A Washington resident has filed a citizen suit under section 7604 of the Clean Air Act seeking to halt construction of a $688 million expansion of a Moses Lake silicon plant


California Supreme Court rules SCAQMD must consider emissions of permitted equipment
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 26 2010

The California Supreme Court recently ruled that the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is required to consider already-permitted equipment that predated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when it conducts an environmental impact analysis of upgrades at a Los Angeles refinery


Clean Water Act: groups sue chicken producers over effluent discharges
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 12 2010

Two environmental groups have sued two chicken producers over alleged effluent from a large chicken farm that discharges into a Chesapeake Bay tributary


Greenhouse gases: cases challenging EPA’s endangerment finding held in abeyance
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • July 2 2010

In light of petitions for reconsideration pending before EPA, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Virginia’s motion to remand to EPA to adduce further evidence on its endangerment findingi.e., that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cars and light trucks endanger public health and welfare


Beef-processing plant to settle CWA violations
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • May 14 2010

A Washington state beef-processing plant has reportedly agreed to settle alleged Clean Water Act (CWA) violations for a $750,000 civil penalty and the installation of $3 million in new wastewater treatment equipment


Endangered Species Act: homebuilders sue DOI over interpretation of listing decision
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • June 11 2010

A homebuilders association has sued the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) over the agencies' interpretation of criteria used to list a species as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA


Hong Kong-based shipping company indicted
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • May 14 2010

A federal grand jury in Texas has reportedly returned an indictment against a Hong Kong-based shipping company in connection with the illegal dumping of oil wastewater, obstruction of agency proceedings, making false statements, and failing to maintain accurate pollution-control records


Air: groups sue EPA over alleged failure to promulgate FIPs to address NAAQS for ozone
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • September 24 2010

Two environmental groups have sued EPA alleging that the agency has failed to promulgate federal implementation plans (FIPs) to address national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone in some non-compliant states and failed to take final action on state implementation plans (SIPs) for ozone standards in other states