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Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 14 Oct 2011

Barge owner indicted for Columbia River oil spill

A federal grand jury has reportedly indicted the owner of Principle Metals, LLC , a scrap-metal company, and the barge the MV Davy Crockett, for two criminal violations of the Clean Water Act (CW A) for unlawfully discharging oil into the Columbia River near Camas, Washington, in 2010 and for failing to notify authorities of the discharge.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 12 Aug 2011

Ninth Circuit rules dry-cleaning equipment manufacturer not liable under RCRA or CERCLA

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the manufacturer of a machine used in the dry-cleaning process is not liable under RCRA or CERCLA for contamination at a strip mall in California.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 12 Aug 2011

Class certification denied in MTBE litigation

A federal court in Pennsylvania has refused to certify a putative class consisting of property owners within a 2,500-foot radius of a gas station that allegedly contaminated groundwater with methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE ).


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 29 Jul 2011

U.S. liable under CERCLA at contractor-operated site

A federal court in California has ruled that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is liable as an owner under CERCLA for remediation of contamination at a contractor-operated aeronautical manufacturing plant in San Diego.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 27 May 2011

Bankruptcy court rules CERCLA claims fall outside estate

A bankruptcy court in Delaware has ruled that a debtor's CERCLA claims are "non-core" claims that fall outside the administration of the estate in bankruptcy.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 20 May 2011

EPA seeks waste water disposal information from natural-gas drilling companies

EPA has reportedly issued Clean Water Act information requests to six naturalgas drilling companies with operations in Pennsylvania seeking information on how they dispose of wastewater generated through exploration, extraction and gas production in the Marcellus shale formation.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 1 Apr 2011

Environmental groups sue coal company over alleged selenium discharges

Three environmental groups have sued ICG Eastern LLC, the operator of a surface coal mine in West Virginia, alleging persistent violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 4 Feb 2011

Virgin Islands-based refiner settles CAA violations for $5.375 million

The owner of the second largest petroleum refinery in the United States has agreed to pay a $5.375 million civil penalty and spend more than $700 million on upgraded pollution controls and monitoring to settle several alleged Clean Air Act (CAA) violations at its facility in the Virgin Islands.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 7 Jan 2011

U.S. sues nine companies over BP oil spill

The U.S. Department of Justice has sued BP Exploration and Production, Inc. and eight other companies alleging violations of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the Clean Water Act in the Deepwater Horizon spill.


Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP | USA | 12 Nov 2010

Louisiana ship-operating company fined $2.1 million for ocean dumping

A federal judge in New Orleans has reportedly sentenced the Louisiana-based ship-operating company Offshore Vessels LLC (OSV) to pay a criminal fine of $1.75 million and remit payment of $350,000 to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

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