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Tenth Circuit reverses Rocky Flats class action over jury instructions
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • September 17 2010

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a $926 million judgment against former operators of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant near Denver, Colorado, because the trial court gave the jury improper instructions


EPA issues air limits for petroleum refinery heaters and flares
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • September 21 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued final New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for certain heaters and flares at petroleum refineries


Coast guard to allow alternative pressure relief valve settings on certain cargo tanks
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • October 5 2012

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced the availability of a policy letter establishing alternative pressure relief valve settings for certain cargo tanks transporting liquefied gases in U.S. waters


EIA predicts states will meet renewable energy targets through 2040
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 26 2013

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has concluded that most states are meeting, and can be expected to continue meeting, their


Tennessee DEC proposes rules governing hydraulic fracturing
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • May 18 2012

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC ) has proposed revisions to state regulations governing oil and gas companies, including new requirements for hydraulic fracturing activities


Federal court holds that EPA CWA guidance exceeds agency’s authority
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • August 10 2012

A federal court in the District of Columbia has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exceeded its authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) in connection with permits for surface mines in Kentucky and West Virginia


Contract’s retained-liability language requires seller to pay purchaser’s RCRA closure costs
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • September 28 2012

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has construed contract language to hold a manufacturing plant’s seller liable for the purchaser’s costs incurred in closing two waste units regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act


Federal agencies publish proposed rule on use of biobased products
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • July 22 2011

The U.S. Department of Defense, General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration have jointly published a proposed rule that would require contractors to report their use of biobased products composed of renewable plant, animal, marine, or forestry materialsin service and construction projects


NEPA: conservation group sues MMS over alleged lax oversight of drilling operations
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • May 28 2010

Defenders of Wildlife has reportedly sued the Minerals Management Service (MMS) over an alleged failure to apply its own regulations on oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and continued lax oversight of drilling operations


Report predicts damage to water supplies from a possible U.S. nuclear accident
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2012

A recent report by the Environment America Research & Policy Center and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund predicts that drinking water for 49 million U.S. residents could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a potential leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant