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Apr 15, 2015

What to watch for in federal court hearing on EPA carbon rules

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) – More than a dozen states
and a coal company will urge a U.S. appeals court on Thursday to
throw out the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to
limit carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants.

The rules are still in draft form, but the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear oral arguments in
two lawsuits that represent the first major test of the legality
of the Obama administration’s landmark Clean Power Plan.

Apr 10, 2015

U.S. EPA strikes deal on biofuel blending targets with oil groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Oil refiners who have complained that federal regulators missed deadlines to issue rules on blending renewable fuels into the nation’s supply of gasoline and diesel fuel are set to get long-awaited targets from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Under a deal the EPA announced on Friday with two oil industry groups who had sued it over persistent past delays, the EPA said it will propose draft biofuel use targets for 2015 by June 1.

Apr 10, 2015

U.S. EPA unveils deal with trade groups on biofuel use targets

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency said on Friday it had reached a deal with two
oil trade groups on setting targets for blending renewable fuels
into the nation’s fuel supply.

The EPA said it will propose draft biofuel use targets for
2015 by June 1, under the agreement, which will settle
litigation over prior delays. The agency also said it plans to
re-propose biofuel targets for 2014 using the actual volumes of
renewable fuels that were consumed last year.

Mar 20, 2015

Oil and gas industry groups sue over U.S. fracking rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The oil and gas industry moved
quickly on Friday to challenge new U.S. regulations for
hydraulic fracturing on public lands, minutes after the Obama
administration issued the rules.

In what could be the start of a broad industry assault on
the rules, the Independent Petroleum Association of America
(IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance sued the U.S. Interior
Department. Other industry groups and companies are expected to
follow suit.

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. oil groups sue EPA over delays in biofuel standard

By Ayesha Rascoe

(Reuters) – The U.S. oil and gas industry has sued the
Environmental Protection Agency over repeated delays in the
release of 2014 and 2015 biofuel use targets, intensifying
pressure on the agency to speed up its work on standards for
renewable fuel.

A complaint filed on Wednesday by the American Fuel and
Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute
said the EPA has “ignored” its duty to issue requirements for
blending ethanol and biodiesel into U.S. fuel supplies by the
deadline set under federal law.

Mar 12, 2015

Exide to close California battery recycling plant to avoid prosecution

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – Exide Technologies
has agreed to shutter its lead-acid battery recycling
facility in Vernon, California, and pay $50 million in clean-up
costs to avoid criminal prosecution for illegal storage of
hazardous waste.

As part of a deal reached late Wednesday with the U.S.
Attorney’s Office in California’s central district, Exide also
admitted to storing lead-contaminated hazardous waste inside
leaking van trailers on a number of occasions over the past two

Mar 11, 2015

J.P. Morgan faces suit over power market manipulation claims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A class action lawsuit has been filed
against J.P. Morgan Chase & Co, the largest U.S. bank by
assets, alleging it engaged in racketeering and manipulation of
California’s electricity market.

The lawsuit, filed in California federal court on Monday,
accuses the firm of violating the Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) when it sold power from several
gas plants in the state between 2010 and 2012.

Feb 12, 2015

U.S. ‘clean coal’ project demise shows EPA plan’s weakness: lawyers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s move to suspend a trouble-plagued $1.65 billion carbon capture and storage (CCS) project this month may have bolstered legal challenges to proposed environmental regulations on power plant carbon emissions, several legal experts said.

The FutureGen project in Illinois would have been the first U.S. commercial-scale, near-zero emission coal plant to use technologies to capture carbon dioxide from major industrial plants and store it safely underground. This approach could sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions and curb global warming.

Jan 17, 2015

Farms can be held liable for pollution from manure -U.S. court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal court has ruled for
the first time that manure from livestock facilities can be
regulated as solid waste, a decision hailed by environmentalists
as opening the door to potential legal challenges against
facilities across the country.

A large dairy in Washington state, Cow Palace Dairy,
polluted ground water by over applying manure to soil, ruled
Judge Thomas Rice of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Washington on Wednesday.

Dec 19, 2014

U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the groups said was failing to comply with a court order requiring the agency to strengthen regulations preventing pollution from storm water runoff.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) said in a statement that they filed the suit on Thursday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

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