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Federal appeals court upholds EPA regulations
April 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would limit mercury emissions and other hazardous pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The decision may have the effect of shutting down certain coa....... [more]

Spill Litigation and Settlements
March 11, 2014
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 passed both houses of Congress by large margins and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It mandates detailed clean-up plans from oil companies and requires monies to be set aside for de....... [more]

EU Commission takes legal action against UK over air pollution
February 21, 2014
The European Commission on Thursday commenced legal proceedings against the UK for failing to maintain air level standards. According to air pollution legislation, nitrogen dioxide limits should have been met by January 1, 2010, unless given an extension until January 1, 2015. The directive on ambi....... [more]

Airborne Emissions in the National Commons: Comments on EME Homer City Generation
January 21, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist John Robinson Jr., University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Class of 2014 discusses the consolidated cases of EPA v. EME Homer City Generation and American Lung Association v. EME Homer City Generation, and the EPA's efforts to address cross-state air pollution...The US....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on power plant emissions, immigration
December 11, 2013
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In the consolidated cases of Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation and American Lung Association v. EME Homer City Generation the court is considering the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) und....... [more]

Ecuador high court halves judgment against Chevron
November 13, 2013
An Ecuadorian court on Wednesday ordered Chevron to pay USD $9.51 billion in fines and legal fees. This was a significant reduction from the previous $18 billion judgment. The lawsuit, brought by the Amazon Defense Front, arises out of Chevron's drilling for oil in Ecuador and the resulting pollutio....... [more]

US ratifies convention on mercury emissions
November 7, 2013
The US on Thursday became the first country to ratify the Minamata Convention, which seeks to bring down emissions and releases of mercury, prompting praise from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). There are currently 93 signatories to the convention, but the US is the only country to have ratifi....... [more]

A 'Rare' Case Indeed
November 4, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Asch, Vermont Law School Class of 2014, discusses United Air Regulatory Group v. EPA and argues that the petitioners lack standing to challenge EPA's controversial rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources ...In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on greenhouse gas cases
October 15, 2013
The US Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to rule on the federal government's power to regulate certain greenhouse gases. The court granted petitions for certiorari in six related cases, consolidating them and limiting the grant to the following question: "Whether EPA permissibly determined that its regul....... [more]

Japan court fines anti-Korea activists for 'hate speech'
October 7, 2013
Japan's Kyoto District Court on Monday ordered a group of activists to pay 12 million yen (USD $120,000) to a Korean elementary school for holding anti-Korean demonstrations that disrupted classes and frightened children. The rallies took place between December 2009 and March 2010 and were attended....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds California's regulation of carbon emissions
September 19, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard does not violate the Dormant Commerce Clause. The regulation requires reduction of carbon emissions for fuels. Emissions are measured by a "lifecycle analysis," which includes production and tran....... [more]


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