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- Duke Energy Settlement for Environmental Pollution
In May 2015, one of the largest electrical utility companies in the country, Duke Energy, entered a guilty plea in response to federal criminal charges for polluting rivers in North Carolina.
- California Indoor Air Quality and Sick Building Syndrome Litigation Attorneys
Lawsuits filed by attorneys in California over Indoor Air Quality or Sick Building Syndrome, are increasing. The WHO estimates that nearly 30 percent of new and remodeled buildings worldwide have indoor air quality problems (possibly 20 percent in the U.S., according to one study). In California, dangerous indoor air quality and sick building syndrome are a growing area of law for lawyers in the areas of personal injury, real estate, construction, homeowner associations and business.
- Most Polluted Cities in America
Roughly four in ten Americans are at risk of suffering health effects due to poor air quality, according to the American Lung Associationís recently released State of the Air 2015 report.
- Remediation of PCE Contaminated Dry Cleaning Sites
Dry cleaners have been using a chlorinated solvent called perchloroethylene (PCE), also known as tetrachloroethylene, since 1934.
- The EPA's Coal Ash Regulation and Proposed Litigation
New coal ash regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December, 2014 classify coal ash as solid waste, rather than hazardous waste. [ďDocket No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2009-0640Ē].
- If You See Your Company Polluting, Who Do You Call?
It is a sad fact, but every day thousands of companies around the world violate laws designed to protect the environment in order to cut costs and increase profits. If you suspect your company is doing so, or if you have witnessed the pollution yourself, you may be wondering what you can do to prevent it and whether there are any laws in place to protect you from the company's wrath after you do so.
- The Environmental Protection Agency's Focus on Compliance Results
Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been bringing fewer criminal prosecutions against U.S. corporations, and their officers, for their failure to comply with environmental laws and regulations, the penalties imposed in these cases have become more severe.
- Dust Up Between Surfers and Kholsa Could Spell the End of Private Beach Access in California
Should a property owner have to get a coastal development permit before he can close the gate to his private property? The Surfrider Foundation thinks so, and if it wins its current lawsuit against Vinod Khosla that could soon be the law of the land in California.
- How Arbitrary and Nasty the Power of Eminent Domain Can Be
Seizure of the Barries' Colorado dream cabin shows how arbitrary and nasty the power of eminent domain can be.
- The Coastal Commissionís support for AB 976 Shows Due Process Apathy
Every monthly meeting the California Coastal Commission releases a list of bills in the current legislative session that it is supporting. It can be a time consuming effort to review all these bills, but sometimes you find a gem that sheds light on the nature of the Commissionís long-term goals, and the read becomes worth it. Last week, the Commissionís monthly report was well worth the read.