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Kain v. Department of Environmental Protection

Massachusetts' highest court held that the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) failed to issue regulations setting limits on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as required by Massachusetts' Global Warming Solutions Act §3(d...

Town of Westport v. Monsanto Co.

A district court dismissed a town's Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act claim against the corporate spinoffs of Old Monsanto, the sole manufacturer of PCBs in the United States between 1935 and...

Kain v. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection,

A Massachusetts court dismissed residents' lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment that the state's environmental agency failed to comply with §3(d) of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). The GWSA is a legislative scheme designed to...

Pepin v. Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

Massachusetts' highest court upheld the state's "priority habitat" regulations insofar as they allow the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to designate priority habitat without affording landowners the procedural...

Conservation Law Foundation, Inc. v. Patrick

A district court granted the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT's) motion for judgment in a case involving its...

Entergy Nuclear Generation Co. v. Department of Environmental Protection

Massachusetts' highest court vacated a nuclear power company's action seeking a judgment declaring that state regulations governing...

Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, Inc. v. Energy Facilities Siting Bd.

Massachusetts' highest court upheld a Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board decision approving a power company's petition to build and operate two electric transmission lines to connect a proposed offshore wind-powered energy...

Ten Local Citizen Group v. New England Wind

Massachusetts' highest court affirmed a lower court decision upholding a state environmental commissioner' conclusion that a proposed wind farm project complied with the state's Wetlands Protection Act. The project will require certain...

United States v. Massachusetts

In a case arising from a catastrophic oil spill in Buzzards Bay, a district court granted summary judgment in favor of the United States to find that aspects of the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act (MOSPA) were preempted by the...

Boston Gas Co. v. Century Indem. Co.

The First Circuit certified to the Massachusetts Supreme Court questions concerning the allocation of liability in a dispute over the extent of insurance coverage owed for a gas company's strict liability for environmental cleanup costs...