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Appalachian Voices v. State Air Pollution Control Bd.

The Virginia Court of Appeals upholds a lower court decision affirming a decision of the State Air Pollution Control Board to issue a PSD permit allowing an electric company to build and operate a coal-fired electric generating plant....

Mirant Potomac River, LLC v. EPA

A New Jersey appellate court affirmed a lower court decision holding the seller of industrial property strictly liable under the New Jersey Industrial Site Recovery Act for all cleanup costs and damages stemming from its failure to...

Appalachian Voices v. State Corp. Comm'n

The Virginia Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Virginia Code §56-585.1(A)(6), a provision of the state's utility law that requires coal-fired power plants to use Virginia coal. Environmental groups, challenging the...

Miller v. Highland County

The court upholds a county's decision approving the construction of 20 wind turbines about 400 feet in height, a height that exceeds the maximum height permitted by the zoning ordinance, as well as an electric generation substation on...

Phillip Morris USA, Inc. v. Chesapeake Bay Found.

The Virginia Supreme Court held that an environmental group has standing to appeal the State Water Control Board's approval of a wastewater discharge permit affecting the James River. The State Water Control Law authorizes...

Waste Management Holdings, Inc. v. Gilmore

The court affirms in part and reverses in part a district court decision that five Virginia statutory provisions regulating municipal solid waste (MSW) violated either the U.S. Commerce or Supremacy Clauses. After private landfills in...

Morrow Corp. v. Harleysville Mut. Ins. Co.

The court holds that under Virginia law, an insurer has a duty to defend operators of a dry cleaning business from a suit seeking to hold the operators liable for soil and groundwater contamination. The insurer issued a comprehensive...

Morrow Corp. v. Harleysville Mut. Ins. Co.

The court holds that two insurers did not have a duty to defend or a duty to indemnify an insured dry cleaning store owner for soil and groundwater contamination while policies containing absolute pollution exclusion clauses were in...

Commonwealth v. Residents Involved in Saving the Env't

The court vacates a lower court's award of attorney fees to a group of residents who challenged a state environmental agency's issuance of a solid waste facility permit to a solid waste company to construct and operate a landfill...