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Air (generally)

Freeman v. Grain Processing Corp.

The Iowa Supreme Court held that neighbors of an Iowa corn processing plant were properly certified as a class to pursue pollution claims against the operator. The neighbors filed a suit under state nuisance, trespass, and negligence...

Waterkeeper Alliance v. EPA

The D.C. Circuit vacated an EPA final rule that exempted farms from reporting requirements for air releases from animal waste. In 2008 the EPA issued a final rule that generally exempts farms from CERCLA and EPCRA reporting requirements...

California Chamber of Commerce v. State Air Resources Board

A California Appeals Court upheld a state cap-and-trade regime against challenges from the state commerce board and affected industry players. In 2006, California passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act, which aims to reduce...

Virginia Electric and Power Co. v. Bransen Energy, Inc.

The Fourth Circuit upheld over $22 million in damages that an energy company was ordered to pay to a Virginia utility because the coal supplied to a new power plant was of such poor quality it couldn't initially be used. When the plant...

Colony Ins. Co. v. Victory Constr. LLC

A district court ruled that an insurance company owes no coverage for injuries from a carbon monoxide leak. A construction company allegedly negligently installed ventilation for a natural gas pool heater and failed to warn against the...

Colony Ins. Co. v. Victory Constr. LLC

A district court ruled that an insurance company owes no coverage for injuries from a carbon monoxide leak. A construction company allegedly negligently installed ventilation for a natural gas pool heater and failed to warn against the...

Drones and Environmental Monitoring

Aerial drones are emerging as an effective tool for environmental monitoring and enforcement because of their ability to reach areas that would be otherwise inaccessible or cost-prohibitive. However, the regulatory framework has not...

Great Basin Resource Watch v. Bureau of Land Management

The Ninth Circuit held that BLM violated NEPA when it approved a proposed molybdenum mining operation near Eureka, Nevada. Environmental groups filed suit against BLM, challenging the agency's analysis of the project's cumulative air...

Pulling the Second Lever: Regulating Black Carbon to Combat Global Warming

Black carbon, a component of soot and the result of incomplete combustion, is one of the most climate-forcing substances in existence. While black carbon is currently unregulated internationally, the technology to substantially reduce...

China’s Air Pollution Rules: Compliance and Enforcement Lessons From Global Good Practices

In recent years, air pollution issues have received unprecedented public attention in China. Partly for this reason, the Chinese government has made significant efforts toward reducing air pollution. However, compliance and enforcement...