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Waste (generally)

Managing Marine Litter

Marine litter is human-created waste that has been discharged into the marine environment, including glass, metal, plastics, and other debris. According to data compiled by the United Nations, the equivalent of a garbage truck filled...

Should We Ban Single-Use Plastics?

Millions of tons of plastic enter the environment every year, killing wildlife, releasing toxins, clogging drains, and marring landscapes. Bans or restrictions on single-use plastics have exploded in popularity in recent years as a...

United States v. Exxon Mobil Corp.

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court order denying the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Board's petition to enforce subpoenas issued against an oil company following an explosion and chemical release at one of its refineries. The...

Pollution Prevention and Rethinking "Waste"

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is the call to arms of the mainstream environmental movement. While these actions may seem simple for households, decisions to reduce, reuse, and recycle in the commercial and industrial spheres require...

South Carolina v. United States

A district court granted South Carolina's motion to preliminarily enjoin DOE from terminating a mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility project currently under construction until the case can be decided on its merits. The project is...

Sharpsmart v. Smith

The Ninth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction enjoining California Department of Public Health officials from enforcing the California Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) against a medical waste facility with regard to how it...

Lessons From Ten Years of Household Recycling in the United States

Recycling is perhaps the most prevalent pro-environmental activity at the household level. And while most states have some sort of statewide recycling laws, new recycling initiatives have not been prominent. Has recycling behavior...

B&R Resources, LLC v. Department of Environmental Protection

A Pennsylvania appellate court reversed and remanded a lower court's decision that the owner of an oil and gas company should be liable for failing to plug 47 abandoned oil and gas wells located in Erie and Crawford Counties. The state...

New Jersey DEP v. Exxon Mobil Corp.

The New Jersey Superior Court upheld an oil company's $225 million Spill Act settlement in connection with contamination at two oil refineries in Bayonne and Linden, New Jersey. The natural resources damages were estimated at $8.9...

Kimberly-Clark Corp. v. District of Columbia

A district court ruled that the District of Columbia's flushable wipe law won't take effect as scheduled. The law, which was to take effect January 1, 2018, stated that wipes labeled "flushable" must readily break up and degrade in...

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