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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...

Idaho Conservation League v. Wheeler

The D.C. Circuit upheld EPA's decision not to issue financial responsibility requirements for the hard-rock mining industry. Environmental groups argued the decision violated CERCLA by wrongly interpreting the term "risk" in the...

California Communities Against Toxics v. Environmental Protection Agency

The D.C. Circuit upheld an EPA rule that classified as "recycled" certain hazardous material sent to a third-party reclamation facility and thus exempted the material from RCRA regulations governing discarded waste. Environmental groups...

The D.C. Circuit Takes a Wrong Turn: Redefining Solid Waste Under RCRA

Under RCRA, EPA must impose rules for the control, management, and disposal of “hazardous waste.” The definition of solid waste (DSW) issue refers to a set of complex rules for determining whether recycled hazardous secondary materials...

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...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Forest Service

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court's dismissal of a challenge to the use of lead ammunition in Kaibab National Forest. Environmental groups sought to require the U.S. Forest Service to address the use of lead ammunition by...

Evanston v. Northern Illinois Gas Co.

A district court denied a city's motion for a preliminary injunction in a RCRA lawsuit against two utility companies that owned a long-abandoned manufactured gas plant. The city alleged that the plant had contaminated soil in a nearby...

Residents of Gordon Plaza, Inc. v. Latoya Cantrell

A district court granted residents' motion for summary judgment in a RCRA lawsuit against the city of New Orleans for inhumane and dangerous living conditions at a residential development located on a former landfill site previously...

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