Environment

Calif. Coastline Regulator Hands Developer Record $15M Fine

The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday handed down a record $15.6 million fine against a developer for an alleged “bait and switch” related to a hotel project in Santa Monica that saw two lower-cost motels knocked down to clear the way for a high-priced hotel…

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Calif. Enviro Authorities Move To Ban Unsafe Pesticide

California environmental authorities announced on Tuesday that they have decided to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to negative health impacts that has been at the center of a federal lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to also prohibit the product…

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DHS Waives More Enviro Laws To Speed Border Wall Buildup

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday waived a slew of environmental protection and conservation laws that it said could hinder the construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, repeating a move that previously landed the agency in federal court…

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DuPont, Chemours To Face Trimmed Cape Fear Dumping Suit

DuPont Co. and Chemours Co. will have to face a trimmed version of a proposed class action alleging that the companies failed to stop toxic chemicals from a North Carolina factory from polluting the Cape Fear River, according to a Friday filing in North Carolina federal court…

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Flint Residents Can Sue Feds Over Water Debacle

Residents of Flint, Michigan, beat back an attempt by the federal government to kill their case in Wolverine State federal court, alleging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acted negligently during the lead-poisoning crisis that started in 2014 after the city switched drinking water systems…

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Tribe Tells Full DC Circ. Not To Rehear FERC Dam Dispute

A California-based tribe on Wednesday urged the full D.C. Circuit to reject a bid to reconsider an appeal panel’s decision earlier this year that a one-year time limit for states to act on Clean Water Act permit requests doesn’t reset if applications are withdrawn and resubmitted…

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High Court Gets New Bid To Consider CWA Pollution Liability

Two Tennessee-based environmental groups have asked the Supreme Court to decide whether the federal Clean Water Act applies to pollution introduced into navigable waters through groundwater systems, pointing out that the justices are already considering the same issue in another case…

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