Pollution

1st Circ. Says Fukushima Suit Against GE Belongs In Japan

The First Circuit on Friday backed a lower court’s ruling that Japan is the right place for a suit against General Electric brought by Japanese residents who suffered property losses in the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant…

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EPA Internal Watchdog Says Mexico Border Program Failing

The internal watchdog arm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report on Tuesday that criticized the regulator for shortcomings in monitoring and implementing a bilateral program with Mexico aimed at protecting the environment along the border…

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San Francisco Rips EPA Claims Of Clean Water Act Violations

City officials in San Francisco have fired back at what they called a “series of mischaracterizations, inaccuracies and falsehoods” contained in a letter the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent on Wednesday alleging the city had violated the Clean Water Act…

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9th Circ. Wants Feds’ Take On Counties’ VW Emissions Fight

The Ninth Circuit has asked the federal government to weigh in on whether the Clean Air Act keeps state and local authorities from going after Volkswagen, affiliates Audi of America LLC and Porsche Cars North America Inc., and auto parts maker Robert Bosch LLC for allegedly tampering with vehicle emission controls…

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Calif. Moves To Ban Pesticide Chlorpyrifos After EPA Declines

California authorities on Wednesday once again put themselves at odds with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, announcing a plan to phase out the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in the state after the federal regulator decided not to ban the chemical…

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