Pollution

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year that a one-year time limit for states to act on Clean Water Act permit requests doesn’t reset if applications are withdrawn and resubmitted…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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Monsanto Can’t Trim MDL Claiming Weedkiller Causes Cancer

Monsanto lost a bid to pare back multidistrict litigation over the agrochemical giant’s allegedly carcinogenic Roundup weedkiller when a California federal judge ruled Thursday that the claims in three bellwether cases are backed by believable evidence and aren’t preempted by other laws…

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GE, Tepco Dodge Sailors’ $1B Fukushima Radiation Suit

Tokyo Electric Power Co. and General Electric Co. on Monday dodged a $1 billion lawsuit by U.S. sailors over radiation injuries they allegedly suffered during their response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, after a California federal judge agreed the suit belonged in Japanese, not U.S., courts…

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