hazardous waste lawsuit News

  • AT&T pays $23.8 M to settle hazardous-waste case

    AT&T agreed Thursday to pay California authorities nearly $24 million to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste during a nine-year period. California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Thursday that the telecommunications giant has also agreed to spend $28 million over the next five years to properly dispose of the waste, which includes batteries, electronic ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Adds Six Hazardous Sites to Superfund List

    Untitled Document WASHINGTON, DC, April 20, 2006 (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is adding six new hazardous waste sites that pose risks to human health and the ...

  • US Ecology, Inc. to Purchase Waste Treatment and Storage Facility

    US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECOL) ("the Company") today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement ("Agreement") with PVS Chemicals, Inc. to acquire the stock of its wholly owned subsidiary Dynecol, Inc. ("Dynecol"). Dynecol owns and operates a permitted Treatment, Storage and Disposal facility ("the Facility") located in Detroit, Michigan. The facility, which has been in operation ...


    By US Ecology, Inc.

  • US EPA may change RCRA rule

    According to the US-based Waste Business Journal, US EPA is considering measures that would make its controversial rule amending the definition of solid waste (DSW) under the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) more stringent. In answer to critics, the agency, which finalized the rule late last year in an effort to promote recycling, is considering a more precise definition of how ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Feds reach nearly $2B legal settlement with fertilizer maker

    One of the world's largest fertilizer makers is settling a massive hazardous waste lawsuit for nearly $2 billion to help clean up pollution and upgrade leaky facilities in Florida and Louisiana, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the agreement with Minnesota-based The Mosaic Co. on ...


    By Associated Press

  • Suits claim Love Canal still oozing 35 years later

    Thirty-five years after Love Canal's oozing toxic waste scared away a neighborhood and became a symbol of environmental catastrophe, history could be repeating itself. New residents, attracted by promises of cleaned-up land and affordable homes, say in lawsuits that they are being sickened by the same buried chemicals from the disaster in the Niagara Falls neighborhood in the 1970s. "We're stuck ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA issues Clean Air Act operating permit to Veolia

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has issued a Clean Air Act operating permit to Veolia Environmental Services for its hazardous waste combustion facility, 7 Mobile Ave., Sauget, Ill. Normally, Clean Air Act operating permits are issued by states. In this case, EPA issued the permit because of a lawsuit by the Sierra Club and the American Bottom Conservancy. Details of the history of ...

  • Powerine Oil Company to pay for cleanup and oversight costs at three California superfund sites

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recovering $1.45 million from Powerine Oil Company and two related entities, CENCO Refining Company and Energy Merchant Corp., for cleanup costs at three southern California Superfund Sites - Waste Disposal, Inc. in Santa Fe Springs, Operating Industries, Inc. in Monterey Park, and Casmalia Resources in Casmalia.According to a federal lawsuit filed in ...

  • Upstate New York fire academy costly to clean

    Some of the country's largest corporations are required to reimburse the state of New York a total of nearly $1.6 million for cleanup costs at the Rochester Fire Academy, a hazardous waste site in Monroe County once used to train firefighters. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced a settlement with eight entities, including Bausch & Lomb, DuPont, Eastman Kodak, and Xerox, which ...

  • Court Rules against Homeowners in Toxic Water Case

    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group of homeowners in North Carolina can't sue a company that contaminated their drinking water decades ago because a state deadline has lapsed, a decision that could prevent thousands of other property owners in similar cases from recovering damages after being exposed to toxic waste. In a 7-2 decision, the justices said state law strictly bars any lawsuit ...


    By Associated Press

  • Nuisance Odor Results in $2.3 Million in Damages

    Last month, The State published a news story about a federal jury awarding six residents of Bishopville, South Carolina with a $2.3 million verdict.  The residents had complained and filed a lawsuit against a landfill owner for nuisance odors that they claimed made their life miserable. The multimillion dollar verdict followed two weeks of testimony and several days of jury ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Washington state proposes nuke cleanup deadlines

    Frustrated by federal government delays, the state of Washington on Monday issued its own plan for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said his plan seeks to keep the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on schedule. For decades, Hanford made plutonium for nuclear weapons and is now engaged in cleaning up the radioactive waste left ...


    By Associated Press

  • Do US environmental laws now apply in Canada?

    The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition filed by Canadian mining giant Teck Cominco Metals which followed a series of decisions from lower courts that consistently ruled against the company. In rejecting Teck's request for review, the Court let stand the federal appeals court decision that the Canadian company must comply with U.S. laws that ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Slag Containing Arsenic, Mercury, and Lead Contaminates Columbia River

    According to the Huffington Post, Teck Resources Ltd. has admitted that discharge from their smelter has polluted the Columbia River across the U.S. and Canada border for 100 years, from 1896 to 1995. The Columbia River is contaminated with slag containing arsenic, mercury, lead, and other metals left over after the company processed zinc at its smelter located near the river. Teck ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • California Business Owners File Suit against Commercial Property Owners

    Earlier this month, it was reported in the Marin Independent Journal that former business owners of a video store have filed a lawsuit against their past landlords in Fairfax, California.  The suit alleges that the property owners knew of improperly disposed of perchloroethylene at the shopping center by another tenant that operated a dry cleaning business, but did not inform the video store ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EPA Proposes Changes to Refinery Emission Rules

    Texas environmental advocates are applauding a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reduce oil refinery pollution by forcing operators to adopt new technology that better monitors and controls emissions. If adopted, the rule would mark the first change to the industry's emission standards in nearly two decades. The EPA's 870-page proposal is part of a consent decree that resolved ...


    By Associated Press

  • Insurer agrees to pay for environmental clean-up

    The American International Specialty Lines Insurance Company Inc.(AISLIC) has agreed to pay $42.5 million to clean up contamination at four industrial facilities in a suit in which the Department of Justice intervened on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies. The four sites, formerly owned by Fruit of the Loom, are located in Michigan, New Jersey, and Tennessee. ...

  • Washington to sue over nuclear site`s tank vapors

    Washington plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to protect workers from hazardous vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday. A report last month found the Energy Department does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful ...


    By Associated Press

  • Ivory Coast Toxic Dumping Case Settled for US$198 Million

    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (ENS) - An Amsterdam-based multinational commodities trading company has ageed to pay the equivalent of US$198 million to settle claims that it arranged to dump 400 tons of toxic waste in the port city of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Ten people died and some 100,000 others were sickened in the August 2006 incident. After the settlement Tuesday, Ivory ...

  • General Electric Company and US Ecology, Inc. Extend Contract for Hudson River Disposal

    US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECOL) ("the Company") today announced that General Electric Company has agreed to extend its contract with the Company to dispose of sediment removed from the Upper Hudson River in New York State through December 31, 2011. The Company was one of three vendors that disposed of sediment in 2010. The sediment contains polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and will be disposed ...


    By US Ecology, Inc.

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