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Lawsuits Filed Against EPA Over Recent TSCA Section 6 Rule

Fri Jul 12th, On Environmental Law, by

On March 15, 2019, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a rule to prohibit the manufacturing, processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in paint removers for consumer use.  Under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA has the authority “to prohibit or limit the manufacture, processing, distribution, in commerce, use, or disposal of a chemical” if it is deemed harmful to the environment or may […]

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The Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery Releases New Draft Report

Wed Jul 3rd, On Environmental Law, by

In response to the number of catastrophic wildfires occurring in the State of California, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 901 (SB 901) into law on September 21, 2018. With the objective to mitigate wildfire risk and increase the rate of recovery, the Bill outlines a number of revisions to current law while establishing new requirements, such as the formation of the Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery. This Commission […]

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The Bramble Cay Melomys Goes Extinct Due to Climate Change

Thu May 23rd, On Environmental Law, by

The Bramble Cay Melomys (Melomys Rubicola), also known as the mosaic-tailed rat, was found only on an island off Australia. Thriving off the small eastern Torres Strait of the Great Barrier Reef, hundreds of rats were present in 1978 after its discovery in 1845. However, studies show that the island began to shrink in 1998, decreasing by nearly 4 acres. Unsuccessful attempts to capture these rodents in 2014 led scientist […]

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Exxon Urges Denial of Class Certification in Securities-Related Climate Change Suit

Thu May 16th, On Environmental Law, Litigation, by

In late April, in the ongoing case Ramirez v. Exxon Mobil Corp., et al., Exxon urged a Texas federal court to deny class certification to investors alleging the company withheld knowledge of climate change costs and misrepresented those costs publicly. Exxon is arguing that the alleged misrepresentations had no significant impact on the share price of the company’s stock and therefore the plaintiffs should be denied class certification because there […]

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