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 […]

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 […]

The California Air Resources Board Is Considering Further Reductions in Consumer Products’ VOC Content to Reduce California’s Emissions Under the California Clean Air Act

Wed May 8th, On Environmental Law, by

At its April 12, 2019 public workshop to initiate rulemaking to meet these emission reduction commitments, the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) proposed to evaluate consumer product survey categories with more than 0.5 (“tpd”) VOC emissions as part of its rule development process. Toward this end, CARB conducted its most comprehensive consumer products survey, with 491 survey categories addressed to 1400 companies and covering over a million products in order to […]

PFAS “Phased Investigation Plan” In Progress

Mon Apr 29th, On Environmental Law, by

On March 6, 2019, the California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) State Board rolled out its “Phased Investigation Plan” for Perfluoroalkyl Substances (“PFAS”) in California. The three-phase plan was created to investigate the areas with potential PFAS contamination — more than 1,000 California facilities will go under inspection.  In the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule reports published in 2013-2015, PFAS was detected in […]

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