Thursday, July 02, 2015

BP to Settle Federal, State and Local Deepwater Horizon Claims for up to $18.7 Billion With Payments to be Spread Over 18 Years

WIMS will not be publishing tomorrow,

July 3, 2015, in observance of

the Federal Independence Day holiday

 

 

<> BP to Settle Federal, State and Local Deepwater Horizon Claims for up to $18.7 Billion With Payments to be Spread Over 18 Years - The agreement with the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas also includes settlement of claims made by more than 400 local government entities.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

In Perspective: the Supreme Court's Mercury and Air Toxics Rule Decision

<> In Perspective: the Supreme Court's Mercury and Air Toxics Rule Decision - Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for U.S. EPA's Office of Air and Radiation comments on the Supreme Court decision on the MATS rule and indicates that while disappointing, "there are some important factors that make me confident we are still on track to reduce this dangerous pollution and better protect America's children, families and communities."

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Follow-up: Supreme Court Blocks Obama's Limits on Power Plants

<> Follow-up: Supreme Court Blocks Obama's Limits on Power Plants - The Supreme Court on Monday blocked one of the Obama administration's most ambitious environmental initiatives, an EPA regulation meant to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants.

Monday, June 29, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court decides Michigan v. EPA

<> U.S. Supreme Court decides Michigan v. EPA - 6/29/15. In the U.S. Supreme Court, Docket Nos. 14–46, 14–47, and 14–49. SCALIA, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and KENNEDY, THOMAS, and ALITO, JJ., joined. THOMAS, J., filed a concurring opinion. KAGAN, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which GINSBURG, BREYER, and SOTOMAYOR, JJ., joined. 
     5-4 decision indicates that EPA unreasonably refused to consider costs in determining whether it is appropriate to regulate hazardous air pollutants emitted by electric utilities.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Senator Boxer's Statement on the Path Forward on TSCA Reform Legislation

<> Senator Boxer's Statement on the Path Forward on TSCA Reform Legislation - Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), reached out to Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, on the near unanimous passage in the House of Representatives this week of his toxic chemicals reform bill, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) -- Senator Boxer informed Congressman Shimkus that because of the clarity, simplicity, and overwhelming bipartisan support in the House for H.R. 2576, she would push for the Senate to take up the House bill with a few perfecting amendments.