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No Reputational Penalty for CEOs on Environment Lawsuits, Study Finds

This could be good news for former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, who resigned after the automaker admitted using “defeat devices” in vehicles to beat emissions tests. Chief executives whose companies are embroiled in lawsuits over serious environmental issues either experience no reputational damage or find themselves better off, according to … Read more »

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EPA to Cut Inspections, Enforcement Cases

The EPA plans to cut federal inspections by one-third and reduce civil enforcement cases 23 percent, the Los Angeles Times reports. Citing the agency’s draft strategic plan, the newspaper says the EPA argues the shift for fiscal years 2014 to 2018 is a more effective way to focus on cleaning … Read more »

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BP Releases $627 Million Plan for Oil Spill Restoration

Toxic chemicals associated with the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill may be linked to continued problems growing oysters in Louisiana waters as well as the deaths of hundreds of bottlenosed dolphins and thousands of sea turtles and migratory waterfowl, according to an environmental assessment released Friday. The assessment also says … Read more »

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BP Releases Oil Spill Cleanup Environmental Data

BP has released environmental data used in its efforts to clean up the Gulf of Mexico where its Macondo well spilled millions of barrels of oil in 2010. Since the oil spill, federal and state agencies, as well as BP, have collected more than 2.3 million lines of water chemistry … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: RGGI Emissions Limits, Pesticide Ban

Preliminary findings of a federal study into fracking show no evidence that chemicals from a western Pennsylvania drilling operation contaminated drinking water aquifers. The AP describes this as the first independent study into whether the chemicals from normal drilling operations pose a threat to people. Federal judge Carl Barbier dismissed … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Tax Axed, EPA Sued over ‘Sue and Settle’

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd yesterday announced that the country will replace its carbon tax with a market-based trading system one year ahead of schedule, the New York Times reported. The change is expected to sharply cut the July 2014 cost of carbon, from a projected US$23.30 per metric ton to … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE Computer Standards, BP Spill Estimates

The Department of Energy announced in the Federal Register that it plans to order new efficiency standards for all computers and servers in the US. The DOE said it “tentatively” ruled that title III, part A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) covers both consumers and servers. The DOE proposal is open for public comment … Read more »

BP Seeks to Rein in Oil Spill Claims

BP is fighting to rein in settlement awards related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster, which killed 11 workers and caused the worst offshore oil spill in US history. The UK oil company has for months been seeking ways to restrain settlement claims, arguing its financial recovery is in peril … Read more »

Transocean Pleads Guilty, Pays $400M for Gulf Spill

Rig operator Transocean pleaded guilty to a violation of the Clean Water Act and agreed to pay $400 million in criminal penalties for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 workers and caused the worse offshore oil spill in US history. A federal judge approved Transocean’s agreement with the … Read more »