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BP’s Total Costs for Deadly Oil Spill Hit $62 Billion

BP’s total costs for the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster is approaching $62 billion. The oil giant today said it expects a pre-tax non-operating charge associated with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill of around $5.2 billion, bringing the total bill for the environmental disaster to $61.6 billion. BP said … Read more »

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Top Environmental, Health and Safety Violators Ranked

Eight large corporations have each been penalized more than $1 billion in environmental, health and safety cases brought by federal regulatory agencies since 2010, according to a new database called Violation Tracker. Forty firms have paid $100 million or more. BP tops the list with its $25 billion total — … Read more »

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BP to Pay $20.8bn Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

BP will pay a $20.8 billion final settlement to resolve environmental damage claims related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The final settlement, announced yesterday by the US Department of Justice and five Gulf states, is about $2 million more than the tentative settlement, … Read more »

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BP to Pay $18.7bn for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

BP has agreed to pay up to $18.7 billion as part of a settlement reached late last week over the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The agreement includes the US federal government, the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas and also includes settlement of claims made by … Read more »

Enforcement Trends: What the EPA Numbers Show

Enforcement Trends: What the EPA Numbers Show

The number of EPA civil enforcement case initiations and conclusions last year continued a downward trend seen since FY09, as the agency continued to pursue larger and more complex cases, according to newly released data. The FY13 EPA Enforcement and Compliance Annual Results show that last year the agency initiated 2,418 civil … Read more »

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Manufacturers Challenge EPA’s Ruling Against BP

The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action has joined other business groups in supporting BP’s effort to fight the EPA’s debarment ruling, which suspended BP and its named affiliated companies from new contracts with the federal government. The National Association of Manufacturers senior vice president and general counsel Linda Kelly calls … Read more »

Cotton Offers Green, Low Cost Way to Clean Oil Spills, Study Finds

Unprocessed raw cotton may be an ecologically friendly, lower cost solution to clean up oil spills, according to a report published in the American Chemical Society journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. The report, Crude Oil Sorption by Raw Cotton, describes research by scientists at Texas Tech University and includes … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Bonn Climate Talks, Water Act, Dam Protest

Delegates from 160 nations agreed in Bonn that a successor to the Kyoto Protocol should allow emissions targets to be tightened without further negotiations, if researchers find that floods, droughts and sea levels are worsening, Reuters reported. But a deep divide remains between China, which says developed nations should collectively … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP Fine, Chevron Suit, Water Bill, School Asbestos

The European Union has agreed its first law to regulate safety in offshore oil and gas drilling in EU waters, to present for final endorsement from member states and the European Parliament. The legislation covers the criteria for awarding operating licenses and penalties for breaching safety standards. Companies will also … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Climate Bill, GAO High Risk List, Koch Penalty

Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced their fee-and-dividend climate bill. The fee-and-dividend idea puts a price on carbon at its source and rebates most of the money back to US residents. The concept is modeled on Alaska’s permanent fund that rebates oil royalties to state residents. Boxer, who … Read more »

BP Banned From Federal Contracts

The EPA has temporarily suspended BP and its named affiliated companies from new contracts with the federal government. The agency is taking this action due to what it calls BP’s “lack of business integrity” as demonstrated by the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response. According to the agency, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Roquette $4m Fine, Climate Tax, Wind PTC

Roquette America Inc. has agreed to pay a $4.1 million civil penalty to settle more than 1,000 alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit at its grain processing facility in Keokuk, Iowa, the EPA and the DOJ said. In addition to paying the penalty, Roquette will complete … Read more »