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California Seeks En Banc Review of Ninth Circuit Decision Paving Way to Airport Expansion

California AG Rob Bonta filed a petition for a rehearing en banc before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice et al. v. Federal Aviation Administration et al., Nos. 20-70272 and 20-70464, seeking to overturn a three-judge panel decision denying two petitions to review of the…

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Off the Rails: Democratic AGs Press for Suspension of Rule Allowing LNG Transport by Train

A group of 15 Democratic AGs, led by Maryland AG Brian Frosh and New York AG Letitia James, filed comments in support of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s proposal to suspend a Trump administration rule allowing the shipment of liquefied natural gas in rail tank cars. The comments assert that the LNG by…

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Barge Owner Pays $15.3 Million to Settle Suit over Oil Spill that Contaminated 160 Miles of Coastline

Texas AG Ken Paxton and the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with barge owner Kirby Inland Marine, LP (“Kirby”) to resolve allegations that Kirby caused environmental damage due to an oil spill from one of its barges in violation of the federal Oil Pollution Act.

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14 Democratic AGs Urge Repeal of Trump-Era Wildlife Habitat Rules

A group of 14 Democratic AGs, led by California AG Rob Bonta, Maryland AG Brian Frosh, and Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, filed a comment letter with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service in support of rescinding two Trump administration rules that affect the designation of critical wildlife habitats and the definition of a wildlife habitat under the federal Endangered Species Act (“ESA”).

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DuPont Reaches $3.35 Million Settlement over Allegations of Environmental Violations at Its Texas Chemical Plant

Texas AG Ken Paxton and the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement with chemical companies E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. and Performance Materials NA, Inc. (collectively “DuPont”) to resolve numerous allegations of violations of hazardous waste, air, and water environmental laws, including the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Water…

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