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Archive for 2011

Energy ‘fracking’ boom tainted by EPA finding contaminants in drinking water

By Miguel Llanos, The Associated Press and Reuters

A controversial method of drilling for oil and natural gas appears to be...

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EPA issues new guidance for Brownfield liability protections

By Bret A. Stone

For those property owners, prospective property owners and tenants seeking to qualify for federal liability protections under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA"), the EPA recentl...

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California becomes first state to adopt cap-and-trade program

By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times

The California Air Resources Board on Thursday unanimously adopted the nation's first state-adm...

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Brown signs water re-use bill

By Dave Downey, North County Times

Backyard gray-water irrigation systems could become commonplace as a result of legislati...

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EPA classifies TCE as human carcinogen

By Bret A. Stone

Trichloroethylene ("TCE"), a chlorinated solvent used as a degreaser, just moved up the cancer-causing ladder from "probable" carcinogen to a human carcinogen regardless of the route of exposure.  The last EPA assessment of TCE...

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SC Johnson Settles Lawsuits Over Greenlist Logo

By Jonathan Bardelline, GreenBiz.com

SC Johnson has settled two class action lawsuits that challenged its Greenlist logo --...

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Court rules community property law not enough to expose spouse to CERCLA liability

By Bret A. Stone

At least one federal court in California believes that the state’s community property law does not expose the spouse of the owner/operator of a facility to CERCLA liability. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Renz, Case No. 08-25...

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