Environmental Law Blog

Preti Flaherty’s Environmental Law Blog provides information and analysis on key topics in environmental regulation and legal proceedings. It is authored by members of the firm’s Environmental Law Group, a multidisciplinary team of litigation, transactional and regulatory attorneys operating a nation-wide practice from our Portland, ME and Boston MA offices. The blog will cover a wide range of topics, from recent decisions in important environmental cases to upcoming policy decisions from environmental federal, regional and state entities.

Recent Blog Posts

  • On Thursday, July 2, 2015, BP PLC agreed to pay $18.732 billion to settle all federal and state claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.The main terms of the proposed agreement, as outlined by the Department of Justice, are as follows:1   A $5.5 billion Clean Water Act penalty, the largest civil penalty in the history of environmental law.$8.1 billion in natural resource damages (this includes $1 billion BP already committed for early restoration). BP will also pay an additional... More
  • Today, in three consolidated cases, Michigan et al. v. EPA et al, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA et. al., and National Mining Assn. v. EPA, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Clean Air Act requires EPA to consider costs in deciding whether to regulate power plant emissions of hazardous air pollutants (such as mercury) under 42 U.S.C. § 7412.The Supreme Court held that it was “unreasonable” for EPA not to consider costs when evaluating whether... More
  • By Jeff TalbertNew Clean Water Rule announced by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers...Read more here.Stay tuned for a follow-up post on this ruling.... More
  • On February 26, 2015, after fifteen years of litigation over the United States’ alleged Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration (“PSD”) Program violations at the Luke pulp and paper mill in Western Maryland and West Virginia, Senior Federal District Court Judge Martin Garbis (D.Md.) rendered a decision on the remedy phase of the litigation.  United States vs. Westvaco Corporation, Case No. 1:00-cv-02602-MJG (Doc #410).  The Court held that Westvaco’s failure to obtain a Clean Air Act permit for its... More