Environmental News

Australia Court Narrows Class-Action Suits Against BHP over Brazil Mine Disaster

The Federal Court of Australia on Tuesday ordered that the number of class-action lawsuits against BHP Group over a Brazilian mine collapse be narrowed to one from three. BHP is facing legal challenges over the 2015 collapse of the Fundao …

Target Paying $7.4M to Settle California Waste Lawsuit

The Target store chain has agreed to pay $7.4 million to settle California allegations that it improperly dumped hazardous waste into landfills, ranging from batteries to drugs and syringes. Minnesota-based Target didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing in the lawsuit settlement filed …

BHP Readies for Largest English Group Lawsuit over 2015 Brazil Mine Disaster

Mining giant BHP says it will fight an unprecedented English lawsuit filed by hundreds of thousands of Brazilians for multi-billion pound damages over Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. SPG Law, a British offshoot of a U.S. litigator, represents 240,000 individuals in …

Boeing Sued Over Contamination of Washington River

A new lawsuit says the Boeing aircraft company is poisoning the Duwamish River by pumping out pollution that is far and away above the legal limit. KOMO-TV reported environmental groups Puget Soundkeeper and Waste Action Project say the Military Delivery …

Washington Asbestos Removal Company Fined $229K for Unsafe Conditions

An Edmonds, Wash.-based asbestos removal contractor has been cited by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries for multiple willful safety violations for improper handling of asbestos. Along with the citations, the company faces fines totaling $229,700. L&I has cited …

Michigan Governor Wants to Sue 3M for Costs of Contamination

Gov. Rick Snyder wants Michigan to sue the manufacturer of chemicals linked to contaminated water detected at military bases and industrial sites across the state. Snyder wrote a letter to Attorney General Bill Schuette seeking a lawsuit against 3M. The …

California Oil Firms Had Nearly 400 Violations

An environmental group says oil and gas companies drilling off Southern California violated state regulations nearly 400 times in the past three years. Records obtained by The Associated Press that were released Wednesday by the Center for Biological Diversity show …

Aluminum Producer Norsk Hydro Denies Brazil Refinery Contaminated Local Waters

Aluminum producer Norsk Hydro denied on Monday its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil had contaminated local waters, contradicting the findings of a Brazilian public health group. Citing an internal study and a report commissioned from green consultancy SGW Services, Hydro …

Study Will Test California Firefighters’ Toxin Exposure

Researchers are studying whether firefighters suffered any toxic exposure in last month’s deadly Northern California wildfires. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that researchers plan to take blood and urine samples from 200 firefighters for the study. A cancer-research organization of …

New Phase in California Wildfire Cleanup: Clearing Ruins

Rumbling bulldozers and front-loaders have started scraping up the ash, charred wood and crumbled bricks and concrete left from thousands of homes and buildings destroyed by blazes in California wine country, launching a new phase in the largest wildfire cleanup …