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Blackstone Headwaters Coalition, Inc. v. Gallo Builders, Inc. et al.

North and South Rivers Watershed Ass’n v. Town of Scituate, a 1991 case with nationwide precedential value, misconstrued a provision of the Clean Water Act that prohibits the federal Environmental Protection Agency and citizen suit plaintiffs from seeking court-imposed penalties for violations that have already been the subject of a diligently prosecuted administrative penalty. The […]


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PennEnvironment, Clean Air Council v. U.S. Steel Corporation

On Christmas Eve 2018, residents of Clairton, PA, woke up to a sooty haze and a strong sulfurous stench in the air. Earlier that morning, U.S. Steel Corporation’s sprawling Clairton Coke Works experienced a catastrophic fire in the building that houses housing equipment tasked with removing sulfur and other dangerous pollutants from coke oven gas, […]


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Environment Texas, Sierra Club v. ExxonMobil

Following NELC’s successful lawsuits against Shell Oil Co. and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. for illegal air emissions due to “upset” incidents, we continued our efforts to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for poor air quality on Texas’s Gulf Coast by targeting the nation’s largest refining complex, ExxonMobil’s Baytown facility near Houston. Due to equipment […]