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Posted on: Dec 20, 2019

The Todd Haynes-directed movie Dark Waters, now playing in theaters, tells the story of how the lawyer, played by Mark Ruffalo, switched allegiances. As happened in real life, the movie depicts Ruffalo’s Bilott as a lawyer who defends large chemical companies before he is approached for help in 1998 by Wilbur Tennant (Bill Camp), a West Virginia farmer whose land was contaminated by chemical giant DuPont.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2019

The Todd Haynes-directed movie Dark Waters, now playing in theaters, tells the story of how the lawyer, played by Mark Ruffalo, switched allegiances. As happened in real life, the movie depicts Ruffalo’s Bilott as a lawyer who defends large chemical companies before he is approached for help in 1998 by Wilbur Tennant (Bill Camp), a West Virginia farmer whose land was contaminated by chemical giant DuPont.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2019

Long-term stewardship includes all activities necessary to reliably prevent residual contamination or other environmental conditions from posing a risk to human health following completion or stabilization at a site. LTS activities include inspection, operation and maintenance, information management and distribution, financial assurance, and public notification. 

Posted on: Nov 27, 2019

Long-term stewardship includes all activities necessary to reliably prevent residual contamination or other environmental conditions from posing a risk to human health following completion or stabilization at a site. LTS activities include inspection, operation and maintenance, information management and distribution, financial assurance, and public notification. 

Posted on: Nov 6, 2019

“Dark Waters,” a film based on Robert Bilott’s case against DuPont will be released in theaters on November 22.  Mark Ruffalo will play Bilott.  Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins also star in the film.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2019

“Dark Waters,” a film based on Robert Bilott’s case against DuPont will be released in theaters on November 22.  Mark Ruffalo will play Bilott.  Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins also star in the film.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2019

IDEM is proposing a new Non-rule Policy Document (NPD) regarding the rights of its inspectors and other staff members to access regulated facilities. MP-009-NPD will be presented to the Environmental Rules Board at its meeting on November 13, 2019.  A few highlights of the policy are discussed in this article.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2019

The Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a district court decision finding that too much time had passed for the owner of a lead smelting site to seek cost recovery from a former owner under Superfund. The decision was handed down on August 22, 2019, in Refined Metals Corp. v. NL Industries, Inc., No. 18–3235 (7th Circuit Aug. 22, 2019). 

Posted on: Aug 21, 2019

On July 1, 2019, a new law regarding carbon sequestration went into effect here in Indiana. Wabash Valley Resources LLC wants to build an ammonia production facility in Terre Haute and store its CO2 emissions underground to reduce its carbon footprint. 

Posted on: Jul 31, 2019

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral argument this fall regarding whether the discharge of pollutants through groundwater requires a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. In County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case, the court broadly construed the Clean Water Act and held that discharges “fairly traceable from the point source to a navigable water” required a permit. 


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