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Trump’s March 28 Executive Order Rescinds Energy Rules and Guidance and Forces Agency Self-Evaluation

President Trump’s March 28 executive order titled “Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” immediately rescinds numerous energy-related rules and guidance issued during President Obama’s term in office. In addition, President Trump’s executive order broadly requires agencies to evaluate their regulations affecting the development or use of domestic energy supplies and to … Continue Reading

Taft Welcomes Michael C. Mentel

Taft is pleased to announce that Michael C. Mentel has joined the firm’s Columbus office as a partner in the Environmental group. Mike is the former Columbus City Council President and has represented a wide variety of clients in both private and public sectors for nearly 30 years. He focuses his practice in the areas … Continue Reading

Taft Environmental Attorneys Deveau and Gardner Successfully Represent Client in Insurance Coverage Dispute

On July 25, U.S. District Judge Jon E. DeGuilio denied Old Republic Insurance Co.’s motion for summary judgment against Taft client Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority. The judge ruled that the absolute pollution exclusion in 16 policies that the insurer issued to the Authority can’t be enforced under Indiana law because it doesn’t list any specifically … Continue Reading

Bilott and Team Score Another Victory With $5.1M Verdict Against DuPont

Taft environmental partner Rob Bilott’s work against chemical pollutants in drinking water scored another victory yesterday. An Ohio federal jury awarded $5.1 million to cancer survivor, David Freeman, who says DuPont’s chemical dumping caused his cancer and found DuPont liable for actual malice. Also assisting in this most recent trial is Taft partner David Butler. The … Continue Reading

Taft Environmental Attorney Bilott to Speak at Troubled Waters Drinking Water Conference

Rob Bilott will present at the Troubled Waters Drinking Water Conference in New York on May 23. The conference will focus on Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and lead in drinking water. It will explore the history with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), federal and state responses to the PFOA contamination in Hoosick Falls, groundwater concerns in other jurisdictions, … Continue Reading

Bilott to Speak at CBA Event on DuPoint Litigation

On May 20, Taft environmental attorney Rob Bilott will give a presentation to the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Environmental Law Group about the widely-publicized litigation against DuPont relating to PFOA/C-8 contamination. He will speak about the issues surrounding PFOA/C-8 contamination from a scientific, regulatory and legal perspective, including how PFOA/C-8 contamination has spread throughout the world … Continue Reading

Taft Forms Brownfield and Site Development Team

Taft has formed a team focused on brownfield and site development of property that has the presence or potential presence of environmental contamination. The group is dedicated to assisting individuals, businesses, real estate developers, municipalities and others with the acquisition, disposition and redevelopment of real property for reuse, revitalization or restoration. The team represents many … Continue Reading

Taft Environmental Attorney Gardner Publishes Article in the Indiana Lawyer

Taft environmental attorney Will Gardner’s article “Judicial deference and the Clean Power Plan” was published in the Indiana Lawyer on March 9. The article discusses seminal administrative law cases during Justice Scalia’s career and the potential future of the Clean Power Plan. Will is a frequent contributor to Taft’s Environmental Law Insight Blog and has … Continue Reading

Ohio Remains Undeveloped: The Gutting of Clean Ohio Brownfields Grants

A Columbus Dispatch article published on March 3 expressed concerns about the lack of grants for brownfields redevelopment in Ohio. Developers, manufacturers, retail establishments and other commercial entities have struggled over the last few years as the previously available grants for brownfields redevelopment under the Clean Ohio program were purportedly “shifted” to the Jobs Ohio … Continue Reading

Taft Environmental Attorneys Burke and Dressman to Present at Sustainability & EHS Symposium

Taft environmental attorneys Kim Burke and Chase Dressman will co-present with Pilot Chemical Company at the 25th Annual Business & Industry’s Sustainability and Environmental Health & Safety Symposium on March 23. Their session is titled “Best Practices in Environmental Management…How to Keep Off EPA’s Enforcement Radar.” The event is sponsored by the Manufacturers’ Education Council … Continue Reading

Deveau to Present at CERCLA Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Defense Webinar

Taft environmental partner Frank Deveau will be a panelist for a Strafford live CLE webinar titled “CERCLA Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Defense: Securing and Maintaining Liability Protection” on March 16. Frank will provide guidance to counsel for parties involved in the purchase of a contaminated site to secure and maintain the BFPP defense. Frank is … Continue Reading

Deveau Quoted in NWI Times Article

Taft Environmental partner Frank Deveau was quoted in the NWI Times article “Gary airport reaches landmark deal on cleanup,” which was published on Dec. 14. The article discusses the agreement that the Gary/Chicago International Airport has entered into with the Indiana Department of Environment Management (IDEM) to address historic contamination in the area. Frank, chair … Continue Reading

Taft Environmental Attorney Gardner to Present at Indiana Air & Waste Management Association Winter Technical Meeting

Taft environmental attorney Will Gardner will present at the Indiana Air & Waste Management Association’s Winter Technical Meeting on Dec. 10. His presentation will be an update on the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS). Will focuses his practice on all of the major environmental acts and various other state environmental laws, with particular emphasis on … Continue Reading

Taft Environmental Attorneys to Speak at 2015 Indiana Environmental Conference

Four Taft environmental attorneys will present at next week’s 2015 Indiana Environmental Conference, sponsored by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. The conference, held Oct. 27-28 in Indianapolis, will include the following presentations: Will Gardner will present “Startup Shutdown and Malfunctions under the Clean Air Act – Without the Affirmative Defense, What’s Next?” Brad Sugarman and … Continue Reading
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