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The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has made available Judge Carl Barbier's Findings of fact and conclusions of law (4 September 2014) in In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010.

Launch of Fossil Fuel-free Superannuation Fund

11 Sep 2014
Written by World Watch

Simon Sheikh, the former national director of Australia-based campaign organisation GetUp!, has launched Future Super, an ethical fossil fuel-free superannuation fund with the backing of Bendigo Bank and Grosvenor Pirie. Reportedly, Future Super will remove "harmful activities like tobacco, gambling, live animal exports, armaments and fossil fuels" from its portfolio.

The Land and Environment Court of the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) has handed down its judgment in Environment Protection Authority v Big Island Mining Pty Ltd [2014] NSWLEC 131 (26 August 2014). According to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), the Court has ordered Big Island Mining (BIM) to pay a total of $196,000 after the gold mine operator pleaded guilty to "polluting Spring and Majors [c]reeks on three separate occasions in 2013".

Retailer Settles Allegations of Ozone Depletion

11 Sep 2014
Written by World Watch

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DoJ) have jointly announced that retailer Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco) has agreed to undertake measures that will cost an estimated US$2 million over the next three years to ensure its compliance with the Clean Air Act (the CAA) (further information).

The Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) of the Australian state of Victoria has advised that Pasta Al Dente (Aust) (PAD) has been fined A$50,000 after pleading guilty to one charge of failing, so far as was reasonably practicable, to provide and maintain a plant that was safe and without risks to health.

Company Settles Allegations of Toxic Releases

04 Sep 2014
Written by World Watch

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have jointly announced that EI du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) has agreed to pay US$1.275 million and take corrective action to settle allegations that the company breached:

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that the following pesticide companies that share a common owner have agreed to pay a total of US$74,513 in penalties to "settle allegations related to the production and distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides":

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it has "end[ed] a decade of administrative and judicial proceedings by EPA and [the US Department of Justice]" with a settlement agreement under which fuel retailing business owner Robert Duncan and associated companies have paid almost US$2.9 million.

The Environment Protection Authority of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW EPA) has announced that the Downing Centre Local Court has ordered oil treatment company Hydrodec Australia to pay a A$10,000 fine and more than A$12,000 in legal and investigative costs after pleading guilty to a water pollution charge.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that FMC Corporation has agreed to "resolve allegations that it improperly advertised its Capture LFR [i]nsecticide with five Nebraska radio stations and a regional radio network".

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