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Concern for environmental issues is not new to Beasley Allen. While serving as Lt. Governor for the State of Alabama, in 1971 the firm’s future Principal & Founder Jere Beasley vowed to take control of pollution laws out of the hands of big utilities and special interest groups, and put it back into the hands of the average citizen.

Protection of people and their property from large corporate polluters is still our top priority. A unique feature of our growing environmental toxic tort practice is the ability to represent a large number of people harmed by damage to their property. Our attorneys are fighting to make a difference in the lives of those threatened by environmental toxins that contaminate waterways, soil and wildlife, endangering human health and life.

States to Fight Pollution With Volkswagen Settlement Funds

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U.S. States will soon have access to $2.7 billion of a Volkswagen settlement resulting from its use of emissions cheating devices in certain diesel vehicles, and that money may be invested in projects that promise to reduce pollution. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the state of Minnesota will receive a $47 million share of the Volkswagen settlement amount. Officials there are currently receiving proposals from a number of businesses and organizations urging that some of the funds be invested in various environmentally friendly projects and products. In June 2016, Volkswagen agreed to pay the U.S. and automakers affected by ... Read More

Benzene lawsuit claims Michelin plant still polluted

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Michelin dumped benzene and other toxic chemicals throughout a now-abandoned rubber- and tire-manufacturing plant, a group of residents from an Oklahoma subdivision alleges in a lawsuit against the tire company and its parent B.F. Goodrich. According to the Miami (Oklahoma) News-Record, 112 former and current residents of the Miami Heights subdivision, including six children, claim the companies knew that loads of benzene, naphtha, and other harmful chemicals were present throughout the shuttered manufacturing facility in Miami, Oklahoma, but failed to clean up and properly dispose of the substances. The plant employed about 1,900 workers before it shut down in 1985. ... Read More

Appeals Court Derails EPA Plan to Stall Methane Emissions Rule

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt exceeded his authority in trying to delay the implementation of a rule requiring oil and gas companies to reduce the level of methane pollution their operations release. After reviewing objections lodged by a coalition of environmental groups, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the EPA did not have the authority to halt the rule from taking effect. Mr. Pruitt, already widely criticized for being in the pocket of big oil and gas companies during his time as Oklahoma Attorney General, said in April that he planned ... Read More

Reports Show Oil Spills From Dakota Access Pipeline

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Two separate oil spills in North Dakota released more than 100 gallons of oil from the Dakota Access Pipeline and a feeder line in March, even before the controversial pipeline was fully operating, reports show. The Associated Press reported that about 84 gallons of oil spilled from a leaky flange connecting a feeder pipe to the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 3. The spill occurred in Watford, North Dakota, contaminating snow and soil but not affecting any nearby waterways. The North Dakota Department of Health said that no people or wildlife were harmed by the spill. Two days after that ... Read More

EPA Proposes Repeal of Clean Water Rule

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), now headed by Scott Pruitt, an outspoken foe of environmentally friendly measures, signed a proposal last week to repeal a 2015 rule intended to protect the nation’s waterways. The Clean Water Rule was adopted by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers to combat the rising tide of pollution entering larger rivers and other navigable bodies of water via intermittent streams, ponds, and other waterways. The rule, which is often called the “Waters of the U.S.” or WOTUS rule, was stayed in court before it ever took effect due to legal challenges ... Read More

Watchdogs: Playa del Rey oil field poses benzene risk

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Food & Water Watch says that greed keeps Playa del Rey open. The oil field is the site of one of three gas storage facilities in Los Angeles County, California. The Santa Monica Observer reports that concerns over leakage from the storage field has been a thorn in the side of Food & Water Watch, Ballona Institute, and some of the members of the Los Angeles City Council, namely Mike Bonin of CD11 and Paul Koretz of CD5. Every one of them are calling for a shut-down for two reasons: health and safety, and lessening climate impact. Although the Playa del Rey facility is the smallest of the ... Read More

Florida Man Alleges Monsanto Roundup Caused His Cancer

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A Cape Coral, Florida, man is one of the latest cancer patients to file a lawsuit against Monsanto, alleging the agro-chemical giant’s Roundup weed killer spray caused him to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. John Vicory told South Florida’s NBC2 that he is a former employee of an Ohio public works department, a job in which he routinely sprayed Roundup for more than 30 years. Then, like many people who have been exposed to Roundup, Mr. Vicory was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that affects the immune system. He told NBC2 that he was “absolutely shocked” to learn that a product ... Read More

Feds Keep Order Barring Pipeline Construction After Ohio Spill

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Federal energy regulators refused to lift a May 10 order barring Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) from resuming construction on parts of its $4.2 billion Rover pipeline in Ohio until the company addresses recent spills that released millions of gallons of toxic drilling fluids into environmentally sensitive areas. Energy Transfer Partners, the corporation that is building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 25 to alter the order prohibiting it from performing further horizontal directional drilling in certain parts of the pipeline’s path. According to Law 360, ETP argued that the stall escalated the ... Read More

Alleged Monsanto Roundup Cancer Victim Shares Plight With CNN

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After years of spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on her coffee farm in Hawaii, Christine Sheppard developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Now, as a stage IV cancer patient, she is one of more than 800 other cancer patients who are pursuing legal action against the agrochemical giant, alleging Roundup caused their cancer. Ms. Sheppard, 67, told CNN that she learned of her cancer after her right leg “swelled up enormously.” An ultrasound found that her body was full of late-stage, large-cell cancer. She is undergoing chemotherapy, which has diminished her mobility and quality of life. Beyond her constant pain, she is experiencing “a ... Read More

Lawyers Focus On 3M After $5 Million Tennessee River Contamination Settlement

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Rural water customers in northern Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley are preparing to take on multinational manufacturer 3M in court, alleging its Decatur plant contaminated the drinking water supply with harmful chemicals. Last week, Alabama federal judge Abdul Kallon approved a $5 million settlement between Daikin America Inc. and the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority and its customers. The settlement resolves Daikin’s portion of the complaint. “We can now, on behalf of everyone harmed by these chemicals, take dead aim at the biggest corporate villain in the Tennessee Valley, 3M, and work aggressively to hold them accountable,” an attorney representing the ... Read More