Tribe, Sierra Club sue NV Energy to force cleanup around Reid Gardner plant.
Sierra Club and Moapa Band of Paiutes, with Law Offices of Charles M. Tebbutt as lead counsel,
filed suit in federal court to require NV Energy to clean up contaminated lands and waters surrounding the Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant. Tribe members have long had concerns about air pollution and coal ash dust contamination from the plant. Coal ash contains high levels of toxins including mercury, arsenic, chromium, lead, and many others. The tribe and Sierra Club contend oil and groundwater contamination at the site exceeds federal standards for toxic pollutants including arsenic, selenium, and manganese. Read the Complaint (2.8MB) . . .
Read the Las Vegas Sun article, 8/8/13 . . . Read the Climate Progress article, 8/23/13 . . .
Dairy Contamination Cases to Proceed to Trial.
June 21, 2013. Federal District Court Judge Thomas Rice ruled today that CARE's and Center for Food Safety's cases against industrial dairies alleging that manure waste has caused an imminent and substantial endangerment to human health and the environment may proceed to trial. In denying the dairies' motion to dismiss, the Court found that CARE's allegations, if proven, would violate the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Read the opinion . . .
Environmental Groups Sue Railway And Coal Companies For Clean Water Act Violations.
Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court against BNSF Railway and several coal companies. The groups say that the rail and coal companies are violating the Clean Water Act by allowing coal to escape from trains that travel through the region. Charles Tebbutt is the lawyer representing the groups. "The main issue here is that every train that goes through today, yesterday, tomorrow, has discharged and will continue to discharge coal and each and every discharge is illegal," Tebbutt says. Read the full story, Northwest Public Radio, June 5, 2013 . . .
Read the Oregonian article, April 2, 2013 . . .
Welcome to the Law Offices of Charlie Tebbutt.
Charlie and the office team are primarily environmental lawyers who assist communities, organizations, tribes, unions and individuals across the United States in protecting themselves and their members from industrial pollution and chemical injury. Through litigation, negotiation, and grassroots campaign building, the team helps clients enforce our nation’s environmental laws and hold polluters and regulatory agencies accountable.
During his career at the Western Environmental Law Center, the Atlantic States Legal Foundation, and in private practice, Charlie has brought citizen suit and toxic tort cases concerning pollution and chemical exposure against dozens of Fortune 500 companies in more than 20 states enforcing a broad spectrum of environmental laws. The firm has experience with many environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA), and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
|Recent cases include actions against the coal industry, BP and Transocean for the Gulf disaster, large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and improper EPA actions. Charlie also represents victims of toxic chemical exposure seeking compensation for and relief from their injuries.
Charlie with John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry on
This Moment on Earth booktour.
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