The U.S. Department of Agriculture has penned a deal with domestic dairy producers to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2020, partially through boosting manure-to-energy projects on American dairy farms.
Conservation groups and an Eskimo whaling management organization have filed lawsuits challenging the approval of a proposal submitted by a Shell Oil Co. subsidiary to conduct offshore drilling in the Beaufort Sea, contending that plan could threaten sensitive wildlife habitats.
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have urged the U.S. trade representative not to cancel trade benefits to Ecuador despite questions Chevron Corp. — involved in a multibillion-dollar environmental lawsuit with the country — has raised about compliance with a trade program.
Colorado's health and environmental agency is taking a battle with the U.S. Army over the disposal of chemical weapons being stored at a state facility to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit after a lower court ruled the weapons are not subject to state regulation.
A consortium of environmental groups is urging the federal government to end the alleged special treatment being given to the Tennessee Valley Authority and clarify the utility provider is not immune from federal prosecution for violations of federal environmental law.
Valero Energy Corp. has agreed to buy three ethanol plants in the Midwest for $272 million, the company announced Tuesday.
Khanjee Holding (U.S.) Inc. has appealed a November ruling in a case brought by the Sierra Club that dictates the company must fork over nearly $500,000 in fines and fee awards for trying to build a power plant in Illinois with an invalid environmental permit.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is planning to introduce a legislative measure that would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.
The rate of climate change in the 21st century will very likely outpace the change of the previous 10,000 years, even if more stringent emissions controls are adopted, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report forecasting the effects of climate change on U.S. ecosystems.
A federal judge has banned the testimony of two experts for a plaintiff accusing Koppers Industries Inc. and Beazer East Inc. of polluting Grenada, Miss., with a wood treatment facility, awarding the defendants summary judgment on a slew of claims including gross negligence and conspiracy.
Former Austin-based Winstead PC attorney Gary D. Compton has joined Jackson Walker LLP as a partner in the firm’s environmental and legislative group, bringing with him a roster of clients who are front-runners in alternative and renewable energy development.
Speaking at the Copenhagen climate conference on Monday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced a series of new programs, backed by $350 million in international funding, that are designed to boost renewable energy and efficiency technologies in developing nations.
A California judge has tentatively ruled to invalidate a dozen contracts that make up a landmark 2003 pact to reduce the state's reliance on the Colorado River, citing funding the state pledged to provide to address environmental concerns for the Salton Sea.
GPU Inc. will have to chip in for the cleanup of two polluted gas manufacturing plants operated by a former subsidiary of Associated Gas and Electric Co., after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a lower court determination that the utility provider should share liability for the environmental contamination.
A federal appeals court has nixed a construction industry trade group’s attempt to revise emissions regulations under the Clean Air Act, ruling that the challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rulemaking is time-barred.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed two final rules regulating chemicals in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases and cut ozone-depleting pollutants.
With the scope of worldwide carbon markets set to increase — particularly if the U.S. Congress passes a cap-and-trade bill and the international community hammers out a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol — critics fear the financial services industry will exploit the system for monetary gain and compromise its environmental integrity.
A new limited study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows that recycled tire materials used in playgrounds and artificial turf appear to pose a low risk of leaching lead and zinc into the air, but the regulator warned that it needed more data before reaching a final conclusion.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of South Dakota have asked CEGA Services Inc. and Commonwealth Mining Co. to chip in more than $87 million in cleanup costs for a South Dakota gold mining site contaminated with more than a century’s worth of hazardous substances.
More than four years after filing the largest environmental bankruptcy in U.S. history, facing down tens of thousands of asbestos claims and coughing up $1.79 billion for cleanup and restoration, copper miner Asarco LLC has exited Chapter 11 protection, wrapping up bankruptcy proceedings a federal judge said ranked among the most successful in recent history.