Environmental

  • July 1, 2010

    Bills Seek Barrier For Asian Carp From Great Lakes

    Federal lawmakers from Midwestern states are trying to push through legislation to swiftly establish a permanent barrier between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basin to control the invasive migration of Asian carp, following the discovery of one within striking distance of Lake Michigan.

  • July 1, 2010

    Sewage Plant Targeted In NYC Nuisance Suit Closes

    A Synagro Technologies Inc. subsidiary has halted operations of its sludge processing plant in the South Bronx, N.Y., following a settlement New York City reached with citizens and environmental groups who say the foul-smelling facility has plagued their quality of life for years.

  • July 1, 2010

    Ky. Coal Plant, Insurer End Dispute Over Coal Dust

    A Kentucky coal plant operator and its insurance company have settled a dispute regarding coverage for coal dust pollution, several months after a federal judge threw out part of the operator's case.

  • July 1, 2010

    MMS Overhaul Bill Glides Through Energy Committee

    A bill to reform offshore drilling regulation and split the Minerals Management Service into at least two bureaus sailed through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in a unanimous vote Wednesday and is now ready for consideration by the full Senate.

  • July 1, 2010

    DOI Postpones Hearings On Outer Shelf Drilling

    The BP PLC oil spill has put U.S. Department of the Interior plans to review the environmental impact of future drilling operations on the Outer Continental Shelf on hold.

  • June 30, 2010

    EPA Pulls Clean Air Certificates For Chinese ATVs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn its approval of the import and sale of 200,000 Chinese gas-powered off-road motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, saying it suspects the tailpipe emissions information provided to the agency was either incomplete or falsified.

  • June 30, 2010

    Sens. Push For Fix Of Maritime Liability Laws

    Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee chairman Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and others railed against current maritime laws that could limit the legal liability rig owner Transocean Ltd. and others could face for the April 20 Deepwater Horizon blast.

  • June 30, 2010

    Boeing Airport Cleanup Suit Mostly Survives

    A federal judge has kept intact the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act claim at the heart of Fresno, Calif.'s four-year lawsuit accusing The Boeing Co. and the U.S. government of failing to pony up adequate funds to remediate contamination at the city's airport.

  • June 30, 2010

    Senate Panel Votes To Get Rid Of Spill Liability Cap

    A U.S. Senate committee has voted to remove the limit on economic damages that BP PLC and other companies would be required to pay for disasters like the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • June 30, 2010

    BP Spill Claims Processing Prompts Collusion Suit

    An Alabama whistleblower has filed suit against BP PLC, Worley Catastrophe Services LLC, Brett Robinson Gulf Corp. and ESIS Inc., accusing them of colluding to underpay property owners through the process for meting out damage claims from the Gulf oil spill.

  • June 30, 2010

    Group Accuses EPA Of Putting Off Factory Farm Rule

    California nonprofit organization Comite Civico Del Valle Inc. has accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of dragging its feet on issuing a final decision on a rule that would restrict emissions from factory farms in the Imperial Valley area.

  • June 30, 2010

    Ranchers Settle Case Over Oil Co.'s Saltwater Spills

    Two North Dakota ranchers have agreed to settle a lawsuit seeking to hold oil producer Zenergy Inc. accountable for ruptured saltwater pipelines that spilled about a million gallons of brine and oil contaminants.

  • June 30, 2010

    US Inks $2M Landfill Cleanup Deal With Calif. County

    El Dorado County, Calif., has agreed to pay $1.65 million and perform remedial work to help clean up a former local landfill on U.S. Forest Service lands, marking the final settlement in the government's nearly decade-long suit over environmental violations at the site.

  • June 30, 2010

    NRC Rules Against US Bid To Drop Yucca Project

    A three-judge panel of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has denied a request by the U.S. Department of Energy to withdraw its application to build the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada.

  • June 30, 2010

    FDA Sued For Lack Of Response To BPA-Ban Petition

    The Natural Resources Defense Council is suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its alleged failure to respond to a petition from the environmental action group seeking a ban on the use of bisphenol A in food packaging.

  • June 30, 2010

    Honolulu Settlement Overhauls Ailing Sewer System

    The city of Honolulu has agreed to overhaul its aging sewer system and safeguard against future spills, likely ending years of litigation with environmentalists and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • June 29, 2010

    Ameren Sues Insurer For $30M Over Taum Sauk Breach

    A unit of energy company Ameren Corp. has sued its excess liability insurer, Energy Insurance Mutual Ltd., for allegedly holding back more than $30 million of payouts owed in connection with the Taum Sauk reservoir breach.

  • June 29, 2010

    DC Circ. Nixes GE Challenge To EPA Cleanup Authority

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's rejection of General Electric Co.'s due process challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority to unilaterally order potentially responsible parties to clean up hazardous waste sites.

  • June 29, 2010

    Mont. Tries To Kill Flying J Enviro Liability Releases

    Flying J Inc.’s Chapter 11 reorganization plan is facing criticism from Montana's environmental regulator, which claims the plan whitewashes the oil company’s environmental liabilities to the state.

  • June 29, 2010

    Green Groups Lose Challenge To Katrina Landfill Permit

    A Louisiana appeals court has upheld the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s determination that an emergency landfill for debris from Hurricane Katrina would not violate water standards, handing environmental groups their second loss in a fight over permitting for a site they say leaches harmful chemicals.