Environmental

  • October 12, 2009

    Corps Of Engineers Appeals Hold On Dock Permit

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has appealed a federal court ruling that put a hold on a permit issued by the Corps to build a barge loading dock on a protected section of Puget Sound.

  • October 9, 2009

    Exxon Appeals $150M Gas Leak Judgment

    Exxon Mobil Corp. said Friday it had appealed a $150 million judgment awarded to residents of Jacksonville, Md., after a jury found in March that the company was liable for an undetected gas leak at a service station that contaminated surrounding groundwater.

  • October 9, 2009

    Sen. Backs Tariff For Emission-Heavy Imports In Bill

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has urged fellow lawmakers to include policies to boost the U.S. economy and job market in clean energy legislation, including measures to prevent domestic manufacturers from suffering because of cheaper imports from countries that have not moved to deal with climate change.

  • October 9, 2009

    States Seek To Defend Calif.'s Motor Vehicle Waiver

    An 18-state coalition has moved to intervene in a lawsuit and defend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to let California set its own limits on greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.

  • October 9, 2009

    FERC Appeals Environmental Groups FOIA Win

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has filed an appeal to overturn an order for it to comply with two environmental groups' Freedom of Information Act requests in a battle over approval of a natural gas pipeline.

  • October 9, 2009

    Toss Claim In Maine Superfund Suit: Magistrate

    A magistrate judge has recommended the dismissal of a counterclaim by Pan Am Railways Inc. against telecom firm Frontier Communications Co. seeking contribution from Frontier in a long-running dispute over a Superfund site in Maine.

  • October 9, 2009

    Insurer Says Lubrizol Breached Superfund Settlement

    Security Insurance Co. of Hartford has asked the judge overseeing its case against Lubrizol Corp. over pollution at a Texas Superfund site for a continuance to file a motion to enforce a settlement agreement with Lubrizol, but Lubrizol said Friday there was no settlement deal and asked the court to schedule a trial.

  • October 8, 2009

    High Court Hears From Critics Of Mountaintop Mining

    Nonprofit conservation group Trout Unlimited is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case in which the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition claims the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers abused its discretion when it issued four permits allowing mountaintop mining outfits to fill headwater streams.

  • October 8, 2009

    US Chamber Fires Back At Climate Change Defectors

    The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Thursday that Apple Inc. — the latest company to quit the business association over its stance on climate change legislation — “flatly misstates the Chamber’s position” on the issue, blaming the recent resignations on an environmentalist campaign.

  • October 8, 2009

    Calif. Court Upholds Indirect Source Pollution Rules

    A California appeals court has upheld indirect source review rules that force developers to either cut emissions stemming from their construction or to pay a fee for emissions-cutting projects elsewhere, rejecting a challenge from a coalition of interest groups to the air pollution regulations for the San Joaquin Valley.

  • October 8, 2009

    EPA, Texas Enviro Leaders Hash Out Clean Air Program

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency met in Austin Thursday with Texas environmental officials to discuss long-standing disagreements over the state's proposed clean-air permitting program.

  • October 7, 2009

    EPA Regulation Requires Airlines To Monitor Water

    After five years of work, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a new rule requiring airlines to monitor and disinfect onboard drinking water.

  • October 7, 2009

    EPA To Eye Effect Of Pesticide Atrazine On Humans

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will undertake a yearlong process to evaluate the pesticide atrazine in hopes of reaching more concrete conclusions about its effects on humans.

  • October 7, 2009

    Esso Faces New Suit Over Gas Leaks In Puerto Rico

    Another property owner in Puerto Rico has sued Esso Standard Oil Co., now owned by ExxonMobil Corp., for allegedly allowing gasoline to leak from underground storage tanks at a service station and contaminate soil and groundwater.

  • October 6, 2009

    Iqbal Ruling Impact Starting To Be Felt

    While the case ostensibly only concerned a Pakistani Muslim who alleged he was abused in custody, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal has received enormous attention — and become a source of ire for some — because it ushered in a heightened pleading standard for all civil lawsuits.

  • October 6, 2009

    $7.8M Settlement Over NC Chemical Fire Approved

    Residents of Apex, N.C., who were forced to evacuate their homes due to a 2006 fire at a chemical plant owned by EQ Industrial Services Inc. that blanketed the town in a layer of chlorine gas have won final approval of a nearly $7.8 million settlement.

  • October 6, 2009

    Suit Seeks to Force Texas Agency To Regulate GHG

    Consumer interest group Public Citizen on Tuesday slapped Texas' environmental agency with a lawsuit seeking to force the regulation of greenhouse gases and asking the court to declare that power plants cannot be issued construction permits without an examination of carbon dioxide emissions.

  • October 6, 2009

    Oil Lobbyists Can't Intervene In Ocean CO2 Suit: Court

    The American Petroleum Institute has lost a bid to intervene in a suit that aims to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider ocean acidification, a byproduct of greenhouse gas emissions, when it assesses water pollution.

  • October 6, 2009

    Judge Says Ga. Cannot Appeal Water Judgment

    A federal judge overseeing litigation in a long-running water battle between three states and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied the state of Georgia's bid for a final judgment on a July decision that determined the Army Corps had illegally tapped Georgia's Lake Lanier to supply Atlanta residents with drinking water, saying the state cannot appeal the decision.

  • October 6, 2009

    Fertilizer Maker Reaches $32M Deal Over Emissions

    A Mosaic Co. unit has agreed to spend about $30 million on air pollution controls and pay a $2.4 million fine to settle allegations that it unlawfully increased emissions of sulfur dioxide at a facility in Uncle Sam, La.