Environmental

  • January 22, 2010

    Congress, White House Address Asian Carp Threat

    Days after the U.S. Supreme Court denied emergency measures to slow the spread of invasive Asian carp through the Great Lakes system, federal lawmakers from Michigan and the White House's top environmental adviser are calling for swift action to address the threat.

  • January 22, 2010

    Navy Launches Broad Energy Efficiency Initiative

    The U.S. Navy has partnered with the Department of Agriculture on an initiative to increase the Navy's use of biofuels and other renewable energy.

  • January 21, 2010

    Senators Spar Over Energy Research Funding

    At a committee hearing Thursday, senators wrangled over how research and development funds for new energy technologies should best be spent, with some Republicans claiming the Obama administration is throwing up roadblocks to research and development of nuclear power and other established energy sources.

  • January 21, 2010

    EPA Limits Confidentiality In Toxic Chemical Reports

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new policy Thursday that the agency says will increase the public's access to information on potentially toxic chemicals.

  • January 21, 2010

    Sens. Pitch Resolution To Block EPA Carbon Rule

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has introduced a disapproval resolution, co-sponsored by 35 Republicans and three Democrats, aimed at stopping the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.

  • January 21, 2010

    Lafarge, Saint-Gobain To Pay $7.25M For Emissions

    Lafarge North America Inc. and Saint-Gobain Containers Inc. are set to fork over $5 million and $2.25 million, respectively, in civil penalties for alleged air emissions violations under the Clean Air Act.

  • January 21, 2010

    NJ Solar Bill Opens Markets, Adds Jobs: Advocates

    New Jersey will remain a national leader in solar energy, thanks to a new law applauded by solar advocates for institutionalizing and updating renewable energy goals outlined in the state's Energy Master Plan and forcing utilities to grow the share of solar in their distribution portfolios over time.

  • January 21, 2010

    Pacific Pipeline To Pay $1.3M Over Calif. Oil Spill

    Pacific Pipeline Systems LLC will pay a $1.3 million penalty to settle a U.S. government lawsuit accusing the company of spilling more than 3,300 barrels of crude oil into California's Pyramid Lake and other waters near Los Angeles after a March 2005 landslide caused a rupture.

  • January 21, 2010

    Khanjee Wins Stay Of Enviro Fines Over Power Plant

    A judge has partially granted Khanjee Holding (U.S.) Inc.’s request to stay roughly $500,000 in fines and fee awards the company was assessed in November for trying to build a power plant in Illinois without a proper environmental permit.

  • January 21, 2010

    Allegheny Drilling Decision Appealed To 3rd Circ.

    Several environmental groups headlined by the Sierra Club have appealed a district court decision voiding a settlement they reached with the U.S. Forest Service that requires oil and gas companies to submit to an environmental impact analysis before drilling in the Allegheny National Forest.

  • January 20, 2010

    Magellan Resolves CWA Suit Over Okla. Gas Spill

    Magellan Pipeline Co. LP has agreed to pay a $418,000 civil penalty to resolve the U.S. government's allegations that the pipeline operator violated the Clean Water Act in connection with a 2008 gasoline spill in Oologah, Okla.

  • January 20, 2010

    Governors Urge Federal Action On Asian Carp Threat

    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to take emergency action to restrict the migration of Asian carp into the Great Lakes, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle are asking the White House to intervene and help stop the spread of the invasive fish species.

  • January 20, 2010

    LG Must Remove Fridges' Energy Star Labels: Judge

    LG Electronics USA Inc. will temporarily remove the Energy Star label from 40,000 of its French door refrigerators, after a federal judge denied the company's request for an injunction that would have allowed it to retain the designation.

  • January 20, 2010

    Agencies Hit With NEPA Suit Over Minn. Rail Project

    A group of community organizations and individuals — including a Minnesota branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People — has sued three government agencies over their decision to construct a light rail system through a historically black community, saying the plan violates the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • January 20, 2010

    Enviro Groups Fight Jordan Cove LNG Project In Ore.

    A coalition of environmentalists and landowners led by the Western Environmental Law Center has filed a challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas terminal project in Oregon, saying that the project's negatives far outweigh its benefits.

  • January 20, 2010

    Court Clears Way For White Energy Ch. 11 Plan

    A bankruptcy court has approved the disclosure statement for White Energy Inc.’s reorganization plan, moving the ethanol producer a step closer to realizing a $150 million debt restructuring that leaves new equity in lenders’ hands.

  • January 20, 2010

    Chevron Disputes Ecuador's Bid To Stay Arbitration

    Chevron Corp. has moved to dismiss the Republic of Ecuador's petition to stay an international arbitration proceeding that would allow Chevron to short-circuit $27 billion in claims related to alleged environmental damages in the Amazon, saying the arbitration must proceed under a bilateral investment treaty between the U.S. and Ecuador.

  • January 19, 2010

    New DOJ Position To Oversee Discovery Initiatives

    The U.S. Department of Justice has appointed a new national coordinator for its criminal discovery initiatives, a move that comes in the wake of some well-publicized discovery missteps, most notably during the prosecution of former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.

  • January 19, 2010

    Union Pacific Sues San Jose Over Hazardous Waste

    Union Pacific Railroad Co. has accused the city of San Jose, Calif., of violating state and federal environmental laws by allowing hazardous substances from an adjacent landfill to encroach on the railroad operator’s property.

  • January 19, 2010

    EPA Proposes Stricter Nutrient Limits On Fla. Water

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed numeric limits on nutrient pollution in Florida waterways, the first such rule for any state.