Environmental

  • January 9, 2009

    Real Estate Co. Signs On To Green Goals With EPA

    In an effort to greenify some of the thousands of properties it manages around the nation, commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield Inc. has signed an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency setting a host of environmental goals, including a 30 percent reduction in energy consumption for the buildings it oversees by 2012.

  • January 8, 2009

    France Takes Steps Toward New Enviro Standards

    The French government is preparing to pass new legislation that would favor expanded public transportation systems and set up a new program to protect biodiversity as part of a sprawling initiative to reach consensus on the country's environmental policy.

  • January 8, 2009

    Democrats Schedule Vote On Public Lands Package

    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has scheduled a Sunday morning vote to proceed on a package of more than 160 public lands bills that Republicans blocked last year and that still faces fierce opposition.

  • January 8, 2009

    EPA Enlists NAS To Study Perchlorate Effects

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked the National Academy of Sciences for input on the effects of perchlorate, a toxic component in rocket fuel that has been found in high levels in U.S. drinking water.

  • January 8, 2009

    Markey To Head Key House Environmental Panel

    U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., a strong voice in Congress for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, announced Thursday that he would take over as chairman of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee responsible for drafting climate change legislation.

  • January 8, 2009

    Exxon CEO Calls For Carbon Tax, Not Cap-And-Trade

    The CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. has called for a federal tax on carbon emissions instead of a cap-and-trade system, deeming the latter too complicated and costly.

  • January 8, 2009

    CEO Of TVA Faces Senate Oversight Committee

    The Tennessee Valley Authority's CEO told a U.S. Senate committee that early environmental data after a massive spill of coal ash should reassure the public, but he met harsh criticism from Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who emphasized the spill's health hazards.

  • January 8, 2009

    Groups Cry Foul Over Syncrude Role In Duck Deaths

    With the support of several environmental groups, an Alberta man has made a bid to prosecute Syncrude Canada Ltd. for a 2008 incident that led to the death of 500 ducks on a pond used to hold the residue from extracting bitumen from western Canada's oil sands.

  • January 8, 2009

    Waste Cos. Lose Bid To Revive Due Process Case

    A federal judge has flatly denied a request from hazardous waste disposal companies Clean Venture Inc. and Cycle Chem Inc. to reverse his dismissal of a case alleging that environmental officials violated the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizures in attempting to inspect the companies' facilities.

  • January 9, 2009

    Holland & Hart Snags Natural Resources Partner

    Denver's largest law firm, Holland & Hart LLP, has hired a former assistant attorney general who has represented an energy regulator as well as utilities to work as a partner in its natural resources department.

  • January 8, 2009

    Pesticides Not Exempt From CWA Permits: 6th Circ.

    To the dismay of industry groups and regulators, a federal appeals court Tuesday ruled that pesticides are not exempt from the Clean Water Act's permitting program, vacating a 2007 federal rule that lifted long-standing permitting requirements for pesticide discharges.

  • January 8, 2009

    Water Group Sues US Over Ore. Coastal Pollution

    A nonprofit water restoration group has sued the U.S. government for harming water quality in Oregon by not withholding grant money from the state's unsuitable nonpoint-source pollution program for its coast.

  • January 8, 2009

    More Defendants Settle In MDL Over MTBE

    A few more defendants have dropped out of the multidistrict litigation involving methyl tertiary-butyl ether, choosing to settle rather than keep fighting the long-standing product liability case over the controversial gasoline additive.

  • January 8, 2009

    DOE Vet Rejoins Haynes & Boone

    Former Chief Operating Officer for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Paul Dickerson has rejoined Haynes & Boone LLP's Houston office as a partner to head up the firm's newly formed clean tech practice group.

  • January 7, 2009

    NY Approves Emissions Rules Tougher Than EPA's

    New York state has adopted clean air rules for power plants and other industrial facilities that are stricter than federal regulations, drawing criticism from the business community.

  • January 7, 2009

    Bush To Let Obama Handle New Fuel Efficiency Rule

    The Bush administration said Wednesday that it would not finalize a rule on vehicle fuel efficiency standards, instead leaving it for the incoming Obama administration to handle.

  • January 7, 2009

    Forest Needs New Grizzly Land-Use Standard: Court

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service must reconsider the standard it uses to decide whether snowmobiling and other land uses harm grizzly bears in a Montana national forest.

  • January 7, 2009

    $100M Superfund Settlement Propels NJ Cleanup

    The federal government and about 300 other parties will pay roughly $100 million as part of a settlement to ensure that cleanup efforts continue at the Combe Fill South Superfund Site Landfill in Morris County, N.J.

  • January 7, 2009

    EPA Targets Cemex In Cement-Industry CAA Probe

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accused cement giant Cemex Inc. of violating the Clean Air Act, part of the agency's nationwide probe into cement-industry breaches of the act.

  • January 8, 2009

    NMFS Fails To Protect Marine Mammals: Report

    A report by congressional investigators has taken the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service to task for doing little to prevent marine mammals from being hurt or killed by commercial fishers.