The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have hit a bump in the road in upgrading their transport fleets' old and polluting trucks following a federal judge's ruling on remand that certain critical labor provisions of the programs, such as the phase-out of independent drivers, illegally regulate interstate commerce.
A federal judge has denied Alcoa Inc.'s bid to halt a lawsuit seeking more than $500,000 in cleanup costs at an Indiana factory that the aluminum giant sold in 1997.
West Virginia's Supreme Court has rejected a challenge from the Sierra Club to a state regulatory agency's order giving Allegheny Energy Inc. unit Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Co. a green light to build a high voltage interstate electric transmission line.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's managers and its scientists had deep, potentially dangerous disagreements over the cleanup in asbestos-contaminated Libby, Mont., according to an internal memo released by the agency.
With the Obama administration promising tight scrutiny of West Virginia mountaintop coal removal permits but stopping short of a blanket statement opposing the practice, environmentalists reacted warily Wednesday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' claim that it now has a system to gauge the impact of such mining.
Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., has unveiled a plan for the creation of an oversight commission to keep tabs on the U.S. government's use of revenue that would be brought in through the proposed auction and sale of greenhouse gas emissions allowances.
Agents from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency looking for evidence of environmental crimes executed federal search warrants on Wednesday at government offices in the Village of Crestwood, Ill.
Government lawyers defending the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from accusations that its dredging of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet violated environmental laws and intensified Hurricane Katrina's destruction in New Orleans have sprung a midtrial motion to disqualify on plaintiffs' lawyers from the Andry Law Firm LLC.
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has decided not to appeal a state court's mandate that it notify certain polluters that they must apply for federal discharge permits, ending a nearly six-year tussle over how to tackle stormwater runoff.
The judge in a criminal case alleging W.R. Grace & Co. and its executives hid asbestos dangers has upbraided the prosecution for spotty compliance with disclosure rules and incompetence, though he stopped short of dismissing the indictment because of prosecutorial misconduct.
In the second-largest civil oil spill penalty ever recovered by the state of Alaska, the owner and operator of a freighter that spilled 350,000 gallons of oil off the state's coast in 2004 have agreed to pay the state an additional $844,000 on top of the $111 million they have already paid to settle claims related to the massive spill.
After initially agreeing to provide a defense, an insurer has sued the San Diego Unified Port District claiming it has no duty to defend or indemnify the district in connection with an underlying $12 million environmental mediation contract lawsuit.
In the tug of war over a controversial coal-fired power plant in northwest New Mexico, opponents have gained support as federal regulators seek to revoke a permit for the planned Desert Rock Energy Co. LLC facility.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has found that the Bureau of Land Management did not properly investigate the environmental impact of leasing land in New Mexico’s Otero Mesa for oil and gas development as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, partly overturning a lower court ruling.
A waste management and environmental services company has agreed to pay up to $225,000 for allegedly transporting hazardous waste without the proper permits.
Two federal departments have formally revoked last-minute rules issued by former President Bush that allowed federal agencies to avoid consulting with government scientists about projects that could affect endangered species.
A federal judge has sent a proposed class action accusing Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and others of failing to clean up lead, arsenic and cadmium contamination back to state court, finding the defendants had failed to establish a basis for federal jurisdiction.
Two Pennsylvania groups representing oil interests have argued that the U.S. Forest Service doesn't have the authority to apply the National Environmental Policy Act's review standards to private oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering three rules finalized under the Bush administration related to air emissions, including one concerning how facilities are required to keep records.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said Monday that he would use the courts to try to overturn an eleventh-hour Bush administration rule that relaxed environmental standards for mountaintop removal coal mining.