Environmental

  • April 30, 2009

    Ports' Truck Upgrades Stalled Over Labor Provisions

    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.

  • April 30, 2009

    Alcoa Loses Bid To Toss Ind. Cleanup Suit

    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.

  • April 30, 2009

    Sierra Club's Challenge To Power Line Nixed

    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.

  • April 29, 2009

    EPA Scientists, PR Clashed Over Libby Cleanup: Memo

    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.

  • April 29, 2009

    Corps Of Engineers Says It Can Gauge Mining Impacts

    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.

  • April 30, 2009

    Bill Seeks Oversight Panel For Cap-And-Trade Cash

    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.

  • April 29, 2009

    EPA Raids Ill. Village Over Tainted Water Claims

    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.

  • April 29, 2009

    US Lawyers Move To Toss Attys From Katrina Suit

    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.

  • April 29, 2009

    Vt., Environmental Group End Stormwater Runoff Feud

    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.

  • April 29, 2009

    Grace Prosecutors Incompetent, Not Malicious: Judge

    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.

  • April 28, 2009

    Shipping Cos. To Pay Extra Over Alaskan Oil Spill

    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.

  • April 28, 2009

    Insurer Tries To Renege On Port's Enviro Suit Defense

    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.

  • April 28, 2009

    EPA Seeks To Revoke NM Power Plant Permit

    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.

  • April 28, 2009

    NM Wins Round In Otero Mesa NEPA Appeal

    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.

  • April 28, 2009

    Mass. Co. Fined For Illegally Transporting Waste

    A waste management and environmental services company has agreed to pay up to $225,000 for allegedly transporting hazardous waste without the proper permits.

  • April 28, 2009

    Obama Officially Kills Bush-Era ESA Rules

    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.

  • April 28, 2009

    Mining Contamination Case Remanded To State Court

    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.

  • April 29, 2009

    NEPA Doesn't Apply To Oil, Gas Projects: Pa. Groups

    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.

  • April 27, 2009

    EPA Reconsiders 3 Bush-Era Emissions Rules

    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.

  • April 27, 2009

    Salazar To Use Courts To Nix Bush-Era Mining Rule

    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.