Environmental

  • April 3, 2008

    Lawmakers Prod EPA To Act On Greenhouse Gases

    Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete an assessment of the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on public health and to reconsider its decision blocking California from tightening pollution standards for cars and trucks.

  • April 2, 2008

    Chevron Could Face $16B Bill For Amazon Pollution

    A court-appointed expert in charge of determining whether Chevron Corp. dumped toxic waste in Ecuador has submitted a long-awaited report proposing that the oil giant fork over as much as $16.3 billion to pay for cleanup costs.

  • April 2, 2008

    House Committee Votes To Subpoena EPA Documents

    The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming voted Wednesday to subpoena the Environmental Protection Agency for all documents showing what progress the agency has made in response to the Supreme Court's landmark Massachusetts v. EPA decision.

  • April 2, 2008

    DOE's Depleted Uranium Could Be Worth Billions: GAO

    The U.S. government could generate billions of dollars from the sale of depleted uranium now in storage if it could get authorization from Congress, according to a report from the U.S. General Accounting Office.

  • April 2, 2008

    In Contentious Move, EPA Takes Over Greka Site

    Saying that Greka Oil and Gas Inc. violated directions to clean up an oil spill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken over a Greka Superfund site in central California, while the company accuses the EPA of unreasonably denying it the chance to satisfy its obligations.

  • April 1, 2008

    Md. Energy Users To Get Heads-Up On 'Green' Charges

    The Maryland legislature has voiced its support for utilities instituting energy efficiency measures, but lawmakers are still demanding that power companies inform their customers prior to charging them for the environmentally friendly steps.

  • April 1, 2008

    W.R. Grace Judge Declines To Shield Montana

    A federal bankruptcy judge has reportedly refused to let Montana off the hook from those seeking to hold the state responsible for the asbestos injuries inflicted as a result of its alleged negligence in monitoring the mining activities of W.R. Grace & Co.

  • March 28, 2008

    Environmentalists Claim Duke's N.C. Air Permit Illegal

    Opponents of Duke Energy Corp.'s $2.4 billion project to build a coal-fired power generator at its Cliffside, N.C., power complex are seeking to overturn an air quality permit that the state issued for the facility.

  • March 28, 2008

    Dow Chemical Leak Case Is Moved To Federal Court

    At the urging of Dow Chemical Co., a proposed class action by a group of Louisiana residents who claim they suffered personal injuries and property damages due to a chemical leak at one of the company's plants has been removed to federal court.

  • March 26, 2008

    Mass. Joins Opposition To Sale Of W.R. Grace Sites

    The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has joined the federal government in objecting to W.R. Grace & Co.'s plan to sell off polluted industrial sites through its Chapter 11 proceedings.

  • March 26, 2008

    Atomic Experiment Raises Safety Questions: Suit

    Worried by the possible destructive consequences of an atomic experiment, two U.S. residents have sued the U.S. Department of Energy, government physics research center Fermilab and Europe's Center for Nuclear Energy Research, among others, for not conducting an environmental analysis before building a Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

  • March 26, 2008

    Green Group Calls On SEC To Fine Chevron

    An environmental group has urged the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to sanction oil giant Chevron Corp. for allegedly misleading shareholders about a potential $10 billion damages bill it faces.

  • March 25, 2008

    EPA Serves Greka With 4th Enforcement Order

    Greka Oil and Gas Inc. has been served with its fourth U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcement order this year and faces fines of up to $32,500 per day if it does not immediately clean up a polluted California site.

  • March 25, 2008

    Group Asks Court To Reconsider Cap-And-Trade Plan

    An electricity industry group has asked a federal appellate court to reconsider its rejection of a plan to regulate mercury emissions at coal- and oil-fired power plants via a cap-and-trade system rather than a stricter provision of federal law.

  • March 24, 2008

    Kansas Governor Vetoes Plan For New Coal Plants

    Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill on Friday that would have allowed Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to construct two coal-fired power plants in the southwestern portion of the state.

  • March 24, 2008

    Feds Balk At W.R. Grace Plan To Sell Polluted Sites

    The U.S. government has objected to W.R. Grace & Co.'s plan to sell off 10 contaminated industrial properties through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, claiming that the proposed deal doesn't do enough to ensure those properties will be cleaned up.

  • March 21, 2008

    FERC Approves 1st U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Facility

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the proposed Broadwater Energy LLC liquefied natural gas facility, the first such facility in the U.S., on condition that Broadwater adopt more than 80 safety measures.

  • March 24, 2008

    BP's Russian Oil Venture Faces Environmental Probe

    In a one-two punch to BP's Russian oil venture, Moscow's environmental watchdog said Friday it would launch an investigation into the company's biggest oil field one day after Russian authorities revealed they had arrested an TNK-BP employee and his brother on charges of industrial espionage.

  • March 20, 2008

    Peruvians' Toxic Tort Is Removed To State Court

    A federal judge has agreed with a group of Peruvian children who were allegedly injured by exposure to toxins at a smelting plant in La Oroya, Peru, that their tort claims against the American companies who control the site should be removed from federal to state court.

  • March 21, 2008

    City Claims Dow, Shell Polluted Wells: Report

    Dow Chemical Co. and Shell Oil Co. have reportedly been slapped with a lawsuit by the city of Bakersfield, Calif., and the California-based company that delivers water to its residents, accusing them of knowingly polluting drinking water wells with a suspected carcinogen used in pesticides.