Environmental

  • November 19, 2009

    Ghana Vows To Cut Illegal Timber Exports To EU

    Ghana has reached an agreement with the European Union to make sure that the West African nation exports only legally harvested timber to Europe, as the EU continues to mull legislation aimed at cutting down on illegal timber imports.

  • November 19, 2009

    Couple Sues TVA For $30M Over Toxic 'Tidal Wave'

    A couple from Petros, Tenn., has filed a $30 million lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority in connection with a “tidal wave of sludge” triggered when a retaining wall at a coal-waste containment pond broke last year, discharging the pond's contents into Roane County and its waterways and onto the couple's property.

  • November 18, 2009

    Dems Urge Obama To Abandon Doha Talks

    Four Democrats in Congress gathered Wednesday to urge the Obama administration to abandon the Doha Development Round of trade negotiations and instead put more emphasis on environmental protections and labor rights.

  • November 18, 2009

    Water District Fights Toss Of MTBE Groundwater Claims

    California's Orange County Water District has asked a federal judge to reconsider her ruling that put an end to 45 of 60 claims against several oil companies of contaminating groundwater with the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether.

  • November 18, 2009

    Calif. Agency OKs Energy Efficiency Rules For TVs

    The California Energy Commission said Wednesday that it had approved new regulations to implement the nation's first energy efficiency standards for televisions.

  • November 18, 2009

    EPA Proposes Tougher SO2 Air Quality Standards

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new, stricter air quality standard for sulfur dioxide, marking the first time in almost four decades the regulator has sought to tighten standards on emissions of the pollutant.

  • November 18, 2009

    Climate Change Integral To Forestry Policy, Feds Say

    Proper management of federal forests can help with carbon sequestration and fight global warming, but climate change could also have a significant impact on federal lands, according to government officials testifying before the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

  • November 18, 2009

    EPA, 75 Parties Reach Deal Over Calif. Superfund Site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with dozens of potentially responsible parties to address indoor air contamination at commercial buildings near the Omega Chemical Corp. Superfund site in Whittier, Calif.

  • November 18, 2009

    US Seeks OK For $6M Ill. Contamination Settlement

    The federal government has asked a judge to approve a nearly $6 million settlement between it and several defendants, including Exxon Mobil Corp., in a long-running dispute over contamination from a former Monsanto Co. plant in southern Illinois.

  • November 18, 2009

    Bayer Seeks To Join Suit Over EPA Pesticide Approval

    Bayer CropScience AG has asked for permission to join the Natural Resources Defense Council's suit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of spirotetramat, a new Bayer pesticide that allegedly harms the nation's dwindling honeybee population.

  • November 17, 2009

    US, China 'Disappoint The World' On Emissions: EU

    The leader of the European Parliament's delegation to the Copenhagen climate conference has accused the United States and China of disappointing the world by so far refusing to commit to concrete reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

  • November 17, 2009

    Most Orange County MTBE Claims Time-Barred: Judge

    A federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation on water contamination caused by methyl tertiary-butyl ether has tossed as time-barred 45 of the Orange County Water District's 60 claims accusing several oil companies of causing contamination by mishandling the gasoline additive.

  • November 17, 2009

    Failure To Lead On Carbon Cuts May Cost US: Experts

    If the United States does not take the lead in developing an international scheme for reducing carbon emissions, it could have an adverse impact on the country's prestige and economy, according to a panel of experts testifying Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

  • November 17, 2009

    Exxon $17.5M MTBE Settlement Wins Court Approval

    A judge has signed off on the $17.5 million settlement proposed by Exxon Mobil Corp. to resolve 50 cases consolidated in the ongoing multidistrict litigation concerning the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether.

  • November 16, 2009

    Enviro Groups Sue To Stop Large Calif. Development

    The Center for Biological Diversity and three other groups have filed a suit seeking to block a 3,500-home development in the mountains outside Bakersfield, Calif., which environmental advocates claim will threaten the area's air and water, as well as the endangered California condor.

  • November 16, 2009

    Fla. Green Groups Close In On Water Nutrient Limits

    A federal judge on Monday signaled his intent to approve an agreement between environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would require the government to set more precise limits for waste pollution that observers say causes harmful algae blooms in Florida's waters.

  • November 16, 2009

    Senators Unveil Plan To Double Nuclear Energy Output

    Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and James Webb, D-Va., on Monday proposed legislation that would deploy $100 billion in loan guarantees to double U.S. nuclear power production within 20 years and fund five “mini-Manhattan Projects” for alternative fuel research and development.

  • November 16, 2009

    DOJ Strikes Deal With 6 Over NJ Superfund Site

    Six defendants including Cabot Corp. and DuPont Co. have agreed to pay the U.S. government $750,000 to help clean up a New Jersey Superfund site.

  • November 16, 2009

    TIG Seeks Info In Reinsurance Spat With Travelers

    TIG Insurance Co. has asked a federal judge to force Travelers Indemnity Co. to produce documents and other information it has kept from discovery in its breach of contract suit over TIG's refusal to reimburse a portion of an environmental liability settlement between the plaintiff and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

  • November 16, 2009

    EPA To Rule Quickly On Ky. Power Plant Challenge

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to immediately rule on the Sierra Club's challenge to an operating permit for a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, resolving a lawsuit brought by the environmental group.