The U.S. government plans to bring more criminal enforcement actions in environmental cases involving Clean Water Act violations, environmental crimes that endanger workers, and cases involving illegally harvested timber and pollution from ships, according to federal officials.
At least two wrongful death lawsuits have already been filed following an oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that left 11 workers missing, and experts anticipate that more wrongful death, personal injury, limitation of liability, environmental, insurance and property damage actions are on the way.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday that it would exclude watersheds relied on by New York City and Syracuse, N.Y., for drinking water from pending generic environmental reviews, forcing natural gas companies seeking to drill in those areas to navigate a case-by-case mitigation process.
Two top Republican legislators have asked nine major carmakers, including General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, what role the auto industry bailout may have played in the companies allegedly agreeing to secret negotiations with the White House to set greenhouse gas emission standards.
The federal judge overseeing Hinds Investments LP's suit seeking to recover costs from several defendants to remediate chemical contamination at one of its properties has tossed claims that Hoyt Corp. knowingly designed dry-cleaning equipment that generated the hazardous waste.
A federal judge has chipped away at the city of Fresno, Calif.'s lawsuit accusing The Boeing Co. and the federal government of failing to shell out adequate funds to remediate contamination at the city's airport, throwing out two environmental claims seeking to force the defendants to shoulder more responsibility for the cleanup.
The U.S. government has urged a federal court not to let bankrupt Chemtura Corp. off the hook for millions of dollars' worth of environmental liabilities stemming from seven Superfund sites.
A federal appeals court has overturned a successful challenge to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's procedures for allocating Rio Grande River water, a blow to environmental groups in a dispute over allowable use of water from the river and the protection of endangered species within.
Certain states like New Jersey that lack the resources to properly supervise thousands of industrial waste site cleanups have begun turning a large portion of the oversight process to private contractors, sparking concern that the quality of remediations will suffer.
A new report from Democrats on the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee cautions that a recent upswing in oil prices may put an unwelcome crunch on consumers and derail the nascent economic recovery under way in the U.S., possibly leading lawmakers to abandon clean-energy policy goals.
Monsanto Co. and its seed partner Forage Genetics International LLC have filed their final reply brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in preparation for oral arguments on April 27 over a lower court's halting the planting of a crop of genetically modified alfalfa.
Environmental authorities have moved to further restore the reputation of maligned artificial sweeter saccharin by proposing to remove it from the agency’s hazardous substances lists, asserting that long-held concerns about cancer risk associated with the sweetener no longer apply.
Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday that would reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions that limited the scope of the Clean Water Act.
A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers is lashing out at a proposed settlement between Lyondell Chemical Co. and the U.S. Department of Justice, saying the $162 million deal to fund cleanup operations at the Kalamazoo River Superfund site falls short.
Homebuilder Hovanian Enterprises Inc. has said it will pay a $1 million civil penalty to resolve allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act at construction sites across the country.
Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Kent Conrad, D-N.D., are pushing to extend several tax credits and a tariff designed to support domestic ethanol and biodiesel producers, in hopes of bolstering the domestic alternative fuel industry while jump-starting job creation.
Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla.; John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; and David Vitter, R-La., have introduced a bill that would prevent National Environmental Policy Act reviews from considering a project's impact on global warming, arguing that such assessments encourage litigation and bureaucratic delays.
The International Court of Justice at The Hague has foiled Argentina's efforts to close a pulp mill on a river on its border with Uruguay, ruling that Argentina has not shown the plant to be environmentally destructive to the shared water resource.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has introduced a bill to fund research on potential offshore wind energy projects and provide additional renewable energy tax credits to expand incentives for offshore wind development.
Amid ongoing efforts to strengthen foreign trade relations, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has directed the International Trade Commission to study the economic impact of removing tariffs on environmental goods.