Environmental

  • April 24, 2009

    Enviro Group Sues EPA To Get Libby Cleanup Report

    An environmental nonprofit has launched a suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to compel the agency to release a report on the cleanup of the site of a massive asbestos contamination that killed 200 people.

  • April 24, 2009

    US Says Citgo Obviously Liable In La. Oil Spill

    Attorneys for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have asked for partial summary judgment in a suit against Citgo Petroleum Corp., saying the facts are clear in the company's 2.2 million gallon oil spill into Louisiana waterways.

  • April 24, 2009

    Sidley Austin Snags Ex-DOE General Counsel

    Sidley Austin LLP has snatched up former general counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy David R. Hill, who will join the firm Monday as a partner and co-head of its global energy practice, and will take on a leadership role in the firm's environmental and climate change practices.

  • April 23, 2009

    Arnold & Porter Joins Climate Consulting Consortium

    With many corporations facing hefty environmental regulations in coming years, Arnold & Porter LLP and five other companies have formed a new consortium to help clients mitigate the business risks of climate change.

  • April 23, 2009

    FEMA Asks Court To Toss Suit Over River Levee

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked a federal court to dismiss an environmental group's suit accusing the agency of relaxing its insurance-related design regulations for an urban levee project, arguing the complaint lacks subject matter jurisdiction.

  • April 23, 2009

    Sierra Club Sues Power Co-Op Over Air Pollution

    The Sierra Club has sued East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc., alleging the utility constructed a new boiler unit that illegally emits hazardous air pollutants.

  • April 23, 2009

    Shell Settles Sierra Club Emissions Suit For $5.8M

    Shell Oil Co. has reached an agreement with the Sierra Club and a Texas environmental group over excess emissions at a refinery, in a deal that requires the company to pay $5.8 million and make extensive repairs to the facility over the next several years.

  • April 23, 2009

    Tweak Climate Bill Or Endanger Economy: Experts

    Energy prices will go up and American industrial competitiveness will decline if a proposed global warming bill is not tweaked, representatives for electricity providers, unions, nonprofit organizations and academia warned members of Congress on Thursday.

  • April 24, 2009

    2nd Circ. Gives DOE Go-Ahead To Tighten Boiler Rule

    A federal appeals court has granted a request by the U.S. Department of Energy to allow the agency to reconsider a rule requiring residential home furnaces and boilers to meet an 80 percent efficiency standard, which the regulation's opponents argue isn't strict enough.

  • April 23, 2009

    EPA, Friction Holdings Settle Pollution Charges

    Auto parts maker Friction Holdings LLC has agreed to pay $337,500 to settle multiple pollution charges by federal regulators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

  • April 23, 2009

    Arco To Pay $10.2M For Superfund Mine Cleanup

    BP PLC subsidiary Atlantic Richfield Co. has agreed to pay $10.2 million dollars to partially clean up a Superfund site at a disused copper mine in Nevada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

  • April 22, 2009

    DOI Finalizes Rule For Offshore Energy Projects

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has finalized a program aimed at boosting renewable energy production in the Outer Continental Shelf, including long-awaited rules for the development of offshore wind farms, President Obama announced Wednesday.

  • April 22, 2009

    Obama Officials Push For GHG Caps, Cleantech

    Leading officials from the Obama administration on Wednesday exhorted members of Congress to forge transformative energy legislation that weds environmental and economic policies by capping greenhouse gas emissions and embracing cleantech as a viable U.S. industry.

  • April 22, 2009

    EPA To Curb Cement Plants' Mercury Emissions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules that would drastically curb mercury emissions from cement kilns, the fourth-largest source of mercury air emissions in the U.S.

  • April 22, 2009

    $5M Reef Repair Deal Voided By Hurricanes: 11th Circ.

    A $5.2 million contract that a marine environmental services company entered into to repair reef damage near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., became void after hurricanes passed over the area, a federal appeals court has ruled.

  • April 22, 2009

    Exelon To Use Stimulus Funds For Solar Power Plant

    Electric utility Exelon Corp. and solar power system developer SunPower Corp. expect to develop the nation's largest urban solar-power plant in Chicago using funds from the federal stimulus package, the companies said Wednesday.

  • April 22, 2009

    3 Pesticides Harm Salmon: NMFS Opinion

    The National Marine Fisheries Service has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to restrict the use of three agricultural pesticides that threaten the survival of more than a dozen threatened or endangered species of Pacific salmon and steelhead on the West Coast.

  • April 22, 2009

    Crane Preservation Bill Flies Through House

    By a wide margin, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill establishing a grant program dedicated to conserving cranes, demonstrating to supporters that there may be sufficient momentum behind the proposal to pass the legislature.

  • April 22, 2009

    Green Bill Will Drive Economic Transformation: EPA

    As hearings continue on Capitol Hill over proposed green legislation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is promoting the bill as a critical tool in America's path toward economic recovery and job growth.

  • April 22, 2009

    Texas Senate Adopts Solar Energy Incentive Bill

    The Senate of Texas has adopted a bill that would encourage state residents and businesses to use solar energy by providing new incentives and raising $500 million to subsidize solar energy over the next five years.