Environmental

  • January 5, 2009

    Report Faults EPA's Review Of Perchlorate Risks

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s deputy inspector general has criticized the agency for improperly reviewing whether perchlorate, a toxic component in rocket fuel that has been found in high levels in U.S. drinking water, poses risks to human health.

  • January 5, 2009

    Duke Lawyers Called On Carpet Over Paid Witness

    A federal judge has ordered attorneys representing Duke Energy Corp. to explain why they did not disclose a $200 per hour pay agreement with a defense witness during trial in a Clean Air Act case brought by the government.

  • January 5, 2009

    Enbridge To Pay Wis. $1M Over Pipeline Project

    Enbridge Energy LP has agreed to pay the state of Wisconsin $1.1 million to settle claims that the company violated state laws governing waterway and wetlands protection during its construction of two 321-mile-long oil pipelines across the state in 2007 and 2008.

  • December 31, 2008

    2nd Circ. Refuses To Review EPA Actions On NY Water

    A federal appeals court has denied a request from several towns that provide New York City's drinking water to review two enforcement actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the towns' compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

  • December 31, 2008

    DOI OKs New Plan For Gas Drilling In Montana

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has signed off on a plan that paves the way for natural gas drilling in southeastern Montana after a federal court forced the agency to re-evaluate the project's environmental impact.

  • December 31, 2008

    $165M Suit Filed Over Tenn. Coal Ash Spill

    The owners of a housing development in Tennessee have reportedly filed the first of what is likely to be many lawsuits over the recent spill of more than a billion gallons of coal ash sludge.

  • December 31, 2008

    GM, Ford, Goodrich Settle Superfund Suit For $3.4M

    A group of defendants that includes General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Goodrich Corp. has agreed to pay $3.4 million to a settle a suit the U.S. government launched over the cleanup of a Superfund site in northern Ohio.

  • December 31, 2008

    Defense Cos.' $4.6M Cleanup Settlement Approved

    A federal court has approved a $4.6 million agreement between the U.S. government and FMC Corp. and BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP over cleanup costs at a Minnesota Superfund site that has long been home to a manufacturing facility for naval weapons equipment.

  • December 31, 2008

    Constellation, Residents Settle For $54M Over Fly Ash

    A Baltimore City judge on Tuesday approved a $54 million settlement after homeowners in a nearby Maryland county accused Constellation Energy Inc. of contaminating their wells by dumping tons of toxic coal ash into a quarry near their homes.

  • December 30, 2008

    USDA Creates New Environment-Focused Agencies

    Establishing what some observers call a “framework” for future conservation planning by agricultural landowners, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced plans to create a federal Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets and a Conservation and Land Management Environmental Services Board.

  • December 30, 2008

    New Rule Threatens Endangered Species Act: Calif.

    The state of California has filed a lawsuit challenging a final rule adopted by the federal government that critics say undermines the Endangered Species Act by letting federal agencies sidestep a requirement to consult with government experts to assess the impact of projects on imperiled species.

  • December 30, 2008

    JBS Sued Over Discharge Violations At Beef Plant

    JBS Souderton Inc., a subsidiary of global beef processing titan JBS SA, has been sued for allegedly dumping waste at its Pennsylvania facility in violation of the plant’s discharge permit and the Clean Water Act.

  • December 30, 2008

    Green Group Loses Appeal Over NY's Brownfield Act

    A New York state appellate court has affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss most of a challenge to the state's rules enacting the Brownfield Cleanup Program Act, which an environmental group had contended aren't stringent enough to comply with the law.

  • December 30, 2008

    States, DC Prepare For CAIR Amid Uncertainties

    The District of Columbia and 28 states will begin implementing a new federal rule Jan. 1 designed to cut sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants, but uncertainty abounds as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prepares to go back to the drawing board and make changes.

  • December 30, 2008

    US, Rapanos Settle Civil Case In Wetlands Dispute

    A Michigan developer whose wetlands dispute with the federal government led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act has settled his civil case.

  • December 30, 2008

    Cos. Agree To Pay Up Over Pa. Superfund Site

    For the second time in a decade, a slew of major companies — including Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Ingersoll-Rand Co. and General Electric Co. — have agreed to pay more than $860,000 to settle the U.S. government's suit over the cleanup of a Superfund site in southeastern Pennsylvania.

  • December 29, 2008

    Navy Reaches $16M Deal With Groups Over Sonar

    The U.S. Navy has agreed to settle two suits filed by environmental groups over the impact of sonar on marine life, with the Navy agreeing to pay $14.75 million for research and to conduct more rigorous environmental reviews for sonar exercises, as well as making other concessions.

  • December 29, 2008

    DC Circ. Lets EPA Rule Stand For Now Despite Flaws

    An appellate court has reversed its decision to vacate a rule governing the interstate transfer of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, contending the rule must stand to protect public health while the federal government fixes flaws in the regulation.

  • December 29, 2008

    MD Sues To Speed Up Army's Fort Meade Cleanup

    The state of Maryland has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Army in an effort to force the immediate cleanup of groundwater and soil contamination at Fort George G. Meade.

  • December 29, 2008

    Green Groups Sue To Bury New Mining Waste Rule

    A coalition of environmental groups has sued to overturn a U.S. Office of Surface Mining rule that critics say would allow surface coal mining within 100 feet of streams, in violation of several federal laws.