Environmental

  • February 19, 2010

    Ind. Lawmakers Move To Expand Net Metering Rules

    The Indiana Legislature has moved closer to adopting net metering legislation, which would expand the rules under which customers that generate their own renewable energy can get credit from utilities for the extra electricity output.

  • February 19, 2010

    House GOP Raises Alarm Over DOI Monument Draft

    Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee are up in arms over a leaked U.S. Department of the Interior document that indicates the Obama administration is considering designating as many as 17 new national monuments throughout the Western U.S.

  • February 19, 2010

    UN Climate Official Resigns To Take Consulting Job

    Yvo de Boer, the United Nations' top climate official, has announced that he will step down later this year, further dampening hopes that the recent climate talks in Copenhagen will lead to an effective global accord.

  • February 19, 2010

    La. Enviro Watchdog Asks To Join NRG Pollution Suit

    Louisiana's environmental regulator has asked to become a plaintiff in the U.S. government's suit accusing an NRG Energy Inc. subsidiary of operating a coal-fired power plant that runs afoul of pollution controls mandated by the Clean Air Act.

  • February 18, 2010

    House Probes Controversial Gas Drilling Process

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee has opened an investigation into whether the oil and natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing may lead to environmental and public health problems.

  • February 18, 2010

    EPA Imposes Emissions Rules On Generator Engines

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced new emissions standards for stationary diesel engines, such as those that power industrial and agricultural generators, imposing measures to reduce polluting chemicals including formaldehyde, benzene and acrolein.

  • February 18, 2010

    GE, EPA Settle CERCLA Claims Over NM Plant

    General Electric Co. has agreed to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency $300,000 to end a dispute over cleanup cost reimbursements at a Superfund site in Albuquerque where GE owns an aircraft engine plant.

  • February 18, 2010

    Mirant Settles Spat Over Power Plants' Effect On Fish

    California's Kern County Water Agency and an ad hoc group of water users have settled a dispute with Mirant Delta LLC and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alleging that the energy company’s operation of two California power plants has harmed endangered fish.

  • February 18, 2010

    Enviros Sue DOI Over Calif. Power Line Project

    Several Southern California conservation groups have sued the U.S. Department of the Interior and two of its agencies, claiming they violated the National Environmental Policy Act when they approved a massive power line project that could imperil endangered species.

  • February 17, 2010

    Appeal Of EPA Permit Threatens Alaskan Zinc Mine

    Teck Resources Ltd. may be forced to curtail operations at one of the world's largest zinc mines in Alaska, as conservation groups and local residents appeal the legality of the mine's permit, due to come into effect March 1.

  • February 17, 2010

    SD Legislators Pass Bill Opposing Cap-And-Trade

    The South Dakota Legislature has passed a resolution officially opposing cap-and-trade climate change measures being considered on Capitol Hill, saying the bills would hurt agriculture, manufacturing and small business in the state.

  • February 17, 2010

    Southern Union Says $18M Enviro Penalty Too High

    Southern Union Co. has kick-started its appeal of a recent judgment ordering the natural gas provider to pay $18 million for illegally storing liquid mercury at a facility in Rhode Island, arguing that the penalty is excessive.

  • February 17, 2010

    BP, Conoco, Caterpillar Quit Climate Lobby Group

    Oil and gas heavyweights ConocoPhillips and BP America, along with heavy-equipment giant Caterpillar Inc., have announced that they're leaving the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, reportedly to focus lobbying efforts on their own industry sectors.

  • February 17, 2010

    Steel Industry Sues EPA Over GHG Regulations

    The U.S. steel industry has fired off a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to start regulating greenhouse gases, saying such a unilateral approach will put U.S. steelmakers at a disadvantage compared with their competitors elsewhere.

  • February 17, 2010

    Big Landlords, Tenants Waking Up To Green Leases

    Landlords have traditionally been reluctant to perform energy-efficiency retrofits on buildings because most of the cost savings go to tenants, but environmental advocates and lawyers are finding ways to resolve this so-called split incentive through the green leasing movement.

  • February 17, 2010

    Lloyd's Counters Coverage Claims In Teck Enviro Case

    Several Lloyd's of London underwriters have hit back at Canadian mining company Teck Metals Ltd.'s new breach of contract claim in an insurance coverage dispute stemming from the contamination of a Washington lake, arguing that their policies contain no duty to defend and that the claim is not ripe.

  • February 16, 2010

    TVA Moves To Trim Residents' Coal-Ash Sludge Suit

    The Tennessee Valley Authority has asked a judge to toss an inverse condemnation claim brought by one of 21 plaintiffs who are jointly seeking damages from a December 2008 retention pond burst that unleashed an avalanche of coal-ash sludge.

  • February 16, 2010

    Texas Fights EPA's 'Outsourced' GHG Finding

    Texas state officials have partnered up with a coalition of global warming skeptics in launching a legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's finding that greenhouse gases pose a threat to human health, arguing that the agency relied on “fundamentally flawed and legally unsupported methodology” in reaching its decision.

  • February 16, 2010

    Boston Sewer Commission Violated CWA: Enviro Group

    A nonprofit environmental group has accused the Boston Water and Sewer Commission of letting stormwater runoff pollute the city's lakes and rivers in violation of the Clean Water Act.

  • February 16, 2010

    US Targets Tesoro Over Gasoline Tests

    Tesoro Corp. and two of its subsidiaries have been hit with a Clean Air Act lawsuit alleging that they improperly tested their gasoline for aromatics, olefins and other properties at refineries spread throughout the Western United States.