Environmental

  • February 4, 2009

    Insurer Sues Developer Over Coverage In CWA Case

    Auto-Owners Insurance Co. has filed a lawsuit claiming it isn't required to defend a Georgia developer accused of committing environmental violations in the construction of a housing project in the Chattahoochee River basin.

  • February 4, 2009

    NuChrome Hit With Slew Of Hazardous Waste Claims

    Federal agencies have sued chrome replater NuChrome Inc. for repeatedly violating hazardous waste management laws by allegedly generating and improperly storing hazardous waste products, including chromium, nickel and copper sludges, and corrosive and cyanide process wastewaters.

  • February 4, 2009

    Mich. May Eliminate State Wetlands Program

    Michigan, one of two states with a state-run wetlands protection program, is considering turning over wetlands regulation to federal authorities as a cost-saving measure, Gov. Jennifer Granholm has announced.

  • February 5, 2009

    Westar Energy Sued For Alleged CAA Abuses

    Federal regulators have jolted Westar Energy Inc. with a lawsuit claiming the utility illegally cranked up operations at a coal-fired plant in Kansas and continues to spew pollution in excess of emissions standards.

  • February 4, 2009

    E.ON Unit Drops $140M To Settle Clean Air Charges

    An E.ON AG subsidiary has agreed to install about $135 million worth of pollution controls, pay a $1.4 million fine and spend $3 million on environmentally beneficial projects to settle charges that a coal-fired electrical generating unit in Mercer County, Ky., violated the Clean Air Act's new source review requirements.

  • February 3, 2009

    Colo. Wildlife Experts Support New Gas, Oil Rules

    A group of wildlife experts is reportedly urging Colorado legislators to approve new gas and oil drilling environmental rules despite objections that the regulations could harm industry at a time when the state and the country are reeling from a recession.

  • February 4, 2009

    Democrats Release Road Map For Climate Change Bill

    Signaling the coming debate over climate change legislation, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has unveiled a set of principles designed to guide Democratic efforts to draft a new proposal aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

  • February 3, 2009

    EPA Asked To Repeal Bush Hazardous Waste Rule

    The Sierra Club hasn’t wasted any time in asking the newly appointed head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to repeal a Bush administration rule that deregulated certain varieties of hazardous waste.

  • February 4, 2009

    EPA OKs $9.1M Deal Over Iowa Superfund Site

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed off on a $9.1 million settlement with a Deere & Co. unit, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city of Ankeny, Iowa, to clean up nearly 50 years' worth of lead, chromium and other contaminants from a former industrial waste processing site.

  • February 4, 2009

    PPG Sued Over Toxic Chromium At NJ Site

    Two environmental groups have sued paint and chemicals supplier PPG Industries Inc. for alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act in an attempt to get the company to clean up cancer-causing toxins at a former chemical production site in Jersey City, N.J.

  • February 3, 2009

    'Alarming' Arsenic Levels Found In Tenn. Water

    Independent sampling of surface water in the wake of the Dec. 22 rupture of a Tennessee Valley Authority dam that unleashed an avalanche of coal-ash sludge has revealed "alarming" levels of arsenic and other toxins, according to environmental watchdogs.

  • February 3, 2009

    DOI Official Gets Probation, Fine For Ethics Scandal

    A former supervisor for the U.S. Department of the Interior was handed probation and a $3,000 fine on Tuesday for his role in a wide-ranging scandal involving a group of Minerals Management Service workers who habitually accepted gifts, used drugs and alcohol, and had sexual relationships with oil and gas industry executives.

  • February 3, 2009

    Bhopal Case May Be Mediated By Sept. 11 Lawyer

    The special master who oversaw the federal compensation fund for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York has offered to serve as a mediator in another high-profile case in New York alleging that thousands of people in Bhopal, India, were harmed by drinking water polluted by a Union Carbide Corp. pesticide plant.

  • February 4, 2009

    EPA To Begin Regulating Commercial Ship Discharges

    The release of ballast water, sewage, effluent from engines and many other pollutants from commercial ships will be regulated starting Friday after a 35-year period in which they were exempt from Clean Water Act discharge requirements.

  • February 2, 2009

    Everglades Limestone Mines Breach CWA: Court

    Major cement producers are reeling after a federal judge halted limestone mining operations in the Everglades, ruling Monday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the Clean Water Act when issuing the permits for the massive project.

  • February 2, 2009

    Mont. Logging Project Under Fire By Conservationists

    Two conservation groups have sued the U.S. Forest Service to stop a logging and road-building project in Montana's Gallatin National Forest that they claim could have detrimental effects on already-dwindling Yellowstone grizzly bear and moose populations.

  • February 2, 2009

    Jacksonville, Koch Industries Sued In Superfund Case

    The city of Jacksonville, Fla., and Koch Industries Inc. are facing two lawsuits claiming they should contribute to the cleanup of a former electrical transformer manufacturing operation in North Carolina that is contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls.

  • February 2, 2009

    GE's Constitutional Challenge To EPA Authority Nixed

    General Electric Co. is likely to appeal after a federal judge rejected the company's constitutional challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority to unilaterally order potentially responsible parties to clean up polluted sites under the federal Superfund law.

  • February 2, 2009

    Court Nixes Enviro Groups' Objections To Coal Plant

    A Texas appeals court has turned back challenges by two environmental groups to the approval of a pulverized coal power plant being built in a rural part of the state by Sandy Creek Energy Associates LP.

  • January 30, 2009

    North American Power Sued Over Emissions Permit

    North American Power Group Ltd. is facing a lawsuit alleging that its emissions permit for the development of a coal-fired power plant in Wyoming is invalid.