Environmental

  • October 17, 2008

    DOE To Pay Dominion $155M In Nuclear Fuel Suit

    A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to pay Dominion Resources Inc. just under $155 million for violating a contract for spent nuclear fuel disposal.

  • October 17, 2008

    Electric Corridor Suit Against DOE Tossed

    A federal court has tossed a suit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity that alleges the U.S. Department of Energy’s designation of a power corridor violates a host of environmental laws.

  • October 16, 2008

    EPA's Storm Water Program Needs Overhaul: Report

    A new report is calling for “radical changes” to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's storm water program after finding that increased water volume and pollutants from storm water have degraded water quality and habitats in virtually every urban stream system.

  • October 16, 2008

    EU Vows To Push Forward On Climate Change Policy

    The European Council still intends to reach an agreement on climate change and energy policy by the end of 2008 despite a tumultuous economy and recent protests from Italy, Poland and seven other eastern European countries, the council announced Thursday.

  • October 16, 2008

    EPA Seeks Final Settlement With NJ Plastics Maker

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked a district court to approve a $1.3 million consent decree with plastics company Colorite Specialty Resins Inc. to settle a lawsuit over harmful emissions at a New Jersey manufacturing facility.

  • October 16, 2008

    Calif. Unveils Final Draft Of Bold Emissions Plan

    California's ambitious goals to reduce its carbon footprint will require residents to slash their annual emissions by about 4 tons per person and will necessitate improving the efficiency of energy use if the state is to achieve its target of lowering greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, according to a final draft of the state plan released Wednesday.

  • October 16, 2008

    Gas Co. Convicted Of Illegally Storing Mercury

    Southern Union Co. was convicted Wednesday of illegally storing liquid mercury, which allegedly led to a hazardous spill at a nearby apartment complex.

  • October 28, 2008

    Threats To Cave Species Spark Litigation Nationwide

    Caves are currently one of the most imperiled habitats in the United States due to such things as groundwater pollution and urban development. But although caves don't contain large, iconic species like the gray wolf or grizzly bear, numerous lawsuits have been filed in an attempt to protect their wildlife, artifacts and mineral formations.

  • October 21, 2008

    Economic Troubles May Delay Carbon Regs Worldwide

    Although attorneys expect the push for comprehensive carbon regulations to remain strong, there will likely be some compromises and perhaps some delays if the worldwide economy continues to nosedive.

  • October 17, 2008

    Calif. Groups Fight District's Dairy Farm Approval

    A green group and an advocate for low-income residents are challenging the approval of a "mega-dairy" with more than 6,000 cows that they claim will emit potent greenhouse gases in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act.

  • October 16, 2008

    MidAmerican, Alcoa Settle EPA Superfund Suits

    MidAmerican Energy Co. and Alcoa Inc. have agreed to fork over a total of more than $1 million for the cleanup of Superfund sites in Iowa in separate settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • October 16, 2008

    Citizens Sue NYC To Force Cleanup Of Toxic Site

    A Staten Island citizens group is suing the city of New York in an effort to force the cleanup of a decades-old landfill that was filled with tens of thousands of gallons of toxic industrial waste during an illegal dumping operation in the 1970s.

  • October 16, 2008

    9th Circ. Stands By FERC In Hydroelectric Plant Spat

    A federal appeals court last week denied a bid by the Snoqualmie Tribe to decommission a hydroelectric power plant at a sacred site, and upheld limits the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had imposed on the hydroelectric facility.

  • October 16, 2008

    Alabama Power Weighs In Again On Water Wars

    Alabama Power Company has filed its seventh amended complaint against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the latest chapter of an ongoing battle over water rights in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

  • October 16, 2008

    EPA Seeks Final OK For NJ Superfund Site Cleanup

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked a district court to approve a consent decree with American Airlines Inc., Rutgers University, Alcoa Inc. and about a dozen other companies to recompense environmental cleanup costs associated with the Chemsol Inc. Superfund site in New Jersey.

  • October 16, 2008

    CORRECTED: Group Sues To Stop Grazing In Idaho Wildlife Area

    The Western Watersheds Project filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management alleging the agency violated federal regulations when it permitted livestock grazing in a sensitive area in Idaho. (Corrects an article published on Oct. 15, 2008.)

  • October 15, 2008

    Wildlife Officials Told To Dismiss Climate Impact

    Bush administration officials have told wildlife agencies that the Endangered Species Act cannot be used to protect animals and their habitats from climate change by regulating specific sources of greenhouse gas emissions, leaked memos show.

  • October 15, 2008

    New Energy Star Rules Address Video Game Consoles

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has included new power-saving requirements for video game consoles in the latest draft of its updated Energy Star program set to take effect next summer.

  • October 15, 2008

    Hawaii Votes To Ban Genetically Engineered Coffee

    Lawmakers in Hawaii have passed a bill outlawing the growth of genetically engineered coffee or taro on the island, introducing the first-ever targeted ban on engineered crops in the U.S.

  • October 15, 2008

    President Bush Signs Off On Mercury Export Ban

    President Bush has signed a law that will ban the export of elemental mercury from the U.S., a measure that received near unanimous support in Congress last month.