Calpine Corp. has received final regulatory approval for a 600-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Northern California that will be the first power plant in the United States with a federal limit on greenhouse gas emissions.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Pacific Environment have appealed a federal judge's denial of their challenge to a U.S. Department of the Interior regulation that permits incidental takings of polar bears and walruses during oil and gas exploration in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released action plans to improve the safety of coal ash impoundments at 22 electric utility facilities across the country, as the agency continues its response to a massive Tennessee dam burst in 2008.
A Michigan property developer has sued auto parts maker Johnson Controls Inc. for its alleged foot-dragging on cleaning up a heavily contaminated site that is slated to be turned into condominiums.
A federal judge has denied Sunoco Inc.'s bid to pare the U.S. government's claims in a suit alleging one of the company's refineries caused an oil plume to spread under Philadelphia, ruling that a 2003 settlement must be weighed along with other facts in the case.
Having watched the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution rules get repeatedly shot down in court, a bipartisan group of senators took matters into its own hands Thursday, introducing legislation that would slash sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants.
Rep. Spencer T. Bachus III, R-Ala., has become the latest Republican lawmaker to express concern with interpretive guidance the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued on climate change disclosure, saying the guidance went beyond the agency's expertise and will impose potentially significant compliance costs on issuers with little benefit to investors.
As climate change legislation takes center stage, benchmarking is gaining traction among lawmakers, environmentalists and landlords as a viable first step toward systematically reducing energy use in buildings.
President Barack Obama has announced three key initiatives to boost biofuel production and reduce the U.S.' dependence on foreign oil, including two new federal regulations and a new task force.
A federal judge has shot down yet another attempt by American Nuclear Insurers to dodge the bill for defending Whittaker Corp. and Textron Inc. in litigation over the cleanup of nuclear contaminants at a Superfund site in Massachusetts.
A federal judge has dismissed claims against certain underwriters at Lloyd's of London brought by now-defunct Crucible Materials Corp. in a protracted battle stemming from environmental claims over an excess liability policy issued in 1968.
An Ohio law mandating that businesses employ best available technology for emissions controls partially violates the Clean Air Act, while other parts are preempted by the CAA, a federal judge has ruled in the Sierra Club's suit against the director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Virtual Law Partners LLP has added to its roster the former chair of the executive compensation and employee benefits department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and an attorney who served as counsel in the energy, natural resources and environment practice group of O’Melveny & Myers LLP.
Idaho's highest court has upheld a lower court decision allowing counties to regulate feedlots over objections from farmers who complained that state law preempted the local ordinance.
Two Democrats and a Republican have proposed a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, in the wake of the EPA's endangerment finding on GHGs.
President Barack Obama has indicated that he may be willing to set aside plans to implement a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions in order to focus on first passing tax breaks and investment incentives to make clean energy and efficiency technology cheaper.
The town of Salina, N.Y., is opposing a move by the bankrupt remnant of General Motors Corp. to resolve unliquidated claims filed against it in mediation, arguing that the alternative dispute forum is not the right place for the town’s claims for more than $41 million in environmental cleanup costs.
California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by regulating emissions spent to transport fuel into the state, according a suit filed against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other state officials by a group of trade associations and energy lobbyists.
The acting inspector general of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reportedly has warned that President Barack Obama's proposed 2011 budget for the agency — which would shrink from $10.3 billion to $10 billion — leaves in-house watchdogs without enough money to properly police spending on certain projects.
Private equity firm Environmental Capital Partners LLC has resolved a suit alleging that ChemRisk Inc., an ecological consulting firm that ECP sought to purchase for $8.5 million, breached a contract by considering other business deals at the same time.