Environmental

  • September 16, 2009

    Mich. Appeals Court Nixes Air Quality Permit Hearings

    The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality can't afford individuals the right to hearings to contest air quality permits for major sources of emissions such as power plants, a state appeals court has affirmed.

  • September 16, 2009

    Schwarzenegger Orders Renewable Energy Increase

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered the state's utilities to get at least a third of their power from renewable energy sources by 2020 as part of a sweeping global warming plan, but disagreement remains about the best way for the state to achieve its ambitious goals.

  • September 16, 2009

    Administration Proposes Salmon 'Insurance Policy'

    The Obama administration has proposed an "insurance policy" for endangered salmon that are allegedly threatened by four hydroelectric dams in Washington state by promising to take steps to protect the fish if the populations drop significantly — a move that provoked immediate criticism from environmentalists.

  • September 15, 2009

    Insurers Say Mark IV Ch. 11 Plan Too Vague

    Several parties – including CNA Insurance Cos., Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., a property investment firm, and others – have objected to a reorganization proposal for bankrupt automotive systems components manufacturer Mark IV Industries Inc., contending the plan is unclear about a bevy of insurance and environmental obligations.

  • September 15, 2009

    EPA To Revamp 1982 Power Plant Discharge Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it would revise its Reagan-era standards for water discharges from coal-fired power plants, a day after the Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife said they planned to sue the agency for failing to review the regulations.

  • September 15, 2009

    Darling, Valero Plan Biodiesel Joint Venture

    Darling International Inc. and a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp. are planning to form a joint venture to produce renewable diesel fuel from animal fats on a site adjacent to Valero's St. Charles refinery near Norco, La.

  • September 15, 2009

    Administration Fleshes Out Fuel Efficiency Proposal

    Top administration officials on Tuesday added details to President Barack Obama's May proposal to accelerate the process of tightening vehicle fuel mileage standards in a move that drew immediate praise from such disparate groups as the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Sierra Club.

  • September 15, 2009

    Enviro Groups Hit FEMA On Flood Insurance In NM

    WildEarth Guardians has asked a federal court to enforce a 2002 settlement agreement ordering the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess the National Flood Insurance Program's effects on threatened and endangered species and has filed a new suit against FEMA for the same purpose, the latest salvo in environmental groups' long-running battle over the program.

  • September 15, 2009

    TVA To Give $40M To County After Coal Ash Spill

    The Tennessee Valley Authority has established a $40 million fund for economic development of the locality where a billion-gallon coal ash spill from one of its plants occurred in December 2008, prompting the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a wide-scale review of coal ash sites across the U.S.

  • September 15, 2009

    Litigation Fails To Stop Northern Rockies Wolf Hunts

    Environmentalists are desperately trying to halt the continental United States' first wolf hunt in decades, but despite some encouraging words from a judge, they appear unlikely to succeed before the 2009 season ends.

  • September 15, 2009

    Okla. Asks For Sanctions In Tyson Poultry Waste Suit

    Oklahoma has asked a federal judge to speed up consideration of a bid for sanctions against Cargill Inc. for allegedly blocking discovery in the state's suit accusing it of tainting the Illinois River watershed with poultry waste.

  • September 14, 2009

    Asarco, BLM Land Exchange Violates NEPA: 9th Circ.

    A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court's ruling that approved the actions of the U.S Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management in its agreement with now-bankrupt Asarco LLC to exchange thousands of acres of land near an Arizona mining complex.

  • September 14, 2009

    Pacific Energy Gets OK To Abandon Alaska Assets

    Having failed to find a buyer for the unprofitable facilities, bankrupt Pacific Energy Resources Ltd. has won the right to abandon oil and gas production assets near Alaska's Cook Inlet — despite opposition from government regulators over potential environmental liabilities.

  • September 14, 2009

    EPA Had Right To OK Iowa Clean Water List: 8th Circ.

    A federal appeals court has affirmed a victory for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a suit brought by the Sierra Club accusing the agency of violating the Clean Water Act by improperly approving a list of substandard-quality bodies of water in Iowa that omitted dozens that failed to meet cleanliness rules.

  • September 14, 2009

    JPMorgan Makes $203M Bid For EcoSecurities Shares

    A JPMorgan Chase & Co. unit and EcoSecurities Group PLC on Monday announced a £122.9 million ($203.2 million) deal under which the investment bank will buy the Irish carbon trader to bolster its presence in the growing sector.

  • September 14, 2009

    Water Agencies Balk At Tronox $415M Huntsman Deal

    Regulators from four states have objected to bankrupt Tronox Inc.’s plan to sell the bulk of its operating assets to Huntsman Corp., saying the $415 million deal provides little information about who will take over facilities in Henderson, Nev., that were found to contaminate the Colorado River.

  • September 14, 2009

    EU Nears Rollout Of Cargo Van Emissions Tax Plan

    The European Union is reportedly close to unveiling its plan for taxing carbon dioxide emissions from new cargo vans sold in the bloc's 27 member nations, possibly imposing cuts in vans' carbon pollution by as much as 14 percent by July 2013, with deeper long-term reductions by 2020.

  • September 14, 2009

    Asarco To Sell Perth Amboy Cleanup Site For $5M

    Bankrupt mining giant Asarco LLC has agreed to sell a 70-acre New Jersey property for $5.1 million, releasing the embattled copper company from remediation responsibilities at a site with a long history of environmental issues and finalizing a settlement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

  • September 14, 2009

    Don't Lift Crescent Stay In Toxic Torts Suits: Siemens

    Siemens Corp. has objected to a motion to modify the automatic stay in the Chapter 11 proceedings of Crescent Resources LLC that, if granted, would allow discovery to continue in a number of toxic tort actions pending in Florida against Crescent, Siemens and other companies.

  • September 11, 2009

    NM Court Gives Green Light To Emissions Limits Suit

    New Mexico's highest court has upheld a lower court's decision clearing the way for a group of lawmakers and auto dealers to challenge in federal court a state environmental board’s authority to implement stricter emissions laws on new vehicles sold in the state.