Environmental

  • November 18, 2008

    LG Fridges Fail To Meet Energy Star Standard: DOE

    In order to resolve allegations of improper energy testing, LG Electronics USA Inc. has agreed to temporarily pull some of its refrigerator models from the federal Energy Star program until it can make the appliances more energy efficient.

  • November 18, 2008

    Ark. Supreme Court OKs CSX, Teris Class Action

    The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected CSX Transportation Inc., Op-Tech Environmental Services Inc. and Teris LLC's challenge to a trial court's decision to let a case stemming from a fiery 2005 accident at a hazardous waste storage and treatment facility move forward as a class action.

  • November 18, 2008

    Rockies Groups Sue USFS Over Biathlon Facility

    A coalition of green groups is suing the U.S. Forest Service to prevent the construction of a biathlon training complex along a wildlife corridor in Montana’s Rocky Mountains.

  • November 18, 2008

    3rd-Party Funding Fuels European Litigation Growth

    Third-party financing of litigation and an increasing acceptance of class action lawsuits in European courts have opened companies there up to litigation risks similar to those in the United States, a major British insurance firm reports.

  • November 18, 2008

    Md. DOT Settles Pollution Suit Over Highway Project

    The Maryland Department of Transportation has agreed to fund up to $2 million in clean air projects to resolve a dispute with an environmental group over a multibillion-dollar project to build a six-lane tollway in the Washington, D.C., area.

  • November 17, 2008

    PacifiCorp, Feds Sign $450M Dam Removal Pact

    In a move that could revitalize hundreds of miles of the Klamath River in the Pacific Northwest, the federal government, Oregon, California and energy giant PacifiCorp have signed a tentative pact to remove four hydropower dams at a cost of up to $450 million by the year 2020.

  • November 17, 2008

    EPA Raises Renewable Fuel Standard To 10.2%

    Gasoline refiners, importers and blenders will have to ensure that 10.21 percent of their fuel is made up of renewable energy sources next year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced.

  • November 17, 2008

    US Finalizes Plan To Kick-Start Oil Shale Production

    The Bush administration published final regulations Monday to establish an oil shale commercial leasing program that could yield up to 800 billion barrels of oil, enough to meet current U.S. demand for 110 years.

  • November 17, 2008

    Sierra Club Sues EPA Over Power Plant Permit

    Citing violations of the Clean Air Act, the Sierra Club is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after regulators ignored the environmental group’s objection to an operating permit for a coal-fired plant in Wisconsin.

  • November 17, 2008

    EPA Sues Berkshire Gas For $2M River Cleanup

    While cleanup of the Housatonic River Superfund site continues, the U.S. government is going after the Berkshire Gas Co. to recoup $2 million spent decontaminating a stretch of the river near Pittsfield, Mass.

  • November 17, 2008

    Agencies Soup Up CWA To Clean Up Mass. River

    In an effort to clean up the Charles River, federal and state regulators in Massachusetts are implementing “next generation” Clean Water Act protections to reduce pollution caused by stormwater.

  • November 17, 2008

    Kidde-Fenwal To Pay $25K In Toxic-Reporting Failure

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and fire-detection systems maker Kidde-Fenwal Inc. have reached a settlement regarding toxic-chemical reporting at the company’s two plants in Ranson, W.Va.

  • November 17, 2008

    US, Canada Launch Climate Research Partnership

    The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is teaming up with Environment Canada, agreeing to share weather and climate data in order to improve accuracy and give scientists a better picture of climate change in North America, NOAA has announced.

  • November 17, 2008

    DOI Official Sentenced In Conflict Of Interest Case

    The former special assistant to the associate director of minerals revenue management at the U.S. Department of the Interior has been handed two years of probation and a $2,500 fine for a felony violation of the criminal conflict of interest law.

  • November 14, 2008

    Ala. River Watchdog Can Sue Mining Co.: 11th Circ.

    The state of Alabama's action against a mining company for allegedly polluting a river doesn't preempt a green group's citizen suit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled.

  • November 14, 2008

    Cutting Air Pollution Could Save Calif. $28B

    A new study has found that air pollution costs California nearly $28 billion each year, a cost researchers say could be avoided by meeting federal air standards.

  • November 14, 2008

    Army Corps Of Engineers' Everglades Project Halted

    Opponents of a bridge project that is part of the long-delayed restoration of the Everglades gained a victory as a federal judge slapped a preliminary injunction on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, temporarily halting construction.

  • November 14, 2008

    Court Rejects Bid To Revise Exxon Valdez Damages

    Alaska seafood processor Sea Hawk Seafoods Inc. has lost a bid to rewrite a long-established allocation plan for punitive damages related to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, paving the way for plaintiffs to begin receiving the funds.

  • November 17, 2008

    Group Prepares To Sue EPA Over Water Quality

    An environmental group is threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to respond to its petition seeking stricter standards for ocean water quality.

  • November 14, 2008

    CO2 Ruling Opens Door To New Regulatory Era

    Setting the stage, perhaps, for new greenhouse gas regulations, an appeals board has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency incorrectly exempted a coal-fired power plant in Utah from limiting carbon dioxide emissions and ordered the agency to reconsider whether it must impose such limits from now on.