Environmental

  • March 24, 2009

    Patriot Coal, Green Groups Settle CWA Suit

    Patriot Coal Corp. has agreed to spend over $725,000 to settle two environmental groups' allegations of Clean Water Act violations at a pair of Patriot-owned mining complexes in Appalachia.

  • March 24, 2009

    House Bill Seeks $1B Fund For Carbon Capture Efforts

    As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency moves closer to regulating carbon dioxide, a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday aims to promote the development and use of carbon capture and storage technology through a $1 billion a year fund supported by fees on fossil fuel-generated electricity.

  • March 24, 2009

    DuPont To Pay $1.6M Over Pollution At WVa Sites

    DuPont Co. has agreed to pay more than $1.6 million for alleged discharge and landfill permit violations at its manufacturing facility and landfills in West Virginia.

  • March 24, 2009

    LA's Clean Truck Program Is Preempted: 9th Circ.

    A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court's decision in favor of a Los Angeles program that aimed to impose greener trucking operations on one of the nation’s major ports, holding that the ban on older trucks was preempted by federal law.

  • April 9, 2009

    For Insurers, MTBE Could Be 'New Asbestos'

    The massive litigation over groundwater contamination from methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE, could spark even more lawsuits and force insurers to cover costly defenses and settlements unless they can prove the fuel additive is a pollutant and not a product, legal experts say.

  • March 23, 2009

    Obama Announces Picks For 2 Top DOE Posts

    The White House has announced that it submitted nominees with environmental policy backgrounds to fill two top-level administrative posts at the U.S. Department of Energy, and said it plans to retain the department's current chief financial officer, Steve Isakowitz.

  • March 23, 2009

    Nations Agree Warming Is Polar Bears' Biggest Threat

    The five countries with polar bear populations have concluded that melting sea ice due to climate change constitutes the most important threat to the species' survival.

  • March 23, 2009

    Anti-Nuke Group Seeks To Shut Down Bioweapons Lab

    An anti-nuclear activist group has sued the U.S. Department of Energy seeking to halt work at a biotoxin research facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, alleging that the government has not prepared adequate analyses of the facility's environmental impact.

  • March 23, 2009

    EPA Moves To Regulate Greenhouse Gases

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly sent a document to the White House labeling carbon dioxide a danger to public health and welfare, in a move that could give EPA the power to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants.

  • March 23, 2009

    Emissions Rule Violates Federal Law: Pork Groups

    Two pork industry groups have moved for summary judgment on their claim that a federal rule requiring large farms to report animal waste emissions to state and local officials violates a federal statute exempting "routine agricultural operations" from emissions reporting requirements.

  • March 23, 2009

    PG&E Settles With Green Group Over Plant Cleanup

    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has buried the hatchet with a California environmental group that sued the company over the alleged discharge of pollutants at a former plant in Santa Rosa, Calif., in violation of the Clean Water Act.

  • March 20, 2009

    Army To Face Trial On New Orleans Wetlands Damage

    Giving the go-ahead for a trial next month on whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated environmental laws in its maintenance of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, a federal judge ruled Friday that questions remained over the Army Corps' destruction of protective wetlands in Louisiana, which allegedly led to devastating storm surges in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

  • March 23, 2009

    DC Circ. Upholds EPA Emissions Reporting Exception

    A federal appeals court has rejected a bid by the Natural Resources Defense Council to set aside part of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule governing state-submitted air pollution data that provides an exception for natural events, including those in which humans play some causal role.

  • March 20, 2009

    Forest Biomass Should Count As Renewable Fuel: Bill

    U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has introduced a bill that would amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, changing its "flawed definition of biomass" so that materials from national forests would count toward the government's Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • March 20, 2009

    Nearly A Third Of US Bird Species At Risk: DOI Report

    Loss of habitat, invasive species and other threats have left close to a third of the country's 800 species of birds either endangered, threatened or showing considerable decline, though restoration and conservation projects have countered earlier damage for some species, according to a U.S. Department of the Interior report.

  • March 20, 2009

    Bill Calls For EPA Grants To Fund E-Waste Initiatives

    A Tennessee congressman has introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that looks to pave the way for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to offer millions of dollars in grants and other incentives to help develop a viable management strategy for electronic waste.

  • March 20, 2009

    Feds Close 3 NJ Sites For Unsafe Lead Levels

    Citing high levels of lead that likely came from the metal slag used to build seawalls, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has closed to the public three New Jersey waterfront sites along the same bay while it considers whether to place the area on its National Priorities List of hazardous sites.

  • March 20, 2009

    Feds Join Challenge Of FERC Decision In LNG Case

    The National Marine Fisheries Service is challenging a decision approving a controversial project for a liquefied natural gas terminal in western Oregon, joining two states and several environmental groups already appealing the case.

  • March 20, 2009

    EPA Reports Decline In Toxic Chemical Releases

    The amount of toxic chemicals released into the environment in the U.S. dropped 5 percent from 2006 to 2007, but there were significant increases of mercury and other harmful substances, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • March 20, 2009

    Obama Names Picks For Energy, Labor Posts

    President Obama announced Thursday that he has appointed green energy advocate Jon Wellinghoff to serve as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and revealed his nominees for key energy and labor jobs.