Environmental

  • February 21, 2008

    Asarco $27.9M Settlement Deal Approved

    Claimants for property and personal injury damages connected to toxic Asarco LLC sites will now receive $27.9 million, after a bankruptcy judge signed off on the troubled mining company's settlement deals on Wednesday.

  • February 20, 2008

    FERC To Assess Impact Of Maine LNG Terminal

    The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Wednesday that it was preparing an environmental impact statement for a planned liquid natural gas terminal in Maine, promising to move the controversial project closer to regulatory approval.

  • February 20, 2008

    CBS Concludes Drawn-Out Superfund Dispute

    CBS Corp. will pay $31.35 million toward the cleanup of six Superfund sites in and around Bloomington, Ind., bringing to a close the decades-long dispute over hazardous polychlorinated biphenyl contamination for which a CBS predecessor company was allegedly liable.

  • February 20, 2008

    Carbon Tax More Efficient Than Cap-And-Trade: Study

    Instituting a carbon dioxide tax is a more efficient way of controlling carbon dioxide emissions than cap-and-trade approaches, according to a new report from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.

  • February 20, 2008

    States, Investors Pledge $10B To Energy Efficiency

    A group — made up of almost 50 American and European pension funds, state and local comptrollers, financial firms and foundations that control some $1.75 trillion in total assets — has agreed to funnel close to $10 billion toward enhancing energy efficiency and encouraging green technology.

  • February 15, 2008

    U.S. Urged To Try Harder To Cut Vehicle Emissions

    The U.S. government should speed up its plans to increase vehicle fuel efficiency and needs to act on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the International Energy Agency said on Friday.

  • February 15, 2008

    Lawyers In Valdez Case Get Extra Minutes To Argue

    Attorneys in the high-profile Supreme Court case over a $2.5 billion punitive damages award for the Exxon Valdez spill will each get an extra 15 minutes to argue their points.

  • February 15, 2008

    U.S. Lawmakers Eye Russian Energy Project

    Two Democratic lawmakers have asked U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to deny the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s support for a controversial energy project controlled by the Russian government, saying it is in the national interest to do so.

  • February 15, 2008

    State, Federal Regulators To Discuss Smart Grid

    State and federal regulators say they will assemble a collaborative dialogue about the transition to a smart electric grid, FERC announced Thursday.

  • February 14, 2008

    NRC Amends Rules On Worker Reports, Labeling

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has amended its regulations to reduce the number of radiation monitoring reports to nuclear power plant workers and to exempt certain containers in these facilities from labeling requirements.

  • February 14, 2008

    $350M A Year Sought To Revive Brownfields Program

    Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would channel $350 million to revive the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields program to clean and rebuild abandoned industrial sites.

  • February 14, 2008

    Asarco Creditors Fire Up Over Push To Scuttle Smelter

    With plans to reopen a controversial copper plant in El Paso, Texas, hanging in the balance, major creditors of bankrupt Asarco LLC want a court to quash moves by the city to lift the automatic stay shielding it from litigation.

  • February 13, 2008

    New Bill Would Allow EPA To Fund Diesel Retrofits

    A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee marked up a bill Wednesday that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to continue funding clean diesel projects as part of environmental enforcement settlements.

  • February 12, 2008

    Power, Energy Sectors Lower GHG Intensity: Report

    The U.S. Department of Energy recently released a report showing that power- and energy-intensive industrial sectors have shown a better than expected but still uneven improvement in reducing greenhouse gas intensity since 2002.

  • February 12, 2008

    U.S. Must Pay For WWII Plane-Gas Cleanup: Judge

    After a fight lasting more than a decade, a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge has determined the U.S. government must reimburse Shell Oil Co., Union Oil Company of California, Atlantic Richfield Company and Texaco Inc. for the costs of cleaning up World War II aviation gas waste byproducts.

  • February 11, 2008

    Pataki, Cahill To Lead Chadbourne Climate Group

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced Monday that it is creating a climate change practice group, to be headed by former New York Governor George Pataki and former New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner John P. Cahill.

  • February 11, 2008

    FERC Signals Optimism Over Southern Pipeline

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has preliminarily found that a proposed 500-mile natural gas pipeline that would stretch across several southern states can be constructed in an environmentally sound manner should its builder implement certain recommended features.

  • February 8, 2008

    Green Groups Sue Over Pollution At Los Alamos

    Los Alamos National Laboratory was hit with a lawsuit Thursday by several conservation groups, which allege that the lab has contaminated surface and groundwater on its property by dumping toxic waste.

  • February 8, 2008

    Lawmakers Subpoena EPA's Documents On Emissions

    Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D.-Calif.) has subpoenaed documents related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision in December to reject the state of California's request to adopt strict greenhouse gas emissions standards for automobiles.

  • February 8, 2008

    Appeals Court Overturns EPA Mercury Emission Rule

    An appeals court has struck down a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the mercury emissions of coal- and oil-fired power plants through a cap-and-trade system rather than subjecting the facilities to a stricter provision of federal law.