Environmental

  • October 10, 2008

    Global Carbon Market To Top $100B Barrier In 2008

    The world’s carbon markets will exceed the $100 billion mark by the end of this year, growth that will reach $550 billion by 2012 and result in a $3 trillion-per-year turnover by 2020 if the United States introduces a European Union-style federal cap-and-trade system, British research company New Carbon Finance said Friday.

  • October 10, 2008

    Wal-Mart Settles Clean Air Breaches For $200K

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay a $199,000 fine for selling ozone-depleting glow-in-the-dark toys in violation of the Clean Air Act.

  • October 31, 2008

    Conflicting Injunctions Muddy 'Roadless Rule' Feud

    A multi-jurisdictional legal battle over a “roadless rule” that bars vehicle access to swaths of protected land nationwide has become even stickier, with the U.S. Forest Service sparring with green groups over two conflicting injunctions simultaneously requiring the agency to follow and prohibiting it from adhering to the highly contested regulation.

  • October 9, 2008

    EU Urges Outside Nations To Curb Airline Emissions

    European Union transportation ministers said Thursday they would strive to encourage nations around the world to adopt standards for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the airline industry.

  • October 9, 2008

    Green Group Aims To Stop Colo. Coal Mine Expansion

    WildEarth Guardians on Tuesday asked a federal judge to overturn the U.S. Forest Service and Department of the Interior's decision to allow the expansion of a Colorado coal mine, saying the federal agencies did not adequately evaluate the options for safely dealing with the methane gas that is a by-product of coal mining.

  • October 10, 2008

    Environmental Group Files Suit Over Protecting Seals

    An environmental group has asked a federal court to require the city of San Diego to put up a barrier at a local beach to protect a colony of seals as they rear newborn seal pups and to take other measures to ensure the seals are not disturbed.

  • October 9, 2008

    GAO Probes Quick Access To Utah Gas Wells

    Congressional investigators are visiting Bill Barrett Corp. gas wells in Utah's Nine Mile Canyon as part of an inquiry into a streamlined approval process used to grant access to drilling sites without conducting full environmental studies. The sites are home to ancient cliff murals, which activists say are at risk.

  • October 9, 2008

    Activists' Salmon Harvest Victory May Be Too Late

    Conservation groups concerned that Canada is harvesting too much endangered and threatened salmon got a green light on Wednesday from a federal appeals court to challenge some aspects of the Pacific Salmon Treaty of 1999 – but that treaty has since been renegotiated by Canada and the United States.

  • October 9, 2008

    Del. Approves Wind Power Deals

    The Delaware Public Service Commission has green-lit three contracts for the purchase of up to 170 megawatts of energy from land-based wind farms, bringing the state closer to its goal of 20 percent renewable energy by 2019, Delmarva Power said Wednesday.

  • October 9, 2008

    Foul Landfill Odor Leads To 600-Plaintiff Suit In Ohio

    More than 600 Ohio residents fed up with foul odors stemming from a recycling and disposal landfill in Stark County since 2006 have sued the landfill's owner for not controlling fumes and gases created by aluminum dross disposed of at the site.

  • October 8, 2008

    Groups Sue National Coal Over Selenium Dumping

    The Sierra Club and other environmental groups have sued National Coal Corp. for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act by dumping toxic selenium into rivers in Tennessee.

  • October 8, 2008

    Severstal Settles Allegations Of PCB Violations

    Severstal Sparrows Point LLC will pay $107,500 to resolve allegations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it improperly stored and disposed of polychlorinated biphenyls at its Baltimore steelmaking facility.

  • October 8, 2008

    DOE Calls For 'Advanced Biofuels'

    The U.S. Department of Energy has called for sharp increases in the production of plant- and biomass-based ethanol, arguing that corn-based biofuels alone can't meet the federal government's Renewable Fuels Standard.

  • October 8, 2008

    EPA Fines Commercial Laundry For Hazardous Waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took a commercial industrial laundry to the cleaners Monday, hitting the company with a $425,000 fine for failing to control hazardous air emissions at two California facilities.

  • October 8, 2008

    SEPTA Settles Hazardous Waste Violations For $1M

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority over alleged violations of regulations governing hazardous waste and underground storage tanks at several SEPTA facilities.

  • October 13, 2008

    Lawyers Look To High Court For Superfund Clarity

    A Shell Oil Co. Superfund case headed for the U.S. Supreme Court could for the first time set the standard for what landowners must do to unload some of their cleanup liability, potentially wiping away uncertainty that for years prompted many companies to settle rather than fight joint and several liability in the courts, attorneys said.

  • October 8, 2008

    Heller Ehrman's Loss Is Pillsbury's Gain

    The head count of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's team of attorneys devoted to dealing with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has almost doubled, with the addition of four new energy attorneys — including two partners — from Heller Ehrman LLP.

  • October 8, 2008

    Top Companies Singled Out For Emissions Reductions

    Pfizer Inc., Caterpillar Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc. and 3M Co. were among the seven big-name companies that received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recognition on Wednesday for significantly reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

  • October 8, 2008

    Inventor Sues Soil Remediation Co. Over Patents

    An inventor of soil and groundwater remediation technologies has taken on environmental consulting firm Groundwater & Environmental Services Inc. in an infringement suit over more than a dozen patents relating to cleanup systems for environmental contaminants.

  • October 7, 2008

    EU Panel Approves Climate Change Bill

    A panel of the European Parliament has given the green light to a sweeping and potentially costly climate change plan despite pressure from industry and business owners to tone down emissions targets in light of the deepening credit crisis in Europe.