Environmental

  • March 12, 2008

    W.R. Grace To Pay $250M For Asbestos Cleanup

    Bankrupt industrial giant W.R. Grace & Co. has agreed to pay $250 million – the largest Superfund settlement ever – to cover cleanup and investigation costs related to asbestos contamination in Libby, Mont., authorities said Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2008

    Polluter Bankruptcies Prompt Lawsuit Against EPA

    Citing a wave of bankruptcies that has left billions in environmental cleanup costs unpaid, environmental groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, demanding that it pass regulations requiring polluting companies to provide assurance that they can pay for future cleanups.

  • March 10, 2008

    Measure Would Overturn EPA Ruling On Emissions

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation aimed at overturning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent decision that California cannot impose its own strict regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

  • March 10, 2008

    Study Sees Drop In U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    The United States' greenhouse gas emissions fell 1.5% between 2005 and 2006 due to unusual climate patterns, lower fuel consumption and increased use of natural gas and renewable energy, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • March 10, 2008

    Senators Propose Clean Energy Investment Bank

    A group of U.S. senators has proposed setting up a government corporation to encourage and facilitate investments in clean energy, claiming that it would help drive down the cost of eco-friendly projects.

  • March 10, 2008

    Greka Hit With 3rd EPA Cleanup Order This Year

    Greka Oil & Gas Co. has been hit with its third U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcement order in just the past two months, with the agency telling the California oil company it must either immediately clean up a polluted California site or face fines of $32,500 per violation per day. This is the third enforcement order issued to Greka by the EPA since January 2008.

  • March 7, 2008

    DOE Pushes Ahead With Power Corridor Plans

    Despite massive opposition from attorneys general, federal lawmakers and environmental groups, the U.S. Department of Energy is pushing ahead with plans to create two electric transmission corridors in the mid-Atlantic and Southwest regions of the country.

  • March 7, 2008

    Trade Rep Warns Of Risks In Climate Change Bills

    U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said Thursday that certain climate change bills carried enormous risks for trade, and she urged lawmakers to advance trade and environmental objectives in a mutually supportive manner.

  • March 7, 2008

    Firm Wins $3.3M Fee In Motorola Environmental Suit

    Law firm Brown & Bain PA will get additional payments for its work in a Motorola Inc. environmental contamination suit it withdrew from almost a decade ago, after an appeals court ruled that the main plaintiffs lawyer still owed it $3.3 million.

  • March 24, 2008

    China Redirects Foreign Money From Unclean To Green

    China, long the destination of basic manufacturing needs for the Western world, has now undertaken a drastic reform of its foreign direct investment policies to exclude the energy-intensive, “smokestack” industries it has become famous for.

  • March 7, 2008

    Lawmakers Eye Measure To Create Energy Agency

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed a new way to deal with climate change through a bill, introduced Tuesday, that would establish an international agency to promote renewable energy across the world.

  • March 5, 2008

    Green Group Challenges Duke Energy's Nuclear Plans

    A South Carolina-based environmental group asked the state's regulators on Monday to reject a request by Duke Energy Corp. to approve preconstruction costs for the planning of two new nuclear reactors upstate.

  • March 6, 2008

    Feds Put Rural Power Plant Loans On Hiatus

    A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is, for the moment, no longer handing out loans for new base load generation plants in rural areas, which could mean the end of an environmental lawsuit against the government.

  • March 5, 2008

    BP Settles Shareholder Case Over Bad Management

    Following a $373 million payment to the U.S. government for environmental and fraud claims, BP Plc has agreed to settle with shareholders that accused the energy giant of gross mismanagement.

  • September 3, 2008

    Potential ESA Listing Could Chill Natural Gas Boom

    Natural gas production has exploded across the West since the Bush administration took office nearly eight years ago, but the energy boom is being jeopardized by the decline of the greater sage grouse, a chicken-like bird known for its elaborate courtship displays.

  • March 11, 2008

    Miners Look To Senate For A Friendlier Reform Bill

    With the prospect of a new mining reform bill before the Senate, industry advocates have renewed their push for softer royalty rates, while environmentalists continue to call for protection of public lands.

  • April 1, 2008

    Pressure Mounts On EPA For Alleged Stalling Tactics

    A slew of states and environmental groups will return to court Wednesday on the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Massachusetts v. EPA decision in an attempt to get the Environmental Protection Agency to start regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

  • March 18, 2008

    States' Push Unlikely To Alter Electric Corridors

    Since the U.S. Department of Energy cut out two expansive electric transmission corridors in heavily congested regions, several states have stepped up opposition to what they see as the federal government's attempt to swipe their authority. But as the Senate eyes their concerns, many maintain that the greater good outweighs the costs that some communities may have to pay.

  • March 4, 2008

    New Bill Takes Aim At Non-Tanker Oil Spills

    Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at protecting America's coastline from non-tanker-related oil spills, such as the one that devastated San Francisco Bay in November.

  • March 4, 2008

    Asarco Seeks Court OK To Settle Missouri Claims

    Asarco LLC has asked the court overseeing the company's Chapter 11 proceedings to approve an environmental settlement under which the U.S. government, the state of Missouri and others will get more than $70 million in allowed general unsecured claims against the 108-year-old mining outfit.