Environmental

  • January 15, 2009

    House Democrats Look To Reverse New ESA Rule

    Thirteen Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have moved to overturn a new rule that critics say neuters the Endangered Species Act by allowing federal agencies to sidestep a requirement that they consult with experts on projects that could affect imperiled species.

  • January 15, 2009

    US Officials Designate Western Energy Corridors

    As part of an initiative under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, federal land management officials have designated corridors through most Western states as preferred locations for future energy transmission lines.

  • January 15, 2009

    Salazar Vows To Follow Science As Interior Chief

    Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., has said that the U.S. Department of the Interior would base its decisions on sound science and not special interests if he were approved as secretary. But although he was mainly praised by fellow senators, a group of more than 100 scientists and conservation groups sent out a letter criticizing him for past hostility to the Endangered Species Act, among other things.

  • January 15, 2009

    EPA Plans To Retool Air Pollution Index

    U.S. regulators on Thursday proposed updating air pollution ratings so that the Air Quality Index accurately reflects the dangers high levels of fine particle matter pose to public health.

  • January 15, 2009

    EU Body Passes Pesticide Rules Over Objections

    The European Parliament has passed new pesticide legislation designed to make more pesticides available more quickly in member countries and to ban dangerous chemicals and limit how and where approved products can be used.

  • January 14, 2009

    EPA Updates Industry Operating Permit Program

    Touting the environmental, economic and administrative benefits of so-called flexible air permits, U.S. regulators on Tuesday revised the operating permit program under the Clean Air Act to encourage flexible permit use among major industries.

  • January 14, 2009

    Black Abalone Added To Endangered Species List

    The black abalone, an edible mollusk on the Pacific Coast, was added to the list of endangered species on Wednesday, two years after an advocacy group lodged a petition highlighting the species' dramatic decline in numbers.

  • January 14, 2009

    Palin To Sue US Over Beluga Whale's ESA Protection

    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin intends to challenge the listing of Cook Inlet beluga whales as endangered, contending that the federal government's decision neglected to consider the state's own efforts to conserve the species.

  • January 14, 2009

    Army Corps To Delay Vote On Md. LNG Permit

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said it won't vote on the permit for a controversial liquefied natural gas terminal until the project's developer provides more information on its compliance with federal wildlife regulations, asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to also delay voting.

  • January 14, 2009

    Tenn. Gov. Vows Taxpayers Won't Bear Sludge Tab

    The governor of Tennessee has promised that the Tennessee Valley Authority, not citizens of the Volunteer State, will foot the cleanup bill after a Dec. 22 retention pond breach sent millions of cubic yards of potentially toxic fly ash sludge spilling over 500 acres in the eastern part of the state.

  • January 14, 2009

    TVA Ordered To Curb Pollution At 4 Coal Plants

    The embattled Tennessee Valley Authority must control pollution at four of its coal-fired plants, a federal judge has ruled, in a case brought by North Carolina alleging TVA pollutants are drifting into the state, sickening residents and ruining scenic vistas.

  • January 14, 2009

    Forest Service Overturns Its Oil-Leasing Plan

    The U.S. Forest Service has reversed its own plan outlining guidelines for oil and gas leasing in the Santa Fe National Forest, siding with a green group that argued the plan would open up 113,000 acres for drilling without assessing the impacts.

  • January 14, 2009

    Colo. High Court Strikes Down County Mining Rule

    The Supreme Court of Colorado has struck down a county ordinance banning the use of cyanide and other chemicals in heap or vat leach mining, finding that the ordinance is preempted by a state law.

  • January 14, 2009

    EPA Knocks 2 Solvents Off List Of Air Pollutants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule encouraging companies to use solvents containing two chemicals that are not thought to contribute to increased smog or ground-level ozone.

  • January 15, 2009

    FERC Approves Controversial Md. LNG Project

    The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a controversial liquefied natural gas terminal Thursday despite requests from federal agencies that it wait for more information on the project's compliance with federal wildlife regulations before voting.

  • January 13, 2009

    Calif.'s EPA Rejects Superfund Status For Lab Site

    California’s top environmental watchdog has turned down an offer for a contaminated laboratory site owned by Boeing Co. to receive federal Superfund status, claiming that the state agency can lead cleanup efforts faster without it.

  • January 13, 2009

    EPA Gives Cos. Some Guidance On Aggregation

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a new rule saying that businesses don't have to combine emissions from modifications to a facility for the purpose of figuring out whether the New Source Review permitting program applies unless those modifications are “substantially related.”

  • January 13, 2009

    Feds, Others Settle Landfill Cleanup Suit With NY

    The state of New York has reached a consent decree in a lawsuit accusing the federal government and a number of corporate entities of contributing to contamination at a former municipal landfill in Lindley, N.Y.

  • January 13, 2009

    Senator To Press Fly Ash Issue With EPA Nominee

    In the aftermath of a billion-gallon sludge slide from a Tennessee fly ash waste pond, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is pushing to make sure President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for the nation's top environmental post has a plan to prevent future mishaps.

  • January 14, 2009

    Ad Claims Revived In Hybrid Mileage Suit V. Honda

    In a blow to American Honda Motor Co. Inc., a California appeals court has reversed the dismissal of state law causes of action for deceptive advertising brought by a consumer who sued the automaker over the fuel efficiency of his hybrid vehicle, ruling that not all of the consumer's claims are preempted by federal law.