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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.