Environmental

  • December 12, 2008

    NY Foundry Pleads Guilty To Felony CWA Violation

    The Frazer & Jones Co., a maker of iron castings, has been ordered to pay $250,000 after pleading guilty to a felony charge of violating the Clean Air Act at the company's Solvay, N.Y., foundry.

  • December 12, 2008

    EU OKs Plan To Tackle Carbon Emissions

    The European Union's latest energy package to reduce carbon emissions, which was approved Friday, includes funding for more efficient power plants, but the plan drew the ire of one environmental group that said it wasn't aggressive enough.

  • December 12, 2008

    Ford Fights MichCon Bid To Toss Cleanup Suit

    Ford Motor Co. and steel manufacturer Severstal North America Inc. are fighting Michigan Consolidated Gas Co.'s efforts to throw out their lawsuit over environmental cleanup costs at a swath of land near Michigan's Rouge River, arguing that the company is liable for contamination at the site that occurred over seven decades ago.

  • December 12, 2008

    MTBE Judge Rebuffs Bid To Delay Trial

    The federal district judge overseeing the methyl tertiary-butyl ether multidistrict litigation has denied a request for an adjournment made by plaintiffs in an upcoming trial in the long-standing product liability case.

  • December 12, 2008

    9th Circ. Sides With US In Water Quality Suit

    The Clean Water Act doesn't apply to nonpoint sources of pollution such as feces from livestock, a federal appeals court has ruled, upholding a lower court judgment for the U.S. Forest Service in a spat over grazing permits in an Oregon national forest.

  • December 11, 2008

    Obama To Pick Climate Change Expert To Head DOE

    After a meeting this week with Al Gore to discuss climate policy, calling it “a matter of urgency,” President-elect Barack Obama reportedly has decided on Nobel Prize-winning climate change expert Steven Chu for Energy secretary.

  • December 12, 2008

    ESA Rule Change Sparks Green Outrage, Lawsuit

    In a move that has environmental groups up in arms and has already spawned a lawsuit, the U.S. Department of the Interior on Thursday finalized a change to the Endangered Species Act that will allow federal agencies to approve roads, housing and other development projects without first having to consult with government scientists.

  • December 11, 2008

    Group Warns Rayonier Of Suit Over River Cleanup

    An environmental group has warned Rayonier Inc. of its plans to sue the international forest products company if it does not take action to stop its Georgia pulp mill from allegedly leaking foul-smelling, coffee-colored discharges into a nearby river.

  • December 11, 2008

    Agere Still On The Hook For Va. Cleanup Costs

    A judge has declined to let Lucent Technologies spinoff Agere Systems Inc. off the hook for potential damages in a suit attempting to establish responsibility for environmental cleanup costs at a former Virginia factory now owned by shopping center developer Forest City Commercial Development.

  • December 11, 2008

    Calif. OKs Broad Greenhouse Gas Rules

    California has adopted the nation's most sweeping global warming plan, with state regulators reportedly giving the green light to a set of ambitious goals aimed at helping the state achieve its target of lowering greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

  • December 11, 2008

    Nanotech Panel Faults US Risk Assessment Plan

    A new report from the National Research Council blasts the U.S. government's plan for assessing the health and environmental impacts of nanomaterials, and calls on officials to seek input from both environmentalists and industry groups to develop a more comprehensive approach.

  • December 10, 2008

    Obama Picks LA Deputy Mayor For Environmental Post

    President-elect Barack Obama has reportedly tapped Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

  • December 10, 2008

    Federal Staff Sue DOI For Control Of Bison Refuge

    An alliance of federal employees and former high-placed U.S. Department of the Interior officials has lowered its horns, filing suit to revoke an agency decision that transferred control of a historic bison refuge in Montana to an American Indian tribe.

  • December 10, 2008

    Facing Suit, Luminant To Upgrade Emissions Controls

    Luminant has agreed to install new emissions controls and abide by stricter regulatory review in order to settle with the Sierra Club and Public Citizen, which had planned to sue the company over allegations that construction plans for its Oak Grove, Texas, coal-fired facility didn't meet mercury emissions standards.

  • December 10, 2008

    Group Prepares To Sue DOI Units Over Ariz. Policies

    The Center for Biological Diversity has notified the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service of its intent to file a lawsuit alleging that the agencies relied on an “unlawful biological opinion” in approving a slew of activities that could harm several Grand Canyon-area species.

  • December 11, 2008

    EPA Sets Rules For Fugitive Emissions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a program that will require facilities in the electrical and petroleum refining industries, among others, to regulate “fugitive emissions,” which seep out through equipment leaks or evaporation, along with pollution released through stacks and vents.

  • December 9, 2008

    France Fined $13M For Shirking GMO Rules

    The European Union's highest court has slapped France with a €10 million ($12.9 million) fine for dragging its feet on updating its laws in line with an EU directive governing the deliberate release of genetically modified organisms into the environment.

  • December 9, 2008

    EU States Call For Lights Out On Incandescent Bulbs

    European Union member states on Monday endorsed the European Commission's proposal to join a growing list of countries phasing out less energy-efficient incandescent light bulbs.

  • December 9, 2008

    Defendants To Pay $29M In Mass. Superfund Cleanup

    Bank of America NA, ConocoPhillips Co., Chevron Environmental Management Co. and several other companies have agreed to pay $29 million to clean up a former Massachusetts landfill contaminated with chemical and radioactive waste.

  • December 11, 2008

    House Panel Scrutinizes Bush's 'Midnight Regs'

    As the Bush administration finalizes a slew of “midnight regulations,” a U.S. House of Representatives committee on energy and climate change is reviewing the rules its chairman says will have “serious negative impacts” on the environment.