Environmental

  • September 23, 2008

    Senate Passes Renewable Energy Tax Credit

    The U.S. Senate has passed the Baucus-Grassley amendment to the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008, which would provide tax credits for renewable energy, and the White House has urged the House of Representatives to pass the bill.

  • September 24, 2008

    Boxer Lambasts Bush Over EPA Record

    U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. blasted the Bush Administration's environmental record at a hearing Wednesday, citing the courts' “frustration with EPA's failure to comply with the law.”

  • September 24, 2008

    Apparel Firm Settles Suit Over Air Violations

    A Minneapolis-based branded apparel company has agreed to shell out $330,000 to resolve a Wisconsin state lawsuit alleging it failed to comply with air pollution controls at its industrial laundering facility in Green Bay, Wis., from 2004 to 2007.

  • September 23, 2008

    Bayer May Be Liable For Texas Superfund Site

    A federal judge has ruled that Bayer AG's American unit may be liable for part of the cleanup of a contaminated former metal smelting facility in Texas, denying a motion by the company for summary judgment.

  • September 23, 2008

    Ky. Appeals Court OKs Power Plant Permit

    The Kentucky Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court's decision to revoke a permit for a coal-fired power plant, opening the door to construction of a 1,600 megawatt plant in the western part of the state.

  • September 23, 2008

    House OKs Ban On Diverting Great Lakes Water

    The U.S. House of Representatives swiftly approved the Great Lakes Basin Compact on Wednesday, passing the measure for preventing diversions from the five lakes on to the White House for a final blessing.

  • September 24, 2008

    DOE Pledges $8B To Guarantee Clean Coal Financing

    The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that it is setting aside $8 billion in federal loan guarantees to support projects at coal-based power generation and industrial gasification facilities that use advanced technologies to avoid or reduce emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

  • September 24, 2008

    Dovex Fruit To Pay $98K For Clean Air Act Violations

    The Dovex Fruit Company has agreed to pay $98,241 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to settle allegations that the fruit grower and packager violated the Clean Air Act by failing to submit a risk management program for hazardous materials kept on-site.

  • September 23, 2008

    Wash. Beef Plant Fined $115K For Clean Air Violations

    A Washington state beef-processing plant has agreed to pay at least $115,942 to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act for failing to properly implement a risk-management program to protect workers from hazardous chemicals that are kept at the plant.

  • September 23, 2008

    EPA Tells 7 Calif. Cos. To Pay $500K Or Clean Up

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered seven businesses to shell out $500,000 for cleanup of a California Superfund site or to present an equally effective alternative for keeping contaminated groundwater from infecting drinking water wells that serve Los Angeles.

  • September 22, 2008

    7th Circ. Defines 'Ownership' In CERCLA Suit

    A private party that holds legal title to real estate only as a “security interest” during the sale of the property cannot be held liable for cleanup costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, a federal appeals court has ruled in a case involving a derelict paint factory in Chicago.

  • September 22, 2008

    Builders' Suit Over Calif. Emissions Rule Tossed

    A California judge has shot down an argument by a national building trade association that a state air pollution control district's land development air emissions rule was preempted by the federal Clean Air Act, instead ruling that the regulation is valid and enforceable.

  • September 23, 2008

    RGGI To Hold First Ever US Carbon Auction

    The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a coalition of 10 northeastern states that is implementing a cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, will hold the U.S.' first carbon auction on Thursday after more than five years of planning.

  • September 22, 2008

    TransCanada May Intervene in Keystone Pipeline Suit

    A federal judge has given the green light for TransCanada Keystone Pipeline LP to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the National Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups against the U.S. government to stop the development of a crude oil pipeline between Canada and the U.S.

  • September 22, 2008

    EPA Won’t Regulate Fuel Component In Water: Report

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly determined that perchlorate, an ingredient found in rocket fuel that has been linked to thyroid complications, does not need to be removed from U.S. drinking water.

  • September 22, 2008

    Damages Kept Alive In Tampa Bay Pollution Suit

    A Florida appeals court Wednesday sank a putative class action suit by commercial fishermen alleging pollution from Mosaic Fertilizer LLC hurt the fishing industry, but asked the state’s supreme court to weigh in on whether fishermen can claim damages for contamination of the state's waters.

  • September 22, 2008

    EPA Must Justify Pesticide Tolerance Levels: 9th Circ.

    A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to explain why it set pesticide tolerance levels without giving special consideration to risks posed to infants and children, as mandated by the Food Quality Protection Act.

  • September 22, 2008

    Energy Publisher Lodges 2 Copyright Suits

    Energy Intelligence Group Inc. has sued a financial services firm and a ratings agency for allegedly electronically forwarding its niche newsletters on the energy industry in violation of copyright laws.

  • September 22, 2008

    Appeals Court Frees Wind Farms From Raptor Dispute

    An appeals court Thursday overruled a district court and allowed wildlife to be protected as a public trust, but upheld the dismissal of a suit against the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area, holding that raptor safety lies with regulatory agencies and not with the power companies themselves.

  • September 22, 2008

    Slew Of Settlements Reached In MTBE Litigation

    More than 40 individual lawsuits that were part of a consolidated case alleging gasoline refiners contaminated water with the carcinogen methyl tertiary-butyl ether were dismissed Thursday after settlements were reached.