Environmental

  • February 28, 2008

    Calif. Can’t Regulate Ship Emissions: 9th Circuit

    A federal appeals court has determined that California cannot force ships to use cleaner fuel when they approach the state’s ports without getting the green light from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • February 27, 2008

    Alaskan Town Sues ExxonMobil, Others Over GHGs

    A tiny Alaskan village has filed suit against Exxon Mobil Corp. and 23 other oil and energy companies, claiming that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the defendants have left the town uninhabitable.

  • February 27, 2008

    Documents Reveal EPA Staff Support For Nixed Waiver

    Newly excerpted briefing documents reveal there was pressure within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to approve California's request for a waiver that would have allowed the state to adopt strict greenhouse gas emissions standards for automobiles. The request was rejected in December.

  • February 26, 2008

    Study Advises Tweaking Toxicity Rules For Nanotech

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may need to amend its regulations on toxicity reporting to address the unique characteristics of nanomaterials, a new study says.

  • February 26, 2008

    DuPont Vows To Appeal $196M Pollution Ruling

    Lashing out at a circuit court's Monday decision upholding $196.2 million in punitive damages in a class action pollution case, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. said Tuesday it plans to appeal the ruling to West Virginia's highest court.

  • February 26, 2008

    W.R. Grace Plans $4M Sale Of Contaminated Sites

    Seeking to shed some of its environmental liabilities, troubled industrial giant W.R. Grace & Co. asked a federal bankruptcy court on Friday to let it sell 10 contaminated plots of land for almost $4.4 million.

  • February 25, 2008

    Paper Says Feds, States Must Act To Reduce GHG

    Both federal and state governments must play a role if the United States is to successfully reduce its carbon footprint, according to a white paper released Monday by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

  • February 21, 2008

    Asarco $27.9M Settlement Deal Approved

    Claimants for property and personal injury damages connected to toxic Asarco LLC sites will now receive $27.9 million, after a bankruptcy judge signed off on the troubled mining company's settlement deals on Wednesday.

  • February 20, 2008

    FERC To Assess Impact Of Maine LNG Terminal

    The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Wednesday that it was preparing an environmental impact statement for a planned liquid natural gas terminal in Maine, promising to move the controversial project closer to regulatory approval.

  • February 20, 2008

    CBS Concludes Drawn-Out Superfund Dispute

    CBS Corp. will pay $31.35 million toward the cleanup of six Superfund sites in and around Bloomington, Ind., bringing to a close the decades-long dispute over hazardous polychlorinated biphenyl contamination for which a CBS predecessor company was allegedly liable.

  • February 20, 2008

    Carbon Tax More Efficient Than Cap-And-Trade: Study

    Instituting a carbon dioxide tax is a more efficient way of controlling carbon dioxide emissions than cap-and-trade approaches, according to a new report from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.

  • February 20, 2008

    States, Investors Pledge $10B To Energy Efficiency

    A group — made up of almost 50 American and European pension funds, state and local comptrollers, financial firms and foundations that control some $1.75 trillion in total assets — has agreed to funnel close to $10 billion toward enhancing energy efficiency and encouraging green technology.

  • February 15, 2008

    U.S. Urged To Try Harder To Cut Vehicle Emissions

    The U.S. government should speed up its plans to increase vehicle fuel efficiency and needs to act on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the International Energy Agency said on Friday.

  • February 15, 2008

    Lawyers In Valdez Case Get Extra Minutes To Argue

    Attorneys in the high-profile Supreme Court case over a $2.5 billion punitive damages award for the Exxon Valdez spill will each get an extra 15 minutes to argue their points.

  • February 15, 2008

    U.S. Lawmakers Eye Russian Energy Project

    Two Democratic lawmakers have asked U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to deny the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s support for a controversial energy project controlled by the Russian government, saying it is in the national interest to do so.

  • February 15, 2008

    State, Federal Regulators To Discuss Smart Grid

    State and federal regulators say they will assemble a collaborative dialogue about the transition to a smart electric grid, FERC announced Thursday.

  • February 14, 2008

    NRC Amends Rules On Worker Reports, Labeling

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has amended its regulations to reduce the number of radiation monitoring reports to nuclear power plant workers and to exempt certain containers in these facilities from labeling requirements.

  • February 14, 2008

    $350M A Year Sought To Revive Brownfields Program

    Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would channel $350 million to revive the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields program to clean and rebuild abandoned industrial sites.

  • February 14, 2008

    Asarco Creditors Fire Up Over Push To Scuttle Smelter

    With plans to reopen a controversial copper plant in El Paso, Texas, hanging in the balance, major creditors of bankrupt Asarco LLC want a court to quash moves by the city to lift the automatic stay shielding it from litigation.

  • February 13, 2008

    New Bill Would Allow EPA To Fund Diesel Retrofits

    A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee marked up a bill Wednesday that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to continue funding clean diesel projects as part of environmental enforcement settlements.