Environmental

  • 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.

  • September 19, 2008

    Bus Co. Challenges 'Excessive' Anti-Idling Fines

    A bus transportation company under fire for several million in fines from the U.S. government under the Massachusetts anti-idling statute has hit back, alleging that the law is unconstitutionally vague and that the fines are excessive under the Eighth Amendment.

  • September 19, 2008

    REACH-Like Chemicals Rules Expected In Calif.

    As companies across the United States struggle to adapt to the European Union's new REACH legislation, many are also bracing for the possible passage of California's Green Chemistry Initiative, which could introduce similar chemicals regulations domestically.

  • September 19, 2008

    Conectiv Energy Fined $5.3M For Excess Emissions

    Conectiv Energy has been hit with a $5.3 million fine for flouting air pollution standards and faces the loss of its operating permit unless the company meets emissions limits at its coal-fired plant in Pennsville, N.J., the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday.

  • September 19, 2008

    EPA Must Regulate Construction Industry: 9th Circ.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must establish guidelines and standards to control storm water pollution caused by the construction industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said Thursday, affirming a ruling by a federal trial judge in California.

  • September 19, 2008

    House Passes Bill Tripling Great Lakes Cleanup Fund

    The Great Lakes Basin is on track to receive a cash infusion for an ongoing cleanup project, as the U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that would pump $150 million annually into the effort and free up funds to restore aquatic habitats in the region.

  • September 19, 2008

    Railroad Cos. Sue Calif. Over Contaminated Site

    Two railroad companies have sued the state of California over the cost of cleaning up a stretch of railway they say they built with the state's help to make room for a state highway project.