Environmental

  • August 29, 2008

    La. Oil Refinery To Overhaul Pollution Controls

    Transworld Oil USA Inc.'s subsidiary Calcasieu Refining Co. has agreed to pay $612,500 and reduce nitrous oxide emissions at its petroleum processing plant to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and the Louisiana Environmental Quality Act.

  • August 27, 2008

    Judge Tosses Southampton's Beach Erosion Suit

    A federal judge has ruled that Suffolk County, N.Y., cannot be held responsible for the erosion of Southampton's sandy shores, in a suit that pitted town against county over the construction of beachfront groins and jetties.

  • August 27, 2008

    Texas Oil Groups Sue EPA For Inaction On Air Rules

    Claiming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put them in an “impossible situation,” a coalition of Texas oil and gas facilities sued the agency on Monday, demanding that it take action on the state's revisions to its clean air rules.

  • August 27, 2008

    Family Can't Sue US To Clean Up Land: 10th Circ.

    The descendants of a Utah landowner who leased his land to the United States during World War II can't seek relief for the lasting damage of the military's chemical weapons testing, an appellate court has ruled.

  • August 27, 2008

    Exxon Pays Out $383M, But More Litigation To Come

    Exxon Mobil Corp. has paid about three-fourths of the $507.5 million punitive damages award it was hit with as part of a lawsuit related to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, but litigation will continue over both interest and a supercedes bond, according to a lawyer close to the case.

  • August 27, 2008

    Milwaukee's Kinnickinnic River Gets $22M Cleanup

    Federal and state funds will be pooled to finance a $22 million project to remove contaminated sediment from the Kinnickinnic River that runs through Milwaukee, officials announced Monday.

  • August 27, 2008

    EPA Inspection Rights Upheld In Suit Over Ship PCBs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is entitled to administrative warrants to inspect ships containing regulated chemical substances pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit said Monday.

  • August 27, 2008

    Dynegy Faces Increased Pressure From Sierra Club

    The Sierra Club launched a second front in its fight against a Texas coal-fired power plant on Tuesday, sending a letter to senior government officials challenging the funding for the plant. The group also plans to file a lawsuit Thursday aimed at stopping the construction in Texas.

  • September 16, 2008

    Calif. May Take Lead On Regulating Chemicals

    Departing from a reactive, piecemeal approach to regulating harmful chemicals in consumer products, two groundbreaking California bills that are expected to be signed into law would allow state regulators to prevent products containing substances detrimental to the environment and public health from being made in the first place.

  • August 27, 2008

    Judge Approves $170M Arco Superfund Deal

    A federal judge has approved a Superfund settlement in which Atlantic Richfield Co. will pay about $170 million for the cleanup of polluted sites along the Clark Fork River in southwestern Montana, thus ending about 25 years of litigation between the federal and state governments on one side and Arco, a BP PLC subsidiary, on the other.

  • August 27, 2008

    Canadian Law Group Proposes Toxics Reduction Law

    An environmental law group in Canada has proposed model legislation to reduce the amount of toxic substances used in manufacturing facilities, workplaces and consumer products in the province of Ontario.

  • August 26, 2008

    EPA Launches Plan To Reduce Lead Wheel Weight Use

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has crafted a new initiative that encourages companies and government agencies to reduce the use of lead wheel weights.

  • August 26, 2008

    Calif. Assembly OKs Greenhouse Gas Land-Use Bill

    The California State Assembly has passed a sweeping bill to tackle global climate change through land-use planning, after more than a year of negotiations and 12 amendments.

  • August 26, 2008

    Texas Settles Pollutants Lawsuit For $6.5M

    LyondellBasell Industries has agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle allegations that two of its subsidiaries repeatedly failed to prevent the release of harmful pollutants into the atmosphere at seven petrochemical plants in Houston and along the Gulf Coast.

  • August 25, 2008

    Asarco Pledges $200M For Wash. State Cleanup

    Inching its way toward a bankruptcy exit, Asarco LLC has agreed to hand over $200 million to mop up the toxic trouble caused by its numerous mining operations in Washington state.

  • August 25, 2008

    Colo. Groups Call For Stricter Radon Emissions Limits

    Citizen groups in Colorado have accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of failing to properly regulate potentially deadly radon emissions from uranium mills.

  • August 25, 2008

    GAO Says Katrina Trash Could Threaten Environment

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its state counterpart have had some success in monitoring the demolition and disposal of homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but several New Orleans-area landfills still pose health and environmental threats to the community, a new report says.

  • August 25, 2008

    12 States Sue EPA Over Oil Refinery Emissions

    New York is leading a coalition of states in a lawsuit filed Monday that aims to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to control oil refinery emissions of greenhouse gases.

  • August 25, 2008

    District Court Not Venue For Corridor Disputes: Judge

    A federal court has dismissed a trio of cases brought against the U.S. Department of Energy for approving an electric transmission corridor in the mid-Atlantic region against the wishes of certain states.

  • August 25, 2008

    Waste Cos. Take Patent Fight To Mass. District Court

    Quantum Catalytics Inc. and its affiliate Texas Syngas Inc. have sued two rival waste service companies for allegedly infringing patents and stealing trade secrets covering technology for converting waste into energy, shortly after another court dismissed a similar suit for lack of jurisdiction.