Environmental

  • March 4, 2008

    Asarco Seeks Court OK To Settle Missouri Claims

    Asarco LLC has asked the court overseeing the company's Chapter 11 proceedings to approve an environmental settlement under which the U.S. government, the state of Missouri and others will get more than $70 million in allowed general unsecured claims against the 108-year-old mining outfit.

  • March 3, 2008

    Ship Owners To Pay $2M Over Calif. Oil Spill

    The owner of the cargo ship involved in November's massive oil spill in San Francisco Bay is set to make a small dent in the millions of dollars of damages caused by the crash. It agreed on Sunday to pay over $2 million toward recouping the city's cleanup costs.

  • March 3, 2008

    EPA's Logic On Calif. Emissions Law Draws Fire

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed the reasoning behind its refusal to let California pass a law limiting auto emissions to curb global warming, drawing harsh criticism from environmental groups and lawmakers.

  • March 4, 2008

    Puget Energy Faces Penalties From 2006 Spill

    The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking undisclosed civil penalties from Puget Energy Inc. stemming from a 2006 diesel spill, the company said Friday.

  • March 3, 2008

    EPA Hopes To Expedite Federal Air Quality Reviews

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule aimed at expediting the process federal agencies use to ensure that their projects fall in line with state plans for controlling air quality.

  • March 3, 2008

    Kinder Morgan Must Face San Diego Pollution Suit

    Dealing a blow to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, a federal judge on Friday declined to toss claims by the city of San Diego that the pipeline giant has dragged its feet on cleaning up a fuel plume that contaminated groundwater.

  • February 29, 2008

    Alaska To Sue BP Over Prudhoe Bay Spill

    Alaskan authorities plan to bring a civil suit in the fall against BP PLC to recover damages and lost revenues that resulted from spills and subsequent plant shutdowns in 2006 at the oil giant's pipelines in western Prudhoe Bay.

  • February 29, 2008

    EPA, ChemCentral Settle Over Explosion

    ChemCentral Midwest Corp. has agreed to pay more than $375,000 to settle allegations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that an explosion and fire that destroyed the company's Kansas City, Mo., facility violated environmental and public health laws.

  • February 28, 2008

    House Passes Tax Bill That Would Drop Oil Subsidies

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would use $18 billion worth of tax breaks from oil and gas producers to help fund alternative energy projects, but prospects for the bill getting through the Senate and White House are slim.

  • February 29, 2008

    Hess Settles With N.Y. Conservation Regulators

    Hess Corp. has entered into a $1.4 million settlement with the state of New York to rectify its alleged violations of state petroleum storage regulations and to establish a habitat restoration project, a top state conservation regulator announced Thursday.

  • February 28, 2008

    Texas Panel Refuses To Open Probe Against Asarco

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has shot down an El Paso County prosecutor’s bid to launch an investigation of criminal allegations against bankrupt Asarco LLC, which is taking steps to restart operations at a defunct copper smelter in the city.

  • February 28, 2008

    Sierra Club Sues Wellington Over Pa. Power Plant

    A coalition of environmental groups has filed suit against a West Virginia company that plans to build a coal-fired power plant in southwestern Pennsylvania. The firm’s construction permit has expired, and the company should be required to meet current legal standards for emissions, the groups claim.

  • February 28, 2008

    N.C. Pollution Claims Will Move Forward

    A federal judge has denied the Tennessee Valley Authority’s motion for summary judgment in a suit with the state of North Carolina over air pollution from the utility’s power plants.

  • February 27, 2008

    Norlisk Nickel Fined $178M By Russian EPA

    Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel was fined 4.35 billion rubles ($177.9 million) for allegedly polluting rivers in Siberia, the latest large fine levied by the country's zealous and relatively new environmental agency.

  • February 28, 2008

    Senate Energy Committee Assails Bush Budget Plan

    The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has taken aim at President Bush's proposed budget for the departments of Energy and the Interior, with members saying they “strongly disagree” with several of Bush's proposals.

  • February 27, 2008

    Agencies Balk At Pacific Lumber Disclosure Statement

    A group of California state agencies has lodged a protest over Pacific Lumber Co.’s joint disclosure statement, calling parts of the plan outlining the proposed transfer of various lands “inadequate.”

  • 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.