Environmental

  • November 19, 2008

    Audubon Society Pushes For Everglades Bridge

    The National Audubon Society has weighed in against an Indian tribe's efforts to block a one-mile bridge in Everglades National Park, contending that the park's ecosystem will suffer without the long-delayed restoration project.

  • December 1, 2008

    As REACH Preregistration Ends, Questions Remain

    The preregistration phase in the European Union's REACH program closed Monday after millions of submissions poured in to the new European Chemicals Agency, and while the regulator has been praised for its handling so far, questions as to what happens next persist.

  • November 18, 2008

    3rd-Party Funding Fuels European Litigation Growth

    Third-party financing of litigation and an increasing acceptance of class action lawsuits in European courts have opened companies there up to litigation risks similar to those in the United States, a major British insurance firm reports.

  • November 19, 2008

    Calif. Raises Renewable Energy Standards — Again

    Raising the bar on California’s already ambitious plan to reduce carbon emissions, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is requiring the state’s utilities to get one-third of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

  • November 18, 2008

    Silver Mining Cos. Tagged With $2M Cleanup Bill

    The U.S. government is taking aim on liable parties to recoup $2 million spent on cleaning up a mine site in Idaho and has launched a suit against both the silver mine’s former owner and its operator to obtain reimbursement.

  • November 18, 2008

    Waco Oil and Gas Quarry Permit Crushed

    West Virginia's high court has upheld the West Virginia Surface Mine Board's denial of Waco Oil and Gas Co. Inc.'s bid for a quarry mine permit, reversing a lower court's order that vacated the board's 2003 decision.

  • November 18, 2008

    NJ DEP Can Protect Threatened Species, Court Holds

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has the authority to designate and protect threatened species and not just endangered ones, a state appeals court has affirmed.

  • November 18, 2008

    Rockies Groups Sue USFS Over Biathlon Facility

    A coalition of green groups is suing the U.S. Forest Service to prevent the construction of a biathlon training complex along a wildlife corridor in Montana’s Rocky Mountains.

  • November 18, 2008

    NOAA Deems 3 Pesticides Harmful To Salmon

    After many years of litigation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a biological opinion Tuesday that found three chemicals used in pesticides likely to jeopardize 27 populations of federally listed salmon and steelhead on the West Coast.

  • November 18, 2008

    Ark. Supreme Court OKs CSX, Teris Class Action

    The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected CSX Transportation Inc., Op-Tech Environmental Services Inc. and Teris LLC's challenge to a trial court's decision to let a case stemming from a fiery 2005 accident at a hazardous waste storage and treatment facility move forward as a class action.

  • November 18, 2008

    Drexel Sues Pilgrim's Pride For Alleged Contamination

    Agricultural chemical firm Drexel Chemical Co. has sued chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., claiming that an entity owned by the poultry company sold Drexel a contaminated pesticide-making facility more than 20 years ago.

  • November 18, 2008

    LG Fridges Fail To Meet Energy Star Standard: DOE

    In order to resolve allegations of improper energy testing, LG Electronics USA Inc. has agreed to temporarily pull some of its refrigerator models from the federal Energy Star program until it can make the appliances more energy efficient.

  • November 17, 2008

    US, Canada Launch Climate Research Partnership

    The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is teaming up with Environment Canada, agreeing to share weather and climate data in order to improve accuracy and give scientists a better picture of climate change in North America, NOAA has announced.

  • November 17, 2008

    DOI Official Sentenced In Conflict Of Interest Case

    The former special assistant to the associate director of minerals revenue management at the U.S. Department of the Interior has been handed two years of probation and a $2,500 fine for a felony violation of the criminal conflict of interest law.

  • November 17, 2008

    US Finalizes Plan To Kick-Start Oil Shale Production

    The Bush administration published final regulations Monday to establish an oil shale commercial leasing program that could yield up to 800 billion barrels of oil, enough to meet current U.S. demand for 110 years.

  • November 17, 2008

    Kidde-Fenwal To Pay $25K In Toxic-Reporting Failure

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and fire-detection systems maker Kidde-Fenwal Inc. have reached a settlement regarding toxic-chemical reporting at the company’s two plants in Ranson, W.Va.

  • November 17, 2008

    Agencies Soup Up CWA To Clean Up Mass. River

    In an effort to clean up the Charles River, federal and state regulators in Massachusetts are implementing “next generation” Clean Water Act protections to reduce pollution caused by stormwater.

  • November 17, 2008

    PacifiCorp, Feds Sign $450M Dam Removal Pact

    In a move that could revitalize hundreds of miles of the Klamath River in the Pacific Northwest, the federal government, Oregon, California and energy giant PacifiCorp have signed a tentative pact to remove four hydropower dams at a cost of up to $450 million by the year 2020.

  • November 17, 2008

    Sierra Club Sues EPA Over Power Plant Permit

    Citing violations of the Clean Air Act, the Sierra Club is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after regulators ignored the environmental group’s objection to an operating permit for a coal-fired plant in Wisconsin.

  • November 17, 2008

    EPA Sues Berkshire Gas For $2M River Cleanup

    While cleanup of the Housatonic River Superfund site continues, the U.S. government is going after the Berkshire Gas Co. to recoup $2 million spent decontaminating a stretch of the river near Pittsfield, Mass.