• October 17, 2008

    Calif. Groups Fight District's Dairy Farm Approval

    A green group and an advocate for low-income residents are challenging the approval of a "mega-dairy" with more than 6,000 cows that they claim will emit potent greenhouse gases in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act.

  • October 17, 2008

    Electric Corridor Suit Against DOE Tossed

    A federal court has tossed a suit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity that alleges the U.S. Department of Energy’s designation of a power corridor violates a host of environmental laws.

  • October 16, 2008

    Gas Co. Convicted Of Illegally Storing Mercury

    Southern Union Co. was convicted Wednesday of illegally storing liquid mercury, which allegedly led to a hazardous spill at a nearby apartment complex.

  • October 16, 2008

    EPA Seeks Final Settlement With NJ Plastics Maker

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked a district court to approve a $1.3 million consent decree with plastics company Colorite Specialty Resins Inc. to settle a lawsuit over harmful emissions at a New Jersey manufacturing facility.

  • October 21, 2008

    Economic Troubles May Delay Carbon Regs Worldwide

    Although attorneys expect the push for comprehensive carbon regulations to remain strong, there will likely be some compromises and perhaps some delays if the worldwide economy continues to nosedive.

  • October 28, 2008

    Threats To Cave Species Spark Litigation Nationwide

    Caves are currently one of the most imperiled habitats in the United States due to such things as groundwater pollution and urban development. But although caves don't contain large, iconic species like the gray wolf or grizzly bear, numerous lawsuits have been filed in an attempt to protect their wildlife, artifacts and mineral formations.

  • October 16, 2008

    CORRECTED: Group Sues To Stop Grazing In Idaho Wildlife Area

    The Western Watersheds Project filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management alleging the agency violated federal regulations when it permitted livestock grazing in a sensitive area in Idaho. (Corrects an article published on Oct. 15, 2008.)

  • October 15, 2008

    New Energy Star Rules Address Video Game Consoles

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has included new power-saving requirements for video game consoles in the latest draft of its updated Energy Star program set to take effect next summer.

  • October 15, 2008

    President Bush Signs Off On Mercury Export Ban

    President Bush has signed a law that will ban the export of elemental mercury from the U.S., a measure that received near unanimous support in Congress last month.

  • October 15, 2008

    Wildlife Officials Told To Dismiss Climate Impact

    Bush administration officials have told wildlife agencies that the Endangered Species Act cannot be used to protect animals and their habitats from climate change by regulating specific sources of greenhouse gas emissions, leaked memos show.

  • October 15, 2008

    Hawaii Votes To Ban Genetically Engineered Coffee

    Lawmakers in Hawaii have passed a bill outlawing the growth of genetically engineered coffee or taro on the island, introducing the first-ever targeted ban on engineered crops in the U.S.

  • October 15, 2008

    US Denies Superfund Liability At Hazardous NJ Site

    The U.S. government on Tuesday denied all liability for pollution at the site of a former military manufacturing facility in New Jersey and urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by the landowners seeking contributions for ongoing response costs at the property.

  • October 16, 2008

    New EPA Rule Tightens Lead Standards By 90 Percent

    For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has updated its national emissions standards for lead, tightening the allowable lead level tenfold.

  • October 15, 2008

    CBS, ExxonMobil Sued Over Ill. Superfund Site

    A tiny village in central Illinois that is suing CBS Operations Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp. over a Superfund site contaminated from decades of zinc smelting will continue the battle in federal court after the cases were moved to a new venue Friday.

  • October 14, 2008

    Environmental Law Professors Grade Bush Legacy

    As President Bush gets ready to pack up and return to Texas, we asked several prominent environmental law professors to grade the work done by environmental regulators under his administration. Hint: It's not a pretty picture.

  • October 14, 2008

    EPA Grants Controversial Storm Water Permit To GE

    While progress has been made in General Electric Corp.’s cleanup of Massachusetts' Housatonic River, a recent decision by federal regulators to permit storm water discharge from a nearby contaminated facility has raised concerns that those gains will be undone.

  • October 14, 2008

    Study Chides Calif. For Not Punishing More Violations

    Although California leads the U.S. in setting environmental and public health standards, many violations of the state's standards are not being penalized, according to a report released last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

  • October 13, 2008

    Nev. AG Contests EPA Radiation Standards At Yucca

    The Nevada attorney general has challenged a federal agency's radiation standards for the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, arguing that the project has been “steamrolled” through licensing at the expense of public health.

  • October 13, 2008

    Environmental Suits Vex US Firms: Survey

    Although overall case filings may have dropped this year, U.S. companies are still facing plenty of litigation stemming from environmental and toxic tort matters, which ranked among the top 10 most common pending lawsuits, according to a recent survey to be released on Tuesday.

  • October 13, 2008

    Sportsman's Club, Feds Settle Over Tainted Refuge

    A defunct sportsman's club in Delaware has agreed to pay $948,000 to settle charges that it contaminated adjacent Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge with lead ammunition, but the U.S. government will not immediately collect any cash from the deal in light of the club's financial difficulties.