Environmental

  • 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

    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

    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 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 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 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

    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 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 26, 2008

    DuPont Vows To Appeal $196M Pollution Ruling

    Lashing out at a circuit court's Monday decision upholding $196.2 million in punitive damages in a class action pollution case, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. said Tuesday it plans to appeal the ruling to West Virginia's highest court.

  • February 26, 2008

    W.R. Grace Plans $4M Sale Of Contaminated Sites

    Seeking to shed some of its environmental liabilities, troubled industrial giant W.R. Grace & Co. asked a federal bankruptcy court on Friday to let it sell 10 contaminated plots of land for almost $4.4 million.

  • 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.

  • 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 25, 2008

    Paper Says Feds, States Must Act To Reduce GHG

    Both federal and state governments must play a role if the United States is to successfully reduce its carbon footprint, according to a white paper released Monday by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

  • February 21, 2008

    Asarco $27.9M Settlement Deal Approved

    Claimants for property and personal injury damages connected to toxic Asarco LLC sites will now receive $27.9 million, after a bankruptcy judge signed off on the troubled mining company's settlement deals on Wednesday.

  • February 20, 2008

    FERC To Assess Impact Of Maine LNG Terminal

    The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Wednesday that it was preparing an environmental impact statement for a planned liquid natural gas terminal in Maine, promising to move the controversial project closer to regulatory approval.

  • February 20, 2008

    CBS Concludes Drawn-Out Superfund Dispute

    CBS Corp. will pay $31.35 million toward the cleanup of six Superfund sites in and around Bloomington, Ind., bringing to a close the decades-long dispute over hazardous polychlorinated biphenyl contamination for which a CBS predecessor company was allegedly liable.

  • February 20, 2008

    States, Investors Pledge $10B To Energy Efficiency

    A group — made up of almost 50 American and European pension funds, state and local comptrollers, financial firms and foundations that control some $1.75 trillion in total assets — has agreed to funnel close to $10 billion toward enhancing energy efficiency and encouraging green technology.

  • February 20, 2008

    Carbon Tax More Efficient Than Cap-And-Trade: Study

    Instituting a carbon dioxide tax is a more efficient way of controlling carbon dioxide emissions than cap-and-trade approaches, according to a new report from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.

  • February 15, 2008

    State, Federal Regulators To Discuss Smart Grid

    State and federal regulators say they will assemble a collaborative dialogue about the transition to a smart electric grid, FERC announced Thursday.