Environmental

  • October 31, 2008

    Steelhead Trout Populations Retain ESA Protection

    A federal judge has upheld Endangered Species Act protections for steelhead trout, a form of the rainbow trout that spends part of its life in fresh water and part in the Pacific Ocean.

  • October 31, 2008

    EPA Toughens Rules On Manure In Water

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has passed a new rule that aims to improve water quality by requiring concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, to manage manure safely.

  • November 4, 2008

    Obama Enviro Policies To Hinge On Energy: Experts

    Curbing climate change and reining in greenhouse gas emissions will likely be at the top of President-elect Obama's environmental policy priorities in his first two years and are expected to push new funding and enforcement efforts in favor of renewable energy sources, attorneys predict.

  • October 31, 2008

    Govt. Sues Enbridge Energy Over 2002 Oil Spill

    The U.S. government has filed a suit against Enbridge Energy over a 2002 pipeline burst that spilled more than 250,000 gallons of crude oil into a wetland area in north-central Minnesota, although both parties have filed a consent decree that outlines a proposed settlement over the spill.

  • October 30, 2008

    Mich. City Tags Sunoco For Cleanup Costs

    The city of Dearborn, Mich., has sued Sunoco Oil Inc. over its alleged failure to pay nearly $260,000 in cleanup costs for a local property contaminated with petroleum from the company's now-defunct pipeline.

  • October 30, 2008

    ARCO Owes For Rio Tinto Cleanup: Suit

    BP PLC subsidiary ARCO has been hit with a lawsuit claiming that since it acquired a copper company that once mined in Nevada's Rio Tinto, it has assumed liability for long-running environmental cleanup efforts at the site.

  • October 30, 2008

    Cleanup Efforts At Calif. Ports Challenged By Govt.

    The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission plans to sue the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in a move to block components of a program aimed at reducing air pollution that the agency says violate federal trade law because they reduce the competition necessary for the free flow of foreign trade into the U.S.

  • October 30, 2008

    Massive Superfund Deal Calls For $29M Cleanup

    The U.S. government and the state of Connecticut have struck three settlement deals related to a Superfund site, one of which calls for more than 50 potentially responsible parties, including Shell Chemicals LP, BASF Corp. and Kraft Foods Global Inc., to do about $29 million in cleanup work at the site, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • October 30, 2008

    Conservation Groups Sue Govt. Over Logging Plan

    Five California conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, claiming its decision to forgo a public comment period on a draft plan for logging practices in Oregon violates federal regulations.

  • October 30, 2008

    Methane Levels Spiked Last Year: Study

    Earth's atmosphere contains dramatically more methane, a gas with 25 times the heat-trapping ability of carbon dioxide, than it did a year ago, a study funded by NASA has found.

  • October 30, 2008

    Calif. City's New Claims V. Sherwin-Williams Barred

    The city of Emeryville, Calif., cannot pursue damages for any contamination from a former Sherwin-Williams Co. facility discovered after the city reached its settlement with the paint company in 2001, a federal judge has ruled.

  • October 30, 2008

    Changes To Expert Witness Rules Draw Criticism

    Proposed changes to federal rules of procedure governing expert witnesses have drawn criticism from several lawyers who believe that protecting drafts of expert reports from discovery would serve to conceal instances where experts are serving as advocates rather than impartial witnesses.

  • October 29, 2008

    Northeastern States Call On EPA For Mercury Fix

    Seven northeastern states — Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Massachusetts — have filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act asking it to address mercury pollution from neighboring states.

  • October 29, 2008

    Judge Bats Down Ethyl's Bid To Toss Toxic Mill Case

    A district judge has partially rejected Ethyl Corp.'s motion to dismiss the complaint brought by Moraine Properties LLC, ruling that the Ohio company had met the necessary criteria to continue to pursue its claims over cleanup of a toxic paper mill site.

  • October 29, 2008

    Reduce Water's Arsenic Or Pay $32K Per Day: EPA

    Eleven California public water systems must reduce the amount of arsenic in their drinking water or pay fines as steep as $32,500 a day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered.

  • October 29, 2008

    Mass. Settles With Chemical Makers For $2.3M

    The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has settled an air pollution lawsuit with Mantrose-Haeuser Co. Inc. and Zinsser Co. Inc. for $2.3 million in the second-largest settlement ever reached by the state attorney general’s environmental protection division.

  • October 29, 2008

    Sierra Club Initiates Probe Into Ind. Gov.'s Records

    Several environmental groups that oppose the building of Duke Energy Corp.'s $2.35 billion coal gasification power plant in Indiana have demanded that Gov. Mitch Daniels hand over all communications from his office, initiating a probe into whether the governor has been promoting the interests of the coal and utility industries at the expense of the state's taxpayers.

  • October 30, 2008

    NY AG Moves To Stamp Out Wind Farm Graft

    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new ethics code Thursday to create “unprecedented transparency” in wind farm development, which has been plagued by charges of shady dealing between upstate officials and out-of-state companies.

  • October 30, 2008

    Crabbers To Sue EPA Over Chesapeake Cleanup

    A coalition of environmental and watermen's groups has notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it intends to file a lawsuit to force the agency into establishing a firm plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, where pollution has led to a steady decline in crabs and crab industry jobs.

  • October 30, 2008

    Some ESA Protections Extended To 2 Coral Species

    Two threatened coral species in the Caribbean are now entitled to the same stringent protections offered to “endangered” species under the Endangered Species Act, thanks to a new rule issued by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service.