Environmental

  • October 24, 2008

    Levels Of One GHG Exceed Estimates: Scripps

    Nitrogen trifluoride, a powerful greenhouse gas, is at least four times more prevalent in the atmosphere than previously thought, a team of university researchers has found, and the researchers are recommending it be added to the list of emissions regulated under the Kyoto Protocol.

  • October 30, 2008

    Everglade Water Woes Spawn Tribal Suits

    The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, environmental groups, the U.S. government and the state of Florida all support restoration of the Everglades, but amid contention over how best to achieve it, the Miccosukees have recently upped the stakes, firing off at least three lawsuits in the last month over water flow issues.

  • October 23, 2008

    Interior Moves To Ramp Up Geothermal Production

    The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Wednesday that it would open up more than 190 million acres of federal land in 12 western states for the development of geothermal energy.

  • October 23, 2008

    EU Lawmakers Vie For Influence Over Emissions Policy

    As the European Union prepares to consider sweeping emissions reductions in an upcoming summit, the European Parliament has scheduled a vote timed earlier than the summit in an attempt restore its diminished influence over the debate.

  • October 23, 2008

    Credit Suisse Will Offer $200M Structured CO2 Deal

    Credit Suisse Group AG has reportedly said it will offer a $200 million structured carbon emissions deal in November, an announcement that suggests continued growth in the world's carbon market despite turbulence in the financial sector.

  • October 23, 2008

    Green Groups Sue EPA Over Natl. Parks Air Pollution

    A coalition of environmental groups has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to force the regulator to push states to submit plans to eliminate haze-causing air pollution at national parks.

  • October 23, 2008

    NJ DEP Hits Tronox With Superfund Cleanup Suit

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has filed a lawsuit against Tronox LLC to recover costs related to the cleanup of a contaminated New Jersey Superfund site.

  • October 24, 2008

    EDF Plans To Sue EPA Over Landfill Methane Limits

    The Environmental Defense Fund plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly failing to update its emissions standards for methane and other air pollutants from landfills, saying the regulator has neglected its statutory duty to review those limits every eight years.

  • October 23, 2008

    Milberg Wins Arthur Miller To Head Appellate Group

    Milberg LLP has hired former Harvard Law School professor and federal procedure expert Arthur R. Miller to head the plaintiff firm's appellate practice.

  • October 23, 2008

    EPA Sued For Not Regulating PVC Emissions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been hit with a lawsuit filed by several environmental groups that allege the agency has violated the Clean Air Act by failing to issue lawful standards for all hazardous pollutants released from plants that manufacture vinyl.

  • October 23, 2008

    Dynegy To Disclose Climate Change Risk To Investors

    Energy producer Dynegy Inc. has entered into an agreement with the New York attorney general's office that requires the company to disclose information to investors about the risks climate change poses to its business.

  • October 22, 2008

    US Loses Bid To Toss Suit Over Utah Canyon

    A lawsuit over the U.S. government's refusal to bar off-road vehicles from a scenic canyon in southeast Utah will move forward after a federal judge rejected the government's bid to toss the complaint.

  • October 22, 2008

    Legacy Act To Cover Much Of $33M Ind. River Cleanup

    The Great Lakes Legacy Act, which President Bush reauthorized this month to continue funding aquatic habitat restoration, will fund roughly two-thirds of a $33 million project to dredge Indiana's heavily contaminated Grand Calumet River, officials said Tuesday.

  • October 22, 2008

    Critics Applaud Top Whistleblower Counsel's Exit

    U.S. Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch, in charge of pursuing whistleblower suits, has announced that he will resign when his five-year term ends on Jan. 5, a move that has been welcomed by critics who allege that he has retaliated against his own employees.

  • October 22, 2008

    7th Circ. Affirms Ruling In Ericsson Asbestos Dispute

    Telecommunications company Ericsson Inc. did not violate federal environmental cleanup laws when it sold off an industrial site and left behind an inactive, asbestos-containing boiler system, an appeals court has affirmed.

  • October 22, 2008

    Chinese Scientists See Doubling Of CO2 Emissions

    A recent energy report from China's Academy of Sciences may represent a step forward in the country of 1.3 billion's acknowledgment that it is quickly outstripping others in its emissions of carbon dioxide — a gas that many agree contributes to global warming.

  • October 23, 2008

    DOJ Tight-Lipped On Oil Lease Scandal: Conyers

    The U.S. Department of Justice has failed to disclose its reasons for not prosecuting two of the highest-ranking officials fingered in an internal report exposing abuses in the Department of the Interior, the House Judiciary Committee chairman has said.

  • October 22, 2008

    Ringling Bros. Faces Elephant Cruelty Trial

    A long-running lawsuit alleging that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus mistreats endangered Asian elephants that perform in the show will finally have its day in court Monday.

  • October 21, 2008

    EU Plan For Waste Management: Make Less Waste

    The European Council on Monday adopted a new framework for waste management in the European Union that emphasizes prevention of waste but also encourages energy-efficient waste incineration.

  • October 21, 2008

    Canadian Court Tosses Kyoto Implementation Suit

    A Canadian court ruled Monday that the Canadian government does not have to abide by the terms of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, which the current conservative government refuses to implement despite the country's ratification of the treaty.