Environmental

  • March 13, 2008

    Bill Would Put Coal-Fired Power Plant Plans On Ice

    Two U.S. lawmakers have proposed legislation that would put a stop to approval of new coal-fired power plants that don't control their global warming emissions, claiming that plants built now could release more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide a year without adequate controls.

  • March 13, 2008

    New Bill Seeks To Stall Alaskan Oil Leasing

    A contingent of Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at prohibiting oil and gas leasing in certain areas of Alaska until it is determined whether to list the polar bear as an endangered species.

  • March 17, 2008

    House Committee Embraces Clean Diesel Bill

    Following the Senate's lead, the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Energy and Commerce has decided to back a bill that would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to continue funding clean diesel projects as part of environmental enforcement settlements.

  • March 14, 2008

    Santa Monica, Attorneys Lay Fee Dispute To Rest

    After brokering a massive $250 million settlement with major oil companies over methyl tertiary butyl ether water contamination, the city of Santa Monica, Calif., has reportedly laid to rest a bitter fee dispute with the law firms that represented it in the landmark case.

  • March 13, 2008

    Budget's Focus On Nuclear Power Provokes Critics

    The White House's $25 billion budget proposal for the U.S. Department of Energy is under fire for funneling money into nuclear capabilities while decreasing funds for initiatives to address dependence on foreign oil and the need for alternative energy sources.

  • March 13, 2008

    Green Group, PG&E Settle Over Nuclear Plant

    An environmental watchdog has resolved a lawsuit challenging the legality of the California Coastal Commission's approval of new steam generators at a nuclear power plant, securing commitments to protect the central coast from damage in a long-negotiated settlement.

  • March 12, 2008

    W.R. Grace To Pay $250M For Asbestos Cleanup

    Bankrupt industrial giant W.R. Grace & Co. has agreed to pay $250 million – the largest Superfund settlement ever – to cover cleanup and investigation costs related to asbestos contamination in Libby, Mont., authorities said Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2008

    Polluter Bankruptcies Prompt Lawsuit Against EPA

    Citing a wave of bankruptcies that has left billions in environmental cleanup costs unpaid, environmental groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, demanding that it pass regulations requiring polluting companies to provide assurance that they can pay for future cleanups.

  • March 10, 2008

    Greka Hit With 3rd EPA Cleanup Order This Year

    Greka Oil & Gas Co. has been hit with its third U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforcement order in just the past two months, with the agency telling the California oil company it must either immediately clean up a polluted California site or face fines of $32,500 per violation per day. This is the third enforcement order issued to Greka by the EPA since January 2008.

  • March 10, 2008

    Senators Propose Clean Energy Investment Bank

    A group of U.S. senators has proposed setting up a government corporation to encourage and facilitate investments in clean energy, claiming that it would help drive down the cost of eco-friendly projects.

  • March 10, 2008

    Study Sees Drop In U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    The United States' greenhouse gas emissions fell 1.5% between 2005 and 2006 due to unusual climate patterns, lower fuel consumption and increased use of natural gas and renewable energy, according to a new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • March 10, 2008

    Measure Would Overturn EPA Ruling On Emissions

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation aimed at overturning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent decision that California cannot impose its own strict regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

  • March 7, 2008

    DOE Pushes Ahead With Power Corridor Plans

    Despite massive opposition from attorneys general, federal lawmakers and environmental groups, the U.S. Department of Energy is pushing ahead with plans to create two electric transmission corridors in the mid-Atlantic and Southwest regions of the country.

  • March 7, 2008

    Trade Rep Warns Of Risks In Climate Change Bills

    U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said Thursday that certain climate change bills carried enormous risks for trade, and she urged lawmakers to advance trade and environmental objectives in a mutually supportive manner.

  • March 7, 2008

    Firm Wins $3.3M Fee In Motorola Environmental Suit

    Law firm Brown & Bain PA will get additional payments for its work in a Motorola Inc. environmental contamination suit it withdrew from almost a decade ago, after an appeals court ruled that the main plaintiffs lawyer still owed it $3.3 million.

  • March 24, 2008

    China Redirects Foreign Money From Unclean To Green

    China, long the destination of basic manufacturing needs for the Western world, has now undertaken a drastic reform of its foreign direct investment policies to exclude the energy-intensive, “smokestack” industries it has become famous for.

  • March 5, 2008

    Green Group Challenges Duke Energy's Nuclear Plans

    A South Carolina-based environmental group asked the state's regulators on Monday to reject a request by Duke Energy Corp. to approve preconstruction costs for the planning of two new nuclear reactors upstate.

  • March 5, 2008

    BP Settles Shareholder Case Over Bad Management

    Following a $373 million payment to the U.S. government for environmental and fraud claims, BP Plc has agreed to settle with shareholders that accused the energy giant of gross mismanagement.

  • March 6, 2008

    Feds Put Rural Power Plant Loans On Hiatus

    A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is, for the moment, no longer handing out loans for new base load generation plants in rural areas, which could mean the end of an environmental lawsuit against the government.

  • March 7, 2008

    Lawmakers Eye Measure To Create Energy Agency

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed a new way to deal with climate change through a bill, introduced Tuesday, that would establish an international agency to promote renewable energy across the world.