Environmental

  • February 8, 2008

    Appeals Court Overturns EPA Mercury Emission Rule

    An appeals court has struck down a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the mercury emissions of coal- and oil-fired power plants through a cap-and-trade system rather than subjecting the facilities to a stricter provision of federal law.

  • February 8, 2008

    Lawmakers Subpoena EPA's Documents On Emissions

    Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D.-Calif.) has subpoenaed documents related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision in December to reject the state of California's request to adopt strict greenhouse gas emissions standards for automobiles.

  • February 7, 2008

    Victims Launch Campaign Against Exxon Valdez

    As the case over a $2.5 billion punitive damages award for the Exxon Valdez spill heads to the Supreme Court, victims of the environmental disaster have launched a campaign to exert public pressure on Exxon Mobil Corp.

  • February 7, 2008

    Arco Agrees To $187M Superfund Cleanup Settlement

    A BP Plc subsidiary has agreed to a $187 million Superfund settlement for the cleanup of sites along the Clark Fork River in southwestern Montana, bringing a tentative end to suits brought by both federal and state governments.

  • February 6, 2008

    Greenpeace Raises Protest Over U.K. Power Station

    Environmental advocacy group Greenpeace International has reportedly threatened to sue the British government if it does not open a public investigation into energy giant E.ON U.K.'s recent application to construct a coal-run power plant.

  • February 4, 2008

    Bankers, Green Groups Draft "Carbon Principles"

    Recognizing the likelihood that the U.S. will pass climate change legislation that caps carbon dioxide emissions, three major Wall Street investment banks released guidelines Monday aimed at addressing climate change risks for advisers and lenders to power companies.

  • February 4, 2008

    Fortune 500 Companies Buy Green Power

    Dozens of Fortune 500 companies have stepped up to the Environmental Protection Agency's nationwide challenge to invest in green power, with 53 of them collectively purchasing more than 6 billion kilowatt-hours per year, thereby exceeding the EPA's goals.

  • February 4, 2008

    Bush Raises Ire With EPA Budget

    In a move that is sure to raise the ire of lawmakers and environmental groups, the Bush administration has slashed the Environmental Protection Agency's budget by $400 million, earmarking $7.14 billion for the agency in 2009.

  • February 1, 2008

    State Can Sue TVA Over Pollution: Appeals Panel

    The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has given North Carolina the green light to pursue a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority. The decision handed down Thursday clears the way for the state to pursue a common-law nuisance action against TVA, alleging that pollution from the agency's coal-fired power plants harms the state's health and environmental quality.

  • January 31, 2008

    Lawmakers Grapple With Climate Change Policy

    The United States' climate change control measures must include provisions to encourage developing countries to curb their greenhouse gas emissions, according to a white paper released by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Thursday.

  • January 31, 2008

    Pacific Lumber Creditors File Reorganization Plan

    A handful of Pacific Lumber Company Inc. creditors has taken advantage of the end of the exclusivity period in the company's Chapter 11 proceedings and filed reorganization plans for the logging company.

  • February 1, 2008

    Alaska Drilling Will Harm Polar Bears: Suit

    Environmental groups, including the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, Earthjustice and an American Indian tribe, filed suit Thursday against members of the Bush administration, seeking to stop a plan for oil drilling in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

  • January 31, 2008

    EPA Launches Nanoscale Safety Data Program

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took its first steps in filling information gaps about nanotechnology on Monday, publishing in the Federal Register its plan for a Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program. But critics called the voluntary program too little, too late.

  • January 31, 2008

    Manufacturer Agrees To Settle Cancer Cluster Case

    Modine Manufacturing has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement agreement in a federal class action involving allegations of environmental contamination that caused rare forms of cancer. Another defendant, Rohm and Haas Corp., has pledged to keep fighting.

  • January 30, 2008

    Duke's Power Plant Gets State OK As Foes Regroup

    Duke Energy received final approval Tuesday from North Carolina environmental officials to build a new coal-fired plant, but environmental groups have pledged to continue fighting the project.

  • January 30, 2008

    Solutia To Pay EPA $3M To Settle Superfund Issues

    Solutia Inc. has granted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a $3.6 million allowed unsecured claim in its Chapter 11 case in order to resolve the EPA's $9.8 million claim and to settle the EPA's related lawsuit, which was filed before Solutia entered bankruptcy.

  • January 30, 2008

    DOE Pulls Plug On FutureGen Clean-Coal Plant

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced Wednesday that it is pulling out of its significant financial role in the FutureGen Alliance clean-coal power plant in Mattoon, Ill., and restructuring its coal program.

  • January 30, 2008

    DuPont Superfund Suit Revived By High Court Orders

    On the order of the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal judge has reopened a decade-old lawsuit brought by DuPont against the government for recovery of environmental cleanup costs.

  • February 1, 2008

    CORRECTED: Alaska Lawmakers Weigh In On Exxon Valdez Case

    A committee of the Alaska State Legislature has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the fishermen and state residents who won $2.5 billion in punitive damages from Exxon Mobil Corp. over the 1989 Valdez tanker spill. (Corrects an article published on Jan. 29.)

  • January 29, 2008

    Duke Gets Air Permit For Coal Gasification Plant

    Duke Energy said Friday that Indiana state regulators had approved the air permit for its proposed 630-megawatt coal gasification power plant, paving the way for construction to begin in less than two weeks.