• May 7, 2008

    DOE Tags $126M For Carbon Sequestration Projects

    The U.S. Department of Energy will funnel $126.6 million over the next decade into two large-scale carbon sequestration projects aimed at testing the ability of a geological formation to store over a million tons of carbon dioxide.

  • May 7, 2008

    Sierra Club To Sue Coal Plants Over Mercury Rules

    The Sierra Club has threatened to sue energy companies in six states over plans to build coal-fired power plants that the group claims don't include adequate controls for mercury pollution.

  • May 7, 2008

    Group Objects To Marcal Environmental Settlements

    An environmental alliance of companies along the Passaic River asked a judge on Tuesday to reject both of Marcal Paper Mills Inc.'s environmental settlements, arguing that neither the federal nor the state settlement did justice to the amount of damage Marcal had done.

  • May 6, 2008

    Groups Seek To Block Seismic Surveys In Alaska

    Alaskan native and environmental organizations sued two U.S. government agencies on Monday, alleging that they prematurely gave permits to Shell Oil Co. and British Petroleum Plc to look for oil in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, threatening marine life there.

  • May 5, 2008

    Power Cos. Pay $25M To Montana Town Over Leaks

    Five corporations that own an eastern Montana power plant have agreed to pay $25 million to settle a groundwater contamination and land degradation suit brought by residents of Colstrip, a lawyer for the plaintiffs confirmed on Monday.

  • May 5, 2008

    Nuclear Investment Demands CO2 Charges: CBO

    Even as some industry analysts look forward to an imminent nuclear renaissance, increased investment in and use of atomic power will likely remain financially unattractive until carbon dioxide charges of $45 per metric ton are levied, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

  • May 2, 2008

    EPA To Crack Down On Lead Emissions, Monitoring

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed drastically tightening restrictions on lead emissions by slashing the current limit on lead content in the air by at least 80% and providing special protections from lead poisoning for at-risk populations.

  • May 5, 2008

    Appeals Court Nixes LNG Permit Case Against States

    A federal appeals court has dismissed a complaint by Weaver's Cove Energy LLC against environmental authorities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts over the company's plans to build a liquefied natural gas facility in Fall River, Mass.

  • May 1, 2008

    Fla. OKs Energy Law But Delays Tailpipe Provision

    Florida lawmakers have passed a new energy bill aimed at increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but holding off on tighter standards for tailpipe emissions.

  • May 1, 2008

    Pacific Lumber Props Up MRC/Marathon Plan

    Bankrupt Pacific Lumber and its parent company, Maxxam Inc., said Thursday that they would back a proposed reorganization plan by MRC/Marathon that is widely supported by federal officials and environmentalists.

  • April 29, 2008

    EPA Risk Assessment Is Too Political: Democrats

    Democratic lawmakers have challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's revised method of assessing the risk of toxic chemicals, arguing in a Senate hearing that the White House is now too involved and could easily put politics before science and safety.

  • April 28, 2008

    Bill Would Allow Private Suits Over Pollution

    Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have reintroduced matching bills that would add “environmental injustices” such as pollution or contamination to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, giving individuals the right to take legal action to fight them.

  • April 28, 2008

    Sparrows Point LNG, Pipeline Plan Gets Initial OK

    The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has found that a proposed liquefied natural gas shipping terminal in a port outside Baltimore and a pipeline stretching into Pennsylvania will not impact the environment substantially enough to disqualify their construction.

  • May 16, 2008

    Ethanol May Not Justify High Food Prices: Lawmakers

    With food prices skyrocketing around the world, some politicians have begun to question whether the United States should really be ramping up its corn-based ethanol production. But although ethanol advocates admit that the political climate has worsened over the past few months, they say a significant shift away from biofuels is unlikely.

  • April 24, 2008

    Rhode Island Neighborhood Settles With Utility

    Scads of Rhode Island residents have opted to settle a long-standing lawsuit against a unit of Southern Union Co., the utility that stands accused of contaminating dozens of neighborhood homes with hazardous waste that lay beneath the properties.

  • April 23, 2008

    Appeals Court Hands Atna Another Setback

    A federal appeals court panel has affirmed the dismissal of Atna Resources Ltd.'s claim that it should be compensated for a Montana ban on open-pit cyanide leach mining that allegedly cost it tens of millions of dollars.

  • April 23, 2008

    Del. Courts Best For Tort, Contract Litigation: Study

    For the sixth year in a row, Delaware’s state courts have been named the best in the United States for tort and contract litigation, according to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study released Wednesday.

  • April 22, 2008

    Court Chucks 9/11 Liability Suit Against Ex-EPA Chief

    A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman was not liable for telling New Yorkers that the air was safe to breathe post-Sept. 11, 2001.

  • April 22, 2008

    DOT Proposes 25% Boost In Fuel Efficiency

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters has proposed a 25% increase in vehicle fuel emissions standards over the next five years, a faster timetable than one currently being considered by the Senate.

  • April 22, 2008

    Manufacturers Team With EPA To Reduce Energy Use

    The largest industrial trade association in the United States said Monday that it would challenge its 14,000 member companies to reduce their energy use by at least 10% as part of an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.