WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) – In the first legal test of
the Obama administration’s plan to limit greenhouse gas
emissions from power plants, two of three federal judges hearing
a challenge to the regulations on Thursday expressed skepticism
about weighing in before they are formally adopted.
More than a dozen states and Murray Energy Corp
filed lawsuits last year challenging the administration’s
proposal, which would require the U.S. power sector to slash
carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels.
WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) – More than a dozen states
and a coal company will urge a U.S. appeals court on Thursday to
throw out the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to
limit carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants.
The rules are still in draft form, but the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear oral arguments in
two lawsuits that represent the first major test of the legality
of the Obama administration’s landmark Clean Power Plan.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Oil refiners who have complained that federal regulators missed deadlines to issue rules on blending renewable fuels into the nation’s supply of gasoline and diesel fuel are set to get long-awaited targets from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Under a deal the EPA announced on Friday with two oil industry groups who had sued it over persistent past delays, the EPA said it will propose draft biofuel use targets for 2015 by June 1.
WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency said on Friday it had reached a deal with two
oil trade groups on setting targets for blending renewable fuels
into the nation’s fuel supply.
The EPA said it will propose draft biofuel use targets for
2015 by June 1, under the agreement, which will settle
litigation over prior delays. The agency also said it plans to
re-propose biofuel targets for 2014 using the actual volumes of
renewable fuels that were consumed last year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The oil and gas industry moved
quickly on Friday to challenge new U.S. regulations for
hydraulic fracturing on public lands, minutes after the Obama
administration issued the rules.
In what could be the start of a broad industry assault on
the rules, the Independent Petroleum Association of America
(IPAA) and Western Energy Alliance sued the U.S. Interior
Department. Other industry groups and companies are expected to
(Reuters) – The U.S. oil and gas industry has sued the
Environmental Protection Agency over repeated delays in the
release of 2014 and 2015 biofuel use targets, intensifying
pressure on the agency to speed up its work on standards for
A complaint filed on Wednesday by the American Fuel and
Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute
said the EPA has “ignored” its duty to issue requirements for
blending ethanol and biodiesel into U.S. fuel supplies by the
deadline set under federal law.
WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – Exide Technologies
has agreed to shutter its lead-acid battery recycling
facility in Vernon, California, and pay $50 million in clean-up
costs to avoid criminal prosecution for illegal storage of
As part of a deal reached late Wednesday with the U.S.
Attorney’s Office in California’s central district, Exide also
admitted to storing lead-contaminated hazardous waste inside
leaking van trailers on a number of occasions over the past two
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A class action lawsuit has been filed
against J.P. Morgan Chase & Co, the largest U.S. bank by
assets, alleging it engaged in racketeering and manipulation of
California’s electricity market.
The lawsuit, filed in California federal court on Monday,
accuses the firm of violating the Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) when it sold power from several
gas plants in the state between 2010 and 2012.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s move to suspend a trouble-plagued $1.65 billion carbon capture and storage (CCS) project this month may have bolstered legal challenges to proposed environmental regulations on power plant carbon emissions, several legal experts said.
The FutureGen project in Illinois would have been the first U.S. commercial-scale, near-zero emission coal plant to use technologies to capture carbon dioxide from major industrial plants and store it safely underground. This approach could sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions and curb global warming.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal court has ruled for
the first time that manure from livestock facilities can be
regulated as solid waste, a decision hailed by environmentalists
as opening the door to potential legal challenges against
facilities across the country.
A large dairy in Washington state, Cow Palace Dairy,
polluted ground water by over applying manure to soil, ruled
Judge Thomas Rice of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Washington on Wednesday.