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Environmental Groups, PacifCorp Reach $1 Million Pollution Settlement

CHEYENNE Wyo. – (AP) A lawsuit filed by environmental groups over alleged air pollution violations at a power plant in western Wyoming has resulted in PacifCorp agreeing to pay $1 million to the federal government. If approved, the penalty likely would be the largest fine in state history against...

Lawsuit Targets Mega-Development Adjacent To Critical Wildlife Area

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. — The Friends of the Northern Jacinto Valley and the Sierra Club on April 22 sued Riverside County and its Board of Supervisors for approving a development that includes 11,350 residential units and 500,000 square feet of commercial space. The Villages of Lakeview would...

EPA, Green Groups Settle Farm Pollution Lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa - (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled a lawsuit filed by environmental groups by agreeing to gather more information about factory farms in an effort to keep more waste out of waterways. The EPA reached the settlement Tuesday with the Natural Resources Defense...

Environmental Groups Say Exxon Violates U.S. Air Laws

HOUSTON - (AP) The largest U.S. oil refinery violated federal air pollution laws thousands of times during the last five years, releasing 10 million pounds of illegal pollution, including cancer-causing toxins, without facing proper fines or being forced to fix equipment, environmental groups claim....

Growers: USDA Must Act, Prevent Sugar Supply Issue

DES MOINES, Iowa - (AP) A judge's ruling halting planting of genetically modified sugar beet seeds has left growers feeling uncertain as they wait for federal officials to decide the next step for a crop that provides half of the nation's sugar supply. Duane Grant, chairman of the board at the...

Environmentalists Sue ExxonMobil Over Air Pollution

HOUSTON - (AP) The largest U.S. oil refinery released 8 million pounds of illegal pollution in the last five years, violating federal air pollution laws thousands of times, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by environmental groups. The lawsuit against ExxonMobil is the latest by Sierra Club and Environment...

TVA Paring Coal Operations, Paying $10M To Settle Lawsuits

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - (AP) The Tennessee Valley Authority over the next five years will shutter operations that account for about 16 percent if its coal-fired capacity to settle lawsuits from several states over air quality, its board said Thursday. TVA chief executive Tom Kilgore said the nation's...

BP, Gulf Oil Spill Partners File Lawsuits Against Each Other

MIAMI - (AP) After being hammered for a year over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP is going on the offensive with multibillion-dollar lawsuits seeking to shift at least part of the blame to those who owned the ill-fated rig or designed a failed safety device or supplied cement. . . . Full version available...

Federal Court Won't Dismiss Lawsuit Against Exxon Mobil

HOUSTON - (AP) A federal court will allow environmental groups to pursue a lawsuit that accuses the largest U.S. refinery of violating federal air pollution laws thousands of times in the past five years. The U.S. District Court Southern District on Tuesday dismissed a request by Exxon Mobil Corp. to...

Judge Won't Let Sierra Club Join Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. - (AP) A federal magistrate judge won't allow the Sierra Club to join a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against BP and other companies over last year's disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Judge Sally Shushan said in her order Tuesday that the environmental group can file...