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Court Overturns Illegal Bush-era Soot Pollution Standard

Article: Court Overturns Illegal Bush-era Soot Pollution Standard

WASHINGTON, DC, February 25, 2009 (ENS) – A federal appeals court Tuesday ruled that Bush-era clean air standards were insufficient, sending them back to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be rewritten in a way that will better protect public health. The court decided that the Bush EPA had acted illegally in issuing weak air…

Appeals Court Reverses Limits on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Article: Appeals Court Reverses Limits on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

RICHMOND, Virginia, February 17, 2009 (ENS) – A federal appeals court Friday reversed a lower court ruling that limited the controversial coal mining practice called mountaintop removal. In mountaintop removal coal operations, the peaks of mountains are blasted away with explosives to expose coal seams and the waste materials are dumped into streams, causing what…

Navajo Challenge Uranium Mining Permit on Tribal Lands

Article: Navajo Challenge Uranium Mining Permit on Tribal Lands

SANTA FE, New Mexico, April 19, 2008 (ENS) – For the first time in history, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC, will be challenged in federal appeals court for its approval of a source materials license for an in situ leach uranium mine. The Navajo communities of Crownpoint and Church Rock, New Mexico will fight the…

Court Orders Cell Tower Safeguards for Birds Along Gulf Coast

Article: Court Orders Cell Tower Safeguards for Birds Along Gulf Coast

WASHINGTON, DC, February 19, 2008 (ENS) – A federal appeals court today ordered the Federal Communications Commission to establish safeguards to protect the millions of birds killed each year in collisions with telephone, radio, cellular and other communications towers in the Gulf Coast region. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that at least five…

Appeals Court Rejects EPA Mercury Cap-and-Trade Rule

Article: Appeals Court Rejects EPA Mercury Cap-and-Trade Rule

WASHINGTON, DC, February 8, 2008 (ENS) – Environmental and public health groups as well as 14 states, one city, and native tribes declared victory as a federal appeals court today vacated two rules issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that failed to set strict limits on mercury emissions from power plants. The U.S. Court…

U.S. Supreme Court: Canadian Smelter Must Clean U.S. Pollution

Article: U.S. Supreme Court: Canadian Smelter Must Clean U.S. Pollution

WASHINGTON, DC, January 9, 2008 (ENS) – A panel of U.S. Supreme Court justices Monday denied a petition for judicial review filed by Canadian mining giant Teck Cominco Metals following a series of decisions from lower courts that ruled against the company in a pollution case brought by a U.S. sovereign tribe. In rejecting Teck’s…