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Commercial Ship Discharges Now Need Clean Water Permit

Commercial Ship Discharges Now Need Clean Water Permit

WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2008 (ENS) – A new general permit will reduce releases of 26 types of discharges from vessels operating in U.S. waters, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Beginning today, some 61,000 domestically flagged commercial vessels and 8,000 foreign flagged vessels will need to comply with the discharge permit. As a…

Supreme Court May Bar Groups From Contesting Federal Rules

Supreme Court May Bar Groups From Contesting Federal Rules

WASHINGTON, DC, October 9, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared sympathetic to a legal position held by the Bush administration that would limit environmentalists and other public interest groups from challenging federal regulations. The case centers on a dispute over rules imposed by the U.S. Forest Service, but legal experts contend…

Navy Sonar v. Whales Argued in U.S. Supreme Court

Navy Sonar v. Whales Argued in U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC, October 8, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court today waded into a dispute between the U.S. military and environmentalists and appeared closely divided over whether a federal judge had the authority to force the Navy to restrict sonar training exercises off the coast of California in order to minimize harm to whales…

Court Ruling Ends Unpermitted Ballast Water Discharge

Court Ruling Ends Unpermitted Ballast Water Discharge

SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 29, 2008 (ENS) – Three environmental groups and six states have won a court ruling that requires oceangoing freighters to get a permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before they can discharge polluted ballast water in U.S. waters. The decision will affect all U.S. coastal waters, including those of the…

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Valdez Oil Spill Damage Award

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Valdez Oil Spill Damage Award

WASHINGTON, DC, June 25, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a blow to victims of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, cutting the $2.5 billion in punitive damages award for the worst oil spill in U.S history to $507 million. The court, by a 5-3 margin, ruled the punitive damages awarded against the…

Court Halts Yosemite National Park Construction Plans

Court Halts Yosemite National Park Construction Plans

PASEDENA, California, March 28, 2008 (ENS) – The National Park Service cannot proceed with more than $100 million in construction projects now on the drawing board for Yosemite National Park because the developments could illegally ruin the park’s sensitive ecosystem, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square…

Exxon Valdez Dispute Spills into U.S. Supreme Court

Exxon Valdez Dispute Spills into U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2008 (ENS) – Nearly two decades after one of its tankers crashed into a reef and spilled some 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound, ExxonMobil urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s decision that would force the company to pay $2.5 billion in…

Bush Exempts Navy From Court Order Protecting Whales

Bush Exempts Navy From Court Order Protecting Whales

WASHINGTON, DC, January 16, 2008 (ENS) – In an unprecedented action, President George W. Bush Tuesday overrode a federal court order that requires the U.S. Navy to minimize harm to whales and dolphins during sonar exercises off Southern California. Scientists say the loud blasts of sound emitted by Navy sonar to detect submarines harm and…

California Sues EPA for Rejecting Tailpipe Emissions Law

California Sues EPA for Rejecting Tailpipe Emissions Law

SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 2, 2007 (ENS) – The California government today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for “wrongfully and illegally” blocking the state’s tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions standards. Fifteen other states joined the California lawsuit, and in addition, five nonprofit groups today filed suit challenging the EPA’s decision. The waiver,…