Shell, EPA Work on Deal to Keep Bakersfield, Calif., Refinery Open
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Erin Waldner, The Bakersfield Californian
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to reach an agreement with Shell Oil Co. this month that would keep the company's Bakersfield refinery operating into next year, according to a report from Reuters.
Plan to Boost Vermont Nuclear Plant Output Prompts Concern
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, The Boston Globe
Amid the protests that have erupted over nuclear power plants in New England, the Vermont Yankee plant here has long operated as an oasis of calm. Perched on the Connecticut River about 10 miles from the Massachusetts border, the 32-year-old reactor provides a third of Vermont's electricity.
Midwest Biodiesel Advocates Hail Credits for Farmer-driven Fuels
October 12, 2004 12:00 AM - Chris Clayton, Omaha World-Herald, Neb.
The passage of federal legislation originally meant to deal with a trade dispute led to a package of incentives for farmer-driven fuels.
U.S. Supreme Court Debates Pollution Cleanup Lawsuits
October 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Gina Holland, Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court considered this week whether companies that voluntarily seek to clean up their polluted land can sue former owners to get help with the costs. The case could have important ramifications for communities with abandoned toxic plants, landfills, and mines.
Three Emerging Technologies Could Help Improve Water Conservation
October 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Tamara Chuang, The Orange County Register, Calif.
The sprinklers at John Koeller's Yorba Linda home seem to have a life of their own.
Oil Costs Will Affect All
October 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Brent Hopkins, Daily News, Los Angeles
Oil prices topped $53 a barrel Thursday, an abstract figure that will trickle down to nearly everything consumers use from fresh food to a warm home to gifts for the upcoming holidays.
Citgo Reaches Clean Air Act Settlement Requiring $320 Million in Pollution Controls
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Curt Anderson, Associated Press
Citgo Petroleum Corp. will install $320 million in pollution controls at six refineries and pay a $3.6 million fine to settle a federal lawsuit alleging Clean Air Act violations, the Bush administration announced Wednesday.
Legislation Could Block Cape Cod, Mass.-area Wind Farm
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, The Boston Globe
The controversial wind farm proposed off Cape Cod could be blocked indefinitely by last-minute language that a Virginia senator is trying to insert in a US defense bill.
Supreme Court Takes up Pollution Suit Against Manufacturer Cooper Industries
October 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Patty Reinert, Houston Chronicle
Companies responsible for hazardous waste cleanups have long argued over who should pay. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court used a Texas case to consider whether one polluter can force another to share the cost of a voluntary cleanup.
Oregon Tribes to Join Proposed Environmental Harm Lawsuit Against DOE
October 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash.
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has notified the Department of Energy that it intends to join a suit proposed by the states of Washington and Oregon.