Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. and Senior Managers Sentenced for Environmental, Worker Safety Crimes After Longest Trial in Environmental Crimes History
April 28, 2009 06:40 AM - ENN

The US Environmental Protection Agency won convictions against the Atlantic States Cast Iron Pipe Co. of Phillipsburg, N.J in federal court for violations of environmental and health and worker safety laws. A large fine was assessed against the company, and The judge ordered the company to serve 48 months “monitored” probation, requiring it to submit biannual reports to the court. The sentencing of the company followed sentencing of four former Atlantic States managers to federal prison terms ranging from six months for former finishing department manager Craig Davidson to 70 months for former plant manager John Prisque. Also sentenced were former Atlantic States maintenance superintendent Jeffrey Maury (30 months), and former human resources manager Scott Faubert (41 months).

Sea Shells Used to Clean Up Heavy Metals
April 27, 2009 10:25 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

On the banks of the Saigon River in Vietnam, researchers have just completed tests on a new way to combat water pollution that could save millions of lives in coastal cities throughout the developing world.

'Major Emitters' Meet To Tackle Climate Change
April 27, 2009 09:54 AM - Richard Harris, NPR

Sixteen nations are responsible for 80 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. Now those nations, dubbed the "major emitters," are sending representatives to a conference beginning Monday in Washington, D.C., to see if they can work together to slow the pace of climate change.

Without Superfund Tax, Stimulus Aids Cleanups
April 27, 2009 09:36 AM - John M. Broder, New York Times

The Superfund program has been chronically underfinanced since a tax that supported it expired in 1995. Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the E.P.A., said the use of stimulus money would accelerate progress at 50 Superfund sites in 28 states, including eight abandoned industrial sites in New Jersey and two on Long Island.

Compromise climate bill possible
April 26, 2009 07:26 AM - Tom LoBianco, The Washington Times

Moderate House Democrats circulated a watered-down version of a sweeping climate-change-prevention bill Friday as lawmakers moved closer to a compromise on a proposal to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee went "back to the future," turning to Democratic and Republican leaders of the '90s, former Vice President Al Gore and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to debate the merits of energy measures that will likely dominate the next century.

California's low-carbon fuel standard has oil companies anxious
April 25, 2009 07:59 AM - Dale Kasler , The Sacramento Bee

In car-crazy California, a new fuel standard ordered by state officials to curb greenhouse gases could dramatically change how vehicles run. It also could have a huge effect on cost. The petroleum industry and some economists say the new standard adopted by the state Air Resources Board on Thursday will cost motorists billions, because blending gasoline will become considerably more complicated.

Shell Settles Air Pollution Accusations
April 24, 2009 03:01 PM - Jad Mouawad, New York Times

The oil company Royal Dutch Shell said Thursday that it had reached a $5.8 million settlement over claims of air pollution at its Deer Park refinery near Houston.

First Low Carbon Fuel Standard in U.S. Brings Cleaner Air to California
April 24, 2009 10:29 AM - NRDC

The California Air Resources Board overwhelmingly approved the nation’s first Low Carbon Fuel Standard that will reduce carbon pollution and provide cleaner air for Californians.

Fire is an important and under-appreciated part of global climate change
April 24, 2009 07:33 AM - National Science Foundation

Fire must be accounted for as an integral part of climate change, according to 22 authors of an article published in the April 24 issue of the journal Science. The authors determined that intentional deforestation fires alone contribute up to one-fifth of the human-caused increase in emissions of carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that increases global temperature.

Rise in dust storms spurs environmental fears
April 23, 2009 06:57 AM - MSNBC from Washington Post

An increasing amount of airborne dust is blanketing the West, affecting how fast the snowpack melts, when local plants bloom and what quality of air residents are breathing. The dust storms are a harbinger of a broader phenomenon, researchers say, as global warming translates into less precipitation and a population boom intensifies the activities that are disturbing the dust in the first place.

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