Laws & Regulations

"Regulators Reject Call for Nuke Plant Shutdown"

"The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected a senior federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until the agency can determine whether its twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults."

Source: AP, 09/11/2014

West Virginia: "DEP Plans To Tailor Chemical Tank Inspections"

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Department of Environmental Protection officials plan to announce as early as Tuesday a proposed rule outlining a focused plan for mandated inspections of thousands of chemical storage tanks across West Virginia and — Tomblin administration officials hope — ease concerns about implementation of the state’s new tank safety law."

Source: Charleston Gazette, 09/10/2014

"Charges Dropped Against Climate Activists"

A Massachusetts prosecutor dropped charges against two protestors who claimed global warming was so dire they had no choice but to block a coal shipment. The prosecutor made the announcement clutching an article by Bill McKibben, which he said convinced him that “Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced.”

Source: NY Times, 09/09/2014

"BP Carries Most Blame for Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Judge Rules"

"BP shoulders most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by acting with "profit-driven decisions" that amounted to "gross negligence," a federal judge ruled Thursday in a decision that could quadruple the billions of dollars in penalties the oil giant faces."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 09/05/2014

BP 'Grossly Negligent' in 2010 U.S. Spill, Fines Could Be $18 Billion

"A U.S. judge has decided that BP Plc was “grossly negligent” and “reckless” in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill four years ago, a ruling that could add nearly $18 billion in fines to more than $42 billion (25.73 billion pounds) in charges the company took for the worst offshore environmental disaster in U.S. history."

Source: Reuters, 09/04/2014

"White House Won't Use NEPA Effectively on Climate And Clean Energy"

"The White House won’t use the law on federal environmental impacts assessments as an effective tool for executive action on climate and clean energy projects. The Council on Environmental Quality has let four years go by without acting on proposed guidance to federal agencies on permitting of energy projects under the National Environmental Policy Act, rejecting appeals to take stronger action and leaving the playing field tilted in favor of the fossil fuel industry."

Source: Climate Science Watch, 09/03/2014

Halliburton to Pay $1.1 Billion to Settle Damages in Gulf Oil Spill

"Halliburton, the company contracted by BP to cement the ill-fated Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, has reached a $1.1 billion settlement with thousands of businesses, individuals and local governments that suffered losses from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, the company and plaintiffs announced on Tuesday."

Source: NY Times, 09/03/2014

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