Environmental News

‘Dead Zone’ in Gulf Much Smaller This Year Following Tropical Storms

Tropical weather stirred up the Gulf of Mexico, reducing this year’s dead zone off Louisiana’s coast to the third-smallest ever measured, the scientist who has measured it since 1985 said Tuesday. Marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais said the area where there’s …

Colorado Paying $7M for Cleanup of Former Alaska Mine

A Colorado company agreed to a $7 million cleanup plan for Alaska’s only uranium mine, which has left radioactive waste in the Tongass National Forest. Newmont Corporation is expected to fill the former Ross-Adams Mine in the Prince of Wales …

AXA Investment Managers Sets 33% Gender Diversity Target on Company Boards

AXA Investment Managers will set a 33% target for gender diversity on listed company boards in developed markets and may vote against companies which fail to meet this mark. The asset management unit of French insurer AXA said on Wednesday …

Oregon Fines Aerospace Company $70K for Waste Mishandling

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined a manufacturer of parts for the aerospace industry near Albany more than $70,000 for citations related to its mishandling of hazardous waste materials. A Selmet company spokesman did not return an email …

‘Diesel Brothers’ TV Show Appeals Utah Air Pollution Fine

The stars of the “Diesel Brothers” reality TV show are appealing a federal court ruling requiring them to pay $848,000 to the U.S. government and a Utah county over pollution law violations. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby of Salt Lake …

Overturned Tanker Yields Large Oil Spill Near California Dam, Cleanup Needed

A tanker truck overturned down an embankment, spilling up to 6,000 gallons of crude oil into a river that flows into a dam and reservoir near the city of Santa Maria, authorities said. The driver was no injured and the …

Ex-Tenant Sues Oregon RV Park for $555K over Living Conditions

A former tenant at an RV park south of Warrenton, Ore., has filed a lawsuit against the owner alleging negligence over living conditions in a trailer. Sandra Holloway moved into a “dry trailer” at Sunset Lake Resort & RV Par …

California Vineyard Spills Nearly 100K Gallons of Red Wine into River

More than 97,000 gallons of red wine spilled from a tank at a vineyard in Sonoma County and eventually leaked into the Russian River, an accident officials said could hurt water quality in the 110-mile tributary flowing into the Pacific …

BP Alaska to Pay $125K Over Hazardous Waste Violations

BP Alaska agreed to pay a little more than $125,000 in fines over hazardous waste violations on Alaska’s North Slope, officials said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it reached the agreement with the Alaska arm of oil company BP …

Directors and Officers Face Significantly Higher Range of Risks: Allianz Report

The range of risks facing company executives, or directors and officers (D&Os), has increased significantly in recent years along with resulting insurance claims, according to a report published by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). Titled “Directors and Officers Insurance …