Friday, April 18, 2014 1:01 PM PT
By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - A kayaker drowned in an attack by vicious swans and his family claims in court that the property owner should have known the animals were unreasonably dangerous.

By JONNY BONNER 

     HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (CN) - South Dakota barred ranchers from driving across a scenic rail trail on their own land, crippling their operations and subjecting them to criminal charges, five ranchers claim in court.

By JON CHOWN  

     MONTEREY, Calif. (CN) - The nation's largest water company was fined $389,000 for illegally shipping arsenic-laced sludge to a landfill. 

By JUNE WILLIAMS 

     SEATTLE (CN) - A 3,000-acre logging project along Montana's Flathead River could threaten grizzly bears, lynx and bull trout, environmentalists told the 9th Circuit.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - Rail yards must be stopped from emitting tons of harmful diesel pollution into neighborhoods surrounding Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, environmentalists told the 9th Circuit.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Chevron adopted a strategy to "destroy the reputation" of the Ecuadorean government and judiciary after realizing a court there would hold it liable for massive oil contamination in the Amazon, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said today in an interview at the Pierre Hotel.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Environmentalists largely failed to persuade a federal judge that rare plants and animals in California are at risk under the government's administration of the Imperial Sand Dunes. 

By CHRIS MARSHALL 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Pacific Gas & Electric has been criminally charged for the San Bruno pipeline explosion of 2010 that killed eight people, injured dozens and leveled a neighborhood. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN  

     (CN) - There is no proof that stricter air-quality standards for carbon-monoxide levels would alleviate the effects of global warming or improve public health, the D.C. Circuit ruled. 

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - The Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority may dismiss claims that a $15 million redevelopment project violates the Clean Water Act, a federal judge ruled. 

By TIM HULL 

     (CN) - Fish and Wildlife Service scientists must have a say on the renewal of water contracts that could affect the endangered delta smelt in California's Central Valley, the full 9th circuit ruled Wednesday. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - After exposing whale trainers to "recognized hazards," SeaWorld must pay a fine and implement more safety measures during killer whale performances, the D.C. Circuit ruled. 

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - Environmentalists prevailed in one of two rulings on commercial fishing in New England, with a federal judge rejecting a regulation that effectively allowed fishermen to exceed their annual catch limit. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - Hebrew National should not face claims that its hot dogs are not 100 percent kosher, because consumers cannot show that the packages they bought contained non-kosher meat, the 8th Circuit ruled. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the lesser prairie chicken only merits a listing status of threatened despite a drastic population decline. 

     BATON ROUGE, La. (CN) - ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge refinery sent 5 million gallons of "atypical" gasoline to Louisiana pumps, "causing harm to gasoline engines of up to 250,000 vehicles," a class action claims in Federal Court.

By RYAN ABBOTT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Council on Environmental Quality refuses to respond to a 2008 petition demanding consideration of how climate change will affect food safety and the federal government's compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, two groups claim in court.

By JOE HARRIS 


     ST. LOUIS (CN) - Mallinckrodt pharmaceuticals polluted a north St. Louis County creek with radioactive materials, causing a string of deaths, five lawsuits with multiple plaintiffs claim in Federal Court.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SHERMAN, Texas (CN) - Luminant, a coal-fired electric company, sued the U.S. EPA to try to stop it from releasing "confidential business information" that environmentalists could use to try to shut down two plants.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     GALVESTON, Texas (CN) - An oil spill in Galveston Bay has shut down the Houston Ship Channel, a crucial route for the oil and gas industry, and will have far-reaching impacts for people who depend on the bay to make a living, stakeholders claim in a federal class action.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     MONTEREY, Calif. (CN) - The St. Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary kept dozens of animals in emaciated, inhumane conditions without access to food or water, four California district attorneys claim in court.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BOISE (CN) - An Idaho state senator likens investigative journalists to terrorists, the ACLU and others say in a federal lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of an emergency "Ag Gag" law, which the plaintiffs say is meant to hide animal abuse and chill free speech.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Animal rights groups sued "The Great Bull Run" and the rodeo company that supplies it with bulls, claiming they stage dangerous, and illegal, events, in which "as many as three dozen panicked bulls ... stampede down a narrow track" behind hundreds of people, "many of whom have been drinking alcohol."

     SAN LUIS OBISPO (CN) - Another legal shot has been fired in a perennial war between environmentalists and off-road vehicle enthusiasts, this one at attempt to protect Oceano Dunes, California's largest dune system south of San Francisco, and the only state park where vehicles may be driven on the beach.

By PURNA NEMANI  


     ANCHORAGE (CN) - Alaska sued the Department of the Interior for rejecting its plan to seismically investigate oil and gas reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     (CN) - General Electric faces two multibillion-dollar class actions from people hurt by the Fukushima nuclear disaster and its aftermath, who say GE and GE-Hitachi failed to properly design and maintain the power plant.

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     QUEENS, N.Y. (CN) - The Sierra Club wants a judge to order New York state to do a full environmental review on a request to take 1.5 billion gallons of water a day from the East River for a Queens power plant.

By DAVID LEE 

     TULSA (CN) - Oklahoma and the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance sued the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday, accusing them of engaging in "sue and settle" tactics to discourage oil and gas development.

From FORBES 

     If you associate Walmart's grocery aisles with cheap six-packs of sugary soda or bulk bags of chips, you're in for a surprise when you next drop by a branch of the world's largest retailer. Read more at Forbes.

From NJ.COM 

     In one of the largest Superfund cleanups ever announced, federal officials today proposed a $1.7 billion dredging of the lower Passaic River to remove 4.3 million cubic yards of dioxin-contaminated sediment. Read more at NJ.com.

From FOX NEWS 

     In what critics are describing as a government land grab, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a change Tuesday to the Clean Water Act that would give it regulatory authority over temporary wetlands and waterways. Read more from Fox News.

From THE GUARDIAN 

     China is using drones to spy on polluting industries in its attempts to battle the lung-choking smog that frequently engulfs many of its cities. Read more at The Guardian.

From CBS PHILLY 

     Work continues today to repair a broken sewer main in Valley Forge Park, Chester County, that resulted in at least five million of gallons of raw sewage running off into the Valley Creek. Read more at CBS Philly.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that four sub-species of the Mazama pocket gopher have been listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 

By JON CHOWN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - To prevent falls and injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has made voluntary standards for soft infant and toddler carriers mandatory. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service plans to issue another five year marine mammal harm authorization for U.S. Navy sonar and ordnance testing in the Marianas, according to an agency proposal. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The fate of certain endangered captive-bred African antelope has changed again due to the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, according to a new regulation.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The arroyo toad's endangered status may soon be downlisted to threatened status although it faces additional threats and has not met its recovery plan criteria. The move is in response to a legal challenge, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal

By JON CHOWN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Stroller manufacturers must meet stiffer testing standards to prevent fatalities and serious injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed changes to nutrition labels, in an effort to combat obesity.