Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:39 PM PT
By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     AUSTIN (CN) - A Texas city claims in court it was duped into approving a "feasibly impossible" $2 million wind farm by a businessman who colluded with a state employee to get the project funded.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     OROVILLE, Calif. (CN) - An environmental company defrauded California by submitting phony invoices for cleaning up leaky underground storage tanks and doing geological work without a license, the state claims in court.

     CHICAGO (CN) - Two California men were indicted this week on federal charges of damaging a mink farm in Illinois, from which 2,000 minks were released. 

     PLANO, Texas - A Texas man pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a $1 million smuggling ring that brought rhinoceros horns from the United States to China.

By JOE HARRIS 

     ST. LOUIS (CN) - A landfill that has emitted noxious odors from an underground fire has agreed to additional safety measures to try to keep the fire spreading to a neighboring landfill that contains radioactive waste. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - A Volvo subsidiary must pay $72 million for failing to comply with a consent decree in which Volvo agreed its engines must meet next year's EPA standards to be sold in the U.S., the D.C. Circuit ruled. 

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - A New Yorker who occasionally consumes foie gras from force-fed ducks or geese lacks standing to seek a ban, a state appeals court ruled. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - A veterinarian whose "restraint technique" on a puppy led to its death was properly reprimanded, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled. 

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - Trader Joe's can pay $3.3 million to settle class-action claims that it sticks "All Natural" labels on products that contain synthetic ingredients, a federal judge ruled. 

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     (CN) - Greece hurt turtle habitat by turning a blind eye to the uncontrolled management of a landfill site in Zakinthos, the European Court of Justice ruled.

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - Ruling against surface coal-mining interests, the D.C. Circuit stricter clean-water standards the government set for states in issuing mining permits. 

By RYAN ABBOTT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The treated-wood industry has a shoddy case at best over new permit rules that ban the introduction of treated wood in certain waters, a federal judge ruled. 

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - The government is illegally forcing a Bay Area oyster farm to shut down, which will devastate the businesses that rely on its oysters, the Tomales Bay Oyster Co. and several other business claim in Federal Court.

By IULIA FILIP 

     JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CN) - Florida sued a ring of bulldog breeders to stop them from selling illegally imported puppies and misrepresenting their health and age to buyers.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     BROOKLYN (CN) - The Coast Guard's and EPA's response plans for an oil train derailment near the lower Hudson River or New York Harbor are legally insufficient and put public safety and the environment at risk, the Center for Biological Diversity claims in court.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 


     DOTHAN, Ala. (CN) - Campbell's Soup sued a food processor, a distributor and a grocer, claiming it hired the processor to destroy unusable food or feed it to farm animals, but the processor diverted it and sold it to people through the grocer.

By RYAN ABBOTT 

     ARLINGTON, Va. (CN) - A biofuel company claims in court that diesel fuel producers stole its method of harvesting vegetable oil from seeds of the African jatropha tree by secretly recording the process with a smart phone during a meeting.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - California is endangering honeybees, and the billion-dollar industry they support, by expanding approvals for neonicotinioid pesticides, which have been linked to colony collapse disorder, environmental groups claim in court.

By MIKE HEUER 

     RENO, Nev. (CN) - A citizens group sued the federal government to try to stop it from leasing 231,000 of public lands in Northern Nevada, where private companies can use fracking to extract oil and natural gas.


     PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CN) - A puppy store claims the city of East Providence, R.I. enacted an unconstitutional law making it a crime to "display, offer for sale, deliver, barter, auction, give away, transfer, or sell any live dog or cat in any pet store, retail business or other commercial establishment" in the city.

     HONOLULU (CN) - Agricultural and floral trade groups sued the County of Hawai'i, challenging a law that "severely limits and, in many cases, wholly bans the cultivation, propagation, development and open-air testing of genetically engineered ('GE') crops."

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SAN JOSE (CN) - Bird lovers sued the federal government, challenging a new regulation that extends from 5 to 30 years the length of permits that allow wind energy companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles without prosecution.

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Secretary of the Interior for refusing to make nondiscretionary findings on whether to protect nine species, including a flying squirrel.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - Two California counties, the city of Bakersfield and three other plaintiffs filed separate lawsuits against the California High-Speed Rail Authority, challenging the environmental review of a 114-mile stretch of the rail project in the San Joaquin Valley.

From THE WASHINGTON TIMES 

     The Environmental Protection Agency bowed to fierce criticism Wednesday and announced that it had hit the breaks on a fast-tracked plan to collect fines by garnishing paychecks of accused polluters. Read more at The Washington Times.
     

From SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS 

     A major food distribution company has been ordered to pay nearly $20 million in fines and restitution after an investigation revealed the company was improperly storing perishable foods. Read more at San Jose Mercury News.

From ABC NEWS 

     Japan has caught 30 whales off its northern coast in its first hunt since an international court ordered the halt of its annual expedition in the Antarctic, officials said Friday. Read more at ABC News.

From NY DAILY NEWS 

     The government wants Americans to get used to eating foods with less of their favorite seasoning - salt. Read more at NY Daily News.
     

By TISH KRAFT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The home of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean loggerhead sea turtle has been listed as protected, in the largest designation of critical habitat ever, environmental groups say. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE  

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Due to drastic population declines, the northern Mexican gartersnake and the narrow-headed gartersnake were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Due to sharp population declines from finning, four distinct population segments (DPSs) of scalloped hammerhead sharks now have federal protection. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed five flammable refrigerants as greener alternatives to refrigerants being phased out, for home air conditioners and refrigerators. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Three species of cockatoos have received final listing status under the Endangered Species Act, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The White House has announced a new taskforce to help restore and protect populations of bees and other pollinators.