DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a petition filed by environmental groups that asked the agency to withdraw the Iowa Department of Natural Resources'...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups say New York state must do more to address the impact of all-terrain vehicles in the Adirondacks.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — PPG Industries Inc. is agreeing to pay $1.2 million and treat polluted water seeping into the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania from a long-closed waste site, although...
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Environmental groups on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning a key permit for a proposed open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona.
EPA critical of some elements of Missouri coal ash plan
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal regulators say Missouri's plan to oversee the disposal of toxic waste from coal-fired power plants fails to adequately protect human health and the...
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental groups sued Monday to ramp down feeding of elk at a Wyoming wildlife refuge, saying the practice encourages disease.
BOSTON (AP) — Environmental advocates are pressing for an increase in the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles in Massachusetts.
Utility denies groups’ water pollution allegations
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A utility is denying allegations by two environmental groups that it violated the Clean Water Act in operating a coal-fired power plant in New Hampshire.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two environmental groups have sued two utilities over a coal-fired power plant in New Hampshire, saying they are violating the Clean Water Act.
New hearing rejected for pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday denied a request to reconsider a ruling throwing out a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts...
Groups intend to sue over new Wyoming grizzly hunt law
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental groups have filed notice they intend to sue over a new Wyoming law that could authorize grizzly bear hunting even though grizzlies are federally...
Audit finds that candidate misspent money on campaign
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island political candidate who resigned before taking his seat in the state legislature over a nonexistent campaign mailer is facing new allegations of financial wrongdoing.
The Latest: Environmentalists criticize water pollution plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan for dealing with long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS (all times local):
Environmental groups are criticizing the Trump administration's plan for dealing with highly toxic chemicals in drinking water, saying it's too little and too slow.
US panel hears arguments in nuclear waste storage case
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and nuclear watchdog groups raised dozens of objections Wednesday to an application filed by a New Jersey-based company seeking to build a multibillion-dollar facility in southeastern New Mexico to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the United States.
Environmental groups appeal PolyMet mine permits
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Environmental groups are appealing air and water permits approved for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.
The groups argue the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ignored evidence that PolyMet intends to process more ore daily than called for in its air permit. And they argue the company's water permit improperly allows pollutants to be discharged to groundwater.
Lawsuit seeks to block expansion of dam southwest of Boulder
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Six environmental groups have asked a federal judge to block the expansion of a reservoir in the foothills southwest of Boulder.
Lawmakers could face debate over earthquake damage
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are likely to face renewed debate in the next legislative session about how or whether to hold oil and gas companies accountable for property damage caused by earthquakes in Kansas.
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Correction: Los Angeles Housing Development story
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Dec. 11 about a large housing development approved in the mountains north of Los Angeles, The Associated Press reported erroneously that several environmental groups supported the deal. Audubon California, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and others signed an agreement not to challenge the Tejon Ranch development in exchange for wilderness preservation but did not actively back the plan.
Arkansas AG wants regulators to review plant settlement
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general is asking state regulators to review an agreement between the state's largest electric utility and environmental groups to eventually stop using coal at two power plants and shut down a natural gas plant.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked the state Public Service Commission Thursday to review the settlement Entergy Arkansas announced last month with the Sierra Club and National Parks Conservation Association.
Line 3 foe Winona LaDuke seeks seat on body that approved it
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A leading opponent of Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota has applied for a seat on the regulatory panel that approved the project.
Winona LaDuke is executive director of Honor the Earth, a tribally rooted environmental group. She announced Monday that she has applied for the Public Utilities Commission seat now held by Chair Nancy Lange, whose term ends Jan. 7. Commissioners are appointed by the governor.
Environmentalists: Coal plant waste puts water at risk
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Several environmental groups say coal ash dump sites at power plants across Illinois have contaminated the water sources of nearby communities.
The report by the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice, Prairie Rivers Network and the Sierra Club released Wednesday indicates toxic pollutants emanate from 22 of 24 coal ash dump sites.
The data cited by the groups came largely from the results of tests conducted by the companies that own the power plants.
Entergy Arkansas reaches deal to stop using coal at 2 plants
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' largest electric utility says it will eventually stop using coal at two power plants and shut down a natural gas plant under a settlement reached with environmental groups.
Entergy Arkansas announced Friday it's reached a settlement with the Sierra Club and National Parks Conservation Association.
Ann Arbor to study keeping chimney for migratory birds
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ann Arbor will study saving an old chimney as a roosting spot for birds after a group of conservationists pushed for the preservation as other nearby buildings are set to be taken down.
Appeals court rejects new hearing in Dominion coal ash case
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a request from the Sierra Club to hold a new hearing to reconsider a ruling that Dominion Energy's discharge of arsenic from a coal ash storage site does not violate the U.S. Clean Water Act.
Appeals court vacates permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has vacated a permit to build the Mountain Valley Pipeline through waterways in a district overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers.
The ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revokes the pipeline's authority to build through waterways in the Corps' Huntington District. It also implicates the pipeline's ability to trench through streams and wetlands.
Environmental groups sue over Oklahoma coal ash oversight
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several environmental groups are trying to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from transferring oversight of the disposal of toxic coal ash to state regulators in Oklahoma.
The group Earthjustice filed a lawsuit this week in federal court in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the Sierra Club, Waterkeeper Alliance, and Oklahoma-based Local Environmental Action Demanded agency.
Environmental, tribal groups ask PUC to reconsider Line 3
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Environmental and tribal groups asked Minnesota regulators on Tuesday to reconsider their approval of Enbridge Energy's plans to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.
The groups, including the Sierra Club, Youth Climate Intervenors, Friends of the Headwaters and Honor the Earth, filed their requests with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Opponents contend the line does not meet permit criteria.
Governor: Virginia could lead nation on offshore wind power
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says his state is well positioned to lead the development of the nation's offshore wind industry.
The Democrat spoke Friday in Norfolk at a conference sponsored by industry members and Virginia's Sierra Club chapter.
Appeals court: Dominion did not violate Clean Water Act
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy's discharge of arsenic from a coal ash storage site through groundwater into surrounding waters does not violate the U.S. Clean Water Act, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling by a lower court judge who found that Virginia's largest electric utility had violated the federal law.
Correction: Climate Justice-Rally story
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a story Sept. 7 about a climate justice rally, The Associated Press, relying on information from organizers, reported erroneously that the state chapter of the Sierra Club was a host. It was not.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Virginia rally to focus on push for 'climate justice'
Virginia opponents of two natural gas pipelines will host a rally this weekend as part of an organized plan to hold thousands of "climate justice" events around the world
Judge blocks release of Oregon utility’s coal information
SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state judge has agreed with an electric utility and permanently blocked the public release of some economic information about its coal-burning units.
The Sierra Club wanted the redacted information to be made public, saying people should have data about the financial risks of operating coal-burning power plants.
PacifiCorp, based in Portland, Oregon, argued that releasing the confidential information would put it at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace.
Utility asks judge to block release of coal plant facts
SEATTLE (AP) — An electric utility is asking a Washington state judge to permanently block the public release of some economic information it provided to state regulators about its coal-burning units.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some 130 environmental groups are taking aim at New York's nuclear subsidies.
The coalition, led by the Alliance for a Green Economy, wrote to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday urging him to overhaul the subsidies so New Yorkers who would prefer cleaner forms of energy can opt out. Groups including Earthjustice, the Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch signed on to the letter.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A ballot measure that would break up a monopoly in Nevada by electric utility NV Energy and instead create to a competitive market would hamper clean energy efforts, according to four environmental groups.
Those groups — the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project and Western Resource Advocates — announced Thursday that they oppose the initiative.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than 20 environmental groups have expressed opposition to an estimated $345 million Mississippi flood control project.
News outlets report the Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District held a public hearing Tuesday in Jackson over the One Lake Project. It's an attempt to prevent a flood like one that devastated the Jackson area in 1979.
Governor forum planned on climate change challenges
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Candidates for governor will be asked what Connecticut should be doing to address the challenges of climate change.
A coalition of state environmental groups, which includes the Connecticut Sierra Club chapter, 350 CT and the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, is holding a forum on the subject Monday night at Trinity College in Hartford. The event is free and open to the public.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency assigns public-records requests from environmental groups or others that it sees as "politically charged" to special internal review, a top agency official told congressional staffers investigating the actions of Scott Pruitt, the scandal-plagued former administrator who resigned this month.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's handling of public records requests (all times local):
Environmental Protection Agency Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson is defending his agency's handling of records requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Ross Vincent, an environmentalist who worked in Colorado and Louisiana for decades, has died. He was 75.
Vincent, the face of the Pueblo area Sierra Club, died Saturday of cancer at a hospice, a newspaper reported.
"He is already missed and will be for a long time to come," the Sierra Club's Sangre de Cristo Group said on its Facebook page.
MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Register of Historic Places has placed a protected designation on the site of a West Virginia battle that broke out in the 1920s when coal miners tried to unionize.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three conservation groups said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that federal wildlife agencies have failed for years to complete required consultations and reporting on the effects that oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could have on endangered species.
The suit comes more than a decade since the last such report was done, and more than eight years since the huge 2010 BP oil spill, the groups said.
Sierra Club sues Kansas over pork facility permits
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against the Kansas Department of Health and Environment challenging permits for a pork facility expansion.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Port of Vancouver has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit over open meetings laws that the port admitted to violating while commissioners debated a lease for an oil terminal.
The Columbian reported Thursday that the payment will cover court costs and fees incurred by Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and Northwest Environmental Defense Center.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith has proposed an amendment to force completion of a land swap needed for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a move that drew criticism from environmentalists Friday.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two environmental groups will be allowed to intervene in a rate case involving Westar, which wants to impose higher fees on customers who install solar panels on their homes.
The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday said the Sierra Club and a group called Vote Solar may intervene in the case but must consolidate their testimony and evidence. They also cannot submit repetitive testimony or briefs.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Appellate Court has ruled against environmental groups that were seeking to stop a proposed 47-mile highway between Illinois and Indiana.
The Environmental Law and Policy Center initially filed the lawsuit in 2014 against the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The center filed the suit on behalf of the Sierra Club and Openlands.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmentalists, business groups and higher education institutions are backing Tesla's efforts to expand the electric vehicle manufacturer's sales stores from five to 20 in New York state.
About 40 Tesla employees from New York gathered outside the state Senate chambers Tuesday to call on lawmakers to pass legislation approving the business expansion.