Latest Violations of environmental law News

State files criminal charges against Wisconsin dairy farm

Dec. 07, 2022 09:43 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State prosecutors filed criminal charges against a Kewaunee farmer, agronomist and hauler who allegedly illegally dumped nearly 3 million gallons of excess manure that washed into tributaries of Lake Michigan. All three defendants are charged with felony counts...

Nevada toad in geothermal power fight gets endangered status

Dec. 02, 2022 22:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A tiny Nevada toad at the center of a legal battle over a geothermal power project has officially been declared an endangered species, after U.S. wildlife officials temporarily listed it on a rarely used emergency basis last spring. “This ruling makes final the...

Environmentalists fight huge utility's long-term contracts

Dec. 01, 2022 17:42 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Distributors for the nation’s largest public utility signed onto what amounted to “never-ending” contracts that unfairly tied them to power generated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, a lawyer argued Thursday as she represents environmental groups in a lawsuit. ...

Brazil expels US fishing tour company from Indigenous land

Nov. 23, 2022 10:17 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Federal courts in Brazil have ordered a New Jersey-based fishing tourism company to leave a remote Indigenous area of the Amazon after prosecutors filed charges of operating without government authorization and manipulating Indigenous people, which is illegal in the country....

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Nov. 23, 2022 07:11 AM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. November 16, 2022. Editorial: Where have all the candidates gone? Quality contenders are in short supply, and too many Minnesota elections are one-horse races. Increasingly, Minnesota voters are encountering ballots with...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 21, 2022 07:22 AM EST

Toledo Blade. November 19, 2022. Editorial: Unmuzzle pension boards The State Teachers Retirement System Board of Trustees had a telling debate over their governing policies at the Nov. 17th meeting. STRS has what they call a “one-voice policy,” that would be more...

Cambodia wildlife official jailed in NY for monkey smuggling

Nov. 16, 2022 17:43 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged eight people with smuggling endangered monkeys, including a Cambodian wildlife official who was arrested in the U.S. while traveling to a conference on protecting endangered species. The official plus a colleague in that country’s...

U.S. agency sued over hands-off decision on Okefenokee mine

Nov. 15, 2022 14:53 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Conservation groups filed suit Tuesday against a U.S. government agency challenging its decision to allow a mining project to move forward without federal permits near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp's vast wildlife refuge. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District...

Turtles in demand as pets, leading to a spike in poaching

Nov. 09, 2022 17:23 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Swimming in two plastic bins inside a brightly lit and sterile quarantine room at a Rhode Island zoo, 16 quarter-sized turtle hatchlings represent a growing worry for conservationist Lou Perrotti. These eastern musk turtles, known for spending much of their...

Widows of executed Nigerian activists end case against Shell

Nov. 08, 2022 05:52 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The widows of four Nigerian activists executed in 1995 have withdrawn their appeal in a Dutch civil case in which they alleged that oil giant Shell was complicit in the men's deaths, ending a yearslong legal battle for compensation and an apology. The...