Latest Sierra Club News

Keystone XL developer plans to start construction in 2019

Sep. 24, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline plans to start construction next year, after a U.S. State Department review ordered by a federal judge concluded that major environmental damage from a leak is unlikely and could quickly be mitigated, a company spokesman said Monday....

Long held as oldest in US, New Jersey nuclear plant closes

Sep. 17, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A nuclear power plant long considered to be the oldest in America shut down Monday, the victim of its age and inability to compete with newer, cheaper gas-fired power plants. The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey went offline at noon Monday, powering down...

Landowners oppose oil pipeline before Iowa Supreme Court

Sep. 12, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of Iowa landowners and an environmental group asked the Iowa Supreme Court Wednesday to declare a crude oil pipeline permit illegal under the Iowa Constitution, a decision that could force the pipeline in operation for more than a year to be turned off. The attorney for a...

Appeals court: Dominion did not violate Clean Water Act

Sep. 12, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

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...

Bank of the West's environmental stand faces blowback

Aug. 10, 2018 3:33 PM EDT

Bank of the West's decision to divest from certain fossil fuel investments has run headlong into threats of retaliation in states that get much of their revenue from coal, oil and natural gas extraction. The San Francisco-based bank recently made it known that it would be "investing where we feel we can make the...

Appeals court tells EPA to stop sales of harmful pesticide

Aug. 10, 2018 12:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco...

Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law

Aug. 9, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San...

California's border wall challenge hinges on jurisdiction

Aug. 7, 2018 5:12 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A legal challenge to the Trump administration's planned border wall Tuesday hinged on whether the state of California and environmental groups can even fight such a project in lower courts. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struggled with a law that gave...

Appeals court tosses key permits for Atlantic Coast pipeline

Aug. 6, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday threw out two key permits for the Atlantic Coast pipeline, a ruling environmental groups said should halt construction on the 600-mile natural gas pipeline, but project developers insisted should not result in a lengthy delay. A three-judge panel of...

Kavanaugh's record on EPA rules worries environmental groups

Aug. 6, 2018 12:19 AM EDT

Environmental groups were not going to be happy with anyone President Donald Trump picked for the Supreme Court. But the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh has them especially worried. A conservative who would replace the more moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Kavanaugh has a record of slapping back...