Latest Environmental activism News

Billionaire Tom Steyer gets Michigan renewable energy deal

May. 18, 2018 1:53 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's two dominant utilities committed Friday to increase the power they produce from wind and other renewable sources to 25 percent by 2030 under pressure from billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, who ended a ballot drive opposed by the electric providers in response....

Lawsuit claims city's sewage treatment plant pollutes river

May. 17, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Water quality advocates filed a lawsuit alleging the city of Medford has known for years that water discharged from its sewage treatment plant illegally harms the Rogue River's aquatic balance but failed to fix it. The Northwest Environmental Advocates, in a suit filed Tuesday, claim...

Official: Most pipeline work can go on despite tossed permit

May. 16, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators declined to stop work Wednesday on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline after an appeals court invalidated a key permit for the multistate project. The decision came over the objections of environmental groups that insist the vacated permit means all construction must cease....

Latest: Regulator won't stop work on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

May. 16, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a court order involving the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (all times local): 6 p.m. Federal regulators are not immediately stopping work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, even though a federal appeals court invalidated a key permit for the project. Environmental groups suing over...

Trump reversal of mining pollution rule challenged in court

May. 16, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups challenged the Trump administration in federal court Wednesday over its rejection of an Obama-era proposal that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to clean up their pollution. The Idaho Conservation League, Earthworks, Sierra...

Greenpeace: Paper giant cut forests during conservation pact

May. 16, 2018 8:21 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Greenpeace has ended a five-year truce with one of the world's largest paper companies, accusing it of cutting down tropical forests in Indonesia during the entire time the two were cooperating on conservation. The announcement Wednesday, triggered by an Associated Press investigation,...

Court vacates key federal permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

May. 15, 2018 10:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appellate court vacated a key permit granted to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, saying Tuesday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided no specific limits for the allowable impact on threatened and endangered species. The order's immediate impact was in dispute. Lawyers...

Lawsuit contends energy lease sales will affect environment

May. 15, 2018 4:34 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental groups and three Montana landowners sued Tuesday to cancel hundreds of recent oil and gas lease sales, saying the U.S. government's leasing of public lands is skyrocketing without understanding how all that drilling will affect water quality and climate change. WildEarth...

Poland ready to end extensive logging in pristine old forest

May. 15, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's environment minister has decided to stop the extensive logging in one of Europe's oldest forests that has been declared illegal by a top European Union court, authorities said Tuesday. Environment Minister Henryk Kowalczyk has ordered the government's 2017 permission for the...

Trump wants negotiations with California on auto gas mileage

May. 12, 2018 6:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing a key concern for manufacturers, President Donald Trump has instructed his administration to explore negotiations with California on achieving a single fuel economy standard for the nation during a meeting with auto industry executives. The president met with top auto...