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Conservation groups sue to block road in Alaska refuge

Aug. 7, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Nine conservation groups on Wednesday sued the U.S. Interior Department over its latest proposed land trade that could lead to a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula contains internationally...

Biogas plant's lawsuit replies blame others for big stink

Jul. 31, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) — The owner of a biogas plant in northeast Nebraska said in replies to several lawsuits that two other companies are responsible for toxic odors that fouled a neighborhood. The Sioux City Journal reported that Denmark, Wisconsin-based Big Ox Energy filed the replies earlier this...

US can't find files on investigation into nuclear arms plant

Jul. 30, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has lost track of more than 60 boxes of documents from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into safety and environmental violations at a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado, officials said Tuesday. The files were gathered in a two-year grand jury probe of...

Appeals court vacates key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit

Jul. 26, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Friday tossed out a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that deals with the project's effects on threatened or endangered species, saying a federal agency had apparently "lost sight of its mandate." A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Appeals court upholds Trump move to drop mine pollution rule

Jul. 19, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel sided with the Trump administration Friday in a mining pollution dispute, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that companies take financial responsibility for future cleanups. The ruling came after the administration was sued by...

Carnival pledges steps ongoing to curb ocean pollution

Jul. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Corp. executives pledged anew Friday that steps are being taken to curb ocean pollution, which was the subject of a recent $20 million federal penalty imposed because of continued environmental violations. Carnival outlined some of those steps at a hearing before a pair of skeptical...

Keystone XL pipeline opponents pursue new legal challenge

Jul. 1, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Environmentalists asked a federal judge on Monday to cancel approvals issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, opening another front in the legal fight over a long-delayed energy project that President Donald Trump has tried to push...

Chemours says DuPont lowballed environmental liabilities

Jun. 28, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The DuPont Co. massively downplayed the cost of environmental liabilities with which Chemours would be saddled when DuPont spun off its former performance chemicals unit in 2015, according to a lawsuit unsealed Friday. The maximum liability exposure figures that DuPont certified prior to...

Michigan AG sues to shut down oil pipeline in Great Lakes

Jun. 27, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general sued Thursday to shut down twin 66-year-old oil pipelines in the Great Lakes, saying they pose an "unacceptable risk" and the state cannot wait five to 10 years for Enbridge Inc. to build a tunnel to house replacement pipes running through the Straits of...

Wisconsin Supreme Court backs Enbridge in Dane County case

Jun. 27, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Canada-based Enbridge Energy doesn't need to carry additional insurance for a pipeline project in Dane County, despite the local government's insistence that it do so in case of an accidental spill. Dane County officials made a $25 million...