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Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

Nov. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world's biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state...

Indiana agency: Steelmaker too slow to act on chemical spill

Oct. 25, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — The state environmental agency said a northwestern Indiana steel mill knew it was leaking dangerous chemicals into Lake Michigan but failed to report the spill or act quickly to mitigate the risks. The cyanide and ammonia spill in August at the ArcelorMittal plant in Burns Harbor...

Appeals court puts Mountain Valley Pipeline permits on hold

Oct. 11, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has put a hold on two permits needed for construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday issued a stay of permits from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service while it reviews a lawsuit filed by environmental groups in...

Hawaii to consider proposed online trail hike reservations

Oct. 9, 2019 2:11 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The state of Hawaii will consider a proposal to establish an online reservation system for guided hikes in a national park on Maui, officials said. The Sierra Club Maui Group and Haleakala Ranch are partnering to build the reservation system for hikes on Haleakala Trail, The Maui...

17 states sue feds over Endangered Species Act rules

Sep. 25, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seventeen states sued the Trump administration Wednesday to block rules weakening the Endangered Species Act, saying the changes would make it tougher to protect wildlife even in the midst of a global extinction crisis. The lawsuit, in federal court in San Francisco, follows a similar...

EPA says New England air quality improving

Sep. 24, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New England has met air quality standards for sulfur dioxide after improvements were seen in parts of New Hampshire, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the reduced sulfur dioxide levels in central New Hampshire will result in...

Kentucky governor says teen climate activist 'ill-informed'

Sep. 24, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin touted the reliability of fossil fuels and called teen climate activist Greta Thunberg "remarkably ill-informed" during a conference on energy. Bevin was asked about the 16-year-old Swedish activist on Tuesday after he gave a keynote address at the annual...

Company agrees to settle with environmental groups on permit

Sep. 24, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — One of the companies planning an ethane "cracker" plant in Ohio has agreed to settle an appeal filed by environmental groups over an air permit the state granted in December. PTT Global Chemical America and South Korea's Daelim Industrial Co. propose building a...