Latest Sierra Club News

Governor: Virginia could lead nation on offshore wind power

Sep. 21, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says his state is well positioned to lead the development of the nation's offshore wind industry. The Democrat spoke Friday in Norfolk at a conference sponsored by industry members and Virginia's Sierra Club chapter. Dominion Energy and the Danish firm Orsted...

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...

Correction: Climate Justice-Rally story

Sep. 10, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a story Sept. 7 about a climate justice rally, The Associated Press, relying on information from organizers, reported erroneously that the state chapter of the Sierra Club was a host. It was not. A corrected version of the story is below: Virginia rally to focus on push for 'climate...

Judge blocks release of Oregon utility's coal information

Sep. 7, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state judge has agreed with an electric utility and permanently blocked the public release of some economic information about its coal-burning units. The Sierra Club wanted the redacted information to be made public, saying people should have data about the financial risks of...

Utility asks judge to block release of coal plant facts

Sep. 6, 2018 9:40 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An electric utility is asking a Washington state judge to permanently block the public release of some economic information it provided to state regulators about its coal-burning units. The Sierra Club says the public should have clear information about the financial risks of operating...

California Editorial Rdp

Aug. 29, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

Aug. 29 Santa Cruz Sentinel on marijuana impairment standards in California being long overdue: Maybe California Controller Betty Yee will have better luck than law enforcement and editorial writers on making the case for setting standards for driving under the influence of marijuana. Yee has at least gained...

The Latest: Oklahoma attorney general race too close to call

Aug. 28, 2018 11:12 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on Oklahoma's primary runoff election (all times local): 10 p.m. A bruising Republican primary runoff in the race to become Oklahoma's next attorney general was too close to call Tuesday night. With nearly all votes counted late Tuesday, unofficial results show Attorney...

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...