Latest Sierra Club News

Another Keystone XL setback: environmental review ordered

Nov. 9, 2018 6:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a setback for the Trump administration, a federal judge has blocked a permit for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada and ordered officials to conduct a new environmental review. Environmentalists and tribal groups cheered the ruling by a U.S. district judge in...

California voters consider $9 billion for water projects

Nov. 6, 2018 9:49 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Voters will decide Tuesday whether California borrows nearly $9 billion for water infrastructure projects in the state where its scarcity often pits city dwellers, farmers, anglers and environmentalists against one another. Proposition 3 would devote the money to storage and dam repairs,...

Court revives claim involving uranium mine near Grand Canyon

Oct. 27, 2018 1:58 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a challenge to a company's right to mine uranium near the Grand Canyon. An Obama-era decision prohibits new mining claims on roughly 1,562 square miles outside the boundaries of the national park through 2032. But that doesn't keep uranium...

Ann Arbor to study keeping chimney for migratory birds

Oct. 14, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ann Arbor will study saving an old chimney as a roosting spot for birds after a group of conservationists pushed for the preservation as other nearby buildings are set to be taken down. City Council unanimously voted earlier this month to have the city administrator evaluate the...

Hawaii coalition opposes constitutional convention

Oct. 13, 2018 3:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A coalition of Hawaii unions, businesses and environmentalists is urging residents to vote in November against a state constitutional convention. The purpose of the convention would be to amend or rewrite Hawaii's Constitution. "The groups coming together in opposition of a constitutional...

Groups plan new lawsuit over Fairbanks-area air pollution

Oct. 11, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups say they are planning another lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to push action in addressing air pollution in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice sent a 60-day notice Wednesday that it would...

Appeals court rejects new hearing in Dominion coal ash case

Oct. 10, 2018 11:56 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a request from the Sierra Club to hold a new hearing to reconsider a ruling that Dominion Energy's discharge of arsenic from a coal ash storage site does not violate the U.S. Clean Water Act. The Sierra Club's lawsuit alleged that arsenic is...

Homeland Security to waive laws for South Texas border gates

Oct. 9, 2018 6:09 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it will waive environmental laws so it can build gates between sections of border barriers in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley. The waiver posted online lists 11 locations where the government plans to install gates in existing...

One of oldest coal companies in US files for bankruptcy

Oct. 9, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — One of the oldest coal companies in the U.S. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday to deal with more than $1.4 billion in debt amid declining demand for the fuel. Englewood, Colorado-based Westmoreland Coal Co. filed for voluntary Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in...

Battered by Sandy, New Jersey plans against sea level rise

Oct. 9, 2018 2:44 PM EDT

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is working on a plan to better protect its coast and inland waterways from the effects of sea level rise and severe storms. The state Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday it will seek input from residents, businesses and coastal sciences over the next...