Latest Sierra Club News

Conservation groups sue feds to protect old-growth forests

Jun. 14, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Six environmental groups sued officials of the Biden administration Tuesday, saying a Trump-era rule change that allowed logging of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest violates federal laws and was politically motivated. “Large and old trees have...

Mountain Valley Pipeline seeks new panel for challenges

Jun. 06, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A company building a natural gas pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia is seeking a new panel of judges to hear the next round in its legal battle with environmentalists. Mountain Valley Pipeline filed a motion last month requesting the 4th U.S. Circuit Court...

Ratepayer advocates seek protections in offshore wind case

May. 17, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State regulators considering whether to approve Dominion Energy Virginia's plans for a nearly $10 billion offshore wind farm should implement protections to shield customers from possible cost overruns and other project risks, ratepayer advocates testified Tuesday. ...

16 states that want to electrify USPS fleet file lawsuits

Apr. 28, 2022 21:44 PM EDT

California and 15 states that want the U.S. Postal Service to electrify its mail delivery vehicles are suing to halt purchases of thousands of gas-powered trucks as the agency modernizes its delivery fleet. Three separate lawsuits, filed Thursday by the states and environmental...

US military drops appeal of Hawaii order to drain fuel tanks

Apr. 23, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday dropped its appeals of a Hawaii order requiring it to remove fuel from a massive military fuel storage facility that leaked petroleum into the Navy's water system at Pearl Harbor last year. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Defense...

Biden restores stricter environmental review of big projects

Apr. 19, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is restoring federal regulations that require rigorous environmental review of major infrastructure projects such as highways, pipelines and oil wells — including likely impacts on climate change and nearby communities. The longstanding reviews were...

Utility regulators rejected expansion of generating station

Apr. 13, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — State utility regulators have rejected a proposed power plant expansion project that pitted environmental justice concerns against metro Phoenix's increasing electricity demands during Arizona's summer heat. The Arizona Corporation Commission's 4-1 vote Tuesday was a...

EPA probes environmental justice in Louisiana projects

Apr. 09, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether Louisiana’s health and environmental agencies discriminated against Black residents in connection with air pollution from existing and proposed facilities between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The...

Lawsuit over beef farm in trout stream watershed may proceed

Mar. 29, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state court judge said environmental groups may proceed with a lawsuit seeking to halt expansion of a cattle farm in northeast Iowa near a prized trout stream. Judge Michael Huppert on Monday ruled against the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which...

US seeks new lithium sources as demand for batteries grows

Mar. 28, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

NEWRY, Maine (AP) — The race is on to produce more lithium in the United States. The U.S. will need far more lithium to achieve its clean energy goals — and the industry that mines, extracts and processes the chemical element is poised to grow. But it also faces a host of...