Latest Violations of environmental law News

Tightened federal water protections won't slow some projects

Jan. 14, 2022 17:22 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to tighten oversight of projects that benefitted from Trump-era loosened water protections, but some projects including a controversial Georgia mine will likely be able to escape new scrutiny. It’s the latest twist in a...

Princess Cruise Lines pleads guilty to probation violation

Jan. 12, 2022 20:12 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Princess Cruises pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating its probation related to previous environmental crimes. Company officials signed a plea agreement in Miami federal court, according to court records. The company must pay a $1 million criminal fine and undertake...

Iowa sues Sioux City over wastewater scheme, river pollution

Jan. 07, 2022 16:23 PM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa said Friday that it is suing Sioux City over what it says was the city’s manipulation of wastewater testing results and dangerous pollution of the Missouri River in a scheme that saw the wastewater plant’s former supervisor sentenced to jail. ...

Lawsuit seeks to block 2 geothermal power plants in Nevada

Dec. 31, 2021 15:38 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists and tribal leaders are suing the U.S. government to try to block construction of two geothermal plants in northern Nevada’s high desert that they say will destroy a sacred hot springs and could push a rare toad to the brink of extinction. The...

Man, oil field companies win $3.8 million in legal fight

Dec. 23, 2021 11:57 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A jury has awarded a North Dakota man and two oil field companies associated with him almost $4 million in a legal dispute. The Bismarck Tribune reported that Southwest Judicial District Judge William Herauf signed the final order in the case on Tuesday. The...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Dec. 22, 2021 17:19 PM EST

Palm Beach Post. December 19, 2021. Editorial: Good intentions alone won’t save Florida’s starving manatees The urge can be overwhelming. Florida’s iconic manatees are dying of starvation. The images of bloated corpses bobbing along what are normally tranquil...

$475M settlement proposed in longest-running US oil spill

Dec. 22, 2021 15:28 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans-based oil company has agreed to turn over a $432 million cleanup trust fund and pay an additional $43 million to settle a federal lawsuit over cleaning up abandoned wells leaking since 2004, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. “This settlement...

California sues Walmart over disposal of hazardous waste

Dec. 20, 2021 17:40 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Retail giant Walmart illegally dumps more than 1 million batteries, aerosol cans of insect killer and other products, toxic cleaning supplies, electronic waste, latex paints and other hazardous waste into California landfills each year, state prosecutors alleged Monday...

Company indicted for not stopping oil leak after many alarms

Dec. 16, 2021 20:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors blamed a Texas oil company's negligence for a crude spill that fouled Southern California's coastline, in a criminal indictment that said fatigued workers failed to properly act when repeated alarms signaled an offshore pipeline rupture. ...

Texas pipeline company charged in California oil spill

Dec. 15, 2021 23:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Houston-based oil company and two subsidiaries were indicted Wednesday for a crude spill that fouled Southern California waters and beaches in October, an event prosecutors say was caused in part by failing to properly act when alarms repeatedly alerted workers to a pipeline...