Latest Environmental impact assessments News

Enbridge pipeline project hits another Minnesota obstacle

Jun. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy's plan to replace an aging crude oil pipeline that runs through northern Minnesota hit another obstacle Tuesday when two state agencies said they would hold up approval of the project's permits until problems with its environmental review are resolved. The Minnesota...

Agency recommends current 80K attendance cap at Burning Man

Jun. 14, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is recommending attendance be capped at existing levels for the next 10 years at the annual Burning Man counter-culture festival in the desert 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Reno. Burning Man organizers had proposed raising the current 80,000 limit...

Panel approves $21.4M planning grant for Utah rail project

Jun. 14, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state commission has agreed to provide a $21.4 million grant to a multicounty coalition for a proposed new 80-mile (129-kilometer) rail route to haul crude oil from eastern Utah to existing Union Pacific tracks northwest of Price in Carbon County. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that...

Federal agency taking comments on predator killing in Idaho

Jun. 10, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A plan to kill wolves and other predators that attack livestock, deer and elk in Idaho is the subject of an environmental study that will include public comment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. "We're going into this with the intent of taking a fresh look at all the...

Illinois, Lake County sue silicone plant after fatal blast

Jun. 4, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois and Lake County are suing the owner of a Chicago-area silicone factory that exploded last month, seeking to force the company to identify the nature and extent of chemical pollution in the area and limit the environmental impact of the deadly blast. Attorney General Kwame...

Court reverses regulators' decision on pipeline's impact

Jun. 3, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday said state regulators must conduct a further review for Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its deteriorating Line 3 crude oil pipeline because the project's environmental impact statement doesn't address the possibility of an oil spill into the...

Appeals court rejects challenge to PolyMet copper mine

May. 28, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected a request for another environmental review for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. Environmental groups asked the appeals court to order the Department of Natural Resources to conduct a supplemental study of...

Hawaii's Hirono, Gabbard want congressional sunscreen study

May. 11, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard want a large-scale study conducted on the impact sunscreen chemicals have on humans and coral reefs around the world. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that earlier this week, Hirono, along with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.),...

Correction: Destined to Burn-New Homes story

May. 7, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — In a story April 27 about residents in rural areas preparing for wildfires that was distributed by The Associated Press, the Reno Gazette Journal erroneously spelled the names of a couple quoted in the story. They are Laura and Ed Heneveld. A corrected version of the story is below: Tahoe...

Judge lifts injunction on uranium mining in Colorado valley

May. 7, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) — A federal judge has lifted an injunction on southwest Colorado uranium mining after a review found it did not have harmful effects on certain fish. The Journal reported Monday that a U.S. Department of Energy mining program was blocked in 2011 to conduct additional environmental review...