Latest Violations of environmental law News

Judge: DNR can continue PFAS sampling, but can't enforce

Jan. 26, 2022 12:17 PM EST

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources can continue to test wastewater for PFAS but can't take legal action against polluters until state lawmakers set water quality standards for the compounds, a Jefferson County judge ruled. In a decision issued this week,...

Wildlife groups sue agencies over assessment on PolyMet mine

Jan. 25, 2022 17:14 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota is facing more legal action. A lawsuit filed Tuesday by several environmental organizations alleges that the PolyMet Mining Corp. project threatens critical habitat for gray wolves, Canada lynx and the northern...

Ohio settles Volkswagen emissions case for $3.5 million

Jan. 25, 2022 09:51 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has settled an environmental lawsuit with Volkswagen over the company's 2015 emissions scandal for $3.5 million, state Attorney General Dave Yost announced. As that scandal unfolded, the automaker was found to have rigged its vehicles to cheat U.S....

Nevada geothermal power lawsuit bound for US appeals court

Jan. 21, 2022 18:12 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal appeals court will have to decide whether protecting historical tribal lands and a rare toad warrant blocking a major geothermal plant in Nevada as the nation tries to move away from fossil fuels amid a looming climate crisis. Ormat Technologies says it...

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...