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Federal judge throws out oil lease sale in Gulf of Mexico

Jan. 27, 2022 21:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court has rejected a plan to lease millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil drilling, saying the Biden administration did not adequately take into account the lease sale's effect on planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, violating a bedrock...

Environmental justice groups sue over incinerator pollution

Jan. 27, 2022 10:52 AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Community groups in New Jersey and California are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to force trash incinerators across the country — many of them in predominantly minority communities — to emit less pollution into the air. One of the...

Governor scales back Custer State Park campsite proposal

Jan. 26, 2022 16:49 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has scaled back plans to expand campsites at Custer State Park after her initial proposal hit resistance in the Republican-controlled Legislature. The Republican governor's office shared new plans on Wednesday with lawmakers that...

Suit: Agencies fail to protect marine species from oil

Jan. 26, 2022 13:53 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A conservation group says in a lawsuit that the U.S. government failed to protect endangered whales and other animals by underestimating the potential for an oil spill like a recent crude pipeline leak off California's coast. The Center for Biological Diversity...

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,...

Butterfly fight ends; Vegas-area ski area to get bike trails

Jan. 25, 2022 20:00 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A conservation group and a southern Nevada ski resort said Tuesday they settled a federal lawsuit that had blocked plans to put a mountain biking park on steep terrain that is home to the endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly. Lee Canyon resort said the...

Youngkin pick Wheeler defends EPA record, criticizes media

Jan. 25, 2022 18:42 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler defended his record Tuesday as he made an initial public appearance before Virginia legislators, who will eventually vote on whether to confirm his appointment to Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s...

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...

Justices to weigh limits on reach of Clean Water Act

Jan. 25, 2022 15:16 PM EST

The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider reining in federal regulation of private property under the nation's main anti-water pollution law, the Clean Water Act. The justices agreed to hear a business-backed appeal from Chantell and Michael Sackett, who have wanted to build a...

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....