ST. LOUIS (AP) — A national environmental group has made good on its promise to sue a St. Louis-based utility over what it calls thousands of violations of federal clean air laws.
The Sierra Club filed a federal civil lawsuit against Ameren Corp. on Wednesday in St. Louis. The complaint seeks to compel Ameren to reduce air pollution at three area power plants and asks the court to also levy financial penalties for past violations.
The Sierra Club and other groups concerned about Louisiana's wetlands are fighting a measure in the state legislature that would give the governor more power over the make-up of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority, which has filed suit against oil companies over erosion, The Associated Press reports.
The Sierra Club on Monday said polling done after the Elk River chemical spill shows strong support in West Virginia for tougher environmental regulations, which it hopes will result in an easing of tensions between the state's politicians and regulators, including the Environmental Protection Agency.
"I am hopeful that it will provide them some encouragement that they can work more in partnership with the EPA and the state," said Mary Anne Hitt, director of the group's Beyond Coal Campaign, in a news teleconference.
Three high-profile lawsuits to be heard in federal courts in Texas this year illustrate a growing trend: Environmentalists are suing companies directly in pollution cases, instead of waiting for regulators to step in, The New York Times reports.
Though their conflict-of-interest charges against the contractor responsible for the State Department's favorable environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline have had little success, environmental groups are continuing their push to have the current review scrapped as they await an inspector general report into the issue, Politico reports.
The Sierra Club said it would sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its enforcement of sulfur dioxide pollution, alleging the agency has not adequately enforced standards on coal plants, smelters and refineries, Law360 reports.
The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers alleging that the agency has failed to disclose records from its review of the Keystone XL pipeline related to the project's path, Bloomberg reports.
Environmental groups including the Sierra Club and 350.org warned that Democrats in tough reelection fights could lose active support from environmentalists if President Obama approves construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.
Oil continues to wash up on some Louisiana beaches four years after the Deepwater Horizon sinking sent oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and a number of area residents remain angry and resentful despite BP paying out billions of dollars in compensation, Reuters reports.
Environmental Protection Administrator and Boston native Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will throw out the first pitches at the Red Sox game Tuesday, to mark Earth Day, The Hill reports.
A subsidiary of American Energy Partners, the company run by shale pioneer Aubrey McClendon, is renting seven rigs from his former firm Chesapeake Energy to drill for gas in the Utica Shale, Bloomberg reports.
The total U.S. rig count for the week remained at 1,831, according to oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc., which said that oil rigs declined while gas and miscellaneous rigs increased, Bloomberg reports.
Vermont Yankee owner Entergy has applied to scrap the 10-mile emergency planning zone around it, because of the nuclear plant's closing by year's end, raising concerns from citizen groups, The Recorder reports.