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.
The Obama administration's decision to extend agency comment on its final Keystone XL review has inspired backers in Congress, including Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to mount a new effort to bypass President Obama to approve the pipeline, Bloomberg reports.
Hess Corp. said it would sell $1 billion in its exploration assets in Thailand to PTT Exploration & Production as Hess plans to refocus its efforts on North American projects, Dow Jones Business News reports.
An all-week rally against the Keystone XL pipeline, organized by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and green groups, drew nearly 200 protesters to the National Mall in Washington on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Southwestern state officials' plans to manage scarce water resources during an ongoing drought may face legal action from an environmental group that says water siphoning has further threatened the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Tom Steyer, a climate activist spending millions of dollars in the 2014 elections, said his activity differs from that of the conservative Koch brothers because he's pushing the issue of climate change rather than policies he would benefit from, Politico reports.
Canada's Department of the Environment recommended removing humpback whales from its list of "threatened" species months before the government will rule on a pipeline permit that would boost oil shipments through the whales' habitat, Reuters reports.