DEQ Director Henry Darwin strongly rejected Sierra Club Director Sandy Bahr’s charge in yesterday’s report that the agency is carrying water for public utilities in suing the EPA over the regional haze issue.Read More »
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House and Senate lawmakers are scheduled to hold a joint hearing Monday to hear testimony on the impact of a recent federal order instructing Arizona power companies to install pricey pollution control equipment at coal plants.Read More »
A federal appeals court Monday upheld the government’s decision to let a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park continue to operate under environmental standards now decades old.Read More »
The federal government is proposing new limits for pollution from a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation that it says will improve visibility at places like the Grand Canyon, but it could come with a price tag of more than $1 billion, according to the plant's owners.Read More »
A likely Republican sweep of the three open Corporation Commission seats means the commission that oversees the state’s utility industry probably will consist entirely of Republicans starting in January.
Ballots continue to be counted, and Democrats trail by significant margins but still hold out hope that the results will change.
Federal officials have unveiled draft plans for a proposed $1.5 billion power line linking central New Mexico with southeast Arizona across at least 460 miles of federal, state, local and privately owned lands.Read More »
Mining companies and other businesses will be allowed to keep environmental studies secret, even if they detail possible pollution problems, under industry-backed legislation that gained final House approval Monday. Under the measure headed to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, environmental audits generally could not be used as evidence in civil cases.Read More »
Senators Tuesday approved legislation to allow companies to self-audit and keep the information “privileged” when they discover violations of environmental laws. That information, if it is contained in a self-audit, also can’t also be used as evidence in a civil or administrative proceeding.Read More »
A bill pending in the state Senate and pushed by the mining industry would shield cases of environmental contamination from civil lawsuits and penalties according to backers.Read More »
Some Western lawmakers are pushing for a showdown with Washington over federally-controlled land, picking a fight on an issue that they say puts an economic stranglehold on their states.Read More »