tribal water, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
Sep 21, 2023

Tribal water infrastructure needs more than one-time fix, senators told

The infusion of federal money for infrastructure projects is a welcome first step toward fixing deep problems with water systems on tribal lands, but it’s only a first step, an Arizona official testified Wednesday.

water, Bruce Lee, drought, Kyl Center, Stanton
Aug 7, 2023

As water regulations shift – again – advocates, officials work to cope

As regulators and advocates grapple with the fallout of a Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the Clean Water Act, water lawyer Rhett Larson offers a calming bit of advice: Be like Bruce Lee.

Mayes, chemicals, settlement, attorneys general
Jul 26, 2023

Mayes, 21 other attorneys general oppose 3M settlement over water systems contamination with ‘forever chemicals’

Twenty-two attorneys general, including Kris Mayes, urged a federal court Wednesday to reject a proposed $10.3 billion settlement over contamination of U.S. public drinking water systems with potentially dangerous chemicals, saying it lets manufacturer 3M Co. off too easily.

SRP, Coolidge, Coolidge Generating Station, Arizona Corporation Commission
Jun 20, 2023

SRP’s Coolidge gas plant expansion is back from the dead

A plan to expand SRP’s Coolidge Generating Station is back from the dead after the utility agreed to make a substantial investment in the neighboring Randolph community – but the deal is opposed by some environmental activists, industry groups and even an SRP board member.

wetlands, Supreme Court, ranchers
May 29, 2023

Ranchers hail, environmentalists fear Supreme Court clean water ruling

Ranchers and Republican lawmakers are welcoming a Supreme Court ruling that narrows the range of waters subject to federal regulation, calling it a win for private property rights that reins in overeager regulators.

EPA, ADEQ, pollution
Mar 30, 2023

Arizona will fail clean-air standards if other states aren’t ‘good neighbors’

Arizona is doing all it can to improve air quality but will not meet federal standards as long as pollution from other jurisdictions can drift across its borders, the director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality testified Wednesday.

soot pollution
Mar 29, 2023

To advance environmental justice, Arizonans need strong soot pollution standard

Thankfully, President Biden and his administration have the authority they need to protect our communities from dangerous soot pollution.

power, Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, SRP, Coronado Generating Station, coal ash
Feb 22, 2023

EPA plan would stop SRP from dumping coal ash into generating station ponds

The Environmental Protection Agency has notified Salt River Project that it plans to deny the utility’s request to continue dumping coal ash into an unlined pond at its Coronado Generating Station coal-fired plant in eastern Arizona.

ozone, pollution, Maricopa County, EPA, poor ozone quality, NOx, NO, lipids, allergens, Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter, Covid, pollution, heart attacks, strokes
Jan 11, 2023

Maricopa County’s ozone pollution is high and getting worse

Maricopa County’s ozone levels are getting worse, harming the health of its 4.5 million residents and threatening to cost the region billions of dollars in the coming years.

mines, EPA, leaching toxic minerals, EPA, ADEQ, Superfund, Kelly, copper, zinc, Colorado River, Verde River
Sep 30, 2022

‘Good Samaritan’ bill aims to allow cleanup of abandoned, leaking mines

Arizona could have as many as 100,000 abandoned mines, many leaching toxic minerals into the state’s waterways, but state environmental officials said cleanup has been hampered by the fear of litigation.

Resolution Copper, Queen Creek, ADEQ, mining, clean air, rivers, audit, EPA
Sep 22, 2022

ADEQ seeks $2M to fix problems, head off feds

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality wants more state money to address longstanding problems and to help keep the federal government from stepping in to regulate environmental issues in the state.  

transportation, I-10, I-11, judge, Nogales, Wickenburg, Federal Highway Administration, Center for Biological Diversity, the Friends of Ironwood Forest, Audubon Society
Sep 21, 2022

Officials ask judge to toss lawsuit aimed at stopping Interstate 11 project

Federal and state officials are asking a judge to toss a lawsuit seeking to stop development of the proposed 280-mile Interstate 11 project from Nogales to Wickenburg.