Press Releases

March 1, 2024

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld in part and vacated in part a landmark 2015 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule requiring that 36 states close loopholes polluters use to emit vast amounts of harmful air toxins during a facility’s start up, shut down and malfunctions (SSM).

March 1, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  A winter wildfire in the Texas panhandle has grown into the largest blaze in the state’s history.

The Smokehouse Creek fire has grown to more than 1,700 square miles in Texas and Oklahoma, with the vast majority burning in the Lone Star State. Firefighters have had limited success bringing the wildfire under control, which has claimed the life of one person and burned multiple homes and other structures in the rural area.

February 29, 2024

Today, President Biden nominated Judy W. Chang, David Rosner, and Lindsay S. See to fill current and upcoming vacancies at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The nominations will now go to the Senate.

February 29, 2024

Washington, D.C. – Today, EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced the agency’s new multi-pollutant strategy to reduce harmful emissions from gas-fired power plants. This approach will cover not only climate-destabilizing greenhouse gas emissions from existing gas units, but also pollutants that deteriorate air quality and directly harm public health, particularly in fenceline communities.

February 29, 2024

Dominion Energy and Santee Cooper are asking the South Carolina legislature to fast-track a new multibillion-dollar gas plant in Colleton County. House Bill 5118, known as the "Ten Year Energy Transformation Act,” practically writes a blank check allowing them to build a massive methane gas plant on the Edisto River in Canadys -- without having to disclose the costs of the project and the locations of pipelines for the project.

February 29, 2024

NEW YORK -- Today, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded the fourth round of offshore wind power purchase agreements to Empire Wind 1 (Equinor) and Sunrise Wind (Orsted and Eversource). The development of Empire Wind 1 will provide 810 megawatts of energy and Sunrise Wind will provide 924 megawatts of energy, which together will power one million homes in New York once operational. Sunrise Wind is expected to be operational in 2026 and Empire Wind 1 in 2027.

February 29, 2024

Washington, DC – Leading climate and environmental organizations today applauded Senator Durbin, Senator Warnock, Senator Booker, Senator Blumenthal, Senator Butler, Leader Schumer, and all cosponsors for re-introducing the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, emphasizing its crucial role in safeguarding the public’s access to fair elections and protecting the freedom to vote. They urged the Congress to quickly pass this legislation.

February 28, 2024

Reno, NV – Today, the Sierra Club announced its endorsement of Jacky Rosen for US Senate for Nevada in the 2024 election. 

"We are pleased to announce today that the Sierra Club officially endorses Senator Jacky Rosen for re-election," said Tracy Puckett, Nevada Political Committee Co-Chair. "We are confident that she will continue to work to protect Nevada families’ health, air and water, and build a clean energy economy that works for the Battle Born State.” 

February 28, 2024

WILMINGTON, NC -  Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its Clean Ports Program funded by the Inflation Reduction Act, intended to address diesel engines at ports and freight hubs across the country.

February 28, 2024

Following a lawsuit from the cryptocurrency mining industry, Sierra Club attorneys filed an amicus brief addressing the Department of Energy’s (DOE) efforts to collect information on the energy usage of cryptocurrency mining operations.