Sustainability

Lawmakers, tribal officials blast EPA for Animas River spill response

WASHINGTON - Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye on Wednesday blasted the Environmental Protection Agency's handling of a toxic spill in the Animas River, saying the agency's response left his tribe feeling abandoned, uncertain and hopeless.


Mayor Stanton attending climate change conference

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton stresses sustainability advances in the state at Los Angeles symposium.


Along proposed commuter rail line, leaders see growth

A lot would have to happen before a commuter rail line passes through Queen Creek, but Mayor Gail Barney sees great potential in the idea.


Environmentalist sees toxic mine danger in Arizona; officials disagree

With Arizona home to thousands of abandoned mines, the head of a state environmental group says an incident similar to the recent toxic spill in Colorado could happen here.


Surfboard maker stretching the limits of sustainability

CO2 from surfboards leaks into the ocean. One LA surfboard maker is working on a solution that will be more friendly to the environment.


Phoenix continues cleanup after major storm

Phoenix, and especially the zoo, are cleaning up after a massive storm that hit the city last week.


State files motion to intervene in lawsuit over wolf recovery plan

NOTE: A previous version of this story erroneously referred to a different lawsuit filed by environmental groups and misspelled the last name of Mike Rabe of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. PHOENIX – The state has filed a motion to involve itself in a lawsuit in which environmental groups allege that federal officials are failing to abide by the Endangered Species Act and environmental and administrative laws in a rule change to the recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves.


Spring rains boosted Lake Mead, heading off water emergency – for now

WASHINGTON - Unusually high rainfall in the Colorado River basin this spring helped boost Lake Mead water levels, averting a possible water emergency that would have triggered cuts in water allocations next year.

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ADOT starts demolishing homes for Loop 202 extension

Crews have started demolishing homes in the Ahwatukee Foothills to make way for a long-planned Loop 202 extension.

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Stanton: Victory for Phoenix transit tax proposition shows ‘a belief in our future’

The first benefits of a transit tax increase that was winning approval from Phoenix voters will likely be increased service by Valley Metro's Dial-a-Ride and more attention to potholes, supporters said Wednesday.


Groups to feds: Tighten mining rules in light of river spill

Citing the release of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a southwestern Colorado river earlier this month, a coalition of conservation groups, two Arizona Native American tribes and two county governments petitioned federal agencies Tuesday to tighten mining regulation on public lands.


Arizona officials watchful, hopeful as EPA spill moves downstream

WASHINGTON - Arizona officials continue to monitor a massive spill of toxic sludge that is heading toward the Colorado River, but most were hopeful Tuesday that it will have little impact by time it reaches the state.