- Small water district fined $1M for wastewater violations Updated: May-04-16 8:47 pm
FRESNO, California - Water regulators fined a Central California water district that serves mainly industrial users $1 Million for failing to implement a wastewater pretreatment program.
- Judge: Plan for restoring Northwest salmon runs not enough Updated: May-04-16 8:17 pm
SEATTLE - A massive habitat restoration effort by the U.S. government doesn't do nearly enough to improve Northwest salmon runs, a federal judge ruled Thursday, handing a major victory to conservationists, anglers and others who hope to someday see four dams on the Snake River breached to make way for the fish.
- Obama tells Flint residents, 'I've got your back' Updated: May-04-16 8:10 pm
FLINT, Michigan - Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use.
- Group seeks to halt US exports of fur from bobcats, wolves Updated: May-04-16 7:50 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Wildlife advocates on Wednesday said they will seek a court order halting a United States government program that allows tens of thousands of pelts from bobcats and a small number of gray wolves to be exported annually for sale on the international fur market.
- Flint official takes deal, pledges to cooperate in probe Updated: May-04-16 7:33 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A Flint municipal official struck a deal with prosecutors Wednesday, pledging cooperation in exchange for reduced charges as authorities continue investigating lead contamination of the impoverished Michigan city's drinking water supply.
- The Latest: Rough treatment of Gov. Snyder draws sympathy Updated: May-04-16 6:47 pm
FLINT, Michigan - The Latest on developments in Flint, Michigan, where drinking water is tainted with lead (all times local):
- Alaska company seeks ruling that permafrost can't be wetland Updated: May-04-16 6:17 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Alaska business has sued the Army Corps of Engineers, seeking a ruling that permanently frozen ground cannot be regulated as wetland.
- New federal rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths Updated: May-04-16 5:53 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.
- Lawsuit: EPA needs new rules to address manmade earthquakes Updated: May-04-16 5:00 pm
WASHINGTON - A coalition of environmental groups is suing federal environmental regulators over their alleged failure to stop oil and gas companies from disposing of drilling waste in ways that can threaten drinking water supplies and trigger manmade earthquakes.
- Massachusetts delegation questions Swedish lobster ban push Updated: May-04-16 12:34 pm
BOSTON - The Massachusetts congressional delegation is joining its Maine counterparts in questioning a push by the Swedish government to declare American lobsters an invasive species.
- Dubuque issues boil advisory after water main breaks Updated: May-04-16 12:14 pm
DUBUQUE, Iowa - A broken water main in Dubuque has spilled 3.3 million gallons of water, the largest amount leaked in the city in at least 24 years.
- Mining company's stock dives as Brazil sues in dam tragedy Updated: May-04-16 10:20 am
LONDON - Shares in miner BHP Billiton tumbled after Brazil's federal prosecutor launched a $43 billion civil suit for a dam break that killed 19 people and caused the worst environmental disaster in the country's history.
- Plenty of water still headed into Platte River Updated: May-04-16 8:47 am
HOLDREGE, Nebraska - Plenty of water is headed for the Platte River in Nebraska, but officials don't know yet how much and when it will arrive.
- Students get bottled water after school water shows bacteria Updated: May-04-16 6:48 am
AMES, Iowa - Students at an Ames elementary school have been given bottled water since the school's water showed bacterial contamination.
- Oil spill bill, Medicaid fix stumbles at session's end Updated: May-03-16 11:30 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Legislation dictating how to spend Alabama's oil spill settlement money - and provide a funding fix for Medicaid - is dead for the legislative session after senators could not agree Tuesday on how to use the $1 billion windfall.
- Prime minister says Australia to have July 2 election Updated: May-03-16 10:57 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's election campaign will officially start soon with climate change policy and union corruption in the national building industry shaping into key battlegrounds for the July 2 poll.
- Agency: Proposed mine near Tucson won't jeopardize species Updated: May-03-16 8:48 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - A proposed copper mine near Tucson isn't likely to jeopardize the continued existence of more than a dozen endangered and threatened species and their habitats, according to a report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- UN chief names choices for top UN environments posts Updated: May-03-16 7:58 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The newly-appointed head of the U.N. environment agency said Tuesday he wants to change the organization to relate more to the average person and plans to further engage the private sector to achieve global environmental goals.
- Fix for California trailer park reflects uranium problem Updated: May-03-16 7:55 pm
California regulators approved a $3.2 million grant Tuesday to bring safe water to a California trailer park where three dozen households for years have been provided with tap water containing dangerous levels of uranium.
- Mexico City extends traffic cuts into Wednesday over smog Updated: May-03-16 7:05 pm
MEXICO CITY - Mexico City has extended into Wednesday a pollution alert that requires 40 percent of cars and trucks to keep off the streets.
- US EPA says Montana city now meeting air pollution standards Updated: May-03-16 6:54 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reversing a 2013 finding that Montana's largest city was out of compliance with air pollution standards, saying that the closure of a coal-burning power plant has eased the problem.
- Colorado lawmakers reject labeling marijuana as organic Updated: May-03-16 6:38 pm
DENVER - A Colorado proposal to certify organic marijuana has been rejected amid concerns the labels would imply pot is healthy.
- Chile: fishermen protest, block roads after toxic blooms Updated: May-03-16 4:20 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile - Chilean fishermen have staged a protest demanding the government compensate them better after toxic algae blooms killed their catch.
- Spring snowstorms boost Wyoming snowpack Updated: May-03-16 4:14 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A succession of spring snowstorms over the last two months has boosted Wyoming's snowpack to slightly above normal as the state heads into its annual snowmelt cycle.
- More acidic seawater now dissolving bit of Florida Keys reef Updated: May-03-16 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON - Seawater - increasingly acidic due to global warming - is eating away the limestone framework for the coral reef of the upper Florida Keys, according to a new study. It's something that scientists had expected, but not so soon.