- Environmentalists get to join fight over sage grouse rules Updated: Feb-14-16 11:56 am
RENO, Nevada - Federal judges have agreed to allow environmental lawyers in to legal battles being waged by rural and commercial interests in Nevada and Idaho intent on blocking new U.S. protections for the greater sage grouse.
- Vermont Fish and Wildlife seeking donations on tax returns Updated: Feb-14-16 9:22 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding Vermonters they can help support projects involving nongame species by making donations on their state tax returns.
- Vermont holds spring snow goose hunt Updated: Feb-14-16 9:08 am
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont is again offering a spring hunting season for snow geese aimed at reducing the growing population that officials say is destroying habitat.
- Earth fissures linked to sinking valley in southern Arizona Updated: Feb-13-16 4:53 pm
ELOY, Arizona - The valley surrounding a southern Arizona city is sinking.
- Texas cities ask federal officials to cancel drilling leases Updated: Feb-13-16 3:17 pm
LEWISVILLE, Texas - Some North Texas cities and environmental groups have asked federal officials to halt plans to allow gas drilling under a lake that's a drinking water source for millions and has a dam cited by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as being in hazardous condition.
- Reality tempers optimism in coal country after court ruling Updated: Feb-13-16 12:16 pm
MADISON, West Virginia - The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a commodity that is hard to come by in coal country: hope.
- NYC waters are teeming with plastic particles, study finds Updated: Feb-13-16 10:01 am
NEW YORK - The waterways surrounding New York City are a soup of plastic, ranging from discarded takeout containers down to tiny beads that end up in the food supply, according to a new report by an environmental group.
- Major ivory network dismantled in Congo, wildlife group says Updated: Feb-13-16 6:24 am
KINSHASA, Congo - Authorities in Congo have dismantled a major ivory network, arresting three traffickers in a blow to poaching operations that threaten the survival of the African forest elephant, the conservation group WWF said.
- Glass companies agree to stop using carcinogenic metal Updated: Feb-13-16 2:15 am
PORTLAND, Oregon - Two Portland glass companies have agreed to stop the use of a carcinogenic metal at the request of the state environmental agency, the Oregonian reported.
- Senators: Portland's toxic air is 'public health emergency' Updated: Feb-12-16 11:28 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Federal lawmakers on Friday implored the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to respond to growing alarm over what they said were dangerous amounts of toxic pollution in Portland's air.
- Utah plans to take legal action against EPA over mine waste Updated: Feb-12-16 10:55 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday he plans to take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency following reports that it didn't alert the state to river contamination after a massive mine waste spill.
- Coast Guard: Oil in Potomac came from area of Dominion plant Updated: Feb-12-16 6:27 pm
ARLINGTON, Virginia - The Coast Guard says all the oil that spilled into the Potomac River earlier this month came from near a Dominion Virginia Power substation where a spill was reported in January.
- Latest suit over coastal damage adds to oil industry woes Updated: Feb-12-16 6:27 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Cameron Parish in southwestern Louisiana has joined the list of those suing the oil and gas industry over damage to the state's badly eroding coast.
- Judge wants to review scope of Duke Energy pollution deal Updated: Feb-12-16 6:26 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina judge said Friday he wants to review a surprise deal settling decades of groundwater pollution at Duke Energy's coal ash pits because he questioned the motives behind the company's deal with state environmental regulators.
- The Latest: Utah to take legal action over mine waste spill Updated: Feb-12-16 6:03 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - The Latest on news that Utah regulators say the EPA failed to inform them about contaminants in river water after a massive mine spill that fouled water in three states (all times local):
- Montana mine gets conditional approval due to water worries Updated: Feb-12-16 6:03 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - Montana environmental regulators granted conditional approval Friday to a long-stalled silver and copper mine proposed beneath a federal wilderness area, saying the developer must show before mining can proceed that the $500 million project won't drain overlying creeks.
- The Latest: Judge wants to review Duke Energy pollution deal Updated: Feb-12-16 5:27 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - The Latest on a judge reviewing a $7 million settlement over groundwater pollution at one coal-burning power plant that was expanded to end disputes at all 14 Duke Energy sites in North Carolina (all times local):
- Research finds harmful algae toxins in Alaska marine mammals Updated: Feb-12-16 5:13 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A review of more than 900 marine mammals hunted, stranded or captured for research along Alaska's coast has found toxins from harmful algae in 13 species, creating concern that the natural poisonous substances could increase as water temperatures warm and sea ice diminishes.
- After Oregon standoff, some say: Right fight; wrong tactics Updated: Feb-12-16 5:00 pm
LAS VEGAS - Right fight; wrong strategy.
- Feds: Remove 3 California foxes from endangered species list Updated: Feb-12-16 4:33 pm
LOS ANGELES - Federal wildlife officials recommended Friday that three fox subspecies native to California's Channel Islands be removed from the endangered species, saying their populations have made an historic recovery.
- Documents show Volkswagen resisted Takata air bag recall Updated: Feb-12-16 4:16 pm
DETROIT - Volkswagen resisted U.S. government efforts to recall more cars and trucks to fix potentially deadly Takata air bags - telling safety regulators that a recall isn't necessary.
- Military bases among winners of $720M in conservation grants Updated: Feb-12-16 3:39 pm
FORT STEWART, Georgia - Military bases in three U.S. states will share $17.5 million in conservation funding to protect longleaf pine forests used for training troops while assisting the recovery of threatened species, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday.
- AP FACT CHECK: Dems offer iffy stats on donors, health plan Updated: Feb-12-16 2:56 pm
WASHINGTON - Eager to share Bernie Sanders's claim to the grass roots, Hillary Clinton is having trouble owning up to the deep pockets helping her campaign. For his part, Sanders is struggling to make a convincing case that the numbers add up in his hugely expensive health plan.
- The Latest: Feds: Take California foxes off endangered list Updated: Feb-12-16 2:28 pm
VENTURA, California - The Latest on the recovery of three island fox subspecies native to California's Channel Islands (all times local):
- Senate passes bill blocking study of clean-power rules Updated: Feb-12-16 1:47 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - The Kansas Senate has passed a bill that would block a state regulatory commission from spending money to study how to comply with new federal clean-power rules until a legal challenge is resolved.