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Stories with subject: Environmental concerns
  • Ranchers, Klamath tribes sign deal to share water 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:23 pm
  • Cattle ranchers and American Indian tribes long at odds over scarce water in Oregon's Upper Klamath Basin signed an agreement Friday to share access to rivers and cooperate on restoring habitat for endangered fish the tribes hold sacred.

  • US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:27 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely.

  • Federal lawsuit over western Md. wind farm ends 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:04 pm
  • CUMBERLAND, Maryland - A legal dispute over a western Maryland wind farm has ended.

  • Idaho poachers taking heavy toll on game 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:25 pm
  • LEWISTON, Idaho - Poachers are likely killing far more game animals than wolves are, state wildlife officials in northern Idaho say.

  • DEP: Wastewater leaked from Range impoundment pond 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:25 pm
  • MARIANNA, Pennsylvania - The state Department of Environmental Protection says Range Resources will likely be sent a violation notice and fined for drilling wastewater that leaked out of an impoundment pond in southwestern Pennsylvania.

  • Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:16 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants.

  • NC State study: Dan River water safe for farm use 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 1:29 pm
  • RALEIGH, North Carolina - Farmers along the Dan River can use surface water for crops and livestock because toxic sludge from a massive coal ash spill has settled to the bottom, a report by university researchers found.

  • Largest US solar farm on Superfund site now online 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 1:22 pm
  • INDIANAPOLIS - The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.

  • Del. officials: Refinery releases sulfur dioxide 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 7:11 am
  • DELAWARE CITY, Delaware - Delaware environmental officials say nearly 200 pounds of sulfur dioxide has been released into the air at the Delaware City Refinery.

  • China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:34 am
  • BEIJING - Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

  • Md. urges awareness of invasive species 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:19 am
  • HAGERSTOWN, Maryland - The Maryland Department of Agriculture is urging residents to help reduce the spread of invasive species that pose a threat to agricultural and natural resources.

  • US agency to reopen public comment on mussels 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 3:19 am
  • LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service says it will reopen a public comment period on a proposed critical habitat and a draft economic analysis about two mussel species found in 13 states, including Arkansas.

  • DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superfund site 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:07 pm
  • RIDDLE, Oregon - U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on Thursday toured an abandoned copper mine in southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites as he prepares to file legislation to overhaul the nation's primary mining law.

  • Crews find suspected area of radiation leak 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:19 pm
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.

  • SD Minerals Board OKs conflict of interest rules 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 8:19 pm
  • PIERRE, South Dakota - A state environmental board adopted new rules Thursday requiring members to report conflicts of interest after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said South Dakota was among the states not following all requirements of the U.S. Clean Air Act.

  • Environmental groups sue to stop Illiana Tollway 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:49 pm
  • CHICAGO - Chicago environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Tollway linking northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, claiming the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't have authority to develop it.

  • Maui sugar plantation: Still need to burn cane 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:23 pm
  • KAHULUI, Hawaii - The state's last remaining sugar company has been researching alternatives to burning leaves off its sugar cane crop before harvest.

  • Lowe's agrees to minimize lead dust, pay fine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:04 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 federal penalty in settling claims that its contractors in at least nine states broke environmental rules for addressing lead paint dust during home renovation projects, two federal agencies announced Thursday.

  • Fish found with mercury in remote Western regions 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:28 pm
  • FRESNO, California - Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday.

  • Ex BP-employee settles US insider-trading charges 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:36 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has agreed to settle federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock.

  • Neighbors oppose planned pot farm near Tenino 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:35 pm
  • OLYMPIA, Washington - Green is everywhere in the Skookumchuck Valley, from the lush pastures grazed by cattle and horses to the forested hills that surround the rural community of mostly hobby farms just outside of Tenino.

  • Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:49 pm
  • Minot Daily News, Minot, April 16, 2014

  • Man accused of stealing crawfish from traps 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 6:40 am
  • CROWLEY, Louisiana - Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old Crowley man who is accused of stealing crawfish from traps in an Acadia Parish pond.

  • Ex-US Attorney heads Gulf spill claims audit panel 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:09 am
  • NEW ORLEANS - A former U.S. attorney in Baton Rouge heads up a new three-member audit panel appointed to review the settlement program arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Court rules for environmentalists in water fight 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:32 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.