- 3 lawmakers hit with ethics complaint over wolf bill Updated: May-02-16 1:36 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Three Oregon lawmakers have been hit with an ethics complaint filed by environmentalists, arguing they broke state law by deliberately misrepresenting the purpose behind House Bill 4040, the so-called wolf delisting bill, during the legislative session earlier this year.
- Branstad, Democrats criticize each other on water quality Updated: May-02-16 12:47 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic lawmakers are blaming each other for failing to pass legislation on water quality initiatives.
- Citizen-scientists to help swimmers ID bacteria-filled lakes Updated: May-02-16 12:21 pm
MEDFORD, Oregon - A small army of citizen-scientists will help Rogue Valley residents learn whether the creek or swimming hole they hit this summer is a good place to cool off or might be a staph infection in the making.
- State seeks control over US water pollution monitoring Updated: May-01-16 4:44 pm
BOSTON - State officials are seeking more control over of a federal water pollution program.
- Iowa lawmakers put aside philosophical differences on budget Updated: May-01-16 11:14 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - To adjourn the legislative session, Iowa lawmakers had to settle disagreements over Planned Parenthood and state employee salaries that didn't amount to much money but represented deep philosophical differences between the two parties.
- Texas court blocks Houston from using tougher clean-air laws Updated: Apr-30-16 1:48 am
HOUSTON - Houston's efforts to use local clean air laws to regulate pollution in the home of the nation's largest petrochemical complex were halted Friday by a Texas Supreme Court ruling in favor of energy and chemical companies that claimed the city had overreached.
- Study analyzes impact of Washington state coal-export plan Updated: Apr-29-16 6:25 pm
SEATTLE - A coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in southwest Washington state could have unavoidable, significant impacts on greenhouse gases emissions, vessel traffic and rail safety, according to an environmental review released Friday.
- Research supports blaming warmer waters for lobster decline Updated: Apr-29-16 5:45 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut researchers found no pesticides in lobsters collected in Long Island Sound in late 2014, a new study has found, boosting evidence that warming water temperatures are the main culprit in a huge crustacean decline that has decimated the local lobster industry.
- Dominion makes case for moving forward on nuclear Updated: Apr-29-16 5:33 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Dominion Virginia Power is defending its heavy spending on a potential new nuclear power plant, one the company may not actually build and could cost more than $19 billion to complete.
- Man suspected of starting Creek County wildfire arrested Updated: Apr-29-16 12:00 pm
SAPULPA, Oklahoma - A Bristow man accused of igniting a wildfire in 2012 that burned nearly 60,000 acres and destroyed hundreds of homes in Creek County has been arrested.
- Senator: New York schools need federal funds to test water Updated: Apr-29-16 12:20 am
ALBANY, New York - U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing new legislation that would help school districts across New York state test their drinking water for potential lead contamination.
- Senate committee OKs millions to aid Flint in water crisis Updated: Apr-28-16 4:18 pm
WASHINGTON - A Senate committee on Thursday approved a $220 million aid package for Flint, Michigan, as the city struggles to deal with a water crisis and public health emergency from lead-contaminated pipes.
- Volkswagen CEO apologized in person to Obama over scandal Updated: Apr-28-16 11:04 am
FRANKFURT, Germany - Volkswagen's CEO says he apologized in person to U.S. President Barack Obama for the carmaker's emissions scandal, in which it rigged its cars to cheat on diesel engine pollution tests.
- Bid to end open burning of chemical waste advances in House Updated: Apr-28-16 4:17 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A bid to end the open burning of hazardous waste and waste explosives in Louisiana narrowly advanced out of a House committee.
- Scientists say oilfield wastewater spills release toxins Updated: Apr-27-16 7:44 pm
Brine spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins into soils and waterways, sometimes at levels exceeding federal water quality standards, scientists reported Wednesday.
- Bill requiring industrial air monitoring advances in House Updated: Apr-27-16 4:40 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - State Rep. Patrick Connick says some local industrial facilities are gassing Louisianians.
- Unfair labor practices complaint filed against Volkswagen Updated: Apr-27-16 4:02 pm
- Group offers ideas for better access to New Jersey shoreline Updated: Apr-27-16 1:35 pm
MANTOLOKING, New Jersey - Providing free or affordable parking within walking distance of the shoreline is a key goal of a group studying ways to improve access to New Jersey's beaches and waterways.
- Michigan governor seeks tougher lead limit for state, nation Updated: Apr-27-16 11:02 am
LANSING, Michigan - In proposing a tougher limit for lead in drinking water, Gov. Rick Snyder wants to lift Michigan from the depths of the Flint crisis to being a national model for lead monitoring that could help assess whether current rules are too lax.
- Report: Indiana's solar power policies among nation's worst Updated: Apr-26-16 10:56 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - A new report by a conservation group says Indiana has one of the nation's worst regulatory atmospheres for fostering the development of the rooftop solar power industry.
- Democrats dispute claim that shielding birds hurts military Updated: Apr-26-16 8:54 pm
WASHINGTON - House Democrats on Tuesday released letters from Pentagon officials that they said should put an end to "silly speculation" generated by Republicans that protecting a bird known as the greater sage-grouse could hamstring the U.S. military.
- Regulators relax monitoring of decade-old Gulf oil leak Updated: Apr-26-16 4:53 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Federal regulators have relaxed a pollution monitoring requirement for a company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, a slow-motion spill that could last another century.
- Murray Energy continues fight against EPA's emissions rules Updated: Apr-26-16 4:14 pm
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Coal producer Murray Energy Corp. is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final rule that targets mercury pollution from power plants.
- Iowa House OKs bill on changes to Des Moines water utility Updated: Apr-26-16 2:36 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House have passed a budget bill that could change decision-making within a Des Moines utility that sued three Iowa counties over polluted water.
- Des Moines Water Works lawsuit trial delayed from August Updated: Apr-26-16 12:59 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The lawsuit filed by the Des Moines Water Works against several upstream agriculture drainage districts will not go to trial in August.