- Nebraska mountain lion license plate bill sent to final vote Updated: Feb-08-16 11:55 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska is one step closer to commemorating mountain lions on a special license plate that would raise money for youth wildlife education.
- Quality control chief leaves scandal-hit Volkswagen Updated: Feb-08-16 11:17 am
FRANKFURT, Germany - Volkswagen says its quality control chief is leaving the company.
- Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer Updated: Feb-07-16 9:44 am
EDEN, North Carolina - Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17-ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia-North Carolina border, where the country's largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.
- Bills aim to combat invasive albizia trees Updated: Feb-06-16 12:50 pm
HILO, Hawaii - Two lawmakers are pushing legislation that would deal with invasive albizia trees, thousands of which fell and caused damage during Tropical Storm Iselle in August 2014.
- DNR offers snowmobile sound tests amid increased enforcement Updated: Feb-06-16 4:01 am
MARQUETTE, Michigan - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering snowmobile sound testing as part of an effort to ensure that machines are operating legally.
- New Jersey sues Volkswagen, claiming emissions fraud Updated: Feb-05-16 6:25 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - The state of New Jersey sued Volkswagen Friday, claiming the auto maker sold diesel vehicles equipped with software that deactivated on-board emission controls except during emissions testing.
- The Latest: Snyder: Disaster loans approved for Flint Updated: Feb-05-16 6:11 pm
FLINT, Michigan - The Latest on Flint's water emergency (all times local):
- Lawmakers suggest raising prices to curb water waste Updated: Feb-05-16 1:56 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah lawmakers are considering encouraging water conservation with higher prices.
- Scandal-hit VW postpones earnings release, annual meeting Updated: Feb-05-16 11:04 am
FRANKFURT, Germany - Volkswagen says it is postponing release of its full-year earnings as well as its annual shareholder meeting due to open questions about its diesel emissions scandal.
- Conservation Commission change passes Missouri Senate Updated: Feb-05-16 5:01 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - The Missouri Senate has approved a measure that would ask voters whether to add two members to the Department of Conservation's governing board.
- Wildlife officials modify rules to amberjack harvest Updated: Feb-05-16 4:11 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has modified rules involving the commercial and recreational limits for greater amberjack harvest.
- Utah sues federal government over sage grouse plan Updated: Feb-04-16 6:59 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah has decided to sue the federal government over its new set of rules intended to protect the greater sage grouse - following similar lawsuits lodged by Idaho and nine Nevada counties, ranchers and two mining companies.
- Measure supports storing spent nuclear fuel in New Mexico Updated: Feb-04-16 2:08 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico lawmakers are considering a pair of nonbinding measures that would signal support for the development of a temporary storage facility to house spent nuclear fuel that has been piling up at reactors around the nation.
- Northwest Vermont farms face possible new requirements Updated: Feb-03-16 7:40 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Many farms in northwestern Vermont may have to make changes to reduce the phosphorus pollution that feeds toxic algae in Lake Champlain, the secretary of Vermont's Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets says.
- Green groups, residents sue crude-by-rail operator Updated: Feb-03-16 5:05 pm
ALBANY, New York - A coalition of residents and environmental groups is suing a crude oil transporter, claiming violations of the federal Clean Air Act.
- Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill, and it's a blame game Updated: Feb-03-16 4:50 pm
WASHINGTON - Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan fight over witnesses and no-shows.
- State proposes new fish consumption rule Updated: Feb-03-16 3:23 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Department of Ecology has released a new fish consumption rule that contains a more protective cancer risk rate.
- Correction: California Drought story Updated: Feb-03-16 3:14 pm
FRESNO, California - In a story Feb. 2 about California water conservation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the average monthly water use declined from 76 gallons for each person in November to 67 gallons in December. The figures were for daily consumption, not monthly use.
- Peabody coal clean-up protections questioned in Illinois Updated: Feb-03-16 2:59 pm
ST. LOUIS - A Midwest environmental group is questioning the ability of the country's largest coal producer to guarantee it has enough money for future cleanup of its Illinois mines, and it's threatening to sue the state if regulators don't change their approach.
- Ore. farm regulators, judge disagree on pesticide finding Updated: Feb-03-16 2:32 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon farm regulators have proposed overruling an administrative judge's findings that the emergency suspension of an aerial pesticide applicator's license was unwarranted.
- Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides Updated: Feb-03-16 1:12 pm
BELLE GLADE, Florida - Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings.
- VW submits fix for 3.0-liter diesels to California officials Updated: Feb-02-16 7:57 pm
LOS ANGELES - The Volkswagen Group of America submitted its proposal Tuesday to bring Porsches, Audis and Volkswagen cars with six-cylinder, 3.0-liter diesel engines up to California's air quality standards after state regulators found the vehicles were programmed to emit cleaner emissions on government treadmill tests than on the real road.
- Salt Lake County to pay $280K for storm water violations Updated: Feb-02-16 6:46 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Salt Lake County has agreed to pay a $280,000 penalty as part of an agreement with the federal government over alleged mismanagement of storm water runoff.
- Smokers in Italy hit with new fines to protect the young Updated: Feb-02-16 6:11 pm
ROME - Smokers in Italy are now facing fines of up to 500 euros ($600) if they light up in a car with a child or pregnant woman - or if they toss a cigarette butt on the street - after new health and environmental laws went into effect Tuesday.
- Report: Port terminal doesn't meet efforts to curb emissions Updated: Feb-02-16 2:09 pm
LOS ANGELES - City officials are acknowledging for the second time in recent months that the Port of Los Angeles failed to meet requirements to reduce pollution at a shipping terminal.