- California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks Updated: May-06-15 3:19 am
SACRAMENTO, California - California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation.
- Kansas lawmakers approve changes for civil service system Updated: May-05-15 9:58 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas is expected to reduce the number of state workers covered by its civil service system after the Republican-dominated Legislature approved a bill Tuesday making it easier for state agencies to reclassify jobs.
- Duke seeks delay in suit over North Carolina coal ash spill Updated: May-05-15 8:31 pm
DOVER, Delaware - A Delaware judge is considering Duke Energy's request for a six-month halt of a shareholder lawsuit prompted by a massive coal ash spill in North Carolina while the company tries to resolve related lawsuits and finalize a $102 million settlement of a federal criminal investigation.
- Kansas Senate advances bill on state response to EPA rule Updated: May-05-15 7:13 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A bill approved by the Kansas Senate would require legislators to sign off on the state's plan for complying with a federal rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
- Dane County would be shut out of water quality decisions Updated: May-05-15 6:28 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Dane County would not have a say in its own water quality standards under a vote made by the Legislature's budget committee.
- New York permit for municipal stormwater discharge upheld Updated: May-05-15 5:48 pm
ALBANY, New York - The state's regulation of municipal stormwater discharges doesn't violate the federal Clean Water Act, as environmental groups claimed in a lawsuit, the state's highest court ruled on Tuesday.
- Energy-producing states blast Obama climate change plan Updated: May-05-15 5:10 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices and even power outages, attorneys general from two energy-producing states said Tuesday.
- Energy rich US states move to quash local limits on drilling Updated: May-05-15 5:07 pm
MANSFIELD, Texas - Lawmakers in Texas and energy producing states across the nation are rushing to stop local communities from imposing limits on oil and gas drilling despite growing public concern about the health and environmental toll of such activities in urban areas.
- Vermont brush fire threat lingers; state bans burning Updated: May-05-15 4:10 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The state of Vermont is banning outside burning of brush to reduce the threat of fires during an extended dry stretch.
- Connecticut lawmakers grapple with ivory, rhino tusk ban Updated: May-05-15 4:04 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut lawmakers are wrestling with a bill that bans the import, sale and purchase of ivory or rhinoceros horns, with some voicing concern about the impact on collectors whose treasures could be rendered worthless.
- Iowa taxidermist charged with trafficking rhino horns Updated: May-05-15 2:07 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A northern Iowa taxidermist has been charged with trafficking horns from a black rhinoceros, a critically endangered African species.
- Law professors side with Wyoming tribes in boundary dispute Updated: May-04-15 6:47 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Eight law professors from around the country are seeking to get involved in a legal dispute over whether Riverton and surrounding lands remain legally part of the Wind River Indian Reservation.
- Shore students hope to speed up turtle protection bill Updated: May-04-15 3:04 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Students from a Jersey shore environmental science school helped get lawmakers to speed up action on a turtle protection bill that had been moving as slowly as, well, a turtle.
- Study: Cutting carbon dioxide saves 3,500 US lives a year Updated: May-04-15 1:29 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration's hotly debated plan to reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the nation's power plants will save about 3,500 lives a year by cutting back on other types of pollution as well, a new independent study concludes.
- Lawmakers worry as conservation program shrinks Updated: May-02-15 5:50 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - At the peak of the wheat bubble, Montana farmers looking for more land to seed were pulling roughly 200,000 acres a year from conservation.
- State IDs faulty tanks; now tank law is being scaled back Updated: May-02-15 11:14 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - After a 2014 chemical spill polluted drinking water for more than 300,000 people in West Virginia, lawmakers there quickly mandated tighter surveillance of the state's chemical storage tanks. It revealed dozens of tanks that shouldn't have been in service still posed a potential threat to drinking water for more than 134,000 people downstream. Many were corroded and a few were filled with hazardous chemicals.
- New Mexico considers standby permit for uranium mine Updated: May-01-15 7:07 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Rio Grande Resources' underground mine in western New Mexico contains one of the largest stashes of uranium ore in the U.S., but it's idle and hasn't produced anything in years.
- Wyoming US Rep., others press for national wolf delisting Updated: May-01-15 7:01 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis and others in Congress are pushing the U.S. Department of Interior to end federal protections for wolves nationwide.
- Oklahoma governor vetoes bill similar to her executive order Updated: May-01-15 5:25 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed two bills, including a Senate bill that requires the state to develop a plan to comply with Environmental Protection Agency rules regarding carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
- Colorado cracking down on pot pesticides Updated: May-01-15 1:48 pm
DENVER - Colorado is cracking down on pesticide use in the marijuana industry, trying to end years of sloppy oversight of which chemicals are used on the nascent industry.
- Appeals court overturns rule on backup generators Updated: May-01-15 12:07 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court has overturned a federal rule that exempted backup generators from air pollution controls for up to 100 hours per year.
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- Lawsuit filed over bird habitat in Everglades National Park Updated: May-01-15 3:05 am
MIAMI - The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the federal government over the flooding of habitat for the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow in Everglades National Park.
- Conservation groups appealing ruling on Grand Canyon mining Updated: Apr-30-15 9:25 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - A coalition of conservation groups announced Thursday that it's appealing a court decision that opens the door to new uranium mining 6 miles from Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim.
- Environmentalists criticize changes to California delta plan Updated: Apr-30-15 8:29 pm
OAKLAND, California - Environmentalists on Thursday criticized a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to dramatically scale back wildlife habitat restoration involved in a massive tunnel project intended to channel fresh water around California's delta.