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Stories with subject: Environmental laws and regulations
  • Lawsuit filed to stop Idaho gold mine exploration 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 2:22 pm
  • BOISE, Idaho - A conservation group and the Nez Perce Tribe have filed a lawsuit against three federal agencies seeking to stop a central Idaho gold mine exploration project by a Canadian company.

  • Strong winds cause minor damage in Saline County 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 11:38 am
  • SALINA, Kansas - High winds that roared through central Kansas caused minor damage and power outages and prompted officials to extend a burn ban for at least three more days.

  • Attorney general turns over fracking letter info 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 10:31 am
  • GREAT FALLS, Montana - Montana Attorney General Tim Fox on Wednesday gave a conservation group the records it wanted about Fox's decision to join other states in protesting plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal land.

  • Farmers learn of changes in new Farm Bill 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:19 am
  • NEW MIDWAY, Maryland - The U.S. Agriculture Department is offering Maryland farmers a chance to learn about changes in the 2014 Farm Bill affecting natural resources conservation.

  • Frederick County bans outdoor burning 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 4:22 pm
  • FREDERICK, Maryland - The Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office has ordered a ban on outdoor burning.

  • Ga. agency eases rules on development near marsh 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 11:35 am
  • SAVANNAH, Georgia - The state Environmental Protection Division will no longer require developers to keep a 25-foot construction buffer from the edge of some coastal salt marshes, and the decision has Georgia conservation groups in an uproar.

  • Arizona governor vetoes bill allowing wolf killing 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 10:37 pm
  • PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday vetoed a bill allowing ranchers to kill endangered wolves in self-defense.

  • Grass fire blamed for accidents on I-70 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 4:31 pm
  • GLENDALE, Kansas - Officials have extended a burn ban in a north-central Kansas county where smoke from a large grass fire was blamed for two multi-vehicle accidents on Interstate 70.

  • Senate holds Miami Beach hearing on climate change 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 3:59 pm
  • MIAMI BEACH, Florida - South Florida officials testified Tuesday before a U.S. Senate subcommittee that they're already shouldering the burdens of rising sea levels and they need state and federal partners to do more to help adapt their coastline to the effects of climate change.

  • Commissioners seek protest guidance from BLM 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 3:37 pm
  • LEWISTON, Idaho - Idaho County commissioners have sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management asking for guidance concerning a protest planned by suction dredgers upset with federal regulations.

  • Gold dredgers pan new water quality rules 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 2:34 pm
  • MEDFORD, Oregon - Gold miners are not happy with proposed water quality rules related to elevated mercury levels in the Rogue River.

  • Colorado prepared to sue over Gunnison sage-grouse 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 10:44 am
  • GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - Colorado officials say they are prepared to file a lawsuit if Interior Secretary Sally Jewell tries to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as endangered.

  • MPCA board considers feedlot rule updates 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 5:04 am
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - The citizens board that oversees the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is considering a set of updates to the state's environmental rules for livestock feedlots.

  • Lawsuit seeks to block sale of Oregon forest lands 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 6:26 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - Conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday to block the sale of a portion of the Elliott State Forest to a private timber company.

  • Air quality board considers easing diesel rules 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 1:58 pm
  • LOS ANGELES - California air quality officials are considering giving small trucking operations more time to comply with new rules to clean up diesel emissions.

  • NY agency sponsors week of Earth Day events 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 3:04 am
  • ALBANY, New York - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is commemorating the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day with a weeklong series of events around the state.

  • Ga. GOP Senate hopefuls try to separate themselves 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 5:12 pm
  • GROVETOWN, Georgia - Georgia's top Republican Senate hopefuls are scrambling to prove who'd be the most conservative opponent to take on Democratic favorite Michelle Nunn in a race that will help determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.

  • California regulators propose coyote-killing ban 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:49 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - California wildlife regulators are proposing a ban on contests that reward hunters who kill coyotes and other predators.

  • Rules leave pot test labs with little oversight 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 1:34 pm
  • SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Legislature's vote last year to regulate medical marijuana shops created new business opportunities for another kind of pot enterprise - marijuana testing - but leaves it virtually unregulated.

  • Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 9:58 am
  • WAIALUA, Hawaii - You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.

  • Road kill bill would make claiming animals simpler 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 4:13 am
  • LANSING, Michigan - Getting a drive-through meal could take on new meaning in Michigan if legislation is approved making it easier to take home road kill.

  • Some nurseries offer plants that are safe for bees 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 8:13 pm
  • MOORHEAD, Minnesota - As gardeners begin shopping for plants this spring, they may see some marked as safe for bees.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.