- Obama tells Flint residents, 'I've got your back' Updated: May-04-16 10:44 pm
FLINT, Michigan - Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use.
- Judge: Plan for restoring Northwest salmon runs not enough Updated: May-04-16 9:19 pm
SEATTLE - A massive habitat restoration effort by the U.S. government doesn't do nearly enough to improve Northwest salmon runs, a federal judge ruled Thursday, handing a major victory to conservationists, anglers and others who hope to someday see four dams on the Snake River breached to make way for the fish.
- Small water district fined $1M for wastewater violations Updated: May-04-16 8:47 pm
FRESNO, California - Water regulators fined a Central California water district that serves mainly industrial users $1 Million for failing to implement a wastewater pretreatment program.
- Flint official takes deal, pledges to cooperate in probe Updated: May-04-16 7:33 pm
LANSING, Michigan - A Flint municipal official struck a deal with prosecutors Wednesday, pledging cooperation in exchange for reduced charges as authorities continue investigating lead contamination of the impoverished Michigan city's drinking water supply.
- Alaska company seeks ruling that permafrost can't be wetland Updated: May-04-16 6:17 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Alaska business has sued the Army Corps of Engineers, seeking a ruling that permanently frozen ground cannot be regulated as wetland.
- Rattlesnake Mountain tours could resume in 2017 Updated: May-04-16 5:57 pm
RICHLAND, Washington - The only sound at the top of Rattlesnake Mountain on Tuesday morning was the whistle of the wind that seems to always blow across the ridge line and the chirping of bugs not used to having their habitat invaded.
- Lawsuit: EPA needs new rules to address manmade earthquakes Updated: May-04-16 5:00 pm
WASHINGTON - A coalition of environmental groups is suing federal environmental regulators over their alleged failure to stop oil and gas companies from disposing of drilling waste in ways that can threaten drinking water supplies and trigger manmade earthquakes.
- Correction: Interior Secretary-Montana story Updated: May-04-16 2:25 pm
HELENA, Montana - In a story May 3 about Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's visit to Montana, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Land and Water Conservation Fund historically received $900 million annually. The fund is authorized to receive $900 million annually, but the actual amount varies from year to year.
- Hawaii legislature passing dozens of bills in final week Updated: May-03-16 11:46 pm
HONOLULU - After years of dealing with sweltering classrooms where classroom teachers spritzed their students with water to keep them cool, the Hawaii Legislature has approved $100 million to cool 1,000 classrooms throughout the state.
- Prime minister says Australia to have July 2 election Updated: May-03-16 10:57 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - Australia's election campaign will officially start soon with climate change policy and union corruption in the national building industry shaping into key battlegrounds for the July 2 poll.
- 2 US senators want states included in wolf management Updated: May-03-16 8:44 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Two U.S. senators from the West want state wildlife authorities and ranchers to have more say in how the federal government manages endangered Mexican gray wolves.
- Drought-stricken California boosts conservation for March Updated: May-03-16 7:28 pm
FRESNO, California - Residents of drought-stricken California doubled their water conservation efforts in March compared with the month before by turning off their sprinklers when the rain fell and changing habits, officials said Tuesday.
- US EPA says Montana city now meeting air pollution standards Updated: May-03-16 6:54 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reversing a 2013 finding that Montana's largest city was out of compliance with air pollution standards, saying that the closure of a coal-burning power plant has eased the problem.
- Colorado lawmakers reject labeling marijuana as organic Updated: May-03-16 6:38 pm
DENVER - A Colorado proposal to certify organic marijuana has been rejected amid concerns the labels would imply pot is healthy.
- Suspended executive at VW's Porsche brand is replaced Updated: May-03-16 9:41 am
FRANKFURT, Germany - Volkswagen's Porsche division has replaced a top vehicle development manager suspended since the start of the Volkswagen group's scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests.
- 3 lawmakers hit with ethics complaint over wolf bill Updated: May-02-16 8:38 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - An environmental group filed an ethics complaint Monday against three Oregon lawmakers, accusing them of knowingly making false statements to their colleagues about the intent of a bill that has blocked an environmentalists' lawsuit over the delisting of the gray wolf.
- 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.