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New Mexico rules could lead to big changes in oil industry

Jun. 12, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — So how does New Mexico’s new regulations on methane emission reduction affect Lea County? Energy experts and elected officials tell the Hobbs News-Sun the damage could be drastic. The state Oil Conservation Division issued new...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 11, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. June 3, 2021. Editorial: No excuse for legislative lag on marijuana Connecticut has had years to plan this. Why can’t the Legislature figure out how to finally legalize a marijuana marketplace for all adults? ...

Undoing Trump rule won't likely affect Okefenokee mine plan

Jun. 10, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Biden administration’s plan to revive protections for some wetlands and streams that got eliminated during Donald Trump’s presidency isn't likely to restore federal oversight of a proposed mine outside the Okefenokee Swamp's vast wildlife refuge. ...

Settlement: Quincy will spend $100 million to repair sewers

Jun. 10, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The city of Quincy agreed Wednesday to invest some $100 million over more than 10 years to repair its stormwater system after being sued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. attorney's office for violations of the Clean Water Act. The city...

Delegation members urge DOD to act on Tucson contamination

Jun. 10, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Members of Arizona's congressional delegation are calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to prioritize cleanup of underground contamination linked to two military installations in Tucson. A letter sent by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and...

Officials push for national PFAS drinking water standard

Jun. 09, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Setting a national drinking water standard for what have been referred to as “forever chemicals” will be important in addressing contamination at military bases and communities throughout the U.S., witnesses said Wednesday during a congressional hearing. ...

Biden moves to restore clean-water safeguards ended by Trump

Jun. 09, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration began legal action Wednesday to repeal a Trump-era rule that ended federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways, leaving them more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and farms. ...

Eying deal, GM softens on tough standards for car pollution

Jun. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The nation's largest automaker said Wednesday it can support greenhouse gas emissions limits that other car manufacturers negotiated with California — if they are achieved mostly by promoting sales of fully electric vehicles. It is a new stance for...

Former VW boss to pay firm $13 million over diesel scandal

Jun. 09, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has agreed to pay 11.2 million euros ($13.6 million) in compensation for what the company called his failure to quickly get to the bottom of the 2015 scandal over diesel engines rigged to cheat on emissions tests, the company...

US judge rules against Idaho suction-dredge gold miner

Jun. 08, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A suction-dredge gold miner who operated in an Idaho river containing federally protected salmon and steelhead without required permits is facing what could be substantial fines. A U.S. District Court judge last week ruled Shannon Poe of Concord,...