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FILE - In this July 16, 2017, file photo, ice is broken up by the passing of the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica as it sails through the Beaufort Sea off the coast of Alaska. Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Trump pushes new environmental rollbacks on way out the door

Nov. 19, 2020 12:32 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. The pending changes, which...

Pittsburgh agency admits pumping sludge into Allegheny River

Nov. 19, 2020 7:22 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has admitted violating the Clean Water Act when workers illegally pumped sludge into the Allegheny River between 2010 and 2017. The authority on Wednesday pleaded guilty to federal charges, including falsifying written reports to the Environmental...

FILE - This June 5, 2009, file photo shows a Redtail hawk feeding a snake to one of her young ones nested at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colo. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 is a vital tool for protecting more than 1,000 species of birds including hawks and other birds of prey. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Trump pushes new environmental rollbacks on way out the door

Nov. 18, 2020 4:36 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century-old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public health threats. The pending changes, which...

Dutch farmers pass the gate of Royal Palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, during a protest against a new law they argue threatens their livelihoods by reining in emissions of nitrogen oxide. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

Dutch farmers protest reining in nitrogen oxide emissions

Nov. 17, 2020 7:59 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Farmers angry at the Dutch government's policies to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions protested Tuesday in The Hague, snarling traffic as they drove their tractors into the center of the city. Members of the Farmers Defence Force group who converged on the city from around the...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2004, file photo, the sun sets behind Shiprock Mountain, a pumpjack and the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. New Mexico is on track to have another banner year as a result of oil and gas drilling and other activities on state trust lands, officials with the State Land Office said Tuesday Aug. 18, 2020. (Dave Watson/The Daily Times via AP, File)

New Mexico treasurer says methane proposal has loopholes

Nov. 11, 2020 4:34 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state treasurer is calling on state environmental regulators to close loopholes in proposed rules aimed at reducing emissions of methane and other pollutants from the oil and natural gas industry. State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg confirmed Wednesday that he has...

Apartment builders settle illegal asbestos work claims

Nov. 10, 2020 3:21 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The builders of an apartment complex have agreed to pay $335,000 to settle allegations that workers improperly handled asbestos-containing material during the redevelopment of a former manufacturing site in Lawrence, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday. The...

Washington state police remind people of vehicle idling law

Nov. 10, 2020 10:00 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state have said it is illegal to leave a vehicle unattended while the engine is running, raising concerns for many residents in the winter who turn on their cars and head back inside to keep warm. It is illegal for people driving or in charge of a vehicle...

New Mexico agency settles air pollution case with gas plant

Nov. 6, 2020 6:00 PM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The state Environment Department said Friday it has reached a settlement with the operator of a gas plant in northwestern New Mexico over permit and regulatory violations that resulted in excess emissions. The agency said CCI San Juan LLC has agreed to pay a $950,000 civil penalty....

Wisconsin officials offer water quality standards for PFAS

Nov. 6, 2020 5:58 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials said Friday they've finished drafting new groundwater standards for more than 20 substances, including a dozen types of PFAS chemicals. The Department of Natural Resources asked the Department of Health Services in April 2019 to begin researching the health...

2nd PolyMet permit complaint reaches Minnesota Supreme Court

Nov. 5, 2020 6:22 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lawyers for the proposed PolyMet Mining Corp.’s copper-nickel mine were back in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court for the second time in a month, arguing Thursday about an air pollution permit granted by state regulators. It’s the second dispute over the embattled $1...