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Native Hawaiians say telescope represents bigger struggle

Jul. 20, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as representative of a bigger struggle. In his early 30s, Ritte occupied a small Hawaiian island used as a military...

Appeals court upholds Trump move to drop mine pollution rule

Jul. 19, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel sided with the Trump administration Friday in a mining pollution dispute, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that companies take financial responsibility for future cleanups. The ruling came after the administration was sued by...

Carnival pledges steps ongoing to curb ocean pollution

Jul. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Corp. executives pledged anew Friday that steps are being taken to curb ocean pollution, which was the subject of a recent $20 million federal penalty imposed because of continued environmental violations. Carnival outlined some of those steps at a hearing before a pair of skeptical...

Environmental head announces $2M program for Great Lakes

Jul. 19, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $2 million grant program to clean up the shorelines and waters of the Great Lakes. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler during an appearance Friday in Cleveland says the grants will be available to state and local...

New Hampshire sets tough drinking water standards for PFAS

Jul. 18, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has voted to put into place some of the country's toughest drinking water standards for a class of toxic chemicals that were once used in everything from firefighting foam to nonstick cookware but are now raising health concerns. A joint legislative committee Thursday...

Pipe spills oilfield wastewater in Missouri River tributary

Jul. 15, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cleanup is underway after 21,000 gallons of brine oilfield wastewater leaked from an underground pipeline in western North Dakota and into an unnamed tributary of the Missouri River, the state Health Department said Monday. State environmental scientist Bill Suess said the pipeline...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong about Dems, census, citizenship

Jul. 15, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spreading falsehoods on issues of race, immigration and American-ness, exhorting four non-white female lawmakers to "go back" to where they came from and crying foul over his failed bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. He suggests that the...

Chevron ordered to halt oil spill into California canyon

Jul. 14, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators say Chevron has not done enough to stop a massive oil spill that dumped about 800,000 gallons of crude oil and water into a Kern County canyon, and they want the company to take further action to halt the flow. The seep out of the ground where Chevron injects...

Hurricane Barry's rain and floods hammer Gulf environment

Jul. 14, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage — and whether it will be at least...

Rare sea turtles smash nesting records in Georgia, Carolinas

Jul. 13, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Rare sea turtles are smashing nesting records this summer on beaches in the Southeast, with scientists crediting the egg-laying boom to conservation measures that began more than 30 years ago. Giant loggerhead sea turtles weighing up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) crawl ashore to dig...