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Feds unveil plan to grow wind power while sparing rare whale

Oct. 29, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has outlined a strategy to try to protect an endangered species of whale while also developing offshore wind power off the East Coast. President Joe Biden's administration has made a priority of encouraging offshore wind along the...

Clean Water Act at 50: environmental gains, challenges unmet

Oct. 17, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

Lifelong Cleveland resident Steve Gove recalls when the Cuyahoga River symbolized shame — fetid, lifeless, notorious for catching fire when sparks from overhead rail cars ignited the oil-slicked surface. “It was pretty grungy,” said the 73-year-old, an avid canoeist in his...

Tax the rich for more EVs? California Democrats split

Oct. 17, 2022 00:50 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California ballot measure that would tax the rich to help put more electric cars on the road may seem tailor-made to win support from Democrats in a state known for climate leadership, but Proposition 30 has one notable opponent: Gov. Gavin Newsom. That's put the...

Chemical plant owner to pay more than $180M for pollution

Oct. 11, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of a former chemical plant that dumped mercury into the Penobscot River must pay at least $187 million to remove the contamination in a resolution to a decades-long legal battle. A federal judge on Tuesday approved the settlement calling for...

Pumpkin farms adapt to improve soil, lower emissions

Sep. 29, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA, Illinois (AP) — This Thanksgiving, your pumpkin pie might have a lower carbon footprint. On the central Illinois farms that supply most of the world’s canned pumpkin, farmers are adopting regenerative techniques designed to reduce emissions, attract natural pollinators...

California's last nuke plant to seek US OK for extended run

Sep. 01, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The utility that oversees California's last operating nuclear power plant said Thursday it was taking steps to seek federal approval for an extended lifespan, just hours after the Legislature opened a pathway to keep it running through 2030. The lopsided vote in...