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Company wants to mine at edge of protected Okefenokee Swamp

Jul. 16, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company is seeking permits to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, a vast untamed wilderness that's home to the largest national wildlife refuge in the eastern U.S. The proposal comes 20 years after chemical giant DuPont abandoned plans to mine outside the Okefenokee...

Congress probes approval of Trump backer's housing project

Jul. 10, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A congressional committee is investigating whether the U.S. Interior Department helped an Arizona developer and supporter of President Donald Trump get a crucial permit after a wildlife official said the housing project would threaten habitat for imperiled species. U.S. Rep. Raúl...

Washington state sues Navy over expanded flights on island

Jul. 9, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state sued the Navy on Tuesday over its expansion of jet operations on an island north of Seattle, saying officials failed to adequately consider the effect that additional noisy flights would have on people or wildlife. "The Navy has an important job, and it's critical that their...

Groups seek ban on bear-baiting in Idaho, Wyoming forests

Jun. 6, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hunting black bears by using bait in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming should be banned because hunters have killed federally protected grizzlies that were attracted to the food, conservation groups say in a lawsuit. Western Watersheds Project, WildEarth Guardians and Wilderness...

Poland Spring to use 100% recycled plastic for bottles

Jun. 3, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Poland Spring announced Monday a plan to use 100% recycled plastic for all its noncarbonated water containers, a move that comes amid growing concern about plastic pollution. The Maine-based company said the effort kicks off this month with 1-liter bottles. By 2022, the company plans...