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California urges Trump to drop plan for weaker fuel standard

Sep. 24, 2018 8:21 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials demanded Monday that the Trump administration back off a plan to weaken national fuel economy standards aimed at reducing car emissions and saving people money at the pump, saying the proposed rollback would damage people's health and exacerbate climate change....

Keystone XL developer plans to start construction in 2019

Sep. 24, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline plans to start construction next year, after a U.S. State Department review ordered by a federal judge concluded that major environmental damage from a leak is unlikely and could quickly be mitigated, a company spokesman said Monday....

Germany continues evicting protesters from forest

Sep. 24, 2018 6:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in western Germany say they are continuing to evict dozens of environmental protesters from a forest after the operation was suspended last week due to the death of a journalist there. The German news agency dpa reported that the interior ministry of the western state of North...

NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump

Sep. 22, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters. Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise through the weekend at the L.V. Sutton Power...

Flooding: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

Sep. 21, 2018 9:43 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn't believe the breach at the L.V....

Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm

Sep. 20, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike there and inundated a large lake, raising concerns of a potential breach. The dam containing Sutton Lake...

Dakota Access pipeline developer defends racketeering claims

Sep. 20, 2018 4:15 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline says environmental group Greenpeace should be held legally accountable for violating federal racketeering laws. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners sued Greenpeace and two other groups for up to $1 billion last year, arguing they...

Regulators: NC flooding too bad to tally environmental harm

Sep. 19, 2018 9:16 PM EDT

Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. However, conditions remain so bad more than five days after Hurricane Florence made...

Lawmakers, coalition fight to block sale of Plum Island

Sep. 19, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawmakers from New York and Connecticut have joined environmental groups in ramping up efforts to block the federal government from selling a mysterious piece of land in Long Island Sound that for years has housed a government animal disease research facility. Members of Congress...

Trial for murder of Honduran environmental activist delayed

Sep. 17, 2018 6:12 PM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduras' supreme court indefinitely suspended the start of a trial Monday of eight men charged in the 2016 killing of prize-winning Honduran indigenous and environmental rights activist Berta Caceres. Judiciary spokesman Melvin Duarte said five related filings in the case have...