Latest Environment News

Gov. Baker: Tax hike will help towns address climate change

Jan. 18, 2019 3:46 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing an increase in the state excise tax on real estate transfers to help Massachusetts communities better prepare for the effects of climate change. Baker said Friday the plan will be included in his proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The...

Montana debates future sources for power generation

Jan. 18, 2019 3:35 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Renewable energy and fossil fuel advocates made their case to Montana regulators Friday for how to boost the state's electricity generation to make up for an expected drop in the region's power supply as coal-fired plants are shut down in the coming years. The Montana Public Service...

Johnsonville recalls ground pork over possible contamination

Jan. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnsonville LLC has recalled more than 48,000 pounds (21,800 kilograms) of raw ground frozen pork patties that may be contaminated with materials including black rubber. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Friday by the company...

Court: No new offshore drilling work during federal shutdown

Jan. 18, 2019 3:26 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina has turned back the Trump administration's attempt to continue preparatory work for offshore drilling during the federal government's partial shutdown, issuing a ruling in a federal lawsuit challenging the overall expansion plans. In his order, U.S....

EPA asked to investigate improper inspection allegations

Jan. 18, 2019 3:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Three Democratic U.S. senators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate allegations it isn't properly inspecting facilities that emit the cancer-causing gas ethylene oxide. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware on...

Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark

Jan. 18, 2019 2:46 PM EST

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The...

Ailing federal worker says she'll get back lapsed insurance

Jan. 18, 2019 2:43 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon who was running out of a treatment to keep her alive and could not reach her employer during the government shutdown said Friday that she will get back her federally paid insurance coverage that lapsed months ago. Jasmine Tool...

15 people have been charged in the Flint water scandal

Jan. 18, 2019 2:15 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Fifteen people have been charged in an investigation of how Flint's water became contaminated with lead in 2014-15 and a related outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Seven people have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors in deals that will leave them without a criminal record. — Michael...

3 years later, no one is in jail over Flint tainted water

Jan. 18, 2019 2:13 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's attorney general in 2016 promised to investigate "without fear or favor" the scandal over Flint's lead-tainted drinking water and pledged that state regulators would be locked up for fudging data and misleading the public. Yet three years later, no one is behind bars. Instead,...

The Latest: US worker gets insurance relief amid shutdown

Jan. 18, 2019 2:01 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the ill federal worker in Oregon (all times local): 11 a.m. An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon who was running out of a treatment to keep her alive and couldn't reach her employer during the government shutdown says she's been told her lapsed...