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Senators consider former lobbyist as EPA's permanent chief

Jan. 16, 2019 1:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler's past lobbying work for coal companies and other industries regulated by the agency is expected to draw scrutiny Wednesday when a Senate committee considers his nomination to the position. Wheeler's roughly six-month tenure as...

Big winners in Trump rollback of wetlands rules? Developers

Jan. 14, 2019 8:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pointed to farmers Monday as winners from the administration's proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country, describing farmers crying in gratitude when he ordered the change. But under long-standing federal law and rules,...

DNA of wolf declared extinct in wild lives on in Texas pack

Jan. 13, 2019 2:49 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Researchers say a pack of wild canines found frolicking near the beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast carries a substantial amount of red wolf genes, a surprising discovery because the animal was declared extinct in the wild nearly 40 years ago. The finding has led wildlife biologists and others...

Recreational fishing rules to be overhauled under new law

Jan. 13, 2019 9:39 AM EST

The rules that govern recreational marine fishing in the U.S. will get an overhaul due to a new law passed by Congress, and the country's millions of anglers and the groups that stake their livelihoods on them hope the changes will bring better management. The new standards are part of a suite of changes that...

Oregon snowpack fails again to reach normal standard

Jan. 11, 2019 7:51 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's snowpack is below normal again and data shows the state is reaching historically normal levels less often. The Natural Resources Conservation Service shows the state's snow-water equivalent in the mountains is 72 percent of normal, with the number lower in western Oregon, the...

Oregon begins killing sea lions after relocation fails

Jan. 10, 2019 7:51 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have started killing California sea lions that threaten a fragile and unique type of trout in the Willamette River, a body of water that's miles inland from the coastal areas where the massive carnivorous aquatic mammals usually congregate to feed. The state...

Fishermen attack Sea Shepherd vessel in Gulf of California

Jan. 10, 2019 6:42 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Sea Shepherd environmental group published a video Thursday showing an attack by about two dozen small fishing boats on the vessel Farley Mowat in Mexico's Gulf of California. Fishermen in the Gulf, also known as the Sea of Cortez, have long complained about environmentalists trying...

Oregon appeals court rejects kids' climate change lawsuit

Jan. 9, 2019 5:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Court of Appeals has rejected a lawsuit filed by children years ago that seeks to force the state to do more to protect public resources from climate change. The case, filed in 2011, says the "public trust" doctrine under Oregon common law requires the state to protect resources...

Colorado's Jared Polis makes history as gay governor

Jan. 8, 2019 10:24 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Democrat Jared Polis' inauguration Tuesday as the first openly gay U.S. governor firmly moved Colorado to a darker shade of blue — and other celebratory colors of the LGBTQ community — as he vowed to expand health care, pursue publicly funded preschool and protect the...

Environmental groups withdraw from Oregon wolf plan talks

Jan. 7, 2019 6:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Environmental groups in Oregon announced Monday they have withdrawn from talks on how to manage the state's rebounding wolf population because of what they called a "broken" process, and concerns that state wildlife officials want to make it easier to kill wolves that eat livestock...