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Portland sued over Superfund site cleanup efforts

Jul. 16, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland is being sued over its plan to use up to $12 million from a surcharge on customers' sewer bills to help pay to plan the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports it's the second lawsuit challenging the use of funds collected by the...

Group say protections no longer needed for snail darter fish

Jul. 16, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A conservation group says a tiny fish no longer should be a federally protected species. The Center for Biological Diversity says it has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lift protections for the snail darter, saying it is no longer in danger of extinction. Citing the...

Lawmaker: Expand compensation from nuclear weapons testing

Jul. 16, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A compensation program for those exposed to radiation from years of nuclear weapons testing and uranium mining would be expanded under legislation that seeks to address fallout across the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan rolled...

Huge net used to pull Asian carp from Lake Decatur dam

Jul. 16, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Fishermen with a net are removing thousands of Asian carp from Lake Decatur dam in central Illinois. The Herald and Review reports that the effort began Monday, days after the state was told that many fish were gathering there. The invasive species will be trucked to a company in...

The Latest: Expert captures alligator at Chicago lagoon

Jul. 16, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on alligator captured in a lagoon in a Chicago public park (all times local): 10:50 a.m. An alligator that eluded Chicago authorities for a week has met with the media after an expert from Florida captured it using a fishing pole in a public lagoon. On Tuesday morning, about eight...

Design students eye upgrades to Burlington's 'lost spaces'

Jul. 16, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Found: A dozen or so neglected corners of Burlington in need of loving attention. Students in David Raphael's design class at University of Vermont unveiled their suggestions for how to make Burlington's so-called "lost spaces" more appealing. During a final presentation of maps and...

Big sturgeon offers evidence restoration efforts are working

Jul. 16, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — It's no fish tale -- a 6-foot-long sturgeon was recently pulled from an upstate New York lake. State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says the capture of the threatened species was good news for a recovery program that began nearly 25 years ago....

Nuclear waste storage resumes at Southern California plant

Jul. 15, 2019 9:48 PM EDT

LAGUNA NIGEL, Calif. (AP) — Crews have resumed moving radioactive waste into ground storage at the now-closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California, nearly a year after a 50-ton canister got stuck. The San Diego Union-Tribune says workers began moving a canister Monday afternoon from...

Group suggests enclosure for orcas in San Juan Islands

Jul. 15, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An environmental nonprofit group is hosting a series of public meetings in western Washington to discuss the possibility of creating an enclosure in Washington's San Juan Islands for orcas retired from theme parks. Leaders of the Whale Sanctuary Project said a cordoned-off bay or cove...

House backs bill to target wildlife trafficking

Jul. 15, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill that allows the State Department to offer financial rewards for information leading to the arrest or conviction of wildlife traffickers who target endangered elephants, rhinos, lions and other species. The bill adds wildlife trafficking to the list of...