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California to impose statewide rules for winery wastewater

Jan. 23, 2021 5:45 PM EST

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — California will impose statewide guidelines for how wineries dispose of wastewater, ditching a long-held regional approach, according to a newspaper report Saturday. The new order was finalized this week by the State Water Resources Control Board, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat...

Developer files appeal with Army Corps over mine rejection

Jan. 23, 2021 11:48 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The developer of the Pebble Mine in Alaska has filed an appeal with the Army Corps of Engineers that asks the agency to reconsider the developer's application to build a gold mine upstream from Bristol Bay. The Army Corps of Engineers rejected Pebble Limited Partnership's...

Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (Ken Cedeno/Pool via AP)

Biden Cabinet: Buttigieg urges big funds for Transportation

Jan. 21, 2021 7:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, was headed down a smooth path to quick confirmation, pledging to senators on Thursday to work with them to carry out the administration’s ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation’s...

President Joe Biden pauses as he signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden's climate steps could have big impact on energy firms

Jan. 21, 2021 5:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden has put his team to work reviewing dozens of actions taken by former President Donald Trump, aiming to reverse orders that he says harm the environment or endanger public health. For the energy and auto industries, the impact could be far-reaching. Biden aims to reduce...

New West Virginia environmental secretary appointed

Jan. 21, 2021 4:13 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appointed Harold Ward as the state's new environmental secretary on Wednesday. The Department of Environmental Protection is in charge of regulating everything from air and water quality to overseeing abandoned mine lands. Ward was most recently...

President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Biden puts U.S. back into fight to slow global warming

Jan. 20, 2021 10:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden returned the United States to the worldwide fight to slow global warming in one of his first official acts Wednesday and immediately launched a series of climate-friendly efforts that would transform how Americans drive and get their power. “A cry for survival...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Becerra filed or joined at least nine lawsuits against the Trump administration on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The lawsuits were targeted at some of the Trump administration's roll backs of environmental regulations during the president's final weeks in office. Becerra, who has been nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President-elect Joe Biden, has filed well over 100 lawsuits against Trump since taking office. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Nine lawsuits by California mark Trump's final day in office

Jan. 19, 2021 8:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump administration nine times on Tuesday, a fitting send-off from a state known for its frequent feuds with the president over the environment and health care. Altogether, Becerra —- who is President-elect Joe...

FILE - The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo., Friday,  July 27, 2018.  The Trump administration has weakened an Obama-era rule aimed at stopping coal plant pollution that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers. The changes finalized Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, will allow utilities to use cheaper wastewater cleanup technologies and take longer to comply with pollution reduction guidelines adopted in 2015. Its the latest in a string of regulatory rollbacks for the coal power industry under Trump. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Federal court strikes down major Trump climate rollback

Jan. 19, 2021 5:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a last-minute slap at President Donald Trump, a federal appeals court struck down one of his administration’s most momentous climate rollbacks on Tuesday, saying officials acted illegally in issuing a new rule that eased federal regulation of air pollution from power plants. The...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlines his 2021-2022 state budget proposal during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom sent president-elect Joe Biden a letter on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, outlining shared priorities and areas where the state can work together with the new Democratic administration. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

Newsom sets new tone for California, White House partnership

Jan. 19, 2021 4:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After four years of sparring with President Donald Trump, California is ready for a more productive, friendlier chapter with Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined his areas of agreement and places where he hopes to collaborate with the new...

Lawmakers seek amendment to ensure 'environmental rights'

Jan. 16, 2021 11:21 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Democratic state senators are seeking to strengthen protections for the environment and natural resources through a joint resolution that seeks to amend the state constitution and bring New Mexico in line with numerous other states that already guarantee residents rights to...