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Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

Dec. 13, 2019 4:03 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British...

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles...

Mediterranean pen shell listed as critically endangered

Dec. 13, 2019 11:58 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fan mussel found only in the Mediterranean was officially added to the list of critically endangered species, after scientists recorded a dramatic decline in its population numbers caused by a newly discovered pathogen. The International Union for Conservation of Nature said in a...

Acting top Nevada water official since January given the job

Dec. 13, 2019 2:30 AM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s acting top water regulator since January has been given the job permanently. Department of Conservation & Natural Resources chief Bradley Crowell announced Thursday that Tim Wilson was promoted to state engineer and Division of Water Resources administrator....

State orders cleanup of aggregate spill into Detroit River

Dec. 12, 2019 7:54 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan environmental regulators have ordered a company to clean up limestone and other materials that its tenant spilled into the Detroit River last month. The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy sent a violation notice Wednesday to Erickson's Inc., the owner of the...

New Mexico appoints new natural resources trustee

Dec. 12, 2019 4:56 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has appointed a new trustee who will lead the state's efforts to ensure contaminated or damaged natural resources are restored and can benefit residents and visitors. The state Environment Department on Thursday announced the hiring of Maggie Hart Stebbins as New...

2 in Colorado get 3 years probation for animal cruelty

Dec. 12, 2019 4:01 PM EST

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A court order has barred a Colorado man from owning another animal for three years after he was convicted of animal cruelty against more than 100 animals. Jeffery Jackson was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation after La Plata County Animal Protection seized 115 animals...

Power line opponents take fight to federal court

Dec. 12, 2019 10:20 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Opponents of a power line in southwestern Wisconsin are taking their fight against the $492 million project to federal court. The plaintiffs say state regulators have conflicts of interest that should have kept them from approving the power line project. The lawsuit was filed...

California commission lists yellow-legged frog as endangered

Dec. 11, 2019 11:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — There’s new hope for an endangered California frog that has vanished from half of its habitat. The state Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday approved protections for five of six populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The Center for Biological Diversity had sought...

Company to pay $245M toward cleanup of Kalamazoo River PCBs

Dec. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — One of the companies responsible for polluting an 80-mile (129-kilometer) stretch of river and floodplains in southwestern Michigan with toxic chemicals will pay at least $245.2 million to advance a cleanup effort that began more than 20 years ago, federal officials said...