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Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mo., speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

Engineers' report bolsters proposed Mississippi pump project

Oct. 16, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday published a draft of a new environmental impact statement that supports a proposal for massive pumps to drain floodwaters from parts of the rural Mississippi Delta — a reversal of a previous federal report that said the project would...

Hawaii officials moving forward with plans for new Oahu jail

Oct. 12, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials in Hawaii plan to move forward with construction of a new jail on Oahu to deal with continuous inmate overcrowding. Previous efforts dating to 1964 have not gone this far toward developing a new site for the Oahu Community Correctional Center, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported...

Yellowstone proposes improving cellphone coverage, internet

Oct. 8, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The National Park Service has asked for the public's feedback on a proposal that would improve cellphone coverage in developed areas of Yellowstone National Park, without having to install cell towers. The project would install fiber-optic cables on about 200 miles (320 kilometers)...

FILE - This March 26, 2019, file photo, shows a bathtub ring of light minerals showing the high water mark of the reservoir which has shrunk to its lowest point on the Colorado River, as seen from the Hoover Dam, Ariz. Six states in the U.S. West that rely on the Colorado River to sustain cities and farms rebuked a plan to build an underground pipeline that would transport billions of gallons of water through the desert to southwest Utah. In a joint letter Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, water officials from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming urged the U.S. government to halt the approval process for the project, which would bring water 140 miles (225 km) from Lake Powell in northern Arizona to the growing area surrounding St. George, Utah.(AP Photo/Richard Vogel,File)

Utah asks US to delay decision on tapping Colorado River

Sep. 25, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Facing opposition from six states that rely on the Colorado River for water for their cities and farms, Utah asked the federal government to delay a fast-track approval process for building an underground pipeline that would transport billions of gallons of water to the southwest part...

Mining county asks lawmakers for open meetings law exemption

Sep. 24, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Officials in a rural Nevada county with significant mining assets want state lawmakers to carve out an exemption in the state's Open Meeting Law to allow them to discuss environmental assessments before the reports are released to the public. Members of the Legislature’s...

Public can weigh in on levee, floodwall projects in 7 states

Sep. 22, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers says levee and floodwall projects in seven states from Missouri to Louisiana include 101 areas where levees are an average of 2 feet below the recommended height and 22 where floodwalls are too low or need stabilizing. The agency will hold online meetings...

Small Minnesota farmers challenge conventional agriculture

Sep. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

SEBEKA, Minn. (AP) — It’s hard to see how anyone could coax anything green from this sandy patch of Minnesota soil. But Kathy Connell can. Most of the vegetables have already been harvested from her vast garden, but a few plump watermelons and cucumbers still peek out from beneath the leaves....

FAA to decide coastal Georgia spaceport without more comment

Sep. 16, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — Federal officials plan to announce whether they will allow a small-rocket spaceport in coastal Georgia in March. The Federal Aviation Administration, in a new statement reported by The Brunswick News, says it won't reopen public comment because Camden County commissioners now only seek...

FILE - This March 26, 2019, file photo, shows a bathtub ring of light minerals showing the high water mark of the reservoir which has shrunk to its lowest point on the Colorado River, as seen from the Hoover Dam, Ariz. Six states in the U.S. West that rely on the Colorado River to sustain cities and farms rebuked a plan to build an underground pipeline that would transport billions of gallons of water through the desert to southwest Utah. In a joint letter Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, water officials from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming urged the U.S. government to halt the approval process for the project, which would bring water 140 miles (225 km) from Lake Powell in northern Arizona to the growing area surrounding St. George, Utah.(AP Photo/Richard Vogel,File)

6 Western states blast Utah plan to tap Colorado River water

Sep. 9, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Six states in the U.S. West that rely on the Colorado River to sustain cities and farms rebuked a plan to build an underground pipeline that would transport billions of gallons of water through the desert to southwest Utah. In a joint letter Tuesday, water officials from Arizona,...

Army to seek Hawaii state lease extension for training area

Sep. 9, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Army has requested public input for an upcoming environmental impact statement to retain a lease on Hawaii state land used for training. The military's 65-year lease at the Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii island is set to expire in 2029, West Hawaii Today reported ...