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Wildlife roam where US once made nuclear and chemical arms

Aug. 18, 2019 10:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — From a tiny Pacific island to a leafy Indiana forest, a handful of sites where the United States manufactured and tested some of the most lethal weapons known to humankind are now peaceful havens for wildlife. An astonishing array of animals and habitats flourished on six obsolete weapons...

Proposed changes would reduce water monitoring samples taken

Aug. 18, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Proposed changes to Ohio's water quality monitoring program would reduce the number of water samples taken from the state's rivers and streams and the number of sampling areas while increasing the size of the areas surveyed. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to...

Funeral for lost ice: Iceland bids farewell to glacier

Aug. 18, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

OKJOKULL GLACIER, Iceland (AP) — It was a funeral for ice. With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Icelandic officials, activists and others bade goodbye to what once was a glacier. Icelandic geologist Oddur Sigurðsson pronounced the...

Bar Harbor wants cruise company to fund air quality testing

Aug. 18, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A coastal Maine town wants the cruise ship industry to fund local air quality monitoring. Bar Harbor Town Councilor Gary Friedmann tells the Bangor Daily News he's asked Carnival Cruise Lines to pay for the program. The council voted last week to consider the proposal. Friedmann...

At a glance: Weapons sites converted into wildlife refuges

Aug. 18, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

Six sites where the U.S. government manufactured or tested some of its most lethal weapons have been converted to wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: — Amchitka Island, part of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Amchitka was the site of three U.S. underground nuclear...

Company says it can safely mine near Georgia wildlife refuge

Aug. 18, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Ga. (AP) — The president of an Alabama company says he's confident that his firm can mine land just east of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge without polluting the water or soil, despite concerns expressed by a federal agency. Twin Pines Minerals President Steve Ingle made the comments at...

Lawmaker: Humans not changing climate but must prepare

Aug. 18, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A lawmaker who doesn't believe humans are causing climate change is nevertheless leading a push to ensure Nebraska farmers are better prepared for extreme weather like the blizzards and flooding that hit the state this year. The Legislature's Agriculture Committee will look for changes...

NC agency taking comments about regulation of pesticide

Aug. 18, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's top environmental agency is accepting public comments about the regulation of a chemical pesticide used in log fumigation through the end of August. The StarNews of Wilmington reports the use of methyl bromide came to the attention of the Department of Environmental...

Illinois sues company after lead found in village's water

Aug. 17, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (AP) — Illinois alleges that a company that provides water to a Chicago suburb made changes without permission from state regulators that caused lead to contaminate the village's drinking water. Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a lawsuit Friday against Aqua Illinois, the company...

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Aug. 17, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...