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Lawmakers approve $5 million for Rochester water project

Nov. 17, 2018 12:49 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers have approved nearly $5 million in funding to extend a water main in Rochester to bring clean drinking water to an area dealing with contamination from a gasoline additive. The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee on Friday approved a $3.8 million grant and a loan...

Trump: EPA's acting chief will be named to post permanently

Nov. 17, 2018 2:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, has gotten President Donald Trump's nod for the permanent job. Wheeler's promotion from acting to permanent EPA chief...

Trump says will name EPA's acting chief to post permanently

Nov. 16, 2018 9:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got President Donald Trump's nod Friday for the permanent job. Wheeler's promotion from acting to permanent EPA chief...

Lawyer who battled Chevron may get chance to defend himself

Nov. 16, 2018 7:22 PM EST

A New York attorney who won a landmark oil pollution judgment against Chevron in Ecuador's court system only to have his law license suspended at home for malpractice never got a fair hearing and should be allowed to defend himself against disbarment, a legal referee has ruled. The decision involves Steven...

Colorado adopts California emissions standards

Nov. 16, 2018 5:06 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has adopted vehicle emission rules that incorporate California standards, joining several other states in moving pre-emptively to avoid any weakening of federal standards by the Trump administration. Friday's vote by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission enacts a June executive...

House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves

Nov. 16, 2018 1:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the...

Groups file lawsuit to stop eastern Idaho gold exploration

Nov. 15, 2018 6:35 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The federal government violated environmental laws by approving a Canadian company's plan to search for gold in key wildlife habitat in eastern Idaho, two conservation groups say in a federal lawsuit. The Idaho Conservation League and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in the lawsuit...

Environmentalists sue feds for information

Nov. 15, 2018 6:31 PM EST

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An environmental group is suing the federal government for information about a proposed 5,000-well oil and gas project in central Wyoming. Western Watersheds Project filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Idaho, arguing that it had requested public information from the Bureau of Land Management...

California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide

Nov. 15, 2018 6:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it from crop dusting, discontinuing its use on most...

Groups file lawsuit to stop eastern Idaho gold exploration

Nov. 15, 2018 4:57 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The federal government violated environmental laws by approving a Canadian company's plan to search for gold in key wildlife habitat in eastern Idaho, two conservation groups say in a federal lawsuit. The Idaho Conservation League and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in the lawsuit...