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3 bills would ease rules around wetland development

Apr. 22, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Developers would be able to build in wetlands more cheaply and quickly if three bills in the Oregon Legislature are approved. The legislation would reduce the amount of wetland mitigation required in some cases, streamline the permitting process and create a pilot program to create a...

Colorado inspections at oil and gas sites showing results

Apr. 21, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

DACONO, Colo. (AP) — State health inspectors equipped with infrared cameras dropped in unannounced on about 2,000 oil and gas operations across Colorado last year and found leaks of heat-trapping methane and volatile organic gas at 13 percent of those sites — half the frequency of leaks they...

Environmental groups want ruling on coal ash water pollution

Apr. 19, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee environmental groups are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether the federal Clean Water Act applies to pollution from a coal ash dump. The groups sued to force the Tennessee Valley Authority to clean up coal ash pits at its Gallatin Fossil Plant. Court...

Virginia to lower carbon emissions from power plants

Apr. 19, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators have passed a rule requiring a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from power plants in the next decade. The Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board approved the new rule Friday. The Department of Environmental Resources says Virginia is the 12th state in...

Wisconsin DNR corrects vote totals on CWD bounties program

Apr. 19, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Corrected results from a survey of outdoor enthusiasts still show broad support for reviving a program to offer bounties for deer carcasses infected with chronic wasting disease. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Thursday revised totals from a survey of the Wisconsin...

Burn ban in place at popular Bismarck-area recreation site

Apr. 19, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Open burning is once again being banned in a heavily wooded recreation area along the Missouri River south of Bismarck-Mandan. The Oahe (oh-AW'-hee) Wildlife Management Area is prone to wildfires when it's dry and before the spring green-up. Early spring burning bans aren't unusual....

Colorado to use Volkswagen settlement to purchase new buses

Apr. 18, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado will use part of an emissions scandal settlement to replace 28 diesel buses with electric or cleaner-burning vehicles. The Denver Post reports the state will provide around $14 million in grants to six transit agencies from the $68.7 million the state received from Volkswagen of...

Outdoor enthusiasts support CWD bounties program

Apr. 17, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials should again offer bounties for deer carcasses infected with chronic wasting disease as the ailment continues to sweep unabated across the state, two-thirds of outdoor enthusiasts who responded to a survey last month said. The Wisconsin Conservation...

Coal project near Bryce Canyon National Park draws lawsuit

Apr. 16, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Environmental organizations are suing the Trump administration over the approval a coal-mining project near a national park in southern Utah. A coalition of groups including the National Parks Conservation Association filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Utah. They argue that...

Montana court blocks drilling north of Yellowstone

Apr. 16, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has blocked an exploratory gold mining project on private land in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that the ruling by Park County District Judge Brenda Gilbert invalidated the Montana Department of Environmental...