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Senate leader Courtney says he's sticking around

Jul. 21, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney says he has no plans to step aside, despite a bruising legislative session that saw two walkouts by Republicans and criticism from some of his fellow majority Democrats about the Legislature's failure to pass a climate change bill and other...

Bees are dying. Would a consumer ban on a pesticide help?

Jul. 21, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — If you find yourself sipping a cold brew with a piece of watermelon in your hand this summer, you can thank the bees for making that snack possible. Bees pollinate almost three-quarters of the 100 crop species that provide 90 percent of the world's food supply, say advocates working on...

Appeals court upholds Trump move to drop mine pollution rule

Jul. 19, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel sided with the Trump administration Friday in a mining pollution dispute, ruling that state and federal programs already in place ensure that companies take financial responsibility for future cleanups. The ruling came after the administration was sued by...

Pipe spills oilfield wastewater on pastureland near Epping

Jul. 19, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Health Department says more than 12,000 gallons of oilfield wastewater has spilled from a pipeline in Williams County, impacting an unknown amount of pastureland. State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) says the pipeline operator, Polar Midstream LLC, reported...

EPA rejects challenge of pesticide linked to brain damage

Jul. 18, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency rejected a key legal challenge Thursday to a pesticide linked to brain damage in children, saying environmental groups had failed to prove that a ban was warranted. The agency's defense of continued use of the widely used bug-killer chlorpyrifos could...

New Hampshire sets tough drinking water standards for PFAS

Jul. 18, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has voted to put into place some of the country's toughest drinking water standards for a class of toxic chemicals that were once used in everything from firefighting foam to nonstick cookware but are now raising health concerns. A joint legislative committee Thursday...

New York's climate plan will drive big changes, if it works

Jul. 18, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation's most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to drive...

Ozone pollution advisory issued Thursday for metro Phoenix

Jul. 18, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — For the third time in eight days, environmental regulators have issued an ozone pollution advisory for metro Phoenix. The advisory was issued because the Phoenix area is expected to exceed the federal health standard for air quality on Thursday. Ozone pollution advisories also were issued on...

Sterigenics to reopen plant after adding emission equipment

Jul. 17, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The operator of a closed suburban Chicago plant where medical instruments were sterilized with a cancer-causing chemical has reached an agreement with the state of Illinois that will allow the plant to reopen, both sides announced Wednesday. Attorney General Kwame Raoul and DuPage County...

California Editorial Rdp

Jul. 17, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

July 15 Mercury News & East Bay Times on legislation creating smog-check program for trucks and buses: The honesty system often doesn't work. That's why California lawmakers should implement a smog-check program for heavy-duty trucks and buses like we already have for cars. Without loopholes. And without...