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Massachusetts eyeing more renewable energy-friendly future

Feb. 16, 2019 11:39 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — With steps big and small, Massachusetts is moving toward a more environmentally friendly future in which the state will rely increasingly on renewable energy. One step came this week when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced more than $500,000 in funding for what he described as eight...

North Dakota Senate passes pipeline tampering bill

Feb. 15, 2019 4:57 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Senate has passed a bill that better defines the legal consequences for people who tamper with pipelines and any groups that help them. The measure passed 42-3 on Friday. Republican Sen. Janne Myrdal of Edinburg sponsored the bill that was inspired by environmental...

Illinois Democrats ask Evers to review Foxconn plant impact

Feb. 15, 2019 1:56 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Illinois congressional Democrats have asked Wisconsin's new Democratic governor to re-evaluate the environmental impact of a sprawling plant that Foxconn Technology Group plans to build near the states' border, saying they are concerned it could exacerbate flooding in Chicago's...

Environmental groups sue Maui over replacement streetlights

Feb. 15, 2019 9:41 AM EST

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Two environmental groups are suing Maui officials over plans to replace about 4,800 streetlights with LED fixtures, claiming the new lights would threaten seabirds and sea turtles. Environmental law organization Earthjustice filed the lawsuit this week on behalf of the Hawaii...

Committee advances governor's final cabinet nominee

Feb. 15, 2019 12:39 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative committee is backing the Maine governor's pick to lead the state's department that oversees agriculture. The Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on Thursday unanimously voted to advance Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' nomination...

Late Rep. John Dingell celebrated as 'a world-class doer'

Feb. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Rep. John Dingell was remembered Thursday as "one of the greats" and "a world-class doer" as lawmakers, longtime colleagues and a former president hailed his record-breaking service in the House. Dingell, who died last week at 92, served 59 years in Congress, longer than anyone...

EPA too slow on limiting toxic chemicals, critics say

Feb. 14, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water around the country. Environmentalists, congressional Democrats and state officials countered that the agency wasn't moving...

Michigan lawmakers block Whitmer order in rare move

Feb. 14, 2019 3:11 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Thursday blocked Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's bid to restructure the state environmental agency — the first time the full Legislature has rejected a gubernatorial executive order since 1977. The GOP-led Senate voted 22-16 against the order along...

The Latest: Environmentalists criticize water pollution plan

Feb. 14, 2019 1:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan for dealing with long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Environmental groups are criticizing the Trump administration's plan for dealing with highly toxic chemicals in drinking water, saying it's too...

Legislation urges federal agency to work on steelhead permit

Feb. 14, 2019 12:13 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation has been introduced to urge federal officials to complete work on a permit requested by Idaho to make sure the state can open a steelhead fishing season this fall. The House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday unanimously sent to the full House the legislation requesting...