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Court offers mixed views on water permit for Minnesota mine

Jan. 24, 2022 18:02 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota appeals court on Monday issued a mixed opinion in a complicated case contesting one of the key permits that a St. Paul-based company needs to build what would be the state’s first copper-nickel mine. The Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed a...

Justices to weigh limits on reach of Clean Water Act

Jan. 24, 2022 15:10 PM EST

The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider reining in federal regulation of private property under the nation's main anti-water pollution law, the Clean Water Act. The justices agreed to hear a business-backed appeal from Chantell and Michael Sackett, who have wanted to build a...

South Carolina governor considering plastic recycling bill

Jan. 23, 2022 09:55 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is considering whether to sign into law a bill that would make it easier for businesses that recycle plastic by melting it to open in the state. The bill passed both chambers of the General Assembly on Thursday after a group...

Los Angeles weighs phasing out oil and gas drilling

Jan. 21, 2022 13:57 PM EST

The University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles has a lot in common with urban areas across the U.S.: A dense population with lots of businesses and housing. A cluster of car dealerships. A row of restaurants. Schools and a community center. But nestled in the predominantly Latino...

German leader champions new tack on climate at Davos event

Jan. 19, 2022 16:01 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — New German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Wednesday for a “paradigm shift” in the way the world approaches climate policy, saying his country would leverage its presidency of the Group of Seven industrial nations this year to push for standards to fight global warming. ...

Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

Jan. 15, 2022 11:37 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty air. Democratic...

Tightened federal water protections won't slow some projects

Jan. 14, 2022 17:22 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to tighten oversight of projects that benefitted from Trump-era loosened water protections, but some projects including a controversial Georgia mine will likely be able to escape new scrutiny. It’s the latest twist in a...

Citing environmental justice, Murphy halts power plant vote

Jan. 13, 2022 13:25 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy directed a sewage treatment facility to cancel a vote Thursday on a backup power plant after Newark residents complained that it would violate a law intended to keep minority communities from being overburdened with pollution. The...

EPA moves to crack down on dangerous coal ash storage ponds

Jan. 11, 2022 21:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first major action to address toxic wastewater from coal-burning power plants, ordering utilities to stop dumping waste into unlined storage ponds and speed up plans to close leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash sites. ...

Former Navajo president receives lifetime achievement award

Jan. 11, 2022 21:14 PM EST

TWIN ARROWS, Ariz. (AP) — Peterson Zah has never claimed to be an extraordinary Navajo, just a Navajo with extraordinary experiences. Those who gathered Tuesday to honor the former Navajo chairman and president at a tribal casino east of Flagstaff disagreed. They said Zah has...