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Environmental allies of NJ governor say he should do more

Apr. 22, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy needs to do more to make good on promises to help the environment, a group of environmental groups — many of which endorsed him — said Monday. Nine groups accused the first-term governor and the Democrat-led Legislature of not moving...

Agroforester harvests berries, mushrooms, honey in woods

Apr. 21, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Willie Huston's house overlooks a lush landscape. His kitchen is littered with various books on plants, fungi and conservation ecology, and a milk jug full of Spencer's Coffee grounds, fluffy white mycelia and young mushrooms. Outside, a Siberian husky mix named Oli shifts between...

EPA declines to revoke Iowa water quality enforcement powers

Apr. 10, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a petition filed by environmental groups that asked the agency to withdraw the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' authority to manage a program designed to limit water pollution. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, the...

Conservation groups want ATVs banned in NY's Adirondacks

Apr. 8, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups say New York state must do more to address the impact of all-terrain vehicles in the Adirondacks. The group, which includes organizations such as the Adirondack Council and the Sierra Club, published a report Monday detailing the impact ATVs have on...

ACLU seeks to stop Trump on border wall funding

Apr. 5, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday asked a judge in California to block the Trump administration from building a border wall using funds obtained through his national emergency declaration. The court papers say President Donald Trump has overstepped his executive powers by...

Environmental groups criticize state's river pollution deal

Apr. 3, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — PPG Industries Inc. is agreeing to pay $1.2 million and treat polluted water seeping into the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania from a long-closed waste site, although environmental organizations called it a "slap on the wrist." Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection and...

Lawsuit announced to challenge open-pit Arizona copper mine

Mar. 27, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Environmental groups on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning a key permit for a proposed open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona challenges a clean water permit issued for the Rosemont Copper Mine in the Santa Rita...

EPA critical of some elements of Missouri coal ash plan

Mar. 24, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal regulators say Missouri's plan to oversee the disposal of toxic waste from coal-fired power plants fails to adequately protect human health and the environment. St. Louis Public Radio reports that the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter to the Missouri...

California to waive environmental rules for fire season prep

Mar. 22, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader. "The increasing...

Residents fret about chemical plant fire, despite assurances

Mar. 21, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Kristin Crump and her two kids put damp cloths over their mouths on Thursday for the short walk from their suburban Houston front door to their car, defying an order to remain inside because of dangerous fumes coming from burned-out petrochemical tanks a couple of miles away. For the second...