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Water users appeal ruling on central Idaho water diversions

Jan. 16, 2020 12:20 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of water users on Wednesday appealed a federal court decision ordering the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout....

Environmental groups challenge plastics complex permit

Jan. 15, 2020 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation and community groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging environmental permits for a Taiwan company's planned $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington accuses the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to...

Water company pleads guilty to hazardous waste violations

Jan. 9, 2020 10:23 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste and agreed to a $5 million fine, federal prosecutors said. The waste was produced by filtering arsenic out of Sierra Nevada spring water at CG...

Missouri city sues, alleging dairy contaminated river

Jan. 6, 2020 1:26 PM EST

CABOOL, Mo. (AP) — A southern Missouri city alleges in a lawsuit that a Dairy Farmers of America plant is regularly releasing untreated wastewater into a river. Cabool is seeking $1.2 million in reimbursement, claiming in the suit that it has to spend more money with its own wastewater treatment to address...

Duke Energy agrees to remove coal ash in North Carolina

Jan. 2, 2020 9:56 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state of North Carolina says it has secured an agreement with Duke Energy to excavate nearly 80 million tons (72.5 million metric tons) of coal ash at six facilities. The Department of Environmental Quality said in a Thursday press release that it will be the largest coal ash...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks during a rally at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Kaul's first year in office was a mixed bag of big wins and frustrating defeats for the Democrat. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP File)

Kaul scores wins, clashes with GOP during first year

Dec. 31, 2019 2:09 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul’s first year in office was a mixed bag of resounding victories and frustrating defeats. He made plenty of moves to please his base but ran afoul of Republican lawmakers before his first day on the job. Here’s a look back at the rookie...

Lawsuit: Sewage could pollute Memphis area if deal ends

Dec. 31, 2019 8:45 AM EST

The ground and water in some northern Mississippi communities could become polluted if nearby Memphis pulls out of a decadeslong agreement to treat the area's sewage, the suburban water officials say in a federal lawsuit. In the newly filed suit, the Mississippi sewer district that serves thousands of customers...

FILE -- In this Friday, April 26, 2019 file photo photo, African elephants Thika, left, and Mara walk through the Performing Animals Welfare Society's ARK 2000 Sanctuary near San Andreas, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law to take effect in 2020 banning most animals from circuses. The law exempts rodeos and does not apply to domesticated dogs, cats and horses. California is now the third state to enact such a ban, joining New Jersey and Hawaii (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

New California laws help animals, fire victims, immigrants

Dec. 29, 2019 11:37 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of new California laws take effect with the start of the new year, including measures stemming from the devastating wildfires that have swept the state. Others address animal rights, criminal justice, businesses and health care. Among them: ___ WILDFIRES — In a...

Indiana's worst environmental disaster, 20 years later

Dec. 28, 2019 12:02 AM EST

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Twenty years later, Jim Hensley still remembers that call. The longtime machinist was sitting in the shop of the Guide Corp. plant in Anderson, which was then one of the country’s largest manufacturers of headlights and taillights for cars. Hensley was tinkering with pumps and...

FILE - In this Monday, May 2, 2016 file photo, Two alligators lounge on the end of the 16th green during the final round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. A federal judge in California has temporarily blocked a California law banning the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products and has scheduled an April hearing on Louisiana's lawsuit against the law. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 that it's a first step toward protecting the state alligator industry. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge blocks California's alligator ban after Louisiana sues

Dec. 27, 2019 6:41 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked a California law banning the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller also scheduled an April 24 hearing on Louisiana's request for a longer-lasting order called a preliminary injunction. ...