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22 farmers arrested in India for causing air pollution

Nov. 20, 2019 6:31 AM EST

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Twenty-two farmers were arrested in northern India on Wednesday for setting fires to clear their fields and contributing to some of the worst air pollution in the country, a government official said. Those arrested in Uttar Pradesh state’s Pilibhit district face charges of...

California puts brakes on fracking permits in oil crackdown

Nov. 19, 2019 6:25 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom cracked down on oil producers Tuesday, halting approval of hundreds of fracking permits until independent scientists can review them and temporarily banning new wells using another drilling method that regulators believe is linked to one of the largest...

Court: Company must pay for toxic waste on Idaho tribal land

Nov. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has ruled that a Philadelphia-based agribusiness company that left millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal land in Idaho must pay the tribes nearly $20 million plus $1.5 million annually. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a lower court ruling...

Judge orders search of agency computers in PolyMet challenge

Nov. 19, 2019 5:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a forensic search of computers used by three former top officials at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as part of an investigation into whether they sought to suppress concerns by federal regulators about pollution risks from the proposed PolyMet...

Michigan officials seek public tips in elk poaching case

Nov. 19, 2019 4:30 PM EST

VANDERBILT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan conservation officers are asking the public to help track down the person who killed a bull elk in the Pigeon River State Forest. The Department of Natural Resources says a large elk carcass was found in Otsego County, east of Vanderbilt. Officers say the animal probably...

Washington state refinery oil spill cleanup complete

Nov. 19, 2019 3:51 PM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Officials from a spill response team have announced that cleanup of refinery oil in Washington state was completed Sunday. The Skagit-Valley Herald reported Monday that the Shell Puget Sound Refinery spill was reported Friday during the transfer of crude oil from Alaska’s...

Lawsuit filed to stop big US Forest Service project in Idaho

Nov. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is ignoring a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling by restarting a giant forest project in Idaho, say environmental groups that have filed another lawsuit seeking to stop the project a second time. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the other groups filed...

Ann Arbor votes to kill up to 150 deer due to overpopulation

Nov. 19, 2019 11:48 AM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ann Arbor is aiming at 150 more deer. The city council approved a plan to kill deer that are living in parks and natural areas and on some private land. Nearly 400 have been killed since hunters were hired in 2016. The Ann Arbor News says the next hunt will start in January after a...

Doubts cast on easyJet plan to be net-zero emissions airline

Nov. 19, 2019 11:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — European budget airline easyJet said Tuesday it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting climate-warming emissions from the fuel used on every flight. Climate experts, however, warn that such efforts are stopgap measures at best and that, with few...

DNR rejects Johnson Controls plan to oversee pollution tests

Nov. 19, 2019 10:17 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is rejecting a plan from a unit of Johnson Controls International that calls for the agency rather than the company to determine the extent of pollution from firefighting foam around Marinette. Tyco Fire Products, a unit of Johnson Controls, has...