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Barge bound for Alaska runs aground in British Columbia

Nov. 12, 2019 11:42 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — No injuries were reported and there was no marine pollution when a barge headed to Alaska was grounded near Vancouver Island. The Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday that the Nana Provider owned by Alaska Marine Lines ran aground on Quadra Island around 8 p.m. Saturday. The barge...

Teen climate activist is leaving US, setting sail for Spain

Nov. 12, 2019 8:50 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg will leave North America and begin her return trip across the Atlantic on Wednesday aboard a 48-foot (15-meter) catamaran sailboat whose passengers include an 11-month-old baby. The boat leaves little to no carbon footprint, boasting solar...

Correction: NV Energy-Fire Specialist story

Nov. 12, 2019 7:49 PM EST

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — In a story Nov. 11 about utility company NV Energy hiring a fire mitigation specialist, The Associated Press erroneously reported the title of the official who made the announcement. He is Senior Vice President Kevin Geraghty. A corrected version of the story is below: NV...

Virginians are recycling more of their trash

Nov. 12, 2019 7:39 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia recycled almost half of its trash last year, setting a record despite China's ban on importing plastic and other solid waste. The statewide recycling rate in 2018 was 46% — up 3 percentage points from the previous year, according to data released this week by the...

Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

Nov. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world's biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state...

Officials to seek input ways to regulate Madison River use

Nov. 12, 2019 6:34 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials on Tuesday decided to seek public input on several suggestions for easing crowding on the scenic Madison River. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission rejected petitions to limit guiding, bar boats from wade-only sections and limit overall angling use, saying none...

Tribe to argue against expansion of Dakota Access pipeline

Nov. 12, 2019 5:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members have long maintained that a leak in the Dakota Access oil pipeline would threaten their Missouri River water supply, and on Wednesday they will argue that a new proposal to double the line's capacity magnifies the probability of a disastrous oil...

Grizzly bear killed after becoming habituated to human food

Nov. 12, 2019 5:07 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials have euthanized a male grizzly bear after it broke into a garage and fed on a harvested elk. The Flathead Beacon reports that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks captured the bear Nov. 10 on private property near Libby and consulted with U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Louisiana building 4 new artificial reefs

Nov. 12, 2019 4:44 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are creating four artificial reefs in Lake Borgne and the Mississippi Sound. Spokesman Rene LeBreton says contractors have put down a total of 880 tons (800 metric tons) of limestone. Next,...

Company's bid to use groundwater for nuclear plant denied

Nov. 12, 2019 3:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona water regulators have rejected an application by an electric company to use groundwater to cool the nuclear power plant west of Phoenix because the water is being used by nearby residents, officials said. The state Department of Water Resources denied the request from Arizona Public...