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FILE - This June 15, 2015, file photo shows in the distance, part of the Resolution Copper Mining land-swap project in Superior, Ariz. A group of Apaches who have tried for years to reverse a land swap in Arizona that will make way for one of the largest and deepest copper mines in the U.S. sued the federal government Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Apache Stronghold argues in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Arizona that the U.S. Forest Service cannot legally transfer land to international mining company Rio Tinto in exchange for eight parcels the company owns around Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Apaches object to Forest Service review of huge copper mine

Jan. 15, 2021 5:36 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service released an environmental review Friday that paves the way for the creation of one of the largest copper mines in the United States, against the wishes of a group of Apaches who have been trying for years to stop the project. The Forest Service now has 60...

Environmentalists move toward lawsuit over fuel break plan

Jan. 13, 2021 9:19 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S government to block plans to build up to 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) of fuel breaks they contend would violate the Endangered Species Act in a misguided effort to slow the advance of wildfires in six Western states....

Federal agency approves pipeline path through forest

Jan. 13, 2021 12:40 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s proposed route through part of the Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia and Virginia. The decision this week came after an environmental impact statement from the Forest Service last month supported...

Maine reviewing federal dredging project in Blue Hill area

Jan. 10, 2021 4:50 PM EST

BLUE HILL, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine are collecting public comments about the potential impact to the fishing industry of a proposed federal dredging project in the Blue Hill area. The Army Corp of Engineers and town of Blue Hill want to create a federal navigation channel in Blue Hill Harbor. It...

Environmental impact statement posted for new Aloha Stadium

Dec. 26, 2020 4:06 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A new draft environmental impact statement has been released for a potential new Aloha Stadium after current venue officials halted the scheduling of new events. The posting of the draft statement on Wednesday represents a significant step toward constructing a replacement for the...

FILE - In this May 11, 2015, file photo, Colt Killian, left, and Rob Cox manipulate radioactive material remotely behind a protective barrier at the Hot Fuel Examination Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho. Idaho is the top choice for the first new nuclear test reactor in the U.S. in decades. The U.S. Department of Energy on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, released a draft environmental impact statement saying the Idaho National Laboratory is its preferred site for the proposed Versatile Test Reactor. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Energy Department: Idaho top choice for new test reactor

Dec. 21, 2020 4:17 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is the top choice for the first new nuclear test reactor in the country in decades, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday. The agency released a draft environmental impact statement naming the Idaho National Laboratory as its preferred site for the proposed Versatile Test...

Oil well plan for North Dakota grassland frustrates some

Dec. 21, 2020 9:05 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A plan that designates where oil wells can be built within the Little Missouri National Grassland is frustrating conservationists, who say it allows wells near roads in certain pristine areas where new roads generally are not allowed to be built. The plan by the U.S. Forest Service...

Review deadline changed for Arizona mining project

Dec. 15, 2020 3:07 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has moved up the deadline to complete its review of the Resolution Copper mine east of Phoenix to the end of the year, accelerating the project before President Donald Trump leaves office. The Tonto National Forest, where the mine would be located, must now submit a...

FILE - In this March 17, 2019, aerial file photo, backwater flooding covers stretches of farm land near Yazoo City, Miss. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued another report Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, favoring agribusinesses over environmentalists in a decades-long battle over a massive flood control project in the south Mississippi Delta. Federally funded flood control for the Yazoo Backwater Area has been debated for decades. (AP Photo/Holbrook Mohr, File)

Army Corps report supports Mississippi flood-control pumps

Dec. 11, 2020 1:57 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued another report Friday favoring agribusinesses over environmentalists in a decades-long battle over a massive flood control project in the south Mississippi Delta. The Corps published a final supplement to a draft environmental impact statement...

Tribes sue to stop Idaho land swap amid pollution concerns

Dec. 9, 2020 3:31 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A land exchange between the U.S. and an Idaho agribusiness will expand a giant toxic waste pile next to tribal land and harm tribal members, an eastern Idaho tribe said in a lawsuit. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in the lawsuit filed in federal court Friday seek to block the land exchange...