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Hearing held to discuss climate action bill

Jan. 23, 2020 12:00 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire House committee has held the first hearing for a bill to create a plan to reduce emissions statewide. The House Science, Technology and Energy Committee met to discuss how the state could lower greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to 80% below the levels of 1990, New...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Trump aims to remove waterway protections, aiding developers

Jan. 23, 2020 11:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration appears ready to move ahead with its plan to remove protections for some of the nation's millions of miles of streams, wetlands and arroyos, completing one of its most far-reaching environmental rollbacks. The changes, promised by President Donald Trump in his...

Nevada man sentenced for trafficking in endangered species

Jan. 23, 2020 12:38 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 51-year-old Nevada man who admitted illegally trafficking endangered African lion and leopard parts has been ordered to serve a total of 60 days in federal custody and complete 100 hours of community service for a wildlife conservation group. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones...

Lawmaker proposes wolf-free zones in southern Idaho

Jan. 22, 2020 6:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some areas in Idaho would be declared wolf-free zones, and other areas where the animals have killed livestock would have increased wolf-killing opportunities under legislation proposed Wednesday. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted to clear the way for a hearing on the...

Florida lawmakers advance fight against blue-green algae

Jan. 22, 2020 5:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The scum of blue-green algae was so thick and invasive in Florida two years ago that it suffocated fish by the thousands. Birds dropped dead. And people stayed out of the water. Offshore, a toxic swarm of rust-colored flecks known as red tide killed manatees, dolphins, sea turtles...

DNR board to gauge reaction to deer hunt changes

Jan. 22, 2020 3:09 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials agreed Wednesday to ask gun deer hunters this spring whether they would support wholesale changes to the sport, including tacking another 10 days onto the state's traditional nine-day season in November. Hunters killed dramatically fewer deer during the...

Board authorizes DNR to begin drafting water standards

Jan. 22, 2020 2:40 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The board of the state Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday authorized the agency to start drafting new water quality standards for a range of pollutants, including PFAS. Gov. Tony Evers directed the DNR to develop the regulations last year as part of his Year of Clean Drinking...

Colorado energy company to pay $3.5M in air pollution case

Jan. 22, 2020 12:13 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Federal and state authorities reached a $3.5 million settlement with a Colorado energy company to resolve alleged violations of air quality laws, officials said. Denver-based oil and gas producer KP Kauffman Company Inc. has agreed to pay $1 million and spend $2.5 million more improving...

Petition seeks federal protections for Rio Grande fish

Jan. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists are asking federal wildlife managers to used the Endangered Species Act to protect a fish found only in the Rio Grande in Texas and the Pecos River in New Mexico. WildEarth Guardians filed the petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday, saying it...

Virginia Senate panel OKs offshore drilling, fracking bans

Jan. 21, 2020 7:33 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday advanced measures that would ban offshore drilling as well as hydraulic fracturing in much of eastern Virginia. Similar versions of both measures have been proposed in previous years but died in what was then a Republican-controlled General...