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New Jersey sues Ford over mining that tainted tribal land

Jun. 16, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

RINGWOOD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey officials sued Ford Motor Co. on Thursday, alleging that the automaker contaminated the ancestral homeland of a Native American tribe by dumping paint sludge and other pollutants into a former mine. The action in state court seeks unspecified...

Forest Service, Nez Perce Tribe sign deal on Idaho forests

Jun. 16, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Nez Perce Tribe and U.S. Forest Service have signed an agreement allowing the two to team up on projects in the 6,250-square-mile (16,000-square-kilometer) Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests in north-central Idaho. The Forest Service said Wednesday that...

Inslee: Feds need to increase nuclear waste cleanup funds

Jun. 02, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has recently criticized the slow pace of cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, toured the former nuclear weapons production site on Thursday and said more federal money is needed to finish the job. Hanford created more...

Security concerns, lack of support stall Africa's Green Wall

May. 23, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A series of complex challenges, including a lack of funding and political will as well as rising insecurity linked to extremist groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Burkina Faso, are obstructing progress on Africa's Great Green Wall, according to experts...

Brownfield cleanup projects coming to Maine communities

May. 22, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Communities in Maine are going to use more than $24 million in federal money to help clean up contaminated former industrial sites around the state. The money is from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It will pay for assessments and site cleanups in...

WVa gets more federal funding for abandoned mine cleanup

May. 18, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will receive an additional $27 million in federal funding for abandoned coal mine cleanup. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Tuesday from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. The office's...

Armenia detains 180 protesters calling on Pashinyan to quit

May. 02, 2022 07:19 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Police in Armenia's capital on Monday detained 180 anti-government demonstrators that were blocking streets to protest against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Protests demanding that Pashinyan step down reignited in Armenia last month, after he spoke in the...

Jordan's restoration efforts push back on degrading land

Apr. 27, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

SABHA, Jordan (AP) — Efforts to restore damaged but once fertile land in Jordan's desert are sprouting hope for one of the world’s most water-scarce nations, as a land assessment report Wednesday warned of the growing scale of global degradation. Local organizations believe...

Climate progress remains elusive for Biden on Earth Day

Apr. 22, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — With a backdrop of flowering trees, it was a setting fit for the signing of major environmental legislation. Even Seattle’s notorious clouds parted as President Joe Biden stepped up to speak Friday. But when he sat down at a small desk with the presidential seal...

California leads effort to let rivers roam, lower flood risk

Apr. 19, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Between vast almond orchards and dairy pastures in the heart of California’s farm country sits a property being redesigned to look like it did 150 years ago, before levees restricted the flow of rivers that weave across the landscape. The 2,100 acres (1,100...