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Groups sue federal EPA to rescind Florida wetlands authority

Jan. 14, 2021 5:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Environmental groups filed suit in federal court Thursday to undo a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month that handed Florida officials primary regulatory authority over the state's wetlands. The groups contend that the decision could further destroy the...

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....

US agency OKs 2 Colorado drilling projects, to study others

Jan. 7, 2021 6:27 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has approved two drilling projects in Colorado for a second time after considering a court-ordered greenhouse gas assessment of their environmental effects. The two upper North Fork Valley drilling projects will total up to 226 wells and...

George Whitmore, one of the three men on the first team to climb El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, is seen on a hike to Taft Point with El Capitan in the background across Yosemite Valley on May 26, 2016. Whitmore, a member of the first team of climbers to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and a conservationist who devoted his life to protecting the Sierra Nevada, has died. He was 89. Whitmore died on New Year's Day from complications caused by COVID-19, said his wife, Nancy. She said Whitmore, a cancer survivor, was extremely careful about wearing a mask and family don't know where he contracted the virus. (Eric Paul Zamora/Fresno Bee via AP)

George Whitmore, legendary climber of El Capitan, dies at 89

Jan. 4, 2021 10:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — George Whitmore, a member of the first team of climbers to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and a conservationist who devoted his life to protecting the Sierra Nevada, has died. He was 89. Whitmore died on New Year’s Day from complications caused by COVID-19, said his...

1st Circuit asked to stop hydropower corridor construction

Dec. 31, 2020 8:54 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of a 145-mile electricity transmission corridor aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England grid are asking a federal appeals court to delay construction set to begin in January. Denied a preliminary injunction by a federal judge last week in Maine, three conservation...

Pipeline opponents sue to shut down Minnesota construction

Dec. 28, 2020 3:57 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents of a pipeline project that crosses three states have asked a federal court to halt construction in Minnesota on allegations that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to address several environmental issues when it approved a water quality permit. Two Minnesota Ojibwe bands and...

Colorado air regulators backtrack on closing 3 coal plants

Dec. 18, 2020 2:44 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado air regulators have backtracked on a plan to close three coal plants by 2029, a move that has left environmental groups disappointed. The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission made its unanimous decision Wednesday to reverse plans after lobbying from utility companies. Commissioner...

Judge declines to stop $1B power line in western Maine

Dec. 17, 2020 9:35 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge declined to intervene to stop construction of a 145-mile (230-kilometer) electricity transmission corridor aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England grid. Three conservation groups sought the preliminary injunction to allow them time to argue for a more...

Conservationists sue feds over lack of wolverine protections

Dec. 14, 2020 6:21 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to withhold Endangered Species Act protection from wolverines in the lower 48 states, where no more than 300 of the animals are thought to remain. The groups said wolverines...

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...