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Judge to rule if coal ash cleanup can be paid by power bills

Nov. 24, 2020 9:56 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia judge is considering arguments in a case challenging whether customers should have to pay to clean up Georgia Power Co.'s coal ash ponds. The Sierra Club has sued, challenging the decision by the state Public Service Commission last year to require customers to pay the $525 million...

FILE - In this June 29, 2018 photo, tanks stand at the Enbridge Energy terminal in Superior, Wis.Minnesota utility regulators reaffirmed their support Thursday, June 25, 2020, for Enbridge’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 to reject petitions for reconsideration filed by several Ojibwe bands, environmental groups and the state Commerce Department. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Army Corps of Engineers grants final federal Line 3 permit

Nov. 23, 2020 6:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday approved the final federal permit for Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, bringing the project a step closer to construction. In a release from its St. Paul office, the Corps said it...

New Jersey expands artificial reefs with concrete forms

Nov. 23, 2020 11:11 AM EST

MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has expanded its offshore artificial reef program by dumping concrete forms into the ocean off Manasquan. The material came from a shipping terminal in northern New Jersey and was no longer needed. The state has numerous man-made reefs off its coast consisting of...

Wisconsin high school students take aim at light pollution

Nov. 23, 2020 1:01 AM EST

WILLIAMS BAY, Wis. (AP) — Joe Murphy and Melynna Arreola-Quiroga are concerned about how light pollution affects human health, animals and boating safety. The Badger High School students are part of a small group of Walworth County teens working to defend the night sky. More than a year ago, they joined...

Ecologist leads projects to protect, preserve the Eel River

Nov. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

DENVER, Ind. (AP) — Over the last eight years, the Eel River in northern Miami County has undergone a stunning transformation. Four low-head dams have been removed, making the river safer than ever before for paddlers. Fish and other aquatic animals are thriving that haven’t lived in the stream in...

Montana Supreme Court blocks permit for proposed copper mine

Nov. 19, 2020 2:49 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed silver and copper mine must seek new permission from the state to continue pursuing a mineral deposit near Libby. The four-member majority led by Justice Ingrid Gustafson released the decision Tuesday saying the Montanore project...

Pittsburgh agency admits pumping sludge into Allegheny River

Nov. 19, 2020 7:22 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has admitted violating the Clean Water Act when workers illegally pumped sludge into the Allegheny River between 2010 and 2017. The authority on Wednesday pleaded guilty to federal charges, including falsifying written reports to the Environmental...

FILE - In this March 21, 2016, file photo, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says a proposed $600 million deal between the state of Michigan and Flint residents harmed by lead-tainted water is a step toward making amends. Officials announced the settlement Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, which must be approved by a federal judge. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Flint water lawsuit settlement now totals about $641 million

Nov. 17, 2020 10:50 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of residents of Flint, Michigan, who were harmed by lead-tainted water now totals about $641 million, officials revealed Tuesday. The lawsuit was the result of workers following state environmental officials’ advice not to...

Most of advisory group quits over permit for Line 3 pipeline

Nov. 17, 2020 7:22 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Twelve of 17 members of a group that advises the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on environmental justice issues have resigned over a permit for the controversial Enbridge Energy oil replacement project. The Environmental Justice Advisory Group delivered the letter Monday in...

Company plans to resume exploration at Alaska mine site

Nov. 17, 2020 1:36 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Canadian mining company plans to resume exploration efforts on southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island as part of a project seeking copper, gold, silver and zinc. Heatherdale Resources plans to resume work at the Niblack Project site this month following a reshuffling of...