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Long-running coal plant on Navajo Nation stops production

Nov. 18, 2019 11:21 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A massive coal-fired power plant that served customers in the West for nearly 50 years shut down Monday, the latest closure in a shift away from coal and toward renewable energy and cheaper power. The Navajo Generating Station near the Arizona-Utah line was expected to shutter by...

Remains found in Nebraska linked to Missouri killings

Nov. 18, 2019 8:02 PM EST

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Human remains discovered in a Nebraska stock trailer appear to be from one of two Wisconsin brothers who were fatally shot by a Missouri farmer, authorities said Monday. The Lincoln County sheriff’s office in North Platte, Nebraska, announced that a local rancher found the...

Mine waste gift bags pulled from shelves amid EPA warning

Nov. 18, 2019 6:53 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental regulators have put a halt to a Montana business association’s sale of sandwich bags of mining waste advertised as a “Bag O’Slag.” Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing the Superfund site cleanup of pollution from nearly a...

Kansas distillery pleads guilty to Clean Air Act violation

Nov. 18, 2019 6:28 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A distillery could be fined up to $1 million for a chlorine gas cloud that lingered over a city in northeastern Kansas in 2016. Federal prosecutors say MGP Ingredients pleaded guilty Monday to negligently violating the federal Clean Air Act, a misdemeanor. In October 2016, a chlorine...

Brazil says Amazon deforestation is worst since 2008

Nov. 18, 2019 5:29 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its worst in more than a decade, a government report said Monday, undermining officials’ claims that concerns by environmentalists have been overblown. Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square...

Pennsylvania families demand investigation into rare cancers

Nov. 18, 2019 5:17 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The families of young people diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer confronted Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday over what they called his administration’s insufficient response to a health crisis they blame on pollution from the shale gas industry. Dozens of children and...

More than 200 students prepare climate change resolution

Nov. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than 200 students in Vermont ranging from elementary school to college plan to present a resolution to legislators calling on them to address climate change. The students met at the Statehouse on Sunday for the very first Youth Climate Congress. Their resolution calls for goals...

GAO: 60% of Superfund sites at higher risk in climate change

Nov. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The worsening wildfires, floods and hurricanes of climate change threaten at least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites, and efforts to strengthen the hazardous waste sites are stalling in some vulnerable regions as the Trump administration plays down the threat, a congressional watchdog agency...

Land affected by Keystone pipeline leak bigger than thought

Nov. 18, 2019 2:31 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has turned out to have affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported, a state regulator said Monday. North Dakota environmental scientist Bill Suess said the leak reported on Oct. 29 is now estimated...

Federal court: Tribal water rights outrank farmers’ rights

Nov. 18, 2019 2:15 PM EST

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A federal appeals court has found that the water rights of Klamath Basin tribes take priority over those of farmers who sued the federal government in 2001 for reducing their irrigation water supply after a dry year. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...