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FILE - In this March 31, 2017, file photo, water flows through one of the irrigation canals in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has long talked about the importance of water to the arid state, even campaigning on the idea of creating a 50-year plan to guide management of the finite resource. Her administration is now asking lawmakers for more money and manpower to start what some experts say will be a multiyear endeavor. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Governor: New Mexico needs realistic, sustainable water plan

Jan. 27, 2020 7:01 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has long talked about the importance of water to the arid state, even campaigning on the idea of creating a 50-year plan to guide management of the finite resource. Her administration is now asking lawmakers for more money and manpower to...

US lawmakers want answers about Idaho gold mine process

Jan. 27, 2020 6:14 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers who oversee appropriations for the U.S. Forest Service on Monday sent a letter requesting the agency revoke its decision allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho. Democratic U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum of...

Group preparing to sue EPA over Chesapeake Bay pollution

Jan. 27, 2020 6:06 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A conservation group announced Monday that it's preparing to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to enforce the Clean Water Act relating to pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation announced it is preparing a notice of intent to sue the...

Florida could use drones to fight pythons, invasive species

Jan. 27, 2020 5:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could turn to the sky to fight Burmese pythons on the ground under a bill a Senate committee unanimously approved Monday to allow two state agencies to use drones in the effort to eradicate invasive plants and animals. The bill would create an exception to a current law...

Fond du Lac Band to require permits to access its land

Jan. 27, 2020 4:33 PM EST

CLOQUET, Minn. (AP) — The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will now require permits for most people to access its lands in northeastern Minnesota. The band said Monday the policy is a way to “better manage and conserve” resources on about 41,000 acres (16,592 hectares) of land on...

EPA reaches deal over clean air violations at Kansas plants

Jan. 27, 2020 4:17 PM EST

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) — Federal environmental regulators said Monday they have reached a settlement with Frontier Ag Inc. to resolve alleged clean air violations at three ammonia fertilizer facilities in Kansas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release the alleged violations of the Clean...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2014 file photo, Julie Graves, left, of Albany, Calif., and Chris Adams, second from left, of Berkeley, Calif., hold up signs in support of a beach access bill near Martin's Beach in Half Moon Bay, Calif. A billionaire who has been fighting for more than a decade to keep a secluded beach to himself has sued California and San Mateo County. Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla accuses officials in the lawsuit filed Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 in San Francisco of harassing him and violating his property rights. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Billionaire sues California, sheriff, others in beach fight

Jan. 27, 2020 3:16 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A billionaire who has been fighting for more than a decade to keep a secluded beach to himself has filed a new complaint in his lawsuit against California and San Mateo County for allegedly harassing him and violating his property rights. In his new complaint filed Friday in San...

Maine CDC warns of potential hepatitis exposure at market

Jan. 27, 2020 2:04 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that consumers might have been exposed to a form of hepatitis at a market in the central part of the state. The agency and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said they have identified a case of...

Atlantic Richfield scraps second Berkeley Pit water plant

Jan. 27, 2020 12:54 PM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Atlantic Richfield has scrapped a proposal to build a second water treatment plant to lower the level of acidic, metal-laden water that has collected in a former copper mining pit in Butte. There were concerns that reducing the water levels in Berkeley pit could destabilize portions of...

US land agency seeks to ID public parcels that lack access

Jan. 27, 2020 11:07 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. land managers say they will release by mid-March a priority list of federal lands that need but don’t have public access. U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said they want people to nominate lands where the public could legally hunt, fish or pursue other...