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Monsanto pleads guilty to illegal pesticide use in Hawaii

Nov. 21, 2019 10:13 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Agrochemicals company Monsanto on Thursday pleaded guilty to spraying a banned pesticide on research crops on the Hawaii island of Maui in 2014, prosecutors said. Monsanto, now owned by the pharmaceutical company Bayer of Germany, has also agreed to pay $10 million for charges it unlawfully...

Restaurant group sues over Berkeley’s natural gas ban

Nov. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation ban on natural gas in new construction may end up eroding the region’s reputation for fine and creative dining, according to a California trade association suing the city on behalf of restaurants. In its lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S....

EPA ends safety rules put in place after deadly Texas blast

Nov. 21, 2019 2:40 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration is scaling back chemical plant safety measures that were put in place after a Texas fertilizer plant explosion in 2013 that killed 15 people. The changes announced Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency include ending a requirement that plants provide...

Investigators question NC governor’s pipeline fund actions

Nov. 20, 2019 8:04 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper appears to have “improperly used the authority and influence of his office” to pressure natural gas pipeline builders to agree to a $57.8 million mitigation fund under his control, private investigators reported Wednesday. The...

2 insect species classified as threatened as glaciers melt

Nov. 20, 2019 7:09 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The continued existence of two species of insects is in doubt because climate change is melting away the glaciers and year-round snowfields they depend on, U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday. The western glacier stonefly and the meltwater lednian stonefly found in the northern...

Businesses need help with labyrinth of state, local laws

Nov. 20, 2019 11:21 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When American Rhino, a retailer inside Boston’s Faneuil Hall, expanded to an unused space on the landmark building’s second floor, the company discovered the labyrinth that is local laws and ordinances. “There were lots of twists and turns — you really...

22 farmers arrested in India for causing air pollution

Nov. 20, 2019 6:31 AM EST

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Twenty-two farmers were arrested in northern India on Wednesday for setting fires to clear their fields and contributing to some of the worst air pollution in the country, a government official said. Those arrested in Uttar Pradesh state’s Pilibhit district face charges of...

Judge orders search of agency computers in PolyMet challenge

Nov. 19, 2019 5:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a forensic search of computers used by three former top officials at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as part of an investigation into whether they sought to suppress concerns by federal regulators about pollution risks from the proposed PolyMet...

India’s Parliament debates toxic air danger

Nov. 19, 2019 8:06 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Parliament on Tuesday debated the toxic air threatening the lives of the capital region’s 48 million people, with opposition leaders demanding the creation of a parliamentary panel to remedy the situation on a long-term basis. In unprecedented discussions of the...

Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work

Nov. 19, 2019 12:14 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the...