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Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

Dec. 13, 2019 6:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British...

Opponents warn of staff exodus as US breaks up lands bureau

Dec. 13, 2019 4:55 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Opponents of the Trump administration's plan to break up the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the country's public lands bureau are warning of a brain drain, saying many staffers who are being reassigned are opting to quit rather than move out West. U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt...

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles...

As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist

Dec. 13, 2019 12:09 PM EST

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (AP) — Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. Their goal: To protect communities such as Redwood Estates, where...

Mediterranean pen shell listed as critically endangered

Dec. 13, 2019 11:58 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A fan mussel found only in the Mediterranean was officially added to the list of critically endangered species, after scientists recorded a dramatic decline in its population numbers caused by a newly discovered pathogen. The International Union for Conservation of Nature said in a...

Judge recommends Georgia prevail in water war with Florida

Dec. 12, 2019 4:09 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge is recommending that Georgia prevail in a longstanding legal battle with Florida over water consumption from rivers shared by the states, though the final decision rests with the U.S. Supreme Court. The neighboring Southern states have been fighting since the 1990s over...

California commission lists yellow-legged frog as endangered

Dec. 11, 2019 11:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — There’s new hope for an endangered California frog that has vanished from half of its habitat. The state Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday approved protections for five of six populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The Center for Biological Diversity had sought...

Company to pay $245M toward cleanup of Kalamazoo River PCBs

Dec. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — One of the companies responsible for polluting an 80-mile (129-kilometer) stretch of river and floodplains in southwestern Michigan with toxic chemicals will pay at least $245.2 million to advance a cleanup effort that began more than 20 years ago, federal officials said...

Father, son plead guilty in black market eagle trafficking

Dec. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A father and his adult son have pleaded guilty in South Dakota to federal charges in a widespread case that offered a glimpse into the illegal trafficking of eagles and other protected birds. Troy Fairbanks and his son, Majestic Fairbanks, were among 30 people and pawn shops...

Tennessee Valley Authority addresses coal ash leaks

Dec. 11, 2019 12:07 PM EST

CUMBERLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Coal ash is leaking from a dump complex at the largest coal-fired plant owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the utility is monitoring whether it's affecting public water supplies. CEO Jeff Lyash acknowledged the contamination during a media tour Tuesday of the...