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Mining county asks lawmakers for open meetings law exemption

Sep. 23, 2020 10:28 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Officials in a rural Nevada county with significant mining assets want state lawmakers to carve out an exemption in the state's Open Meeting Law to allow them to discuss environmental assessments before the reports are released to the public. Members of the Legislature’s...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, protesters prepare to take down a makeshift oil derrick that was set up in front of the California State Office Building to protest fracking in San Francisco. California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California ban on fracking by 2024 criticized as too late

Sep. 23, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. "He can suspend fracking now, but he is punting to the...

South Carolina wood pellet plant accused of air pollution

Sep. 22, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups threatened to sue a wood pellet factory on Tuesday, accusing it of releasing more than 100 tons of air pollution a year in violation of the Clean Air Act. A legal notice filed against Jasper Pellets says the plant in Ridgeland is operating equipment without a...

Judge won't reinstate frac sand permit in Monroe County

Sep. 21, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge refused Monday to reinstate a wetlands permit for a $75 million frac sand operation in Monroe County. Atlanta-based Meteor Timber has been working for four years to gain permission to build a frac sand plant and rail loading facility on a property that includes a hardwood...

More call for pause as US weighs New Mexico drilling plan

Sep. 18, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists want federal land managers to suspend efforts to amend a plan that would guide oil and gas development and other activities near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. They sent a letter Thursday to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, saying the coronavirus...

More protections denied for moose in 4 upper Midwest states

Sep. 15, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal officials on Tuesday denied extending protections under the Endangered Species Act to a subspecies of moose that historically appeared in four upper Midwestern states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ruled “the northwestern subspecies” of moose historically...

351 sea turtles found dead on coast where 137 sea lions died

Sep. 15, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmental groups said Friday that a total of 351 loggerhead sea turtles have been found dead so far this year on the same stretch of Baja California coast where authorities found 137 dead, beached sea lions last week. The Mexican Center for Environmental Law and the Center for...

FILE - This Dec. 22, 2018, file photo shows a pump jack over an oil well along Interstate 25 near Dacono, Colo. Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Trump's fossil fuel agenda gets pushback from federal judges

Sep. 15, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. Judges have ruled...

Environmentalists mull appeal after judge tosses sewage suit

Sep. 13, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An environmental group says it believes a federal judge was wrong to dismiss its lawsuit over raw sewage released in suburban Atlanta and says it's considering whether it will appeal. U.S. District Judge Steven Grimberg on Aug. 31 dismissed a lawsuit brought by the South River Watershed...

Firefighters with Vandenberg Air Force Base, light a back burn to help control the Dolan Fire at Limekiln State Park in Big Sur, Calif,. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Latest: Three more found dead in Northern California blaze

Sep. 12, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 6:45 p.m. CHICO, Calif. — Search and rescue workers found three more bodies in the rubble of a Northern California wildfire, raising the death toll in that fire to 12 and total deaths in the state's recent blazes to 22. Butte County Sheriff Kory...