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2 groups appeal Indiana's permit for coal-to-diesel plant

Jul. 17, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

DALE, Ind. (AP) — Two southern Indiana groups are appealing an air permit that state regulators recently approved for a planned $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel plant. The environmental law firm Earthjustice prepared the appeal on behalf of Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life and Valley Watch. The...

State: Don't swim in Greenwood Lake or even touch the water

Jul. 17, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — Swimming has been banned at another New Jersey lake due to the presence of an extensive harmful algal bloom. State environmental officials on Tuesday closed swimming areas on Greenwood Lake, which stretches about nine miles between West Milford, New Jersey and Orange County in New...

Pest-killing wasps to come to the aid of Maine forests

Jul. 17, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Forest Service is going to deploy wasps to help beat back an invasive pest species that can do damage to trees in the state. The service says the tiny, non-stinging wasps will be released on Thursday to help control the emerald ash borer infestation in the state. It says...

Lab officials report progress on chromium plume cleanup

Jul. 17, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say they're seeing positive results from efforts to contain and control a plume of chromium contamination located in two canyons at the northern New Mexico complex. A system that extracts tainted groundwater and then re-injects treated...

Biden plan seeks to boost rural America through investments

Jul. 16, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

MANNING, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday sought to build on his appeal to rural voters with the release of a broad plan to revitalize rural America through investments in agriculture, rural economies and infrastructure. "We have to ensure we bring along everyone," the...

State officials update Idaho's 50-year-old mining laws

Jul. 16, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials on Tuesday approved a rewrite of Idaho's 50-year-old mining law, but they still have work to do. Republican Gov. Brad Little and other members of the Idaho Land Board voted to adopt rules intended to give mining companies the financial leeway to mine but also avoid...

Portland sued over Superfund site cleanup efforts

Jul. 16, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland is being sued over its plan to use up to $12 million from a surcharge on customers' sewer bills to help pay to plan the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports it's the second lawsuit challenging the use of funds collected by the...

Group say protections no longer needed for snail darter fish

Jul. 16, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A conservation group says a tiny fish no longer should be a federally protected species. The Center for Biological Diversity says it has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to lift protections for the snail darter, saying it is no longer in danger of extinction. Citing the...

Lawmaker: Expand compensation from nuclear weapons testing

Jul. 16, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A compensation program for those exposed to radiation from years of nuclear weapons testing and uranium mining would be expanded under legislation that seeks to address fallout across the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan rolled...

Huge net used to pull Asian carp from Lake Decatur dam

Jul. 16, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Fishermen with a net are removing thousands of Asian carp from Lake Decatur dam in central Illinois. The Herald and Review reports that the effort began Monday, days after the state was told that many fish were gathering there. The invasive species will be trucked to a company in...