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In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, photo, Norm Bishop sits inside his home with a photo and award from his years of working with wolves, outside Bozeman, Mont. Bishop, who was Yellowstone’s resource interpreter, had spent years giving public presentations about the science of wolf reintroduction. He would explain what the experts thought would happen if gray wolves were restored to the Yellowstone ecosystem. (Ryan Berry/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

Wolves' return to Yellowstone recalled on 25th anniversary

Jan. 19, 2020 11:55 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The day the wolves arrived in Yellowstone National Park was busy. At least that’s how Norm Bishop remembers it. The wolves came in aluminum crates on horse trailers Jan. 12, 1995. Passing through the gates, the Canadian-born carnivores were the first of their kind in the park...

Utah public comment period closes for Lake Powell Pipeline

Jan. 17, 2020 6:48 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 1,100 public comments were submitted for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline designed to pump water to two southern Utah counties, program officials said. The proposed 140-mile (225-kilometer) road is estimated to cost between $1 billion to $1.7 billion, The Spectrum reported....

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, radioactive waste, sealed in large stainless steel canisters, is stored under five feet of concrete in a storage building at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C. The state of Nevada continues to intentionally misrepresent the facts in an ongoing legal battle over the Energy Department's secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas, U.S. government lawyers say in new court filings. The Energy Department has promised no more plutonium will be shipped to Nevada from South Carolina and pledged to start moving out the materials already sent there. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

US says Nevada misrepresenting facts in plutonium fight

Jan. 14, 2020 12:14 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state of Nevada continues to intentionally misrepresent the facts in an ongoing legal battle over the Energy Department's secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas, U.S. government lawyers say in new court filings. Nevada wants a federal judge to order...

President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump proposes sweeping rollback of environmental oversight

Jan. 9, 2020 5:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic rollback of environmental oversight, President Donald Trump took action Thursday to clear the way and speed up development of a wide range of commercial projects by cutting back federal review of their impact on the environment. “The United States can’t compete...

FILE - This May 13, 2006 file photo shows a desert tortoise at its new home in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve east of Leeds, Utah. More than 16,000 public comments have been submitted for a proposal on whether to allow a highway to be built through a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah. The four-lane road has drawn criticism from conservationists. The Spectrum newspaper reported the road would pass through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. Bureau of Land Management officials opened the public comment period in December 2019 and say they will now go through all of the comments before releasing a draft environmental impact statement. (Brain Passey/The Spectrum via AP, File)

Over 16K comment on highway set for desert tortoise habitat

Jan. 9, 2020 2:40 PM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — More than 16,000 public comments have been submitted for a proposal on whether to allow a highway to be built through a protected Mojave desert tortoise habitat in southern Utah, federal officials said. The proposed four-lane road has drawn criticism from conservationists, because...

In this Oct. 20, 2019, photo an unsold 2019 Model X sits under a sign at a Tesla dealership in Littleton, Colo.  Tesla says its global deliveries rose more than 50% last year meaning the company surpassed the low end of its sales goals for 2019. The electric car maker said Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, that it delivered a record of about 112,000 vehicles in the fourth quarter and about 367,500 for the full year. Tesla previously announced that it expected to deliver 360,000 to 400,000 units worldwide last year.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Tesla aims to build 500,000 vehicles per year near Berlin

Jan. 4, 2020 7:34 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Tesla plans to build half a million electric vehicles a year at its future factory outside Berlin. Planning documents posted online Friday reveal that the U.S. automaker wants to construct Model 3 and Model Y vehicles at the site in Gruenheide, as well as "future models.". The so-called...

Environmentalists request more time on Idaho forest plan

Dec. 24, 2019 3:33 PM EST

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Environmental groups have written a letter to the U.S. Forest Service requesting more time for public comment on plans for Idaho's Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. The coalition of a dozen environmental advocacy organizations sent a letter to the agency Monday asking for a...

Delayed Georgia spaceport proposal sees new setback

Dec. 19, 2019 4:07 AM EST

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A decision that could have determined whether a southeast Georgia site meets environmental requirements to launch rockets was put on hold at the request of county officials. The Federal Aviation Administration delayed an environmental impact statement for the proposed spaceport in...

Alaska Roadless Rule public comment scheduled to end Tuesday

Dec. 17, 2019 10:12 AM EST

JUNEAU Alaska (AP) — The public comment period for the draft environmental impact statement on the Alaska Roadless Rule has nearly come to an end. The comment period is scheduled to close Tuesday at midnight, The Juneau Empire reported. Comments can be submitted on the U.S. Forest Service website and...

Atlanta transit expansion threatens popular gay club

Dec. 16, 2019 6:51 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A plan to expand Atlanta's public train system involves demolishing a popular gay nightclub, which would become Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority station. The nonprofit Historic Atlanta recently sent a letter to MARTA asking it to consider other locations for the train station,...