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Sea dragon exhibit dazzles visitors at California aquarium

May. 22, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

LA JOLLA, California (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale. A Southern California aquarium has built...

Alaska agency to ship water to city with contaminated wells

May. 22, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

YAKUTAT, Alaska (AP) — Alaska plans to begin shipping water to a town where chemical contamination was found in area wells. CoastAlaska reported Tuesday that perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances were found in wells in Yakutat. The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced Friday...

Hawaii county officials close bay to assist coral spawning

May. 22, 2019 12:28 AM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii county has closed a bay to prevent disruption of coral spawning that scientists predicted would occur over two days. West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday that Honolulu County officials closed Kahaluu Bay to allow the spawning event that was expected Monday through Tuesday...

Research on children's health risks in doubt over EPA funds

May. 21, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say. The...

BLM seeks vandals who defaced famous archaeological site

May. 21, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON CITY, Utah (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of vandals who spray-painted graffiti at an important southern Utah archaeological site. The agency announced the reward Monday. Officials learned through social media that a...

Colorado won't halt drilling as it refocuses rules on safety

May. 21, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators overhaul state rules to make health, safety and the environment their top priority. Dan Gibbs, chief of the state Department of Natural Resources, said lawmakers did...

Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies

May. 21, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt. Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. It allows licensed facilities to offer "natural organic reduction," which turns a body, mixed with...

Downpours, runoff lead to decline in Chesapeake Bay's health

May. 21, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The overall health of America's largest estuary declined last year due to the effects of record-breaking precipitation washing more pollutants into the water, but scientists described the difficult year as a dip for the Chesapeake Bay and not a disaster. For an annual report card...

Inslee OKs funding to study removal of Snake River dams

May. 21, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that provides $750,000 to study how to best help impacted communities if the four federal dams on the Snake River are breached. The four dams are blamed for reducing salmon numbers on the Snake and Columbia river systems. Inslee, who is seeking the...

Wind developer seeks proposals for whale monitoring system

May. 21, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The developer of a wind farm off Massachusetts is taking steps to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Vineyard Wind announced Tuesday it's seeking proposals for an acoustic monitoring system to detect and track the critically endangered species. The company says the system will...