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FILE - In this May 10, 2017, file photo, is the Smith River in central Montana. Environmental regulators on Thursday, April 9, 2020, approved plans for a copper mine in central Montana that marks a major milestone in a long-running dispute. But the move will likely be challenged by environmental advocates who worry about the mine's proximity to one of the state's most popular recreational rivers, the Smith River. (Rion Sanders/Great Falls Tribune via AP, File)

Montana issues permits for mine over advocates’ protests

Apr. 9, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental regulators on Thursday approved plans for a copper mine in central Montana that marks a major milestone in a long-running dispute. But the move will likely be challenged by environmental advocates who worry about the mine's proximity to one of the state's most popular...

FILE - In this March 24, 2017 file photo, a lone woman walks the trail along Lake Michigan at Chicago' North Avenue beach. Additional funds provided by Congress for Great Lakes environmental improvements will be used to quicken cleanups of highly toxic sites and step up work on other longstanding forms of pollution, federal officials said Thursday, April, 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Great Lakes get extra funds for cleanups, invasive species

Apr. 9, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Additional funds provided by Congress for Great Lakes environmental improvements will be used to hasten cleanups of highly toxic sites and step up work on other longstanding forms of pollution, federal officials said Thursday. Lawmakers last fall put $320 million into the 2020...

FILE - In this June 12, 2019 file photo, Eric Luther poses for a picture at his house in Carmel, N.Y. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to buy several arsenic-contaminated homes in upstate New York as part of a $5.8 million Superfund cleanup plan at an old mine site. Luther said Wednesday, April 8, 2020 that he's happy with the EPA's proposal and has

EPA proposes buyout of homes contaminated by arsenic mine

Apr. 8, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to buy several homes contaminated by arsenic from a 19th-century mine in upstate New York as part of a $5.8 million Superfund cleanup plan announced Wednesday. The agency said an as-yet undetermined number of residents would be relocated...

Corey Stacey casts his fishing line on the shores of Lake Erie at Wildwood Park, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ohio governor announces coronavirus death of prison guard

Apr. 8, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine announced the coronavirus-related death of a state prison guard, while the number of prison employees with COVID-19 jumped to 48, along with 17 inmates. DeWine also urged institutions with surgical masks not to throw them away because a new sanitizing process can...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Apr. 8, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ April 7 The Index-Journal on Gov. Henry McMaster's stay-at-home order: Finally. Well, mostly at any rate. Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday took another step that is just shy of a wholesale stay-at-home order. The governor has long contended the state has...

FILE - In this March 27, 2017 file photo the Pecos River flows near the U.S.-Mexico border near Terlingua, Texas. Ranchers in a southeastern New Mexico community and a potash company are locking in fight over water rights connected to the Pecos River. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

Ranchers get legal win in fight over Pecos River rights

Apr. 8, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M (AP) — Ranchers in a southeastern New Mexico community are claiming victory in a legal battle with a potash company over water rights connected to the Pecos River. A state district judge ruled last week to call on the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer to show cause for issuing the...

Colorado county approves 1st set of oil and gas regulations

Apr. 7, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Commissioners in a Colorado county approved regulations for new oil and gas facilities for the first time. The board of commissioners in Larimer County Board voted Monday to adopt changes to the county land use code covering oil and gas development, The Coloradoan reports....

Report: Healthy water supply available for irrigation season

Apr. 7, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Yakima Basin water reservoir is about 102% of normal for this time of year, meaning farmers and fish in Washington state are expected to receive a healthy supply of water this year, a report said. The Washington state Bureau of Reclamation released the April report showing that...

An empty street and closed stores are shown at a central plaza and shopping district amid a public health order that has closed down most retail stores and suspended dine-in restaurant service in Santa Fe, N.M., Friday, March 27, 2020. New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Jen Schroer says the state's tourism industry will continue to suffer amid COVID-19 restrictions and vowed the state will do what it can to help hotels, tourist spots, and businesses recover once restrictions are lifted. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico regulators push ahead as virus disaster declared

Apr. 6, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — While federal environmental regulators have waived enforcement on a range of legally mandated public health and environmental protections, New Mexico is marching ahead. Food inspections are ongoing as is the tracking of methane emissions and other critical work related to drinking...

Public comment extended on Lake Erie water quality plan

Apr. 6, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A public comment period on the status of water quality in Lake Erie has been extended until mid-June, state officials said. People can weigh in on a draft of the Lake Erie Adaptive Management Plan until June 19, according to Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes,...