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Montana seeks to keep feral pigs from Canada at bay

Nov. 18, 2019 7:24 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Montana are marshaling their resources and enlisting the public’s help to keep encroaching feral hogs from Canada at bay with a program called “Squeal on Pigs.” The campaign to prevent wild hogs from going hog wild in Montana was outlined at a...

Governor’s resumes publication of her meetings, travel

Nov. 18, 2019 6:54 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham resumed publication Monday of a running list of her appointments and work travel after a seven-week lapse, with her agendas showing recent meetings with variety of energy companies amid an overhaul of methane regulations and new mandates for cleaner sources...

Mine waste gift bags pulled from shelves amid EPA warning

Nov. 18, 2019 6:53 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental regulators have put a halt to a Montana business association’s sale of sandwich bags of mining waste advertised as a “Bag O’Slag.” Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing the Superfund site cleanup of pollution from nearly a...

Kansas distillery pleads guilty to Clean Air Act violation

Nov. 18, 2019 6:28 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A distillery could be fined up to $1 million for a chlorine gas cloud that lingered over a city in northeastern Kansas in 2016. Federal prosecutors say MGP Ingredients pleaded guilty Monday to negligently violating the federal Clean Air Act, a misdemeanor. In October 2016, a chlorine...

US officials granting $29 million for coastal protection

Nov. 18, 2019 5:30 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaska village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising and...

Brazil says Amazon deforestation is worst since 2008

Nov. 18, 2019 5:29 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its worst in more than a decade, a government report said Monday, undermining officials’ claims that concerns by environmentalists have been overblown. Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square...

Pennsylvania families demand investigation into rare cancers

Nov. 18, 2019 5:17 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The families of young people diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer confronted Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday over what they called his administration’s insufficient response to a health crisis they blame on pollution from the shale gas industry. Dozens of children and...

Long-running coal plant on Navajo Nation stops production

Nov. 18, 2019 4:20 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A massive coal-fired power plant that served customers in the West for nearly 50 years shut down Monday, the latest closure in a shift away from coal and toward renewable energy and cheaper power. The Navajo Generating Station near the Arizona-Utah line was expected to shutter by...

More than 200 students prepare climate change resolution

Nov. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than 200 students in Vermont ranging from elementary school to college plan to present a resolution to legislators calling on them to address climate change. The students met at the Statehouse on Sunday for the very first Youth Climate Congress. Their resolution calls for goals...

Mosquito-borne virus found in Minnesota ruffed grouse

Nov. 18, 2019 4:03 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife officials say three ruffed grouse in Itasca County have tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Monday it is the first time the virus called eastern equine encephalitis has been confirmed to cause illness in a...