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Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Oct. 14, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two prominent Pacific Northwest tribes said Monday the U.S. government needs to remove three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore traditional fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150...

Homeless campers not told of toxic chemicals found at site

Oct. 14, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — This past summer, city of Seattle officials sent a warning to about 60 of its employees: They may have been exposed to toxic chemical compounds during a January cleanup of a Sodo homeless encampment. One police officer who worked the scene went on to file a $10 million claim against the city...

Oregon may allow BYO food containers in stores, restaurants

Oct. 14, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon may soon allow customers to bring their own reusable food containers to grocery stores and restaurants in an effort to curb plastic waste. The Statesman Journal reports that's not currently allowed under U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules, which Oregon has adopted, because of...

West Virginia taking applications for school rain barrels

Oct. 14, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is offering free rain barrels to schools in the state. The Department of Environmental Protection said schools with current or planned flower or vegetable gardens will be given priority. Applications on the agency's Rain Barrel Program website must be submitted by...

Banned mussels found on boat in Montana after initial checks

Oct. 13, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials say a boat infested with an invasive species of mussels passed two watercraft checkpoints before they were discovered. The Missoulian reported that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say the zebra mussels were found on a boat bound for Seattle. Officials say...

Indianapolis Zoo receives $4M to open a conservation center

Oct. 13, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Zoo plans to open an international center devoted to saving threatened species, an effort that zoo officials call a natural extension of their biennial Indianapolis Prize honoring animal conservation leaders. The Global Center for Species Survival is expected to open...

Threatened bird snowy plover thrives after Hurricane Michael

Oct. 13, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Amid the devastation of Hurricane Michael along Florida's Panhandle, experts say there's a ray of hope: a once imperiled bird is enjoying a renaissance. There are an estimated 225 to 250 breeding pairs of snowy plover in Florida. The majority of the state's threatened species...

$3 million for NY towns to buy zero emissions equipment

Oct. 13, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that communities that want to promote emissions-free vehicles can apply for part of $3 million in rebates and grants. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says electric vehicles cost less to operate and are more...

DES hearing to address plastic company's equipment permit

Oct. 13, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is going to hold a public hearing on a plastics company's application for air pollution control equipment in Merrimack. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation is seeking the permit. The DES hearing also will provide an...

Report: Most of plastic debris on Hawaii from abroad

Oct. 12, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii researchers have found that majority of plastic marine debris washing up on shores is from abroad. The Star-Advertiser reports that the study conducted at Hawaii Pacific University revealed that pollution from north and east island beaches is washing ashore where there are fewer...