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Agency says mining near Okefenokee poses 'substantial risks'

Jul. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal agency that manages the vast wildlife refuge in the Okefenokee Swamp says a private company's plan to mine minerals near the swamp edge could pose "substantial risks" to the environment, and some damage may be irreversible. The written comments from the U.S. Fish and...

Turtle returns to wetlands group that saved her 19 years ago

Jul. 19, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

STONE HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — Call it serendipity. That's the only way to explain how a female terrapin was found crossing a street in Stone Harbor on July 12 and brought back to the same conservation institute that rescued her as an egg, almost 19 years later to the day. A concerned woman found the turtle on...

Court deals major blow to hydropower transmission line

Jul. 19, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

The New Hampshire Supreme Court dealt a possibly fatal blow Friday to plans for a hydropower transmission line that has raised concerns among communities and environmentalists that it would harm tourism and property values. In its unanimous ruling, the court upheld a state committee's rejection of the Northern...

Body of drowned kayaker pulled from Nevada's Washoe Lake

Jul. 19, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of a kayaker who apparently drowned in Washoe Lake between Reno and Carson City. Divers from the Washoe County Sheriff's HASTY team and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District found the body Wednesday evening under water about 7 feet (2 meters)...

Shark group names great white for Patriots' Julian Edelman

Jul. 19, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — This great white shark goes long. A shark conservation group says it's named a shark after New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said Friday it named the shark "Jules" for its wily moves. The Cape Cod-based group says it originally...

Dam removal to restore view not seen in centuries begins

Jul. 19, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Work has begun on a dam removal project on a southern Maine river that's expected to restore river flow to areas that haven't experienced it in centuries. The Portland Press Herald reports crews began removing the first of two dam headwalls on the Presumpscot River in Westbrook...

What you need to know about the bears thriving in Missouri

Jul. 19, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Dana Gray of rural Rogersville remembers spotting something big and brown earlier this month during a walk on her 10-acre property. "There it was, just curled up in a big pile of leaves," she recalled. "It didn't move. We just kept on walking and I was thinking, 'Is that a bear?'...

Duke Energy sued for 2014 coal ash spill environmental harm

Jul. 18, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The federal, North Carolina and Virginia governments asked a court Thursday to declare the country's largest electricity company liable for environmental damage from a leak five years ago that left miles of a river shared by the two states coated in hazardous coal ash. Government...

Utah, Forest Service plan $20M wildfire mitigation effort

Jul. 18, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah and federal agencies plan to direct up to $20 million over the next four years toward protecting forests from wildfires. The Salt Lake Tribune reported this week that the state and U.S. Forest Service have agreed to start on national forest restoration projects this year. The...

Swimming OK in New York portions of Greenwood Lake

Jul. 18, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

GREENWOOD LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — There's some partially good news at a lake along the New York and New Jersey border that's been affected by a harmful algal bloom. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Thursday that New York portions of Greenwood Lake are currently safe for swimming. In New...