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Maine looking for new ways to save whales from fishing gear

Jun. 3, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is in the final year of funding for a project that seeks to better protect endangered whales in the Gulf of Maine from entanglement in fishing gear. The Maine Department of Marine Resources is using the project to collect data about vertical line fishing in the gulf, and...

House panel passes bill limiting private sewer oversight

Jun. 2, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A House panel on Tuesday passed a bill that would block Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation from regulating how some types of sewage treatment systems are designed and built. Decentralized wastewater systems are often used where municipal sewers are not...

Enviros want salmon listed on Maine endangered list

Jun. 2, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A coalition of Maine conservation groups is calling on the state to add the Atlantic salmon to its list of endangered species. Maine's rivers were once full of the salmon, but their population was decimated by overfishing, damming and environmental factors. They return only to a few...

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Volunteer to help with crowds at Wyoming grizzly sightings

May. 30, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Near mile marker 11 on Togwotee Pass, Tiffany Huynh wanted to know what all the commotion was about. Two grizzly bears, someone informed her, were snoozing. A look came over her. Fists started pumping in the air. “Yessssss,” an exhilarated Huynh hissed....

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2010, file photo, then-Secretary of Natural Resources-designate Doug Domenech speaks during a news conference in Richmond, Va. A senior Trump administration official misused his office for private gain by capitalizing on his government connections to help get a family member hired at the Environmental Protection Agency, investigators said. The Interior Department's Inspector General found that Assistant Interior Secretary Douglas Domenech reached out to a senior EPA official in person and later by email in 2017 to advocate for the unnamed relative when that person was seeking a job at the agency.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Probe: Top US official misused office to get son-in-law job

May. 29, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A senior Trump administration official misused his office for private gain by capitalizing on his government connections to help get his son-in-law hired at the Environmental Protection Agency, investigators said in a report obtained by The Associated Press. The Interior Department's...

This image made available by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, May 28, 2020 shows a label for the drug metformin. U.S. health regulators are telling five drugmakers to recall versions of the widely used diabetes medication after testing revealed elevated levels of a contaminant linked to cancer in several lots. (FDA via AP)

FDA finds contamination in several brands of diabetes drug

May. 29, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are telling five drugmakers to recall their versions of a widely used diabetes medication after laboratory tests found elevated levels of a contaminant linked to cancer. The Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that several batches of the drug metformin...

Kansas refinery reaches agreement over clean air violations

May. 28, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — The owners of an oil refining plant in El Dorado have agreed to pay a $4 million fine for violating federal clean air regulations, federal and state officials said Thursday. HollyFrontier also will make improvements at its plant to reduce emissions and improve risk management...

FILE - This Dec. 22, 2018, file photo shows a pump jack over an oil well along Interstate 25 near Dacono, Colo. Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Trump's fossil fuel agenda gets pushback from federal judges

May. 28, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. Judges have ruled...

In this April 27, 2019, photo, an aerial view shows the Canyon Mine near Tusayan, Ariz. A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups and a tribe in their bid to keep the mine near the Grand Canyon’s South Rim entrance from operating. (Scott Buffon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

Environmentalists lose bid to halt uranium mine in Arizona

May. 27, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled against environmental groups and a tribe in their bid to keep a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon from operating. The Canyon Mine near the national park's South Rim entrance has been on standby for nearly 20 years. The company that owns it, Energy...

2 companies each fined $1 million in Atchison chemical leak

May. 27, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two companies that caused a chlorine gas leak over Atchison in 2106 were each fined $1 million Wednesday for violating federal clean air laws. Harcros Chemicals, Inc., and MGP Ingredients, Inc., had pleaded guilty to negligently violating the Clean Air Act. The fines, which were...