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Lawmakers asked to approve $3 million for old mine cleanup

Jan. 22, 2021 12:30 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State environmental officials on Friday asked lawmakers to approve just over $3 million to deal with toxic discharge and a collapsing tunnel at an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality made the request to the Legislature’s...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021 file photo, vehicles drive through downtown Flint, Mich. A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to a $641 million deal that would benefit Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water. The settlement includes $600 million from the state of Michigan, although Flint, an area hospital and an engineering firm are also part of the agreement. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya File)

Judge gives preliminary OK to $641M Flint water deal

Jan. 21, 2021 3:11 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit thousands of Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water. The settlement includes $600 million from the state of Michigan, although Flint, an area hospital and an engineering firm are also...

New West Virginia environmental secretary appointed

Jan. 21, 2021 4:13 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appointed Harold Ward as the state's new environmental secretary on Wednesday. The Department of Environmental Protection is in charge of regulating everything from air and water quality to overseeing abandoned mine lands. Ward was most recently...

North Dakota bill would ban wastewater testing for COVID-19

Jan. 20, 2021 4:48 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota lawmaker wants to ban testing of wastewater for the coronavirus, saying the practice violates the privacy rights of college students. Republican Rep. Claire Cory, of Grand Forks, introduced a bill that would prohibit wastewater testing “for genetic material or...

Regulators deadlock over Mountain Valley stream crossings

Jan. 20, 2021 10:07 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The Mountain Valley Pipeline is dealing with what opponents of the project say is another serious setback. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission deadlocked 2-2 Tuesday on the project's request to bore under streams and wetlands along the pipeline’s first 77 miles in West...

Alaska center to be wildlife first responder for oil spills

Jan. 20, 2021 9:54 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska SeaLife Center has announced plans to become a first responder for marine mammals affected by oil spills in western Alaska. The nonprofit center in Seward said a new partnership with the Alaska Chadux Network will greatly expand the center's service area, the Juneau Empire...

Noem orders agriculture, natural resource department merger

Jan. 19, 2021 5:39 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday issued an executive order to merge two departments overseeing the state's agriculture industry and natural resources. The Republican governor's order created the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources that she billed as a...

Boscawen couple named outstanding tree farmers by program

Jan. 19, 2021 5:00 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A couple in Boscawen, New Hampshire, have been named the 2021 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the state tree farm program. Charles and Mabel Niebling bought a 67-acre tree farm in 2001. It has been under a written forest management plan since 2003 that focuses on maintaining...

Audubon sues over water rights at Quivira Wildlife Refuge

Jan. 18, 2021 5:55 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Audubon of Kansas has sued over water rights at a wildlife refuge in central Kansas. The federal lawsuit filed Friday by the environmental group against the U.S. Department of the Interior and various federal and state officials alleges they have failed to protect the senior water...

Distillery, owner, facing criminal environmental charges

Jan. 18, 2021 12:27 PM EST

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia distillery and its owner have been indicted on multiple charges involving illegal dumping of industrial waste, authorities said. A Shenandoah County grand jury returned a 115-count indictment last week against Filibuster Distillery LLC and Siddharth Dilawri. The...