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FILE - This Dec. 28, 2010 photos shows a group of manatees in a canal where discharge from a nearby Florida Power & Light plant warms the water in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Manatee deaths in Florida drop to 606 in 2019

Feb. 17, 2020 1:44 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Fewer manatees died in 2019 in Florida compared with the year before. Statewide, manatee deaths decreased to 606 deaths last year, down from 824 in 2018. Experts say it appears the main cause of the decline in deaths is the reduced effect of red tide algae on manatees....

Residents concerned about possible pollution from quarry

Feb. 16, 2020 10:12 AM EST

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Some residents are concerned about possible pollution as an Alabama company plans a quarry in the Opelika area. Florence-based Creekwood Resources recently submitted applications for air and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits, The Opelika-Auburn News reported. One...

This April 11, 2015, photo provided by EcoFlight shows the White Mesa Uranium Mill near Blanding in southeastern Utah. The Trump administration is asking Congress for $1.5 billion over 10 years to build up a U.S. uranium stockpile, saying it wants to break an over-reliance on foreign uranium that undermines U.S. energy security. The White Mesa facility is one of the sites where production could be ramped up under the proposal. (Dom Smith/EcoFlight via AP)

Trump's $1.5B uranium bailout triggers rush of mining plans

Feb. 14, 2020 11:20 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's $1.5 billion proposal to prop up the country's nuclear fuel industry has emboldened at least one company to take steps toward boosting operations at dormant uranium mines around the West, including outside Grand Canyon National Park. The company, Canada-based...

Ohio wants to put Lake Erie on a new, strict pollution diet

Feb. 14, 2020 5:19 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio wants to put Lake Erie on a new, stricter pollution diet to fight back against the toxic algae blooms that have flourished for more than a decade, environmental regulators said Thursday. The state intends to establish a plan to reduce runoff that's feeding the outbreaks by limiting...

Oregon state Sen. Jeff Golden speaks to demonstrators opposed to a plan to build a natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon, at the Department of State Lands in Salem, Ore., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Golden said he expects the battle to go to the courts if the Trump administration tries to ram the project through despite denials of state permits. Demonstrators held signs depicting salmon, which environmentalists say are among fish species that would be impacted by the proposed 230-mile (370-kilometer) feeder pipeline and export terminal. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Trump appointees weigh plan to build pipeline in Oregon

Feb. 14, 2020 5:17 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Thursday was the day that a federal agency had been expected to make a decision on a proposed natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon, and both opponents of the project and the Canadian energy company behind it awaited word from Washington. But Thursday came and went,...

Village water declared safe to drink after fuel line damaged

Feb. 14, 2020 10:46 AM EST

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) — A do-not-drink advisory has been lifted in New Paltz after a damaged fuel line led to complaints about the taste and smell of the water, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. Cuomo announced in a statement Friday that water in the Hudson Valley community is safe to drink, according to the...

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, residents stand by the side of the road after fetching water, between Melut and Paloch town, in South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of

South Sudan ignores reports on oil pollution, birth defects

Feb. 14, 2020 3:10 AM EST

PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals including mercury, manganese, and arsenic, according to four environmental reports obtained by The Associated Press....

General Mills chooses Kansas for restorative farming project

Feb. 14, 2020 1:01 AM EST

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A major food corporation has selected Kansas wheat as the best in the nation for a three-year pilot project. The restorative farming project will discover ways farmers can save water, increase soil health and decrease carbon footprints, The Hutchinson News reported. General Mills,...

This undated photo provided by the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows one of two new baby Weedy Seadragons that were born at Birch Aquarium this week in San Diego. The Southern California aquarium has successfully bred the rare weedy sea dragon, the lesser known cousin of the sea horse that resembles seaweed when floating. San Diego's Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography said in a news release Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, that two weedy sea dragons have hatched this week, making the aquarium one of the few in the world to successfully breed the unusual fish. (Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography via AP)

San Diego aquarium breeds rare weedy sea dragon in captivity

Feb. 13, 2020 8:12 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California aquarium has successfully bred the rare weedy sea dragon, the lesser known cousin of the sea horse that resembles seaweed when floating. San Diego's Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography said in a news release Thursday that two weedy sea dragons have...

Settlement deal reached on Butte Superfund cleanup plan

Feb. 13, 2020 7:43 PM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — U.S. environmental officials and the company responsible for the nation's largest Superfund site have reached a proposed agreement to set what could be the final terms of the decades-long cleanup in Butte, officials said Thursday. The settlement, known as a consent decree, would require...