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NJ failing to put out required pollution reports, AP finds

Jun. 25, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's environmental regulators have failed for nearly a decade to meet a legal requirement they provide a detailed written accounting each year of enforcement actions against polluters of state waterways, the Associated Press has found. The Clean Water Enforcement Act requires...

Methane rules up for debate as drilling booms in New Mexico

Jun. 25, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants New Mexico to craft its own rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas development as the rollback of federal regulations remains tangled in a legal fight. The industry says it has a roadmap that will help. Environmentalists argue the...

The Latest: Minnesota court orders hearing on PolyMet permit

Jun. 25, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

HOYT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Minnesota (all times local): 1 p.m. The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered a hearing on alleged irregularities in how Minnesota regulators dealt with federal regulators over a water pollution permit for the planned PolyMet...

Senate President: Not enough votes for Oregon climate bill

Jun. 25, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate President says there aren't enough votes within his own majority Democratic caucus to approve a landmark climate bill that sparked a walkout by Republicans, who fled to other states to thwart the measure. Democratic Senate President Peter Courtney said Tuesday there...

Petrochemical fire spews thick black smoke in southern Spain

Jun. 25, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A fire at a petrochemical plant in southern Spain has sent a massive plume of black smoke into the air near Gibraltar. The blaze broke out Tuesday at an industrial zone near Algeciras. The Andalusian emergency service said on Twitter that the plant owner, Indorama Ventures, says there have...

Scientists on Madeira see new 'plasticrust' sea pollution

Jun. 25, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Researchers say they may have identified a new kind of plastic pollution in the sea and they're calling it "plasticrust." Scientists working in Madeira, a volcanic Portuguese island off northwest Africa, have found small patches of what looks like melted plastic encrusted on rocks...

Calls increase for Democrats to face climate change in Miami

Jun. 25, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Rising sea levels could threaten the very existence of Miami and much of the rest of South Florida, and Democrats are facing calls to confront climate change squarely during this week's presidential debates in the low-lying city. The City of Miami has a $400 million bond program to finance...

Developers seek financing for Minnesota copper-nickel mine

Jun. 25, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

HOYT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Developers of a proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota are courting bankers for $950 million in financing, even as environmental groups push back against the project over water pollution fears. PolyMet Mining Corp. CEO Jon Cherry tells the Star Tribune that he's...

Health impact from smoke rises with more intense wildfires

Jun. 25, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths. That emerging reality is prompting people in cities...

Teen rescued after fall from Hoosier National Forest cliff

Jun. 25, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

ENGLISH, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say they rescued a teenager who survived falling 50-60 feet (15-18 meters) from a cliff at Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says two Conservation Officers responded to a report of a missing juvenile Monday night and...