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This July 8, 2019, photo provided by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region, shows a yellow-billed cuckoo. Audubon experts are celebrating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to keep the western yellow-billed cuckoo under the Endangered Species Act, ruling against a petition for removal, the Arizona Republic reports. (Peter Pearsall/United States Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

Arizona's western yellow-billed cuckoo to remain protected

Sep. 27, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A beloved cuckoo bird won't go federally unprotected in Arizona. Audubon experts are celebrating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to keep the western yellow-billed cuckoo under the Endangered Species Act, ruling against a petition for its removal, the Arizona Republic...

This Sept. 14, 2020 photo shows shows a Duke Energy natural gas-fired electric power plant on Sutton Lake in Wilmington, N.C. It went online in 2013 and replaced a coal-fired plant that had polluted the lake with coal ash. Sutton Lake is among a number of man-made reservoirs in the U.S. that environmentalists say will lose federal protection from pollution under a Trump administration revision of the Clean Water Act that took effect this year. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes

Sep. 27, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Nearly 50 years ago, a power company received permission from North Carolina to build a reservoir by damming a creek near the coastal city of Wilmington. It would provide a source of steam to generate electricity and a place to cool hot water from an adjacent coal-fired plant....

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, William Perry Pendley, acting director of the Bureau of Land Management, speaks to the media on the Grizzly Creek Fire in Eagle, Colo. A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration's leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully and blocked him from continuing in the position. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, that U.S. Bureau of Land Management acting director William Perry Pendley was never confirmed to the post by the U.S. Senate and served unlawfully for 424 days. Montana's Democratic governor had sued to remove Pendley, saying the the former oil industry attorney was illegally overseeing a government agency that manages almost a quarter-billion acres of land, primarily in the U.S. West. (Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily via AP, File)

Judge removes Trump public lands boss for serving unlawfully

Sep. 25, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully, blocking him from continuing in the position in the latest pushback against the administration's practice of filling key positions without U.S. Senate approval....

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, a red-cockaded woodpecker looks to a biologist as it is released back into in a long leaf pine forest at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. A bird declared endangered in 1970 -- the red-cockaded woodpecker, which taps pine sap to protect babies from snakes and gets its sons to help care for the next clutch of nestlings -- has recovered enough to relax federal protection, officials said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Feds: Relax protections for woodpecker endangered since 1970

Sep. 25, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

The red-cockaded woodpecker, a bird declared endangered in 1970 and surviving today in 11 states' scattered longleaf pine forests, has recovered enough to relax its federal protection, officials said Friday. But not all wildlife advocates agree. “The red-cockaded woodpecker has flourished to the point that...

Terry Fuller, chairman of the state Plant Board, stands outside Fuller Seed & Supply in Poplar Grove, Ark., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Fuller, the head of an Arkansas agency that has placed restrictions on the use of dicamba believes his farming operations were targeted by vandals because of his stance on the herbicide. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Fuller says his eastern Arkansas farm has been vandalized three times this summer, resulting in more than $80,000 in damage. (Stephen Steed/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP, File)

Arkansas official says vandals targeted him over dicamba

Sep. 25, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

POPLAR GROVE, Ark. (AP) — The head of an Arkansas agency that has placed restrictions on the use of dicamba believes his farming operations were targeted by vandals because of his stance on the herbicide. Terry Fuller, a Plant Board member for seven years who was recently elected chairman, said his eastern...

Alaska regulators seek more money for oil spill fund

Sep. 25, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska environmental regulators are seeking additional money for the state's oil spill response fund amid a review of requirements for petroleum producers and shippers. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune has advocated for the state administration and...

Colorado requires early pollution monitoring at oil sites

Sep. 25, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials have approved new rules that require air pollution monitoring at oil and gas sites during early stages of operations — the first state regulatory system of its kind in the country, the state Department of Public Health and Environment said. The...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Cal Expo in Sacramento where he announced an executive order requiring the sale of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035, a move the governor says would achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. California would be the first state with such a rule, though Germany and France are among 15 other countries that have a similar requirement. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

Sep. 24, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation's most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into overdrive. The...

Mining county asks lawmakers for open meetings law exemption

Sep. 24, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Officials in a rural Nevada county with significant mining assets want state lawmakers to carve out an exemption in the state's Open Meeting Law to allow them to discuss environmental assessments before the reports are released to the public. Members of the Legislature’s...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer 'Volkswagen', arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament in Berlin, Germany. A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges related to the company's diesel emissions scandal, these ones related to alleged market manipulation. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Former VW boss Winterkorn faces trial on 2nd set of charges

Sep. 24, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges in the company's diesel emissions scandal, this time accused of market manipulation. Thursday's announcement by the Braunschweig state court followed a decision earlier this month...