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Deal signed to treat glass factory waste by Allegheny River

Mar. 30, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — After a nearly decade-long lawsuit waged by two environmental groups, PPG Industries Inc. has agreed to do more to clean up a factory waste dump leaking toxic metals into the Allegheny River, upriver from where Pittsburgh draws drinking water. The...

GOP lawmakers take aim at Arizona renewable energy standards

Mar. 30, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — As states across the U.S. West beef up their renewable energy requirements, a push to do so in Arizona has been met by fierce resistance from the Republican governor and GOP-dominated Legislature, which are looking to strip elected utility regulators of their power to set...

Lawyers clash over $1B hydropower transmission corridor

Mar. 30, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Attorneys for conservation organizations and an electric utility clashed Tuesday before a federal appeals court over the adequacy of environmental reviews of a key portion of a power transmission project in western Maine. An attorney for three conservation...

Jeff Tittel, prominent New Jersey environmentalist, retiring

Mar. 24, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jeff Tittel, New Jersey's highest-profile environmentalist who battled government agencies and private industry over pollution, development and public access to beaches and waterways, is retiring. The 64-year-old Tittel said Wednesday he will...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Mar. 23, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

Lawrence Journal-World. March 20, 2021. Editorial: With weeds, Douglas County commissioners have a chance to show rural residents they understand Weeds are a real hassle everywhere, but they have the chance to turn into a true problem at the Douglas...

Groups push climate change study of upper Mississippi River

Mar. 22, 2021 03:40 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Environmental groups are calling on Midwestern governors to produce a climate change study of the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Congress approved plans for a comprehensive climate study of the Upper Mississippi River as part of a COVID-19 relief...

Plan to allow thousands of California oil wells faces vote

Mar. 08, 2021 23:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A plan to fast-track drilling of thousands of new oil and gas wells over the next 15 years in California’s prime oil patch was approved Monday by Kern County officials over objections by environmental groups. The Kern County Board of Supervisors...

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett delivers 1st opinion

Mar. 04, 2021 16:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Amy Coney Barrett delivered her first Supreme Court majority opinion Thursday, ruling against an environmental group that had sought access to government records. President Donald Trump's third nominee wrote for a 7-2 court that certain draft...

USDA reevaluates plan to turn ditch into water pipeline

Mar. 02, 2021 15:02 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal agency and a Nevada water conservation district have agreed to re-evaluate preliminary plans to turn part of a 140-year-old irrigation ditch in Reno into a water pipeline after environmentalists and local residents objected. The Agriculture...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Feb. 10, 2021 14:14 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Feb. 10 The Miami Herald on proposed riot-response legislation that is drawing criticism: Proponents of Florida’s proposed “Combating Public Disorder” law...