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Rancher Mike Wilcox surveys the debris left at the site of the Keystone-Wallace Copper Mill, where he worked briefly in the 1970s on Nov. 12, 2020. Wilcox fears a copper mine's plans to pump diluted sulfuric acid into the shallow aquifer that supplies his well will drive him out of business.  (Zak Podmore/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Ranchers, landowners worry about copper mine's plan

Nov. 29, 2020 11:43 AM EST

LISBON VALLEY, Utah (AP) — When Mike Wilcox was a young man in the mid-1970s, he took a job at the Keystone-Wallace copper mine and mill near his home in Lisbon Valley, Utah. Some days, Wilcox went down in the open pit and dug a series of deep holes that were each loaded with 100 pounds of explosives....

Illinois EPA remakes curriculum for virtual use

Nov. 29, 2020 9:17 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has revised its environmental education programs for virtual use because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of this year's Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest is “Fight Food Waste: Our Environment Can't be Replaced!”...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, with California Gov. Gavin Newsom at left, discusses the Trump administration's pledge to revoke California's authority to set vehicle emissions standards that are different than the federal standards, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Nichols' term leading the state ARB ends in December 2020. She's held the role since 2007 after an earlier stint as chair in the early 1980s. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Top California air, climate regulator hopes to run Biden EPA

Nov. 27, 2020 5:34 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Over four decades, Mary Nichols has been the regulator behind some of the nation’s most ambitious climate policies and, in recent years, she’s been their staunchest defender against President Donald Trump's effort to dismantle them. With Joe Biden heading to the...

U.S. Justice Department suing over Puyallup River pollution

Nov. 26, 2020 9:10 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is suing the owners of the Electron dam for violating the Clean Water Act by polluting the Puyallup River. The civil suit was filed against Electron Hydro, LLC, Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. District Court for...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, University of New Hampshire scientists monitor the health of seagrass in the Great Bay in Durham, N.H. Federal officials have finalized a plan in November 2020 to reduce pollution in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Michael Casey, File)

EPA finalizes water permit to help clean up the Great Bay

Nov. 24, 2020 5:48 PM EST

Federal officials finalized a plan Tuesday to reduce pollution in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast with an approach that gives surrounding communities greater flexibility to address the problem. The Environmental Protection Agency, in the Clean Water Permit for the Great Bay in New Hampshire, calls...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler pauses as he testifies during a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is looking at taxpayer-funded trips to tropical climes in the Trump administration’s last weeks. EPA spokesman James Hewitt said Thursday, Nov. 19, that Wheeler had been invited next month to Taiwan, in a trip with an estimated cost of $45,000. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Transition or tropics? EPA chief looks at final trips abroad

Nov. 19, 2020 4:33 PM EST

After months of travel to battleground states before Election Day, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency now is looking at taxpayer-funded trips abroad, including the tropics, in the Trump administration's last weeks. Administrator Andrew Wheeler had been invited next month to Taiwan, a trip with an...

Pittsburgh agency admits pumping sludge into Allegheny River

Nov. 19, 2020 7:22 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has admitted violating the Clean Water Act when workers illegally pumped sludge into the Allegheny River between 2010 and 2017. The authority on Wednesday pleaded guilty to federal charges, including falsifying written reports to the Environmental...

Analysis: Mississippi pump proposal evokes strong reactions

Nov. 15, 2020 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Farmers, rural shopkeepers and Mississippi politicians from both major parties are speaking out to support a proposed flood control project that would pump water from parts of the south Delta. Environmental groups remain opposed to the Yazoo Backwater Project. They've said for decades...

Fort Wayne sewage tunnel on track despite year of challenges

Nov. 15, 2020 9:25 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A deep rock tunnel being built beneath Fort Wayne to catch sewage overflows is still on schedule to open in Indiana’s second-largest city in 2023 despite what officials say has been a year of challenges that included the coronavirus pandemic. Work on the 5-mile-long...

Washington state police remind people of vehicle idling law

Nov. 10, 2020 10:00 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state have said it is illegal to leave a vehicle unattended while the engine is running, raising concerns for many residents in the winter who turn on their cars and head back inside to keep warm. It is illegal for people driving or in charge of a vehicle...