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EPA lowers ethanol requirements, citing reduced demand

Dec. 07, 2021 22:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday lowered annual production requirements for ethanol and other biofuels to account for reduced demand as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the administration moved to reject requests by small oil refineries...

Navy contests Hawaii's orders to suspend, drain fuel tanks

Dec. 07, 2021 21:49 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy is contesting orders from Hawaii to suspend use of fuel tanks and drain them at a complex above an aquifer that supplies nearly 20% of Honolulu’s drinking water until certain conditions are met. The Navy has already said it was suspending use of the...

Test feeding plan in works for starving Florida manatees

Dec. 07, 2021 21:30 PM EST

St. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Normally giving food to wild animals is considered off limits, but the dire situation in Florida with more than 1,000 manatees dying from starvation due to manmade pollution is leading officials to consider an unprecedented feeding plan. The U.S. Fish...

Californians cut water use 13% in October; still behind goal

Dec. 07, 2021 21:09 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians stepped up their water conservation in October, a move made easier by a massive storm that dumped record rain in some parts of the state but still wasn't enough to combat the drought. Collectively, people reduced their water use by 13.2%...

Where's the snow? Rockies winter starts with a whimper

Dec. 07, 2021 20:53 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Denver's winter has started with a whimper, and the parched mountains to the west aren't faring much better. The Mile High City has already shattered its 87-year-old record for the latest measurable snowfall set on Nov. 21, 1934, and it's a little more than a week...

Gov. Cox proposes spending $50M to restore Great Salt Lake

Dec. 07, 2021 20:47 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is proposing spending $500 million on water conservation, preservation and infrastructure as part of his $25 billion budget proposal for next year. He unveiled the plan standing near the dry, receding edge of the iconic Great Salt Lake...

Ex-LA utility head admits taking bribes in billing scandal

Dec. 07, 2021 20:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power — the nation’s largest public utility — has agreed to plead guilty to taking bribes in a corruption scandal that grew out of an automated billing disaster that stuck ratepayers with exorbitant bills, federal...

ArtPlace America shows why culture matters to communities

Dec. 07, 2021 10:12 AM EST

Sometime in the next few years, crews dispatched by the Environmental Protection Agency will roll into Ashland, Massachusetts, population 19,000, and begin a $20.5 million cleanup of groundwater contaminated by waste from a chemical dye plant. That day will mark a victory for the town, where cancer...

European activists fight for right to repair electronics

Dec. 07, 2021 09:06 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — At a table scattered with tools and wires, volunteer repairers sit across from the owners of an assortment of inoperable electronics. The volunteers at a free “repair cafe” in Copenhagen disassemble and diagnose gadgets while the customers watch, each doing their...

11 students treated for breathing issues in pool malfunction

Dec. 07, 2021 08:53 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eleven students from a private Milwaukee school were taken to the hospital after a chlorine buildup in the pool area caused air quality to deteriorate. Fire officials say the children from St. Augustine Preparatory Academy were treated for breathing problems at...