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US grants license for temporary nuclear waste dump in Texas

Sep. 14, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials have cleared the way for construction of a dump in West Texas that could hold spent nuclear fuel for up to 40 years. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted a license to Interim Storage Partners LLC to build and run a facility that...

Minnesota court deals yet another setback to pipeline foes

Aug. 30, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed a decision by state pollution regulators to issue a water quality certification for Enbridge Energy's Line 3 crude oil pipeline, the latest setback for opponents who are trying to stop the project as it nears completion. ...

Climate impact of coal sales from US lands scrutinized

Aug. 19, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials launched a review Thursday of climate damage and other impacts from coal mining on public lands as the Biden administration expands its scrutiny of government fossil fuel sales that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. The review...

Kaul files lawsuit to force Walker appointee off DNR board

Aug. 17, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul filed a lawsuit Tuesday demanding that a judge remove the GOP-appointed chairman of the Department of Natural Resources policy board from his position, a move designed to give Gov. Tony Evers control of a key entity that decides...

Lawsuit: US withholding wildfire fuel break information

Aug. 13, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are accusing federal land managers of illegally withholding information about environmental assessments used to justify plans to create fuel breaks to slow wildfires by clearing forests and shrubs across six western states with little if any public...

EXPLAINER: What's ahead for the Wisconsin wolf hunt

Aug. 12, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials will allow state-licensed hunters to kill scores of wolves this fall despite conservationists' plea s to end wolf hunting completely, after a spring season that saw hunters blow past their quota by almost 100 animals. Here are the key...

New Jersey gets federal grants to make urban areas greener

Aug. 11, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is getting $2 million in federal grants to help make urban areas greener. The money comes from the outdoor recreation legacy partnership program, which helps target projects in “historically marginilized communities,” the state's...

Minnesota co-ops approve North Dakota power plant sale

Jul. 30, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Member cooperatives of a Minnesota electric company endorsed a deal Friday to sell a financially troubled coal-fueled power plant in North Dakota to a Bismarck firm. Great River Energy said its 28 member cooperatives at a special meeting approved...

EXCLUSIVE: Biden mileage rule to exceed Obama climate goal

Jul. 27, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years, according to industry and government officials briefed on the plan. He's then aiming for even tougher anti-pollution rules...

Analysis: Wicker says Yazoo pumps would alleviate injustice

Jul. 25, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Installing massive pumps to drain water from the south Mississippi Delta would be a way to fight environmental injustice because the pumps would help low-income and minority residents whose lives are disrupted by flooding, Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of...