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Stories with subject: Environmental concerns
  • new storyAlaska adopts new rules for dispersant use in oil spills 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 4:12 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Federal and state agencies that respond to oil spills have adopted new rules for using chemical dispersant on major offshore crude oil spills in Alaska.

  • new storyHouse report details EPA missteps in Colorado mine spill story has photos
    Updated: Feb-11-16 4:04 pm

    DENVER - A probe of a mine waste accident in Colorado that fouled rivers in three states with arsenic, lead and other toxic substances has found further evidence that government workers knew a spill from the gold mine was possible, according to documents released Thursday by a U.S. House committee.

  • new storyScott wants Lake Okeechobee waters diverted from coasts 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 3:46 pm

    MIAMI - Authorities say they're looking "anywhere that can hold water" to relieve high water levels in Lake Okeechobee and Florida's Everglades.

  • new storyNew York holds manufacturers liable for fouled water 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 3:06 pm

    ALBANY, New York - New York regulators say Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International are required to pay for the investigation and cleanup of a toxic chemical in an upstate village's drinking water.

  • new storyState officials revise water tests after temperature errors 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 3:05 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota health officials said Thursday that they had improperly tested thousands of water samples for decades and would re-evaluate hundreds of sites across the state for fertilizer, cyanide and other chemicals.

  • new storyUtah sees worst air quality since 2013 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 3:01 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's pollution is at its highest levels since 2013 thanks to an inversion that is trapping murky air above Salt Lake and Utah valleys.

  • Judge orders northeast Iowa zoo to remove tigers, lemurs 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 1:14 pm

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The owners of a private northeast Iowa zoo must remove their tigers and lemurs after a federal judge ruled that they failed to provide appropriate living conditions for the endangered animals.

  • Ex-executive due for sentencing in West Virginia spill 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 8:58 am

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - A former Freedom Industries executive is due in federal court for sentencing on a pollution charge in a chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians.

  • Indian capital to curb cars again to control air pollution 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 8:07 am

    NEW DELHI - The New Delhi government will restrict cars on the streets for another two weeks to fight the extreme air pollution that has made the Indian capital the world's most polluted city.

  • Court's stay on EPA rules gives governor temporary reprieve 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 8:25 pm

    HELENA, Montana - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to temporarily freeze the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan gives Montana Gov. Steve Bullock breathing room in his campaign for a second term.

  • Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-10-16 8:07 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state - a plan that lawmakers from both parties generally welcomed as moving in the right direction with the proper priorities.

  • Panel OKs relaxing emission regs, tweaks renewable program 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 6:54 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Republicans on the Legislature's powerful budget committee approved a bill Wednesday that would relax portions of Wisconsin's sulfur dioxide regulations and rework utilities' obligations to pay into the state's renewable energy program.

  • Wyoming, Arch Coal reach bankruptcy bonding deal 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 6:53 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming regulators have reached a deal with Arch Coal to accept up to $75 million in place of the company's $486 million in bonding obligations in the state while the company goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

  • Kansas senate bill would restrict habitat protections 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 5:51 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Threatened and endangered species in Kansas would see their protected habitats greatly shrink under a proposal that would change how those habitats are designated, a conservationist warned a Senate committee Wednesday.

  • Vehicle emissions test notices suspended amid budget impasse 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 5:30 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois motorists will have to keep track of when their vehicles need to pass an emissions test or be renewed, because the state says it won't provide mailed notifications.

  • Bill to bar Wyoming wardens from wolf, grizzly cases fails 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 4:42 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A Wyoming legislative committee has defeated a bill to bar state game managers from investigating or prosecuting people for killing wolves and grizzly bears as long as the animals remain federally protected.

  • Despite US setback, Virginia moving forward on 'Clean Power' 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 4:41 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia is moving forward with efforts to reduce carbon emissions linked to climate change amid uncertainty over the future of the Obama administration's landmark environmental initiative.

  • James River Association challenging Virginia coal ash permit 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 4:16 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - The James River Association signaled its intent Wednesday to legally challenge a state permit allowing Virginia's largest utility to discharge millions of gallons of treated coal ash wastewater into the James River.

  • Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 4:06 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement.

  • Florida editorial roundup 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 3:30 pm

    Recent editorials from Florida newspapers:

  • New Mexico official blasts EPA over Colorado mine spill 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 2:47 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The head of the New Mexico Environment Department is blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying federal officials are downplaying the long-term effects of the Gold King Mine spill.

  • Few oil-gas companies say they can't meet new flood rules 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 2:25 pm

    DENVER - Only four of the estimated 500 oil and gas companies operating in Colorado say they can't meet the April 1 deadline to implement new safety rules to limit spills during major floods, according to regulators.

  • North Dakotans laud Supreme Court move to halt CO2 rules story has photos
    Updated: Feb-10-16 12:28 pm

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - A U.S. Supreme Court move to suspend federal rules aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants is good news for North Dakota, state officials said.

  • WVa gov: likely no state carbon plan until after court cases 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 12:17 pm

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin doesn't expect West Virginia to submit compliance plans for carbon emissions standards from coal-fired power plants while the federal regulation remains in court proceedings.

  • Weather purges San Francisco Bay Area lakes of toxic algae 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 10:45 am

    OAKLAND, California - Heavy rain and a cold El Niño winter have purged three East Bay swim lakes of toxic algae that flourished in the drought last year and led to swim bans, lost lifeguard jobs and changed vacation plans.