- Barrasso questions proposed EPA in-situ uranium standards Updated: Oct-09-15 6:47 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overstepping its authority and endangering an industry by proposing extensive new standards to protect groundwater from uranium mining, said a U.S. senator from Wyoming, the top uranium-mining state.
- Official wanted bigger fine for Duke Energy coal ash issues Updated: Oct-09-15 2:57 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - An assistant secretary in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality says he would have levied a heavier fine on Duke Energy than the $25.1 million it was assessed for coal ash violations.
- Judge gets case against Iowa 'roadside zoo' accused of abuse Updated: Oct-09-15 1:42 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A trial has wrapped up in a federal lawsuit against a privately owned zoo in northeastern Iowa that could affect how so-called roadside zoos around the country care for animals considered endangered.
- North Dakota delegation applauds court's waterways ruling Updated: Oct-09-15 1:34 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota's congressional delegation is applauding a federal appeals court ruling in Cincinnati that blocks nationwide an Obama administration rule giving the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways.
- Appeals court puts hold on regulation protecting waterways Updated: Oct-09-15 1:17 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - A federal appeals court on Friday blocked an Obama administration rule that attempts to clarify which small streams, wetlands and other waterways the government can shield from pollution and development.
- Celebration of Peru's economic boom comes late Updated: Oct-09-15 11:54 am
LIMA, Peru - The world's top finance officials lavished praise on Peru's "economic miracle" this week, lauding it for cutting poverty by half during a decade-long bonanza of record-high prices for gold, copper and other metals it mines.
- California oil regulators acknowledge oversight failings Updated: Oct-08-15 8:58 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Oil and gas regulators in and around Los Angeles routinely failed to carry out much of the oversight required to keep federally protected drinking-water aquifers from oilfield contamination, an internal review by those state regulators concluded Thursday.
- Governor orders another rewrite of clean-water rules Updated: Oct-08-15 7:12 pm
SEATTLE - Gov. Jay Inslee directed officials Thursday to take another stab at updating clean-water rules, as the state races to finalize a plan before the federal government intervenes.
- VW executive apologizes but says scandal not his fault Updated: Oct-08-15 4:27 pm
WASHINGTON - Volkswagen's top U.S. executive offered deep apologies yet sought to distance himself Thursday from the emissions scandal enveloping the world's largest automaker, asserting top corporate officials had no knowledge of the cheating software installed in 11 million diesel cars.
- EPA pushes for 'smart thermostats' as way to limit pollution Updated: Oct-08-15 4:06 pm
CHICAGO - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made an impassioned push Thursday for homeowners to adopt Wi-Fi-enabled "smart thermostats" as a way to limit carbon pollution and improve public health.
- ArcelorMittal sued over soot from Pennsylvania coke plant Updated: Oct-08-15 3:38 pm
PITTSBURGH - An environmental activist group sued ArcelorMittal USA on Thursday for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act by showering nearby residents with soot and other pollutants from a western Pennsylvania coke plant more than 200 times since it reopened in April 2014.
- The Latest: Lawmakers press EPA on its response to VW case Updated: Oct-08-15 3:20 pm
WASHINGTON - The latest on the congressional hearing on Volkswagen's emissions-rigging (all times local):
- Pike, Amite counties issue burn bans Updated: Oct-08-15 4:06 am
MAGNOLIA, Mississippi - Supervisors in Pike and Amite counties have issued burn bans, citing dry weather conditions that are making the area a tinder box.
- EPA investigating VW emissions controls in 2016 diesels Updated: Oct-07-15 8:32 pm
WASHINGTON - Volkswagen plans to withdraw applications seeking U.S. emissions certifications for its 2016 model Jettas, Golfs, Passats and Beetles with diesel engines, raising the possibility that an emissions-rigging device similar to earlier models is also included in its new cars.
- California wants renewable energy for half its power by 2030 Updated: Oct-07-15 8:00 pm
LOS ANGELES - Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California's climate-change goals on Wednesday, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years.
- Environmental group targets Indiana's right-to-farm laws Updated: Oct-07-15 5:56 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - An environmental group is challenging the constitutionality of Indiana's right-to-farm laws on behalf of two rural families who say the stench wafting from a large hog farm west of Indianapolis is making their homes unlivable.
- Feds decide not to extend federal protection to tiny snail Updated: Oct-07-15 5:11 pm
OAK CREEK, Arizona - A tiny snail found along springs in Yavapai County won't be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
- Burn ban issued for Washington County Updated: Oct-07-15 5:07 pm
GREENVILLE, Mississippi - A burn ban has been issued for Washington County.
- Endangered Species Act list won't add American eels Updated: Oct-07-15 3:35 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - American eels will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday, a victory for fishermen of the increasingly valuable species.
- Feds opt not to list 3 species in Idaho, surrounding states Updated: Oct-07-15 2:48 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Authorities say three species found in Idaho and neighboring states don't require federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.
- VW, with limited DC lobbying footprint, braces for Congress Updated: Oct-06-15 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON - When Volkswagen's top American executive heads to Capitol Hill this week, he probably won't be able to count on longtime allies among the lawmakers investigating the company's emissions cheating scandal.
- Vote on loosening emissions testing awaits Tenn. lawmakers Updated: Oct-06-15 3:33 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee lawmakers are set to vote on loosening vehicle emissions testing requirements as soon as they return in January, undeterred by Volkswagen's recent admission that it had been gaming the tests already in place.
- Montgomery County approves lawn pesticides bill Updated: Oct-06-15 3:22 pm
ROCKVILLE, Maryland - The Montgomery County Council has approved a measure banning the use of pesticides on county-owned and private lawns.
- Trial underway for man charged with breaking clean water law Updated: Oct-06-15 2:18 pm
HELENA, Montana - A federal jury heard arguments Tuesday in the case of a miner near Basin who faces criminal charges for digging ponds near his claim that prosecutors say polluted wetlands and a waterway in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.
- Correction: Invasive Species-Lawsuit story Updated: Oct-06-15 11:39 am
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan - In a story Oct. 5 about a federal appeals court ordering the government to rewrite regulations on ballast water discharges from ships, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of an environmental group that challenged the rules. It is the Natural Resources Defense Council, not the National Resources Defense Council.