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  • HARTFORD, Conn.— A long-simmering dispute over dumping dredged materials from rivers and harbors into Long Island Sound has flared up again with a new federal plan to govern disposal sites. Connecticut backs the disposal of materials in designated areas while New York state and environmental activists are calling for the reuse of sediments.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— State and federal agencies have agreed on a plan for demolishing huge buildings and other facilities from a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio. "With this document in place, DOE can begin its work to secure funding and mobilize for cleanup," Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler said in a statement.

  • NEW ORLEANS— Attorneys are eyeing a November retrial date for Kurt Mix, the former BP engineer charged with obstructing a federal investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Court papers filed Thursday show attorneys are working toward a Nov. 16 date but may seek to push the trial back to Nov. 30. Federal prosecutors say Mix deleted text messages about the...

  • LOS ANGELES— Beaches along the Santa Barbara County coast remained open to swimmers, surfers and sunbathers Friday as the Coast Guard worked to determine whether an oil slick that materialized just offshore this week was simply the result of natural ocean-floor seepage. That's the conclusion Jordan Clark, professor of earth science and environmental...

  • A blockade in Portland, Oregon, that included environmental protesters dangling from a bridge unsuccessfully attempted to keep a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving for oil drilling in the Arctic. Royal Dutch Shell PLC and other companies want to tap into U.S. Offshore Alaska offers some of the most prolific, undeveloped hydrocarbon basins in the world,...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— Authorities used boats, personal watercraft, poles and their bare hands to remove protesters in kayaks and hanging from bridges who had tried to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker bound for an Arctic drilling operation. The Fennica left dry dock Thursday afternoon and made its way down the Willamette River toward the Pacific Ocean soon after...

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will unveil as soon as Monday the final version of a sweeping- and controversial- regulation to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Among other things: The EPA is expected to push back the rule's start date by two years to 2022, according to a slide posted by the agency briefly on its...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several Greenpeace activists appeared to bow to orders from police to lower themselves into...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- Greenpeace protesters dangling from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday forced back an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in Alaska to start drilling in the Arctic. The 13 Greenpeace protesters, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River early on Wednesday, are hoping to shorten Shell's Arctic drilling season...

  • LAS VEGAS— Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas have agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution. Some $1.5 million of the funds from NV Energy and the California Department of Water Resources are earmarked for a...

  • US authorities looking for Cecil the lion's killer Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 2:39 PM ET
    Piper Hoppe, 10, from Minnetonka, Minnesota, holds a sign at the doorway of River Bluff Dental in Bloomington, Minnesota, on July 29, 2015, during a protest against Cecil's killing.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been trying to find the man who shot a lion in Zimbabwe, but he is not responding.

  • Quarter of Earth seen living on just one continent Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 1:03 PM ET
    Indian passengers stand and hang onto a train as it departs from a station on the outskirts of New Delhi.

    The Earth will be quite a bit more crowded in 2050—with nearly 2.5 billion more people than now.

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- The final version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, a major air pollution regulation aimed at curbing carbon emissions from power plants, is scheduled for release on Monday. However, in December 2011, the court did block an EPA air regulation to limit pollution crossing state lines. David Doniger, a lawyer with the...

  • Correction: Zimbabwe-Lion Killed-3 Things story Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 11:19 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a story July 29 about U.S. regulations and big game hunting, The Associated Press erroneously referred to The Human Society of the United States. It is The Humane Society of the United States. WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is ready to assist Zimbabwe in its investigation of an American dentist's killing of a protected African...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- Greenpeace protestors dangling from a bridge on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, halted an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in northern Alaska before it can start drilling into the region's oil zone. The 13 Greenpeace protestors, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River early on Wednesday, are hoping to shorten...

  • 'Cecil the lion' and the big business of hunting Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 7:28 AM ET
    Protesters hold signs during a rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota July 29, 2015, against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe.

    The hunting and much-publicized death of Cecil the lion has cast a light on the controversial and lucrative business of game hunting in Africa.

  • MOUNT HOLLY, N.J.— A judge is weeks away from deciding whether to allow a disputed environmental contamination settlement between New Jersey and Exxon Mobil Corp., he said Thursday during a hearing on the deal. Chris Christie following 11 years of litigation over pollution caused by the company, particularly at sites in Linden and Bayonne.

  • California says water use fell by 27 percent in June Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 3:18 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California's unprecedented system of mandatory conservation imposed on cities got off to a strong start with water use plunging 27 percent in June, regulators said Thursday. Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board showed 265 of 411 local agencies in California hit or nearly reached savings targets. The report confirmed...

  • LOS ANGELES— Coast Guard officials say it will likely be a couple more days before they can definitively say what caused a miles-long oil slick to materialize off the Santa Barbara County coast this week, but an expert said Thursday it was more than likely the result of ocean-floor seepage. The oil is floating in the Santa Barbara Channel above the Coal Oil Point...

  • The EPA's probe into whether Matson Inc. violated the Clean Water Act during the 2013 spill was still ongoing when Hawaii's attorney general announced the settlement Wednesday. The settlement resolved claims by the state Department of Health against Matson, but "it did not preclude DOH from cooperating or assisting with EPA in the latter's ongoing...