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Environment

Photo: Feds let BP avoid filing blowout plan for Gulf rig Feds let BP avoid filing blowout plan for Gulf rig
Associated Press - Wed May 5, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Petrochemical giant BP didn't file a plan to specifically handle a major oil spill from an uncontrolled blowout at its Deepwater Horizon project because the federal agency that regulates offshore rigs changed its rules two years ago to exempt certain projects in the central Gulf region, according to an Associated Press review of official records. More»

Oil rig explodes off Louisiana coast; 11 missing
Associated Press - Tue Apr 20, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - An explosion rocked an offshore oil drilling platform, sending a column of fire into the sky and touching off a frantic search at sea Wednesday for at least 11 reported missing. More»

Vermont Nuclear Plant Lies to Regulators about Radioactive Water
WPTZ-TV - Thu Jan 14, 2010
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Political leaders of every stripe sharply criticized executives at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant Friday over new revelations they have repeatedly misled regulators about key systems at the site. More»

Gov't stands by as mercury taints water
Associated Press - Thu Sep 17, 2009
NEW IDRIA, California - Abandoned mercury mines throughout central California's rugged coastal mountains are polluting the state's major waterways, rendering fish unsafe to eat and risking the health of at least 100,000 impoverished people. More»

Climate change seen as threat to U.S. security
New York Times - Sat Aug 8, 2009
WASHINGTON - The changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, military and intelligence analysts say. More»

Photo: Climate change could be even worse than feared Climate change could be even worse than feared
AFP - Sat Feb 14, 2009
CHICAGO - It seems the dire warnings about future devastation sparked by global warming have not been dire enough, top climate scientists warned Saturday. More»

Ocean Dead Zones Could Approach Mass Extinction Levels
Discovery News - Sun Jan 25, 2009
The future of Earth's oceans is beginning to look a lot like a mass extinction, according to new research. More»

Photo: Tangerine growers tell beekeepers to buzz off Tangerine growers tell beekeepers to buzz off
Associated Press - Thu Jan 8, 2009
FRESNO, California - Is it trespassing when bees do what bees do in California's tangerine groves? That is the question being weighed by state agriculture officials caught between beekeepers who prize orange blossom honey and citrus growers who blame the bees for causing otherwise seedless mandarin oranges to develop pips. More»

Rivers high in arsenic, heavy metals after sludge spill
CNN - Mon Dec 29, 2008
KINGSTON, Tennessee - The Environmental Protection Agency has found high levels of arsenic and heavy metals in two rivers in central Tennessee that are near the site of a spill that unleashed more than a billion gallons of coal waste. More»

Tennessee sludge spill estimate grows to 1 billion gallons
CNN - Fri Dec 26, 2008
Estimates for the amount of thick sludge that gushed from a Tennessee coal plant this week have tripled to more than a billion gallons, as cleanup crews try to remove the goop from homes and railroads and halt its oozing into an adjacent river. More»

Report: Endangered species decisions tainted
Associated Press - Mon Dec 15, 2008
WASHINGTON - A high-ranking Interior Department official tainted nearly every decision made on the protection of endangered species over five years, a new inspector general report finds, concluding she exerted improper political interference on many more rulings than previously thought. More»

Leaked Memos tell officials to ignore global-warming impact
McClatchy Newspapers - Mon Oct 13, 2008
WASHINGTON - New legal memos by top Bush administration officials say that the Endangered Species Act can't be used to protect animals and their habitats from climate change by regulating specific sources of greenhouse gas emissions, the cause of global warming. More»

Feds acknowledge Mich. arsonist was FBI informant
Associated Press - Sun Oct 12, 2008
DETROIT - Federal prosecutors are seeking a major sentencing break for an activist who committed arson at Michigan State University, publicly acknowledging for the first time his wide-ranging undercover role in investigations of eco-terrorism. More»

EPA won't limit toxic pollutant in drinking water
Associated Press - Mon Sep 22, 2008
The Environmental Protection Agency has decided there's no need to rid drinking water of a toxic rocket fuel ingredient that has fouled public water supplies around the country. More»

Germans probing whether Bayer pesticide caused honeybee colony collapse
Raleigh News & Observer - Wed Aug 27, 2008
Bayer CropScience officials are rejecting claims that some of the company's pesticides played a role in the disappearance of millions of US honeybees. More»

Bush wants some endangered species rules extinct
Associated Press - Mon Aug 11, 2008
Just months before President Bush leaves office, his administration is antagonizing environmentalists by proposing changes that would allow federal agencies to decide for themselves whether subdivisions, dams, highways and other projects have the potential to harm endangered animals and plants. More»

Navy says sub leaked radiation since 2006
CNN - Wed Aug 6, 2008
A US Navy submarine leaked trace amounts of radioactive water for two years as it made port calls in Japan and other Asian nations, the Navy said Thursday. More»

Photo: Massive oil spill clogs Mississippi River Massive oil spill clogs Mississippi River
AFP - Thu Jul 24, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Mississippi River reopened to limited traffic on Friday, two days after a barge collided with a tanker spilling hundreds of gallons of fuel oil, the US Coast Guard said. More»

Cheney wanted cuts in climate testimony
Associated Press - Mon Jul 7, 2008
Vice President Dick Cheney's office pushed for major deletions in congressional testimony on the public health consequences of climate change, fearing the presentation by a leading health official might make it harder to avoid regulating greenhouse gases, a former EPA officials maintains. More»

North Pole Could be Ice-Free This Summer
Live Science - Thu Jun 26, 2008
Arctic sea ice could break apart completely at the North Pole this year, allowing ships to sail over the normally frozen top of the world. More»

Boeing, Dow Chemical fined 926 million over nuclear pollution
AFP - Mon Jun 2, 2008
A Denver, Colorado court has fined Dow Chemical Company and Boeing Company a combined 926 million dollars for property damages caused by plutonium contamination from a nuclear weapons plant. More»

Salmonella cases top 200 in Colorado
Associated Press - Sun Mar 23, 2008
ALAMOSA, Colorado - The number of suspected salmonella cases linked to an outbreak in this southern Colorado town topped 200 Sunday. More»

Photo: Supreme Court to hear Exxon spill case Supreme Court to hear Exxon spill case
Associated Press - Sun Feb 24, 2008
CORDOVA, Alaska - For many in this coastal town, the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster was an event so crushing that hard-bitten fishermen still get teary-eyed recalling ruined livelihoods, broken marriages and suicides. More»

Photo: Biodiversity 'doomsday vault' comes to life in Arctic Biodiversity 'doomsday vault' comes to life in Arctic
AFP - Sun Feb 24, 2008
LONGYEARBYEN, Norway - Aimed at providing mankind with a Noah's Ark of food in the event of a global catastrophe, an Arctic "doomsday vault" filled with samples of the world's most important seeds will be inaugurated here Tuesday. More»

Photo: Agriculture Official's Priority: Avoiding Jail Agriculture Official's Priority: Avoiding Jail
Associated Press - Fri Feb 22, 2008
WASHINGTON - He overhauled federal forest policy to cut more trees - and became a lightning rod for environmentalists who say he is intent on logging every tree in his reach. More»

Feds stop state efforts to slash mercury pollution
Associated Press - Fri Feb 15, 2008
While arguing in court that states are free to enact tougher mercury controls from power plants, the Bush administration pressured dozens of states to accept a scheme that would let some plants evade cleaning up their pollution, government documents show. More»

France halts genetically modified corn
Associated Press - Fri Feb 8, 2008
PARIS - The French government on Saturday suspended the use of genetically modified corn crops in France while it awaits EU approval for a full ban. More»

Toxic Gov't Report Uncovered
OneWorld US - Fri Feb 8, 2008
NEW YORK - A much-delayed US government report has been obtained by journalists, raising allegations that officials may be suppressing politically inconvenient data that, if released, could help protect the health of millions living in the Great Lakes region of the country. More»

Reversal of endangered species rulings
Associated Press - Mon Nov 26, 2007
The US Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday reversed seven rulings that denied endangered species increased protection, after an investigation found the actions were tainted by political pressure from a former senior Interior Department official. More»

White House Edits CDC Climate Testimony
Associated Press - Mon Oct 22, 2007
The White House severely edited congressional testimony given Tuesday by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the impact of climate change on health, removing specific scientific references to potential health risks, according to two sources familiar with the documents. More»

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