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PHOTO: The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project says a Yale study found more than a dozen health impacts in up to 40 percent of residents interviewed about nearby fracking wells in Western Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Joshua B. Probanic/Public Herald.

BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. - As natural gas drilling pads, pipelines and compressor stations spring up around the state, groups of parents calling themselves Protect Our Children are hoping for at least a one-mile buffer between infrastructure and schools and playgrounds. Penni Lechner, a mother in Summit ...Read More

PHOTO: A new analysis from The Wilderness Society of BLM management plans throughout the West shows that oil and gas is favored other over uses. In Wyoming, 95 percent has been made available for development. Photo courtesy of BLM.

LANDER, Wyo. - Ninety-five percent for oil and gas, 5 percent for everything else. An analysis from The Wilderness Society shows that the Bureau of Land Management has made almost all its land within Wyoming available for development. Nada Culver, director of the society's BLM Action Center, said t ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 22,000 people in the Treasure Valley are going to be trained to prevent child sexual abuse. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Two hours in training to protect Idaho children from child sexual abuse. More than 22-thousand in the Boise area will undergo the training in the coming months. Comments from Michael Graves, national director of partnering in prevention at the Redwoods Group Foundation. The organizati ...Read More

PHOTO: Rooftop solar has become a significant enough issue for utility companies to seek new fees from homeowners who install it. Photo by Alfred Twu.

RICHMOND, Va. - Utilities in several states including Virginia are turning to new charges to make up for revenue they're losing to homes with solar power. The price of solar panels has fallen dramatically, and more people are installing them. In response, industry groups are urging states to let po ...Read More

PHOTO: The Clean Water Act Marks its 42nd anniversary Saturday and there are calls to expand its scope to include smaller streams and wetlands. Photo credit: Cherie Durbin/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - For over four decades, Clean Water Act protections have helped to maintain the integrity of waterways in Ohio and throughout the country. The legislation marks its 42nd anniversary on Saturday. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) of the Cleveland area says the law is particularly im ...Read More

PHOTO: The Clean Water Act was passed 42 years ago to protect surface water. Changes have been proposed that have become controversial. Photo credit: Jerry Oster

YANKTON, S.D. - The Clean Water Act celebrates its 42nd anniversary this weekend. It was passed in 1972 to protect the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the nation's surface water. Trisha Jackson, a research geologist from South Dakota State University in Brookings, says clean water is ...Read More

PHOTO: Fishermen with a Tillamook Bay Chinook taken on spinners in the middle bay on Tuesday. Fall Chinook are among the most stable wild salmon populations in Oregon, largely because they don't spend as much time in fresh water streams as others. Photo courtesy of Bob Rees.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Every Oregonian who turns on a faucet or casts a fishing line has a stake in what happens with the Clean Water Act. The federal law turns 42 on Saturday, and sportsmen and conservation groups are pushing to strengthen it. The EPA is proposing an update to the Act after court cases ...Read More

PHOTO: "Drop, cover, and hold" is part of the earthquake drill Nevadans are encouraged to participate in today during the Great Nevada ShakeOut. Photo courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Great ShakeOut arrives today in Nevada, one of several states participating in earthquake drills practiced around the world. Craig DePolo, a research geologist at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, says most Nevadans probably don't realize they live in the third-most se ...Read More

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