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PHOTO: Sport, commercial and tribal fishermen all have indicated opposition to the idea of a terminal to fill coal barges at the Port of Morrow. This week, the Oregon Department of State Lands denied a permit request by its developers. Photo credit: visionsofmaine/iStockphoto.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - The state of Oregon has denied a permit to the company proposing a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow in the Columbia River Gorge - but Ambre Energy says it is considering "the full range of options" to move forward with its plans. So are the fishermen who have lined up to fight t ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmental groups are proposing a ready-to-implement plan called The Mounds Greenway to protect the West Fork of the White River, and leave it as a free-flowing river. Photo courtesy of Heart of the River.

ANDERSON, Ind. - Opponents of the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir in central Indiana say they have an alternative plan that would save the free-flowing White River and protect surrounding forests and wetlands. The reservoir project would dam the West Fork White River and create a 2,000-acre lake, wh ...Read More

PHOTO: Cyclists and walkers are moving closer to transforming the defunct Rock Island rail corridor into a trail, as a decision to sell a key portion of the corridor is expected soon. Photo courtesy of Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Plans to transform a defunct stretch of railroad into a second cross-state bicycle-and-walking path are picking up speed, and could be finalized within the next few weeks. Brent Hugh, executive director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, said turning the Rock Isl ...Read More

PHOTO: Dozens of Ohioans are in Pittsburgh this week to testify at EPA public hearings on the agency's plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. Photo credit: A. Shazly/Flickr Creative Commons.

CLEVELAND - Buses are leaving from Toledo, Columbus, Cleveland and Akron as dozens of Ohioans travel east to Pittsburgh to speak out on the importance of cleaner air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding hearings in Pittsburgh Wednesday and Thursday on its proposed rules to reduce c ...Read More

PHOTO: While many Missourians agree that the state's roads and highways could use some work, not everyone thinks a sales tax hike to fund road repairs is the best way to drive the state forward. Photo credit: Enapov/morguefile.com

ST. LOUIS - Missouri voters will decide next week whether to pass the largest sales-tax increase in the state's history to fund road projects, but some environmental advocates feel the proposal is a dead-end street. Chloe Ames, a Washington University student and Sierra Club intern, relies on publi ...Read More

PHOTO: Officer Briggs Schulz, left, of the Federal Way Police Department shares his views with a group of high school students in a "Teens Against Distracted Driving" presentation. Attorney Jason Epstein (R) asks teens to pledge to not text and drive, and not to ride with friends who do. Photo credit: Sam Fletcher, Premier Law Group

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Laws that ban texting while driving - and that allow law enforcement to cite someone for texting without another reason to pull the vehicle over - are the most effective at preventing distracted driving deaths, according to a new study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA holds hearings across the country beginning Tuesday on its proposed Clean Air Plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants. While Maine is not a hearing site, one member of Congress is making sure her voice is heard. Photo credit: Dori / Wikimedia Commons.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Environmental Protection agency (EPA) will begin holding a series of public hearings across the U.S. on Tuesday on the newly-announced Clean Air Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. The hearings are being held this week ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Residents in northern Nevada are being asked to conserve water as the ongoing drought continues to wreak havoc on municipal water supplies. Photo courtesy of the California Department of General Services.

RENO, Nev. - The severity of Nevada's ongoing drought has prompted the Truckee Meadows Water Authority to call upon its thousands of customers in Reno, Sparks and Washoe counties to conserve water. Mark Foree, general manager of the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, says the lack of water has forced ...Read More

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