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The Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station in Hollywood, Ala., was never completed, and now the TVA this week at its board meeting is considering the sale of the land. (TVA)

BUCHANAN, Tenn. - The future of a 1,600-acre site on the Tennessee River could be decided this week. The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors, at its meeting on Thursday, is expected to consider the possible sale of land originally allocated for the Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station t ...Read More

A new report shows the state has sold off 1.7 million acres of land over the past century, many for industrial uses that cut off public access, such as this gravel pit near Boise. (Brad Brooks, The Wilderness Society)

BOISE, Idaho - In its history, the state of Idaho has sold 1.7 million acres of land to private interests, according to an analysis of land sale records by The Wilderness Society. In a report released today called "Sold! Idaho lands - and recreation access - lost to the highest bidder," the societ ...Read More

On Monday, the Colorado State Supreme Court overturned two measures passed by Fort Collins and Longmont voters to limit hydraulic fracturing. (Metaphortography/iStockphoto)

DENVER - The Colorado Supreme Court struck down two measures on Monday passed by Fort Collins and Longmont voters to limit fracking. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association had petitioned the court to overturn the city laws, arguing state regulations trump municipalities and the justices agreed in a ...Read More

Power generated by wind turbines in Wyoming dropped almost 14 percent in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. (Vjurleit/Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Growth in wind power production was down in 2015 due to lower wind speeds in key regions, particularly in western states, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy. Nationally, power from wind turbines grew by just over 5 percent last year, the smallest in ...Read More

Rail accidents could increase by 22 percent if improvements are not made to rail lines, according to a report on the proposed Columbia River coal terminal. (Greg Goebel/Yvcol_2b)

SEATTLE - Greenhouse-gas emissions from the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal-export project in Longview would be equivalent to adding more than 600,000 cars to the road each year. That's according to a draft environmental impact study released by Cowlitz County and the Washington State Depa ...Read More

Wyoming is commemorating workers who have been killed or injured in the workplace. The state consistently ranks among the highest for numbers of on-the-job fatalities. (Lagereek/iStockphoto)

JACKSON, Wyo. - Wyoming workers who have been killed or injured on the job are being honored this morning at Jackson's City Council chambers. The U.S. Department of Labor recently ranked Wyoming last in the nation for workplace safety, with 37 work-related deaths in 2014. It was the deadliest year ...Read More

A new report says that for New Mexico, proposed BLM regulations to curb venting and flaring of methane on public lands will benefit both the environment and the state's coffers. (iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. - Despite oil and gas industry concerns, the Bureau of Land Management's proposed methane waste rule is expected to have a beneficial effect in New Mexico's San Juan Basin, according to a new study. The Conservation Economics Institute report, released this week, said reducing methan ...Read More

The Owyhee Canyonlands cover more than 2 million acres in southeast Oregon near the Idaho border. (Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Veterans, business leaders and outdoor adventurists from across the state have come together for a new campaign to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands in southeast Oregon. The coalition Wild for the Owyhee is calling on lawmakers to permanently protect more than two million acres of land ...Read More

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