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PHOTO: Providing enough land for renewable-energy development in the California desert, while protecting lands that are home to several endangered species, is the goal of a proposal that is open for public comment. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The public is invited to comment on a proposed plan that would guide the future of all renewable-energy development on more than $22 million acres of the California desert. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is a joint federal and state effort to identify locations ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmental groups object to Florida Power and Light's request for public funds to fight Clean Water Act regulations, which the utility says will cost consumers millions of dollars. Photo courtesy of Florida Power and Light

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Power and Light (FPL) will appear before the state's Public Service Commission to ask for Florida tax dollars to fund its efforts to fight an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to close existing loopholes in the Clean Water Act. The utility is as ...Read More

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: 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: 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: 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: 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 Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has filed a lawsuit against the University of Wisconsin–Madison over what the group claims is lack of transparency regarding its planned testing of baby primates. Photo courtesy of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

MADISON, Wis. - This "monkey business" is no laughing matter. The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a lawsuit this week against the University of Wisconsin at Madison, accusing the university of a "lack of transparency" concerning pending research on baby monkeys. Kelsey Eberly, litigation fe ...Read More

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