Friday, August 28, 2015 2:22 PM PT
By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - Despite record-breaking July heat, California's impressive effort to cut urban water use continued as the state exceeded mandatory conservation goals for the third consecutive month, regulators said Thursday.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - California says groundwater in 21 basins in the state has dropped to critical levels, but that its findings reflect 6-year-old data rather than the current and severe drought conditions.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to investigate the safety and corporate culture of Pacific Gas & Electric, after a 5-year string of safety problems, including two explosions.

By LACEY LOUWAGIE 

     BISMARCK, N.D. - Federal prosecutors indicted a Texas oil entrepreneur on charges of illegal dumping in a saltwater disposal well in North Dakota's oil fields, a violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. 

By NICHOLAS IOVINO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge on Thursday suggested that part of a contested Berkeley ordinance requiring retailers to warn customers about the potential health risks of cellphones may be too broad to be constitutional.

By TISH KRAFT 

     EUREKA, Calif. (CN) - Not a fishing boat was seen off the Northern California coast in many places this week as a toxic algae bloom linked to warming water has shut down fishing, crabbing and oystering.

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - Overpumping of California's dwindling groundwater supply is causing the Central Valley to sink at a historic pace, in some places 2 inches per month, according to a NASA report released Wednesday.

By NICK CAHILL 


     (CN) - Rising temperatures in the Pacific Ocean continue to reinforce the brewing El Nino "Godzilla" that forecasters said Thursday could rival the strongest on record.

     KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CN) - A man faces up to 10 years in federal prison for illegally selling paddlefish caviar and paddlefishes in Missouri.

By NICK RUMMELL 

     TRENTON, N.J. (CN) - A judge lent his stamp of approval Tuesday to the second-largest environmental settlement in New Jersey history, a landmark $225 million payout.

By JILLIAN SINGH 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge refused to dismiss class claims that Bayer makes false representations about the health benefits of its One A Day multivitamins. 

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The Second Circuit declined Wednesday to resurrect oil and gas leases that expired during New York's years-long moratorium on fracking. 

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - With millions still being spent on rights to the dead advertising slogan, "Pork, the Other White Meat," the D.C. Circuit found that a lawsuit over such funding has teeth. 

By JULIE BAKER-DENNIS 

     SAN JOSE, Calif. (CN) - A water company cannot get a refund on the millions it paid in fees to draw from Santa Clara Valley wells, a California appeals court ruled. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SAN JOSE (CN) - A federal judge Tuesday rejected a federal regulation allowing wind companies to kill or injure bald and golden eagles without prosecution for 30 years, citing lack of proper environmental review.

By BRITAIN EAKIN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Ruling on a constitutional challenge by fishing boat captains, a federal judge has upheld federal rules put in place as part of an international convention to protect against over-fishing of tuna and other migratory fish. 

By JONNY BONNER 

     (CN) - A Southern California water district is giving golf course 25-year contracts but only 1-year deals to a wildlife preserve that shelters millions of birds and dozens of protected species, environmentalists claim in court.

By BRITAIN EAKIN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Carbon monoxide exposure studies face misconduct allegations but regulators won't say what they're doing about it, activists told a federal judge.

By NICK MCCANN 

     MISSOULA, Mont. (CN) - The Department of the Interior illegally approved a giant coal mining expansion northeast of Billings, three Montana environmental groups claim in court.

By NICK CAHILL 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Costco knowingly imports and sells Thai prawns harvested with slave labor, customers said Wednesday in a federal class action.

By BRITAIN EAKIN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Environmental regulators are keeping a lid on the defective vehicle-emissions model they adopted after working with oil interests, activists claim in Federal Court.

By JONNY BONNER 

     VENTURA, Calif. (CN) - A California conservation district sued Oxnard and a water district, claiming they are using its dams and pipelines in violation of a "long term water management strategy" in the drought-ridden state.

By MARIMER MATOS 

     PROVIDENCE (CN) - The first off-shore wind farm in the United States will have Rhode Islanders footing the bill at $497 million above market cost, taxpayers claim in Federal Court.

By KARINA BROWN 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - Continuing to burn fossil fuels violates the Ninth Amendment rights of future generations and today's children, according to a lawsuit filed by prominent NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen and nearly two dozen children.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     (CN) - An EPA proposal to expand Clean Water Act protections to watersheds and streams produced dueling lawsuits, with miners claiming it goes too far and environmentalists saying it does not go far enough.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     HOUSTON (CN) - An Oklahoma company tightened its monopoly on gilsonite - a rock used for oil drilling - by hijacking a rival's contract with a Columbian supplier, the rival claims in an antitrust lawsuit.

By TIM RYAN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A Washington mother says a circus' apparent support of animal rights made her purchase tickets to a July show, even though she normally avoids circuses.

By MIKE HEUER 

     SANTA BARBARA (CN) - A property owner in a wealthy coastal California community near Santa Barbara sued his water district for raising its rates, claiming it failed to give customers proper notice.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     FRESNO, Calif. (CN) - More than 11 million bees died because farm workers were scared to cover them with tarps and protect them from pesticides, an apiarist claims in court.

By KARINA BROWN 

     (CN) - Monsanto made and sold polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, for nearly half a century, though it knew the chemicals were carcinogenic, caused birth defects and were accumulating in the environment, Spokane claims in Federal Court.

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - A rushed logging project clearing 5,000 acres in a burned Northern California forest could hurt the threatened black-backed woodpecker, a "keystone species," environmentalists claim in court.

By JONNY BONNER 

     SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - In a sushi class action, a diner claims a Southern California restaurant's "white tuna" is actually escolar, a "succulent" fish that induces diarrhea.

By JONNY BONNER 

     PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - People who live on the slopes of Mt. Hood sued the Forest Service for failing to execute a land swap that would spare the relatively pristine north side of the mountain from development.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     MISSOULA, Mont. (CN) - Environmentalists are fighting a logging project in Montana national forest that will include more than 2,000 acres of clear cuts.

By TIM RYAN 

     (CN) - A class action claims the "100 % beef" hot dogs Burger King has just started selling in select stores in Maryland and Michigan aren't all they're cracked up to be.

By TIM RYAN 

     (CN) - A consumer advocacy organization claims a popular spice distributor is misleading the public about how much pepper is actually in its containers.

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - California officials "ignored science" by approving an environmental impact report for fracking a week before the release of a state-mandated study, an environmental group claims in state court.

By CNBC 

     A food fight is under way in Congress that could decide whether genetically engineered food products are labeled as such. Read more at CNBC.

From USA TODAY 

     A West Virginia man has paid dearly for keeping two deer at his home. Read more at USA Today.

By THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     A tank car containing a hazardous flammable chemical derailed and caught fire just south of Knoxville, Tenn., causing the evacuation of 5,000 residents within a two-mile radius of the crash. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

By THE TELEGRAPH 

     Nine long finned pilot whales have now died and seven others remain stranded off the Isle of Skye. Read more at The Telegraph.

By NICK MCCANN 

     (CN) - The Environmental Protection Agency released a lengthy proposed rule to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, as part of a national effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

By EMMA GANNON 

     DENVER (CN) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put a hold on field inspections such as the one that accidentally triggered a 3 million-gallon toxic spill into the Animas River in Colorado.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A proposed regulation would prohibit imports from foreign fisheries that do not meet U.S. standards for protecting whales and dolphins under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Department of the Interior published a draft Environmental Impact StatementFriday to advance its proposed stream protection ruleaimed at addressing impacts from surface mining.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Responding to an environmental group's petition, the National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed three foreign angelshark species for endangered status under the Endangered Species Act.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     (CN) - The EPA wants to end all indoor aerosol, spray and liquid formulas of the insecticide propoxur, often used in pet collars, after a human health assessment found risks to children.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - In a proposed rule published Wednesday, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposes removing the eastern cougar from the Endangered Species List because it is likely extinct.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The EPA's proposed pesticide labeling change to prohibit spraying during bloom is a good first step to protect contracted pollinators, but more is needed, environmentalists say.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE  

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that all chimpanzees, whether wild or captive, will now be classified as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The proposal to list the Mono Basin sage-grouse as a threatened species has been withdrawn due to a successful conservation action plan, the listing agency claims.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - An experimental population of black-footed ferrets, one of the most endangered mammals in the world, may be re-established in Wyoming's prairie-dog habitat under a special rule.

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