SMITH POINTE, Texas (CN) - Standing in a refrigerated room at his seafood wholesaler, Tracy Woody, general manager of Jeri's Seafood tossed back a raw oyster newly shucked for inspection.
(CN) - California on Thursday ordered farms and people in the Central Valley to stop diverting irrigation water from rivers and streams despite their legal rights to the water.
SACRAMENTO (CN) - A revised but still tentative drought plan for California will ease water cuts for some areas but increase reduction targets in communities that consume the most water.
MANHATTAN (CN) - A forensic report that the republic of Ecuador commissioned to defend a more than $9 billion judgment against Chevron was once so confidential that a tribunal in the Netherlands had previously forbidden lawyers from even describing it.
PHILADELPHIA (CN) - The 3rd Circuit heard convoluted arguments on Pennsylvania pollution-control plans that unquestionably rely on faulty assumptions.
SIOUX City, Iowa (CN) - The former owner of the Quality Egg company and its chief operating officer were sentenced to three months in jail Monday for their roles in a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands.
PASADENA (CN) - The 9th Circuit heard from both sides in two cases Friday challenging the government-approved development of a land parcel in California's Mojave Desert for a solar power plant - one objecting to its environmental impact, the other to its alleged restriction of religious freedom.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Uncle Sam will pay $130,000 in attorneys' fees in a case challenging a highway widening project near California's Smith River that could threaten protected salmon, a federal judge ruled.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - A California appellate court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water-rates - meant to encourage conservation - violate a voter-approved law that prohibits government agencies from charging more than the cost of a service.
(CN) - In an urgent appeal triggered by "illegal" activity, Shell Offshore asked a federal judge to order Greenpeace to stay away from an oil rig headed for waters off Alaska's coast.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A 9th Circuit panel reversed the dismissal of a federal class action over allegedly chemical-laden "all natural" cosmetics, finding federal law doesn't expressly preempt California's false-advertising laws.
HURON, S.D. (CN) - A turkey feed provider knowingly misidentified its product as "antibiotic free," when in fact it was not, costing three turkey meat producers hundreds of thousands of dollars, the aggrieved companies claim in a lawsuit.
DENVER (CN) - A federal vegetation management project on more than 10,000 acres of Colorado's San Isabel National Forest would harm the region's already endangered lynx population, greens claim in a lawsuit.
NEW ORLEANS (CN) - New regulations will reduce the recreational fishing limits on red snapper by over two million pounds and likely shorten the fishing season to one day, an advocacy group claims in a lawsuit.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - The Beagle Freedom Project sued the University of California for records on how many dogs are killed in medical experiments each year.
PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - Five conservation groups brought a federal complaint Monday against three federal agencies to stop the decimation of double-crested cormorants west of the Rocky Mountains.
WASHINGTON (CN) - Regulating changes to the labels of all tobacco products subjects the industry to "draconian" rules, manufacturers claim in Federal Court.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Chiquita continues to poison Guatemalan villages with "pesticide showers" and environmental destruction despite corporate claims that the company has become environmentally responsible, a customer claims in a federal class action.
WASHINGTON D.C. (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service isn't doing enough to restrict the number of sea turtles caught and killed annually by commercial shrimping operations in the southeast Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, greens claim in a lawsuit.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture for allowing organic farmers to compost materials treated with synthetic pesticides, such as lawn clippings.
(CN) - Two conservation groups claim in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the Tennessee Valley Authority is ignoring its own illegal pollution from a coal plant.
(CN) - A nonprofit archaeology group is among those claiming the U.S. Department of Transportation illegally approved funding for a high-speed rail project they contend will put the public and environment at risk while dramatically reducing their access to prehistoric artifacts.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The Sierra Club sued the United States for authorizing the killing of four grizzly bears in Grand Teton National Park.
WILMINGTON, Del. (CN) - Organo Gold coffee contains a mushroom with dangerous blood-thinning properties unknown to consumers, a class claims in court.
WASHINGTON (CN) - Environmentalists are outraged that though 99 percent of Northern long-eared bats have died of white-nose syndrome in their core habitat, the federal government has listed the species as threatened rather than endangered.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Dow Chemical, Shell Oil and others polluted the public water system with carcinogenic trichloropropane for decades, a Kern County community services district claims in court.
SEATTLE (CN) - Moving two zoo elephants from Seattle to Oklahoma will cause the animals undue suffering and violate the Endangered Species Act, animal activists claim in court.
PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - The oil and trucking industries claim Oregon's Clean Fuels Program is unconstitutional, unenforceable and discriminatory, and asked a federal judge to block it.
CN) - Hampton Creek Inc. deceptively advertised and sold its "Just Mayo" sandwich spread products as containing mayonnaise when in reality they do not contain any mayonnaise at all, a class action filed in Miami-Dade County claims.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (CN) - Wyoming challenged a new Department of the Interior rule on hydraulic fracturing, claiming only Congress can regulate fracking, and must do so through the Clean Water Act.
MANHATTAN (CN) - To help a pair of chimpanzees being held captive on Long Island, a New York judge must declare them legal "persons," a group says in court.
(CN) - A farmer in Northern Mariana claims in court that she spent thousands of dollars to improve 11.9 hectares of leased public land, only to be told that the Commonwealth's "big boss" wants the land back.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (CN) - The gas and oil industry claims a new Bureau of Land Management rule regulating fracking on federal land places "arbitrary and unnecessary burdens" on it.
SAN DIEGO (CN) - Environmentalists sued San Diego County and five solar power companies, claiming a massive proposed solar project will destroy thousands of acres of "irreplaceable wildlife habitat."
DES MOINES, Iowa (CN) - Three Iowa drainage districts are threatening the Des Moines drinking water supply by dumping nitrate runoff into the Raccoon River, the Des Moines water board claims in court.
An oxygen-depleted ocean played a huge role in the prehistoric mass-extinction that occurred at the end of the Triassic Period, new research revealed. Read more at Fox News.
For the first time, researchers have shown that reducing air pollution leads to improved respiratory function in children ages 11 to 15, a critical period of lung development. Read more at The New York Times.
The Environmental Protection Agency has defended its decision to fund university experiments that tested deadly air pollutants on children, saying the studies were approved by review boards and were stopped after the agency banned the practice in 2006. Read more at The Daily Caller.
A California smoked salmon distributor is recalling more than 30 varieties of its products due to the potential for contamination with Listeria, a potentially dangerous food-borne bacterium. Read more at Cleveland.com.
A California apple packing plant has recalled all of its Granny Smith and Gala apple shipments from 2014 after they were linked to an outbreak of listeria in caramel apples that may have caused up to five deaths. Read more at San Jose Mercury News.
China granted public interest groups more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country's highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities. Read more at The Guardian.
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.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The Environmental Protection Agency released its 20th annual greenhouse gas inventory using its new online Data Explorer Tool, which provides the mixed news in graphic form.
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.
WASHINGTON (CN) - Two Appalachian crayfish species have been proposed for endangered status under the Endangered Species Act due to coal mining and road construction. Crayfish habitat depends upon stream water quality, and excess sedimentation and pollution from coal mining, road construction and dredging has contributed to the drastic decline in the populations of these two species, according to today's 12-month finding.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary has been proposed for expansion in both size and focus to reflect a more integrated management approach.
WASHINGTON (CN) - Consumer groups requested the Food and Drug Administration ban certain oil and water repellents on food wrappings, and certain additives in food containers.
WASHINGTON (CN) - A status review of sea turtles has sparked a proposal to downlist two populations that have recovered through conservation efforts, but other populations continue to decline.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has finalized an expansionfor two marine sanctuaries off the California coast that more than doubles the previously protected areas.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed that the Tanzanian population of the African coelacanth, an ancient fish species, be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.