Friday, May 22, 2015 1:46 PM PT
By JULIANNA KROLAK 

     SANTA BARBARA (CN) - Hundreds of people are working to contain an oil spill off Refugio Beach near Santa Barbara that could be as large as 105,000 gallons of crude oil.

     (CN) - The owner of a South Florida auction house was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for his role in the smuggling of rhinoceros horns, elephant ivory and protected coral.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - California communities scrambling for safe drinking water could get a share of $19 million in emergency funding under guidelines approved Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

By DAVID LEE 

     AUSTIN (CN) - Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed a law barring Texas cities from regulating oil and gas drilling, effectively ending a voter-approved fracking ban in Denton.

By REIN TERRADO 

     (CN) - Federal regulators urged the 9th Circuit to throw out an appeal from a company whose pebble-mining project in Alaska it blocked.

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - Three Duke Energy subsidiaries pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a total of $102 million to settle charges stemming from a massive coal ash spill into the Dan River near Eden, North Carolina in 2014.

     (CN) - A Texas art appraiser has been sentenced to just over two years in prison for conspiring to smuggle rhino horns and elephant ivory out of the United States, the Justice Department said.

By REIN M. TERRADO 

     HONOLULU (CN) - Honolulu must pay an $875,000 fine and build a $16 million solar system for failing to control toxic gas emissions from a closed landfill on Oahu's windward coast.

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A government-approved plan to log the burned site of a devastating California wildfire went before the 9th Circuit.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Breaking with their U.S.-based attorney, indigenous leaders from the Ecuadorean Amazon who won a $9.8 billion verdict against Chevron in their home country say they will not accept a retrial of that case in New York.

     (CN) - Tonawanda Coke Corp. will pony up more than $12 million in civil fines and improvements of its processes to reduce pollutants at its coke plants in northern New York.

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - For the first time in state history, California cities and water agencies must adopt mandatory water restrictions decided regulators late Tuesday in an effort to combat the historic drought.

By MIKE HEUER 

     RENO, Nev. (CN) - A federal judge will not accept environmentalists' declaration and supporting documents in a legal fight over a federal plan to improve natural habitat on 600,000 acres south of Ely, Nevada. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     FRESNO, Calif. (CN) - California's Agricultural Labor Relations Board illegally forced a giant fruit farm to mediate a labor contract with the United Farm Workers union, a state appeals court ruled.

By RYAN ABBOTT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A federal judge dismissed a challenge of a new pesticide that could affect as many as 1,377 federally protected species, citing a lack of jurisdiction. 

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 


     (CN) - The Czech Republic can't use the EU's intricate foodstuffs rules to justify putting the word "butter" in a dairy spread's name, the EU's lower court ruled. 

By NICK RUMMELL 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Finding that the ban against the interstate transportation of large constricting snakes is based in part on the history of a tiny mollusk, a federal judge promised the reptile industry an injunction Tuesday. 

By MATT COOPER 

     WASHINGTON D.C. (CN) - The Army Corps of Engineers' management of a navigational canal near New Orleans created a "ticking time bomb" that increased the flood damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, a federal judge ruled. 

By NICK CAHILL 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The 9th Circuit refused Friday to review a federal policy that let California approve weakened revisions to its pesticide laws. 

By VICTORIA PRIESKOP 

     ALBUQUERQUE (CN) - New Mexico ranchers say jaguars are doing just fine in Central and South America, and don't need land as much as their cattle do.

By EMMA GANNON 

     DENVER (CN) - Western Watersheds, whose research led to a bill that outlawed "citizen science" in Wyoming, tried to persuade a judge this week to dismiss property owners' lawsuit against it.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART  

     BOISE (CN) - The U.S. Forest Service used a phony road designation to approve clearcuts that will dump tons of rubble along a Wild and Scenic river, environmentalists claim in court.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     (CN) - How would you feel if you buried your pet in a cemetery and later got a letter saying they're being dug up or left beneath a new parking lot?

By JAMIE ROSS 

     PHOENIX (CN) - Community groups are furious about a Phoenix freeway expansion that will uproot hundreds of homes and destroy two ridges in the city's iconic South Mountain Park.

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - The 1st Circuit revived claims that unconstitutional orders from Massachusetts forced an energy company to buy overpriced wind-turbine electricity.

By ERIN MCCAULEY 

     PITTSBURGH (CN) - Faced with $30 million in losses after recalling lead-contaminated baby cereal in China, H.J. Heinz Co. wants a federal judge to come down on its insurer.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     HOUSTON (CN) - Chesapeake Energy has shorted royalty owners by more than $1 billion for natural gas it pulled from the Haynesville Shale, property owners claim in court.

By JUDAH FREED 

     KAUAI, Hawaii (CN) - A Hawaiian official has returned from Switzerland, where he asked Syngenta shareholders to urge the chemical giant to withdraw from its lawsuit against his county's regulation of genetically engineered crops.

By PAT PEMBERTON 

     SAN LUIS OBISPO (CN) - A California regional water quality board illegally delegates monitoring duties to private growers on the Central Coast, environmentalists claim in court.

By AMANDA LOVIZA-VICKERY 

     ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) - A token donation to environmental causes allows circuses and hunters to vault the hurdles of regulations protecting endangered species, animal lovers claim in Federal Court.

By DENISE MCALLISTER 

     (CN) - The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission is an unconstitutional body that should not have the right overturn local government ordinances designed to protect communities from the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, greens claim in lawsuit.

     RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CN) - Riverside County's plan for a $1.7 billion, six-lane highway expansion will devastate the environment, force 396 people from their homes and displace businesses in poor communities, environmentalists claim in court.

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - The water project drought-minded California officials fast-tracked could reduce water supplies for millions, an environmental group claims in court.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     HOUSTON (CN) - A tanker leaked a noxious chemical after colliding with a ship in the Houston Ship Channel and the backwash sent an 8-foot polluted wave rolling onto shore, angry property owners claim in court.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     CN) - A finding by the U.S. Forest Service that a logging project in southeast Alaska poses no significant impact on animals lacks scientific credibility under government guidelines, environmentalists say in a federal lawsuit.

By CAROLINE SPARKS 

     (CN) - A class action in Flagler County, Florida claims Wal-Mart is deceptively labeling its Great Value brand Cranberry Pomegranate 100 percent juice, when in fact, it's not.

By LACEY LOUWAGIE 

     LETCHER, S.D. - Over 200 calves died after ingesting feed that contained toxic amounts of antibiotics, a dairyman says in a complaint filed in Jerauld County Circuit Court.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - A South African who captured 16 of the world's largest antelope - an endangered species called giant eland - says in court he is still waiting for his cut.

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - A Nevada highway project that will increase flood risks and unearth toxic materials needed an environmental impact study for approval, residents claim in Federal Court.

By IULIA FILIP 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - A World Bank-funded power plant in India destroyed the lands and livelihoods of hundreds of farmers and fishermen and endangered their families' health, residents claim in Federal Court.

By EMMA GANNON 

     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.

By LACEY LOUWAGIE 


     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.

From TIME 

     More than 40% of Americans live in a place with unhealthy air quality, according to a new report from the American Lung Association. But, when it comes to how bad that air pollution can get, there's a real range. Read more from Time.

From FOX NEWS 

     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.

By THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     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.

By THE DAILY CALLER 

     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.

By CLEVELAND.COM 

     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.

By SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS 

     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.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Critical habitat for the endangered Neosho mucket mussel and the threatened rabbitsfoot mussel has now been finalized, two and a half years after it was proposed.

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) - 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.

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.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     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.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     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.

By TISH KRAFT 

     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.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     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.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     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.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     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.

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