Monday, July 6, 2015 11:25 AM PT

     (CN) - BP will pay a record $18.7 Billion to resolve claims by the United States and five states related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     (CN) - California cut its water use by 29 percent in May compared to two years ago - the state's biggest savings since the tracking began.

     HOUSTON (CN) - A Texas businessman faces 10 years in prison and $51 million in restitution for defrauding the EPA by claiming he was producing millions of gallons of biodiesel fuel.

By NICK CAHILL 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - In an effort to protect salmon from dwindling river and tributary levels, California's water regulator approved further emergency water restrictions Wednesday for a Northern California watershed dealing with historic drought.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - California ordered San Francisco, five water agencies and the state's biggest utility to stop pumping from rivers and streams, targeting water rights dating back to 1858.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

      SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday agreed to analyze effects of glyphosate and three other commonly used pesticides on 1,500 endangered plants and animals in the United States.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - The California Attorney General's office backtracked Tuesday, surprising senior water rights holders by saying in court that the curtailment notices they received were merely advisory and not compulsory.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     HOUSTON (CN) - Big industry got a big win in Texas on Tuesday as Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that limits the civil penalties counties can recover from polluters.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     (CN) - A California board that protects water from degradation by marijuana farms has issued its first fine: $297,400 against a landowner and a contractor in Shasta County.

By MOLLY WILMS 

     MADISON (CN) - Rules on wind energy limitations in Wisconsin will stand because they were properly promulgated, the state Supreme Court ruled. 

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     (CN) - Federal regulators must reassess one aspect of permission oil and gas companies have to dump waste off Alaska's north coast, the Ninth Circuit ruled. 

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - Federal regulators need not defend their designation of several thousand acres in California as "critical habitat" for the Santa Ana sucker, the Ninth Circuit ruled. 

By EMMA GANNON 

     DENVER (CN) - A 25-year-old challenge to pollution from a nuclear-weapons plant has boiled down to a nuisance claim that must be resolved, the 10th Circuit ruled. 

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Environmentalists cannot challenge federal regulators for changing course after realizing that an error led them to approve regulations for the heavily polluted San Joaquin Valley, the Ninth Circuit ruled. 

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SEATTLE (CN) - Federal regulators must reassess how snowmobile use will affect 2 million acres of Montana's largest national forest, the Ninth Circuit ruled. 

By JUNE WILLIAMS 

     SEATTLE (CN) - Environmentalists sued the U.S. Forest Service to try to stop it from opening 350 miles of trails in the North Cascades Mountains to off-road vehicles.

By DAVID LEE 

     TULSA (CN) - Oklahoma sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, claiming it exceeded its powers by proposing new rules to reduce pollution at coal-fired power plants.

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - A barge owner blames ExxonMobil for an explosion of 25,000 barrels of contaminated, volatile crude oil that killed a crewmember and contaminated the Chicago Ship Canal.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - The Army Corps of Engineers' dredging of 11 navigation channels in San Francisco Bay will erode the shore and put endangered fish at risk, an environmental group claims in court.

By JULIE BAKER-DENNIS 

     STOCKTON, Calif. (CN) - The Sierra Club sued the Port of Stockton to try to stop a rail expansion that will send millions more tons of coal in open-top cars to San Francisco Bay for export.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Environmental Protection Agency endangers public health by refusing to require disclosure of falsely characterized "inert" ingredients in pesticides, environmentalist claim in court.

By AMANDA LOVIZA-VICKERY 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Zimbabwe's plans to export baby African elephants deserves swift condemnation from the United States, conservationists told a federal judge.

By NICK RUMMELL 

     TRENTON, N.J. (CN) - New Jersey sued the United States to try to stop tests involving offshore "powerful sonic blasts every five seconds for thirty days" during prime fishing season.

By GINA CARRANO 

     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CN) - Maryland's governor "unlawfully thwarted" an air quality regulation for coal-fired power plants, putting his state's health at risk, Physicians for Social Responsibility claims in court.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BOISE (CN) - Despite 10 years of appeals backed by research, the U.S. Forest Service refuses to protect streams and fish habitat threatened by livestock grazing in Idaho's Big Lost River watershed, environmentalists claim in court.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     MISSOULA, Mont. (CN) - Grizzly bears and bighorn sheep are threatened by federal permission for 8,000 domestic sheep to graze in prime habitat in Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest in Montana, environmentalists claim in court.

By TIM HULL 

     TUCSON (CN) - Uncle Sam has no viable recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf, despite 30 years of efforts and a cost of $7 million to Arizona, the state claims in court.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BOISE (CN) - A 40,000-acre logging project in a northern Idaho National Forest threatens the endangered bull trout, environmentalist groups claim in court.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The federal and state governments illegally opened up 400,000 acres for fracking in Southern California, which already has thousands of such dangerous oil and gas wells, environmentalists claim in court.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     FRESNO, Calif. (CN) - The city of Riverside is fighting California's order to cut its water use by 24 percent, saying it has a four-year supply of groundwater and does not import water from elsewhere.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Chevron and Occidental inject more contaminated waste into the San Joaquin Aquifer each month than BP dumped oil into the Gulf of Mexico, farmers say in a RICO complaint.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The Texas company spilled oil off Santa Barbara had sued the county to fight installation of a simple shutoff valve that could have prevented the disaster, a class action lawsuit states.

By CHARLY HIMMEL 

     NORFOLK, Va. (CN) - A waterfront property owner fed up with his neighbor's "floating junkyard" of decaying cargo ships says in a lawsuit that it's time for the offender to shape up or ship out.

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - California's Department of Water Resources is illegally awarding grants to water suppliers that refuse to implement mandatory conservation measures, the Natural Resources Defense Council claims in court.

By NICK DIVITO 

     BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CN) - A pair of recent New York City laws to end "puppy mills" will actually cause the deaths of more dogs, the pet-shop industry says in Federal Court.

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 THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     The Food and Drug Administration paved the way for new restrictions on antibiotics given to cows, chickens and other farm animals as the Obama administration pursues ways to fight the so-called superbugs that are growing increasingly resistant to the current arsenal of infection-fighting drugs. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

By 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.

By THE SEATTLE TIMES 


     Costco Wholesale seems to have quietly surpassed Whole Foods to become the biggest organic grocer as it courts a younger demographic, according to one investment bank. Read more at The Seattle Times.

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.

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) - 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) - Two Appalachian crayfish species have been proposed for endangered status under the Endangered Species Act due to coal mining and road construction.

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