Monday, April 27, 2015 2:02 PM PT
By MATT COOPER 

     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.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     (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.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     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.

By JAMIE ROSS 

     (CN) - Three men convicted of illegally harvesting rock lobsters in South Africa and importing them to the U.S. must pay a $22.4 million restitution order, the 2nd Circuit ruled. 

     (CN) - A Mississippi-based egg producer will pay $475,000 and take several other steps to bring one of its key poultry facilities into compliance with the Clean Water Act. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     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.

By ANDREW THOMPSON 

     PHILADELPHIA (CN) - The 3rd Circuit heard convoluted arguments on Pennsylvania pollution-control plans that unquestionably rely on faulty assumptions.

By LACEY LOUWAGIE 

     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. 

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     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.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     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. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     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. 

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that natural-gas suppliers can be sued under state antitrust laws for allegedly manipulating prices during the 2000-02 California energy crisis. 

By AMANDA LOVIZA-VICKERY 

     (CN) - A Virginia coal company cannot be sued for allegedly violating water-pollution standards if the regulating agency finds it in compliance, a federal judge ruled. 

By JOHN BRACKIN 

     (CN) - A federal lawsuit challenging the approval of the Gulf State Park Enhancement Project has been transferred to the Mobile, Ala. Federal Court, a federal judge ruled. 

By IULIA FILIP 

     TAMPA, Fla. (CN) - An exotic animal trainer whose license was revoked over the death of two lions cannot force the government to give him a new license, a federal judge ruled. 

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     (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.

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     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. 

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.

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 REBEKAH KEARN 

     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.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE  

     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.

By IULIA FILIP 

     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.

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     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.

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     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.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     (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.

By IZZY KAPNICK 

     (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.

By JAKE LINGER 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Sierra Club sued the United States for authorizing the killing of four grizzly bears in Grand Teton National Park.

By SEAN KELLY 

     WILMINGTON, Del. (CN) - Organo Gold coffee contains a mushroom with dangerous blood-thinning properties unknown to consumers, a class claims in court.

By TISH KRAFT 

     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.

By MARIA DINZEO 

     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.

By JUNE WILLIAMS 

     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.

By KARINA BROWN 

     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.

By MONICA PAIS 

     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.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     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.

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     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.

By REIN M. TERRADO 

     (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.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     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.

By REBEKAH KEARN  

     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."

By LACEY LOUWAGIE 

     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.

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 THE GUARDIAN 

     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.

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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