Environmentalist report may have inspired Lumber Liquidators raid

The Wall Street Journal

The raid on Lumber Liquidator's headquarters last month, on suspicions the company imported protected wood, may have stemmed from a report by a group called the Environmental Investigation Agency, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Not far from Lake Michigan, city yearns for water

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Lake Michigan is just 15 miles from this city of 70,000 in the Milwaukee suburbs. But these days it seems like a gigantic, shimmering mirage, tantalizingly out of reach.

House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on lands bills

Washington, October 3, 2013, 10:00 am

House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee hearing on pending lands bills. 

Waterkeeper movement thrives from Maine to Nepal

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — For 22 years, Joe Payne has patrolled the waters of Casco Bay, improving water quality, restoring clam flats, protecting young lobsters and mobilizing oil spill cleanup efforts.

In heart of the Rim Fire, regeneration has begun

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) — In the midst of a foreboding canyon scorched bare by the Sierra Nevada's most destructive fire in centuries, tiny ferns unfurl along a spring, black oaks push through charred soil normally blanketed with pine needles and a hawk soars above towering dead and denuded trees.

Congress approves bill to avert helium shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has moved to avert an impending shutdown of the federal helium reserve, a key supplier of the lighter-than-air gas used in a products ranging from party balloons to MRI machines.

Water pollution expert Ruth Patrick dies at 105

The New York Times

Ruth Patrick, a freshwater ecosystems scientist who helped develop the scientific framework for water pollution controls, died in Pennsylvania at the age of 105, The New York Times reports.

Pipe had leak months before Hawaii molasses spill

HONOLULU (AP) — On two occasions since last year, state inspectors saw molasses dripping from the same spot where a pipe leaked up to 1,400 tons of the sugary substance into Honolulu Harbor earlier this month and killed thousands of fish.

House backs bill to boost logging in nat'l forests

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House Friday approved a bill to sharply increase logging in national forests — a measure the GOP said would create jobs in rural communities and help reduce wildfires that have devastated the West.

Greenpeace ship in Russian arctic towed to port

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Coast Guard is towing a Greenpeace ship toward the nearest port after armed officers stormed it following a protest against oil drilling in Arctic waters.


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