MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — In the Oscar-winning movie "The Silence of the Lambs," FBI agent Clarice Starling offers killer Hannibal Lecter a chance to relocate to the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. "That's only a part of the island," she says. "There's a very, very nice beach. Terns nest there."
Who, if anyone, will ever be allowed to live on the mysterious island is about to gain renewed focus: One federal agency is preparing a final report on Plum Island's proposed sale. At the same time, Long Island officials are considering new zoning laws that will prevent any major development of the 843-acre property should it be sold. Still others want the government to scrap its plans to sell the property entirely.
Under an agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the Fish and Wildlife Service is set to establish new recovery territory for Mexican gray wolves across Arizona and New Mexico, Environment News Service reports.
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) — Crews were finally gaining ground by late Monday on a massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park as officials also expressed optimism that no water or power disruptions would come from the blaze burning along the shores of the main reservoir that supplies San Francisco.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's anti-monopoly commission says it has fined the state-owned oil company about $50 million for monopolistic practices because it requires private concessionary gas stations to take delivery of gasoline by union-operated trucks.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz kept up his defense of the administration's climate change plan, touting the department's proposal to invest $6 billion in carbon capture projects, National Journal reports.
TransCanada Corp. said the southern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline would be ready to ship oil by mid-January, backing off the anticipated start date of Jan. 3 it submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bloomberg reports.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged the Energy Department's inspector general to swiftly resume its investigation into the Bonneville Power Administration, saying he has "credible evidence" of whistle-blower retaliation at the power agency, The Hill reports.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said radiation-exposed water released from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant would reach the U.S. West coast at relatively safe levels, Bloomberg reports.
Royal Dutch Shell and Vitol Group are among companies who have met with Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh for early discussions on reopening the country's energy industry to wider markets, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A group of environmental organizations urged the Environmental Protection Agency to develop regulations to curb methane emissions and called on the Interior Department to strengthen existing rules to limit the greenhouse gas, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hired a new resident inspector at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth, Mass., but the agency said the plant's recent performance rating downgrade played no role in the decision, The Patriot Ledger reports.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, suggested that climate change would offer some economic benefit for his state by opening up Arctic trade routes between China and Europe that could include Maine's coastal cities as a stop, the Kennebec Journal reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed a five-year lease extension for its headquarters in Rockville, Md., after the House Transportation Committee passed a resolution allowing the agency to retain the lease in exchange for relinquishing space in another building, Washington Business Journal reports.