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"The average New Yorker throws out nearly 15 pounds of waste a week, adding up to millions upon millions of tons a year," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "To be a truly sustainable city, we need to tackle this challenge head on." (Associated Press)

New York City aims to cut waste by 90 percent by 2030

- Associated Press

The nation’s biggest city, in a far-reaching effort to limit its impact on the environment, is set to mark Earth Day by announcing the ambitious goal of reducing its waste output by 90 percent by 2030.

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Bill pulls back NC environment mandate on public funds, land

- Associated Press

Leading North Carolina business lobbying groups are pushing to scale back a 1971 state law that requires government agencies to evaluate the potential results of spending public dollars or disturbing public lands on the environment.

NY environmentalists push microbeads, child products bans

Associated Press

Environmental groups in New York say their top legislative priorities this year would restrict sales of shampoo, toothpaste and other grooming products containing microbeads and children's toys containing arsenic, mercury, lead and other toxic substances.

New rules can put disposal well operators on shaky ground

- Associated Press

The oil and gas industry needs wastewater disposal wells as much as it needs pipelines and customers. But in some areas of the state, operators have been put on notice that their previously permitted facilities might not meet an evolving standard.

BLM announces timber harvest plan options

Associated Press

The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft plan that includes five approaches to managing its 2.5 million acres of public forests in western Oregon.

New options to clean up Tongue River pollution

Associated Press

The town of Ranchester says it has found new options that could reduce the cost of chlorinating discharge into the Tongue River from its wastewater treatment facility.

ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY APRIL 26 - Phil Robinson poses by a closed ditch section of the wastewater treatment facility, exposing the rusted shaft in need of replacement, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Winsted, Minn. Winsted Mayor Steve Stotko wonders how he'll pay for a $7 million planned upgrade to the town's facility to meet new environmental standards. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Cities face millions in wastewater upgrades, repairs

- Associated Press

Public works employees in the southwestern city of Minneota frequently hang inside manholes, poking with a long stick to move chunks of human waste and refuse that block sewer flow. The mayor of Winsted, a city of about 2,400, wonders how he'll pay for a $7 million upgrade to the town's wastewater treatment facility to meet new environmental standards. In Detroit Lakes, residents face a doubling of sewer rates to pay for a new wastewater facility.