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Billionaire Democratic fundraiser Tom Steyer. (Associated Press)

Tom Steyer gives $55M to environmental groups

- The Washington Times

Tom Steyer, billionaire hedge-funder and former Obama bundler, has now become the biggest super PAC contributor of 2014, with a recent donation of $15 million to his own super PAC, NextGen Climate Action Committee.

The EPA, headed by Gina McCarthy, says strontium, which can reduce bone strength among those deficient in calcium, is the latest contaminant to be targeted under the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act. (Associated Press Photographs)

EPA weighs new move to regulate drinking water

- The Washington Times

In what some specialists are calling the latest step in a “regulatory evolution,” the Environmental Protection Agency said it may expand its authority over drinking water supplies by singling out the element strontium.

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Men acknowledge poaching bull elk in Grand Teton

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Two men accused of gunning down a bull elk in Grand Teton National Park while drunk have been sentenced to a week in jail and ordered to pay a total of more than $10,000 in fines and restitution.

Wisconsin officials consider bat protection plan

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Wisconsin officials and timber industry representatives are trying to determine how to save the dwindling northern long-eared bat population while limiting the economic impact of preservation efforts.

Court rejects petitions filed in pollution case

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A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by environmentalists who sought a review of plans in New Mexico and other Western states that aim to reduce haze-causing pollution.

Asian carp DNA found in Green Bay's Fox River

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Asian carp DNA has been found in the Fox River in downtown Green Bay but the source of the invasive fish's genetic material is unclear, Wisconsin wildlife officials said Tuesday.

Hawaii scientists return to ocean for weapon study

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University of Hawaii scientists plan to embark on a final expedition to deep waters off Oahu to study how chemical weapons dumped in the ocean decades ago are affecting seawater, marine life and sediment.

Delaware orders composting facility closed

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Delaware's environmental secretary has ordered the closing of a Wilmington composting operation that generated repeated complaints about odors from area residents.

State Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis, prepares to answer questions during a live televised roundtable hosted by Tim Boyum, left, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Time Warner Cable News studios in Raleigh, N.C. Time Warner Cable News initially billed the program as a debate between Tillis and other candidates. But Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan declined a few months ago to participate. An empty seat was placed next to Tillis. Libertarian Sean Haugh didn't meet debate qualifications. (AP  Photo/The News & Observer, Travis Long, Pool)

Tillis lone NC Senate candidate on live TV program

- Associated Press

Thom Tillis got the stage alone Tuesday night in North Carolina's tight U.S. Senate race, the only candidate on a statewide television program in which he discussed views on abortion, global climate change and differences with absent Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan.

Deer taskforce to recommend no harvest in Pierre

Associated Press

A Pierre taskforce that manages the city's deer population plans to recommend that no deer be killed this year in light of unusually low population numbers in the area.

Legal petition seeks NY ban on outdated rail cars

- Associated Press

A coalition of environmental groups and city residents filed a legal petition on Tuesday seeking a ban on older model rail tanker cars carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota to the Port of Albany, citing their history of rupturing and exploding in a series of catastrophic derailments.

Mantoloking, Brick sea wall 75 percent finished

- Associated Press

After Superstorm Sandy nearly wiped his town off the map, Mantoloking Councilman Steve Gillingham heard the voices calling for a retreat from vulnerable locations along the coast.

Missouri approves tougher rules for captive deer

- Associated Press

Missouri officials approved tougher regulations for deer ranchers and hunting preserves Friday, including a ban on importing deer from elsewhere, in an attempt to stop the spread of disease.

In this Dec. 10, 2013 file photo, snow falls as people begin to arrive to the Capitol Building in Washington. Federal forecasters don’t expect this winter to be a chilly sequel to last year’s dreaded polar vortex and California’s rain-blocking weather system. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)-FILE

Feds: Don't expect winter to be polar vortex redux

- Associated Press

If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here's some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say.