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Sand to Snow National Monument was created alongside two other desert monuments in 2016 by President Barack Obama. (Bureau of Land Mgmt.)

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. -- Sand to Snow National Monument in the southern California desert will not be reduced or rescinded, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced on Wednesday. Six other national monuments in California and dozens of others around the country remain in the crosshairs - until Z

Purple Coral thrives in the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the California coast, which is under federal review. (Dr. Steve Lonhart)

MONTEREY, Calif. - Four marine sanctuaries off the California coast are at risk of being downsized, possibly to make way for oil-drilling operations - and people only have until tomorrow to put in their two cents. The public comment period is coming to a close on a review ordered by President Trum

Senate Bill 649 would eliminate local permits for cellular equipment such as this across the state. (Kevin Mottus/California Brain Tumor Association)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Health advocates worried about the impact of wireless radiation are planning a show of force at a hearing tomorrow in Sacramento - on a bill that would smooth the way for telecom companies to put 5G and other cellular technology in neighborhoods across the state. Senate

Infrared imaging shows the 2015 natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon. New rules would reduce methane leaks from pipelines. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Conservation advocates are breathing more easily – and utility companies are preparing compliance plans – after the California Public Utilities Commission passed groundbreaking new rules on the storage and distribution of natural gas. The rules force gas util

The state of California will begin to decommission Platform Holly near Santa Barbara - the last offshore rig in state waters. (Linda Krop)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The last remaining offshore oil platform in California waters will now be decommissioned, after Venoco, the company that owns it, declared bankruptcy and handed the lease back to the state. Platform Holly off of Santa Barbara was shut down two years ago after a nearby

Studies show diesel emissions are 90 times higher near the Port of Oakland in West Oakland than the state average. (Chris Jordan-Block/Earthjustice)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Millions of Californians live close to a major port and this week, community leaders in West Oakland filed a federal complaint alleging that the continued pollution in their community of color is a violation of the Civil Rights Act. Margaret Gordon, co-founder of the West O

Concerns over truck pollution rules may hold up the governor's new transportation bill. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown and his supporters held a rally Wednesday to rev up support for his transportation bill. But environmental groups are protesting a section they maintain will lead to more pollution by big trucks. Senate Bill 1 increases the gas tax and the fee to regist

Advocates are asking a federal judge to force the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate environmental justice complaints, including one on the permits for the Delta Energy Center in Pittsburg, Calif. (Calpine)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Five nonprofits, including one in California, filed a motion in federal court Monday to force the EPA to follow up on environmental justice-related civil rights complaints. The groups accuse the EPA of dragging its feet, in some cases for decades. Michael Boyd, a plaintiff

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