- Ohio, Michigan sue EPA over rule Updated: Jun-30-15 2:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio and Michigan are teaming up in a lawsuit against two federal agencies over a new rule that gives them authority over some streams, tributaries and wetlands.
- Court ruling on air standards may save Westar millions Updated: Jun-30-15 1:49 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Westar Energy said a U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on toxic emissions at power plants could save the company millions.
- NC justices scrutinize makeup of coal ash, other committees Updated: Jun-30-15 11:54 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Attorneys for North Carolina governors and legislative leaders have offered the North Carolina Supreme Court very different interpretations on the legislature's limits in making appointments.
- West Virginia joins 8 states to challenge EPA water rule Updated: Jun-30-15 11:50 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia and eight other states are suing over new water regulations criticized as overly burdensome on farmers and landowners.
- After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows Updated: Jun-30-15 7:59 am
WASHINGTON - Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.
- Coal industry scores a win but fate of plants still in air Updated: Jun-30-15 6:34 am
BILLINGS, Montana - Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants.
- Spain: Greenpeace kicks off anti-'Gag Law' protests Updated: Jun-30-15 5:37 am
MADRID - A large banner defending people's right to protest loomed over Spain's Parliament on Tuesday as part of a series of protest actions against the entry into effect of the Public Security Law, known as the "gag law," at midnight.
- Duke Energy CEO getting pay raise year after coal ash spill Updated: Jun-29-15 10:32 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday.
- NC Senate packs bill with environmental regulation changes Updated: Jun-29-15 10:01 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Senate Republicans began trying again Monday to alter environmental standards they said would trim needless regulation and aid business.
- Coal plant operator says Colstrip remains profitable for now Updated: Jun-29-15 8:16 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - The formation of a new company to run Montana's largest power plant has raised questions among analysts and plant detractors about how long it can keep going, as pollution control costs rise and coal's share of the electricity market crumbles.
- UN chief: Climate negotiations moving at a 'snail's pace' Updated: Jun-29-15 7:26 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that negotiations on a new climate pact to keep global warming from reaching dangerous levels are moving at a "snail's pace" and must be speeded up.
- Texas leads multistate suit against EPA over water rule Updated: Jun-29-15 7:17 pm
HOUSTON - Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers in Houston federal court over a rule that they say strips them of jurisdiction over water.
- Supreme Court power plant ruling panned in New England Updated: Jun-29-15 6:20 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants.
- News Guide: What power plant ruling means for Michigan Updated: Jun-29-15 5:59 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in favor of Michigan and other Republican-led states that challenged Environmental Protection Agency rules that would reduce mercury and other air pollution from coal-fired power plants. The regulations, announced in 2011, are different from rules proposed last year to cut carbon dioxide emissions. What the decision means:
- Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug Updated: Jun-29-15 5:52 pm
WASHINGTON - Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.
- 13 states sue over rule giving feds authority on state water Updated: Jun-29-15 4:58 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.
- Arkansas joins in lawsuit challenging EPA water rule Updated: Jun-29-15 3:41 pm
- Pence praises Supreme Court ruling on power plant emissions Updated: Jun-29-15 2:19 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Republican Gov. Mike Pence is praising the Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of hazardous air pollutants including mercury.
- Proposed Md. smog regulations get an airing at hearing Updated: Jun-29-15 2:22 am
BALTIMORE - Environmentalists are raising a stink about Maryland's approach to air pollution.
- Michigan utilities work to comply with air pollution rule Updated: Jun-28-15 4:04 am
LANSING, Michigan - The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release a decision this week about new mercury and toxic air emissions standards for power plants, but Michigan's utility companies have already been working toward compliance.
- Health watch for air quality issued for Phoenix Updated: Jun-27-15 12:36 pm
PHOENIX - Maricopa County is putting restrictions on any open burning activities because of an air quality health watch issued by state environmental regulators.
- Wyoming governor elected chairman of western association Updated: Jun-27-15 12:14 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Gov. Matt Mead is taking over as chairman of the Western Governors' Association.
- Portland fire chief announces burn ban Updated: Jun-27-15 12:17 am
PORTLAND, Oregon - Portland fire officials have announced a burn ban, citing hot temperatures and windy conditions.
- Washington governor takes emergency wildfire action Updated: Jun-26-15 11:56 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Citing extreme wildfire risk with high temperatures and widespread drought conditions, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and the state lands commissioner took emergency steps Friday to reduce the risk of dangerous wildfires - and deal with them if they start.
- Oregon governor says gas tax hike for roads is dead Updated: Jun-25-15 9:23 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Gov. Kate Brown called an end Thursday to negotiations aimed at raising gas taxes to pay for highway and bridge construction, saying "there simply isn't a path forward."