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Stories with subject: Environmental laws and regulations
  • Massachusetts Senate passes bill to prep for climate change 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 7:23 pm

    BOSTON - The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill supporters say will help the state better adapt to a changing environment while encouraging the growth of solar energy.

  • DNR wants to expand projects that don't require analysis 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 4:56 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - The state Department of Natural Resources wants to permanently expand the list of projects that don't require an environmental analysis, including air pollution permits, decisions affecting factory farms and dam repairs.

  • Colorado officials planning for new carbon pollution rules 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 4:40 pm

    DENVER - Colorado officials say they're planning for an expected EPA rule next month that could require a 30 percent reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions nationwide by 2030.

  • California withholds findings on oilfield contamination 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 3:34 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - California oil-and-gas regulators have refused for nearly a year to release findings of what they termed a "highest-priority" investigation of possible oilfield contamination into the water aquifers that serve millions of people in and around Los Angeles.

  • Mississippi delegation attacks carbon dioxide limits 
    Updated: Jul-23-15 11:55 am

    JACKSON, Mississippi - All members of Mississippi's congressional delegation say new federal carbon dioxide reduction goals are prohibitively expensive and unattainable, despite significant investments to improve air quality in the state.

  • House approves bill to tweak coal ash standards 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 7:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday approved a bill granting states authority to regulate waste generated from coal burned for electricity.

  • Environmental groups ask judge to dismiss part of Duke suit 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 5:29 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A coalition of environmental groups is supporting Duke Energy's effort to dismiss part of long-running lawsuit over pollution leaking from the company's coal ash dumps.

  • Environmental groups join surge of lawsuits against EPA rule 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 4:53 pm

    HELENA, Montana - Nine environmental conservation groups have joined the surge of states and businesses suing the federal government over a new water regulation.

  • Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 3:44 pm

    NEW YORK - The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel.

  • Committee formed to make deal on NC environmental rules 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 2:20 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Members of the North Carolina House and Senate will form a committee to tackle numerous proposed changes to the state's environmental regulations in hopes of reaching a set of compromises before the end of the summer.

  • NC state lawmaker offers plan to delay action on EPA rules 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 1:55 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A North Carolina senator introduced legislation on Wednesday to block state agencies from taking action on expected Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut carbon emissions on power plants until the rules complete what will likely be a lengthy legal challenge.

  • Lawmakers want programs to curb Great Lakes farm pollution 
    Updated: Jul-21-15 5:51 pm

    WILLIS, Michigan - Two members of Congress introduced legislation Tuesday that encourages states in the Great Lakes region to develop voluntary programs aimed at reducing farm pollution that causes harmful algae blooms.

  • Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice story has photos
    Updated: Jul-21-15 5:19 pm

    NEW YORK - The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel.

  • Forestry Board weighs bigger logging buffers to cool streams 
    Updated: Jul-21-15 5:17 pm

    GRANTS PASS, Oregon - A state board is considering how much to increase the numbers of trees that must be left standing along small and medium streams on private timberlands to shade the water and keep it cool for salmon.

  • Business group hopes to broker water agreement 
    Updated: Jul-21-15 4:11 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - A Des Moines business group says it wants to find a solution to a water quality dispute that has prompted the city's water utility to sue three rural counties.

  • Vote in NC House lets some counties stop emissions tests 
    Updated: Jul-21-15 2:49 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - More than half of the North Carolina counties conducting vehicle emissions tests will no longer have to do so under a law moving through the General Assembly.

  • Lawsuit: captive Miami orca violates Endangered Species Act 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 9:55 pm

    MIAMI - An orca's decades-long captivity at the Miami Seaquarium attraction amounts to a violation of the Endangered Species Act requiring the animal's release, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by animal rights activists.

  • Lawsuit: captive Miami orca violates Endangered Species Act 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 5:52 pm

    MIAMI - An orca's decades-long captivity at the Miami Seaquarium attraction amounts to a violation of the Endangered Species Act requiring the animal's release, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by animal rights activists.

  • No ruling likely before spring in dead zone lawsuit 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 12:40 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - It will be at least spring before there's a new ruling by a federal judge in a key lawsuit involving farm runoff and other pollution blamed for the Gulf of Mexico's annual oxygen-depleted "dead zone."

  • Iowan gets weekends in prison for Clean Water Act violations 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 11:22 am

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa - A 58-year-old northwest Iowa man has been given six weekends in prison and a year of probation for dumping wastewater into a river tributary.

  • New marijuana industry wrestles with pesticides and safety 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 10:41 am

    DENVER - Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infestations.

  • NY environmental commissioner exiting after bike ride 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 9:31 am

    ALBANY, New York - Joe Martens didn't get out too much as New York's environmental commissioner, responsible for millions of acres of wilderness and other protected land, yet he made up some lost ground last week bicycling east across the state.

  • W.Va. agency to hold hearing on water quality standards 
    Updated: Jul-20-15 5:47 am

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Proposed revisions to West Virginia's water quality standards will be discussed at a public hearing this week in Charleston.

  • Firm agrees to fines over pollution at fertilizer sites 
    Updated: Jul-17-15 4:01 pm

    LENEXA, Kansas - Federal regulators say the Wilbur-Ellis Company has reached a settlement agreement over alleged air pollution at three of its Kansas fertilizer facilities.

  • Michigan agency proposes regulating fewer air pollutants 
    Updated: Jul-16-15 11:49 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - Michigan regulators plan to reduce the number of pollutants automatically regulated when companies seek air-pollution permits.