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Stories with subject: Environmental laws and regulations
  • BP settlement agreement announced in July to be filed Monday 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 2:10 pm

    NEW ORLEANS - The public is about to get a look at details of an $18 billion settlement agreement announced in July to resolve years of legal fighting over damage done by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.

  • Nevada officials react warily to EPA's new ozone rule 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 10:51 am

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - Nevada leaders reacted cautiously this week to the Environmental Protection Agency's stricter new limits on smog-causing pollution, with Gov. Brian Sandoval saying the rule could punish the state for circumstances out of its control and environmental and manufacturing groups staking out opposite positions against it.

  • Arkansas foresters raise alert level for wildfires 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 12:52 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Thirty counties in southern and central Arkansas are at a high risk for wildfires through the weekend and beyond, forestry officials said Friday.

  • Barrasso to give weekly Republican response 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 12:07 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso will deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama's weekly national address on Saturday.

  • Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 11:59 am

    CONCORD, New Hampshire - New Hampshire's highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state.

  • US regulator missed its best chance to catch VW cheating story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Oct-02-15 8:19 am

    CHICAGO - More than a decade ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency helped develop a technology that ultimately was used by an independent laboratory to catch Volkswagen's elaborate cheating on car emissions tests. But EPA used the technology primarily to test trucks rather than passenger cars because such heavy equipment was a much bigger polluter.

  • EU car tests unlike those in US - but have similar failings story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 8:14 am

    BRUSSELS - Here's the main thing the United States and the European Union's auto emissions tests have in common: holes so big that manufacturers could, so to speak, drive cars through them.

  • California to conduct its own Volkswagen investigation 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 8:07 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - California is dropping out of a multistate investigation to conduct its own probe into Volkswagen's admission that it rigged diesel emissions technology to pass U.S. smog tests.

  • DuPont to pay $724K after explosion that killed worker 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 6:29 pm

    TONAWANDA, New York - DuPont has agreed to pay $724,000 to settle Clean Air Act violations that contributed to a 2010 explosion that killed a contractor and burned another at its western New York plant.

  • Volkswagen Group of America head to testify before Congress 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 6:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - The head of Volkswagen Group of America will testify before a House subcommittee Oct. 8.

  • EPA sets new ozone standard, disappointing all sides story has photos
    Updated: Oct-01-15 4:40 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday established stricter limits on the smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, drawing swift condemnation from business leaders and Republicans who warned of damage to the economy.

  • Kansas panel consider state response to EPA carbon rules 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 2:38 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers are grappling with the state's possible response to new federal rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants.

  • Feds reach nearly $2B legal settlement with fertilizer maker 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 12:36 pm

    GAINESVILLE, Florida - After decades of environmental damage caused by hill-sized piles of acidic hazardous waste in Florida and Louisiana, one of the world's largest fertilizer makers has settled a massive federal lawsuit that amounts to nearly $2 billion in fixes, improvements and cleanup.

  • Fish-consumption advisory for Gila River, tributaries lifted 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 9:22 am

    PHOENIX - Arizona environmental regulators say it's no longer unsafe to eat fish caught in the Gila (HEE'-luh) River and tributaries within and downstream of the Phoenix metro area due to banned pesticides.

  • State gets extension on plan to meet new CO2 standards 
    Updated: Oct-01-15 8:14 am

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - The federal agency mandating a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants in North Dakota is giving the state more time to submit an implementation plan.

  • Oregon regulators fine aerial pesticide spraying company 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 10:08 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - State regulators have fined a company that conducts aerial pesticide spraying on private timberlands for worker protection violations.

  • North Carolina lawmakers end protracted session after 4 a.m. 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 7:12 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Fitting to this year's theme of protraction and delays, the North Carolina General Assembly session wrapped up its 8½-month session in the middle of the night Wednesday, only after lawmakers waited nearly four hours for one final bill.

  • Judge blocks federal oil, gas drilling rules pending lawsuit 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 5:48 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A judge on Wednesday blocked new nationwide regulations for oil and gas drilling on federal lands from taking effect while a lawsuit moves ahead, pointing to a law that prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating hydraulic fracturing.

  • EPA sets limit for toxic pollutants released into waterways 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 3:54 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday imposed new standards for mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants that are discharged into the nation's rivers and streams from steam electric power plants.

  • EPA: Tractor Supply Co. ATVs didn't meet clean air rules 
    Updated: Sep-30-15 3:06 pm

    WASHINGTON - Tractor Supply Company Inc. has reached a settlement with federal regulators over the illegal sale of 28,000 off-road vehicles and small engines that failed to meet Clean Air Act requirements.

  • Group seeks review of mining site near Teddy Roosevelt ranch 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 7:56 pm

    An environmental group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Forest Service over the agency's decision to allow a man to mine gravel near former President Theodore Roosevelt's historic western North Dakota ranch.

  • Environmental groups seek end to all Arctic Ocean drilling story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Sep-29-15 6:42 pm

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Royal Dutch Shell's decision to end its quest for oil in the Arctic waters off Alaska sparked jubilation among environmental activists, who said Tuesday that they will seize the opportunity to seek an end to all drilling to in the region.

  • Governors: Make species delisting process more predictable 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 6:39 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The process of removing Endangered Species Act protections from recovered species should be made more straightforward and predictable not only for the benefit of business but of animals and plants still imperiled, two governors told federal lawmakers Tuesday.

  • EPA sets stricter emission standards for oil refineries story has photos
    Updated: Sep-29-15 4:44 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules Tuesday to reduce toxic air pollution from oil refineries by forcing operators to adopt new technology that better monitors and controls emissions.

  • Duke Energy reaches $7 million deal with NC on coal ash 
    Updated: Sep-29-15 4:03 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Duke Energy agreed Tuesday to pay North Carolina regulators $7 million to settle allegations of groundwater pollution at its coal ash pits and to perform accelerated cleanups costing millions of dollars at four sites.