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Stories with subject: Environmental laws and regulations
  • Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 2:16 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants.

  • Some nurseries offer plants that are safe for bees 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:08 am
  • MOORHEAD, Minnesota - As gardeners begin shopping for plants this spring, they may see some marked as safe for bees.

  • DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superfund site 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:07 pm
  • RIDDLE, Oregon - U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on Thursday toured an abandoned copper mine in southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites as he prepares to file legislation to overhaul the nation's primary mining law.

  • SD Minerals Board OKs conflict of interest rules 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 8:19 pm
  • PIERRE, South Dakota - A state environmental board adopted new rules Thursday requiring members to report conflicts of interest after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said South Dakota was among the states not following all requirements of the U.S. Clean Air Act.

  • Lowe's agrees to minimize lead dust, pay fine 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:04 pm
  • ST. LOUIS - Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 federal penalty in settling claims that its contractors in at least nine states broke environmental rules for addressing lead paint dust during home renovation projects, two federal agencies announced Thursday.

  • Court rules for environmentalists in water fight 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:32 pm
  • SAN FRANCISCO - An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

  • California mulls wolf listing amid hunts elsewhere 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:15 pm
  • FRESNO, California - While much of the country has relaxed rules on killing gray wolves, California will consider protecting the species after a lone wolf from Oregon raised hopes the animals would repopulate their historic habitat in the Golden State.

  • Environmental groups slam Pa. smog proposal as lax 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:22 pm
  • Environmental groups say Pennsylvania's federally mandated plan to reduce smog would allow coal-fired power plants to emit more pollution than they do now.

  • Officials gather in ND to discuss new EPA rules 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:06 pm
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday signaled a potential legal challenge to proposed federal rules aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and oil refineries.

  • Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:00 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama.

  • Wyoming governor touts wolf reintroduction success 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:46 pm
  • CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A recent survey showing Wyoming's wolf population is stable proves ending federal protections for the animals and placing them under state management was the right move, Gov. Matt Mead said Tuesday.

  • Nonprofit groups allowed to join Kauai law defense 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 5:26 pm
  • HONOLULU - A federal judge has decided to allow four nonprofit organizations to join Kauai County in defending a new law regulating pesticides and genetically modified crops in court.

  • Senators back state management of carbon emissions 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:28 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana could have its own, less stringent plan for implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's limits on carbon dioxide emissions, under a proposal that got the approval Tuesday of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

  • Court upholds EPA emission standards 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:08 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

  • Manchin urges mines to speak out about coal 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:46 pm
  • DENVER - The Democratic senator leading the battle against the White House's strategy to fight climate change urged the mining industry on Tuesday to speak out about coal's role in providing affordable, reliable electricity to the country to help combat strict new emissions rules for coal-fired power plants.

  • Top Democratic lawmaker backs off 'carbon tax' 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 7:49 pm
  • SACRAMENTO, California - The state Senate leader on Monday backed off an unpopular proposal for a so-called carbon tax on consumer fuels and instead wants to dedicate billions of dollars generated by California's greenhouse gas reduction law to affordable housing, mass transit and high-speed rail.

  • Lawsuit: Georgia factory pollutes Altamaha River 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 3:08 pm
  • ATLANTA - An environmental group is suing Rayonier Inc., alleging that its factory in southeast Georgia is discharging millions of gallons of waste that darken the Altamaha River and make it smell miles downstream.

  • Citizens can weigh in Monday on outdoors issues 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 6:46 pm
  • LA CROSSE, Wisconsin - Residents in all 72 Wisconsin counties will get a chance to weigh in Monday on issues ranging from whether to allow the hunting of tundra swans to whether hunters should be allowed to venture onto private land to retrieve a hunting dog.

  • Dry conditions spark Williams County burn ban 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 10:44 am
  • WILLISTON, North Dakota - Warm, dry weather has spurred officials to post a burn ban in Williams County.

  • Ohio wildlife officials OK regulations for hunters 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 6:15 am
  • COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio wildlife officials have signed off on new hunting regulations for white-tailed deer, including decreased deer bag limits in many counties.

  • Kansas officials developing 50-year water plan 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 6:40 pm
  • MANHATTAN, Kansas - A 50-year plan for managing water in Kansas is likely to include regional conservation rules and greater use of the Missouri River for the state's residents, officials working on the proposal said Friday.

  • Burning banned at ND wildlife management area 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 10:16 am
  • BISMARCK, North Dakota - The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is prohibiting open burning this spring on the Oahe Wildlife Management Area south of Bismarck-Mandan.

  • The Gulf of Mexico oil spill at a glance 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 3:19 am
  • NEW ORLEANS - April 20 marks the fourth anniversary of an explosion on the BP-operated drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, which killed 11 workers about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico and set off the nation's worst offshore oil disaster.

  • Feds indict Kansas firm for pollution 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 3:23 pm
  • WICHITA, Kansas - Federal prosecutors have charged a Kansas metal finishing business for allegedly dumping untreated wastewater into a city sewer system, then submitting fraudulent samples and reports of analysis to conceal the pollution from state environmental regulators.

  • Wildlife panel endorses Rocky Mountain Front act 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 1:27 pm
  • HELENA, Montana - Montana fish and wildlife commissioners are endorsing federal legislation to expand protections along the Rocky Mountain Front.