Environmental laws and regulations

April 27, 2018 - 6:41 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has made a key breakthrough to completely ban pesticides that harm bees and their crop pollination. The 28 member states got a large majority backing the ban on the three prevalent neonicotinoid pesticides which will take effect at the end of the year. The...
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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
April 26, 2018 - 11:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt and his appearances on Capitol Hill (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt concedes he did have some knowledge of big pay raises awarded to two close aides. At a hearing,...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2017 file photo Volkswagen cars are lifted inside a delivery tower of the company in Wolfsburg, Germany. Automaker Volkswagen will present the figures of the first quarter 2018 on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
April 26, 2018 - 5:25 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Profits have slipped at automaker Volkswagen in the first quarter due to a change in accounting rules, but sales increased and the company recorded no significant additional losses from its diesel emissions scandal. Net profit fell 2 percent to 3.3 billion euros ($4...
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Protesters listen to speakers talk about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the state of the EPA during a protest by the American Federation of Government Employees union, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
April 26, 2018 - 4:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faces potentially make-or-break hearings Thursday on Capitol Hill, where he is expected to be peppered with questions about spending and ethics scandals that have triggered bipartisan calls for his ouster. Pruitt was scheduled to...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks at a news conference with Pasquale "Nino" Perrotta, second from left, in East Chicago, Ind. Perrotta, the security chief for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency worked on the side as a private investigator for the owner of a tabloid news company with close ties to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)
April 25, 2018 - 7:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even with Republican lawmakers' patience running short, President Donald Trump's environmental chief appears to be in no mood to apologize as he faces Congress for the first time since a deluge of ethics allegations has consumed his tenure. Environmental Protection Agency chief...
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April 23, 2018 - 7:20 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 replacement (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Environmental and tribal groups are criticizing an administrative law judge's recommendation that Minnesota regulators should approve Enbridge Energy's proposal for replacing its aging Line 3...
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April 23, 2018 - 7:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court has said the federal government can't delay plans to more than double penalties automakers pay when they fail to meet fuel economy standards. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided on Monday with a lawsuit brought last year by California, Maryland, New York,...
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April 20, 2018 - 8:31 pm
DENVER (AP) — Environmentalists are asking an appeals court to reinstate a rule restricting harmful methane emissions on U.S. lands, at least temporarily. Attorneys for 13 groups on Friday asked a federal appeals court in Denver to block an order by a lower court that halted the regulation. The...
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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Idaho Power Co. apprentice lineman Claysen Hale prepares to change out jumpers and stirrups on a power line in Eden, Idaho. U.S. officials on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, approved two high-voltage transmission line routes in southwestern Idaho aimed at modernizing and improving reliability of the Pacific Northwest's energy grid. (Heather Kennison/Times-News via AP, File)
April 18, 2018 - 5:16 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials on Wednesday approved two high-voltage transmission line routes in southwestern Idaho aimed at modernizing and improving reliability of the Pacific Northwest's energy grid. The U.S. Department of the Interior's approval is for the two final segments of the Gateway...
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FILE - The Feb. 15, 2018 file photo shows a Porsche logo on a 2018 718 Cayman automobile on display at the Pittsburgh Auto Show. German police searched offices of Porsche on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)
April 18, 2018 - 5:00 am
BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors have carried out raids at 10 locations in southern Germany in an investigation of current and former managers at automaker Porsche, a unit of Volkswagen, over the company's diesel emissions scandal. Stuttgart prosecutors said Wednesday's raids, in the southern states of...
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