Environmental laws and regulations

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2010, file photo, the snowcapped Cabinet Mountains tower over the lush Kootenai River Valley outside of Libby, Mont. An Idaho mining company is asking a Montana judge to strike down its designation as a "bad actor" over past pollution, saying the label could stall two mines proposed beneath a wilderness area. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
April 12, 2018 - 7:52 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An Idaho mining company went to court Thursday seeking to overturn its designation by Montana officials as an industry "bad actor" because of pollution tied to its CEO. Hecla Mining Co. asked a judge to block the Montana Department of Environmental Quality from suspending...
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April 12, 2018 - 5:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed a former coal industry lobbyist as the second-highest official at the Environmental Protection Agency, putting him next in line to run the agency if embattled administrator Scott Pruitt is forced out or resigns. Senators approved Andrew Wheeler as...
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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2018 Volkswagen brand Chairman Herbert Diess speaks at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The supervisory board of the German car maker is convening Thursday, April 12, 2018 to discuss a new leadership structure. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, file)
April 12, 2018 - 3:01 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen replaced CEO Matthias Mueller with core brand head Herbert Diess on Thursday and said it is creating a new management structure to enable faster decision-making as autonomous and electric cars transform the industry. The German automaker said in a statement that...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-designate, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Pruitt has spent millions of dollars in taxpayer funds on unprecedented security precautions that include a full-time detail of 20 armed officers, according to agency sources and documents reviewed by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 12, 2018 - 12:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-ranking political staffer at the Environmental Protection Agency has told lawmakers he faced retaliation after pushing back against outsized spending demands from Administrator Scott Pruitt and his top aides. House and Senate Democrats sent letters Thursday to President...
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April 11, 2018 - 4:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are moving to confirm a former coal industry lobbyist as the second highest ranking official at the Environmental Protection Agency, putting him next in line if embattled administrator Scott Pruitt is forced to resign or is fired. A Senate vote could come as...
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Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, right, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 10, 2018 - 6:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Confidential security assessments in the Environmental Protection Agency show no evidence of specific, credible, physical threats against Administrator Scott Pruitt, despite claims that an "unprecedented" number of death threats justify his outsized security spending, according to...
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This screen grab from a Facebook group and photographed on a computer screen in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018, shows what appears to be a bucket of tiger teeth offered for sale on a Facebook page. In a complaint filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, wildlife preservation advocates allege that Facebook's failure to stop illicit traders utilizing its platform for illegal activity violates the social network's responsibilities as a publicly traded company. (AP Photo)
April 10, 2018 - 5:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is displaying advertisements for well-known American corporations along with content from group pages operated by overseas wildlife traffickers illegally selling the body parts of threatened animals, including elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger teeth. In a secret...
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April 10, 2018 - 12:44 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wants to tackle an emerging problem of water and air pollution from industrial chemicals by beefing up the state's health and environmental agencies, a move legislators have resisted. Cooper proposed Tuesday spending $14 million with half of the...
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April 10, 2018 - 6:13 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German government is considering forcing automakers to upgrade diesel vehicles that fail to meet emissions standards. Chancellor Angela Merkel's ministers will discuss the idea at a two-day retreat at the Meseberg mansion house near Berlin starting Tuesday. Some in Merkel's new...
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April 09, 2018 - 8:59 am
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A freshwater mussel that's found in the nation's mid-Atlantic region will soon be listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the listing will take effect in May for the yellow lance mussel. The species can be found in...
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