Environmental laws and regulations

Indian presidential staff members walk surrounded by smog at the presidential palace in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Air pollution in India's capital has hit hazardous levels prompting local officials to ask that school shut down and a half marathon scheduled later in November be called off. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
November 07, 2017 - 5:37 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — A thick gray haze enveloped India's capital on Tuesday as air pollution hit hazardous levels, prompting local officials to ask that schools shut down and a half marathon scheduled for later in November be called off. The readings of the government's air quality index hovered...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Pruitt is set to speak privately to chemical industry executives next week during a conference at a luxury oceanfront golf resort. Pruitt is listed as the featured speaker at board meeting of the American Chemistry Council, a group that has lobbied against stricter regulations for chemical manufacturers. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
November 03, 2017 - 6:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's top environmental regulator is set to speak privately to chemical industry executives next week during a conference at a luxury oceanfront golf resort. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is listed as the featured speaker at a...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2011, file photo, then-Rep. Mary Bono, R-Calif., listens at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. One current and three former female members of Congress tell The Associated Press they have been sexually harassed or subjected to hostile sexual comments by their male colleagues while serving in the House. For years Bono endured the increasingly suggestive comments from a fellow lawmaker in the House. But when the congressman approached her on the House floor and told her he’d been thinking about her in the shower, she’d had enough. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
November 03, 2017 - 3:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Republican Rep. Mary Bono endured increasingly suggestive comments from a fellow lawmaker in the House of Representatives. But when the congressman approached her on the House floor and told her he'd been thinking about her in the shower, she'd had enough. She...
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November 02, 2017 - 10:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Thursday it will hold a public hearing in West Virginia on its plan to nullify an Obama-era plan to limit planet-warming carbon emissions. The state is economically dependent on coal mining. The Environmental Protection Agency will take comments...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2017 file photo, a wildfire moves closer to North Tustin homes along the 261 freeway in Tustin, Calif. Dave Jones, California's insurance commissioner, said Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 that losses from a series of wildfires in the state in October now exceed $3.3 billion. (Cindy Yamanaka/The Orange County Register via AP, File)/The Orange County Register via AP)
November 01, 2017 - 6:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to deadly wildfires in California and the West, House Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill to allow faster approval for logging and other actions to reduce the risk of fire in national forests. The House voted 232-188 to loosen environmental regulations for forest-...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2017 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Pruitt says he will replace the panels that advise him on science and public health issues with new members holding more diverse views. He announced the changes on Oct. 31, saying many previously appointed to the boards were potentially biased because they had received federal grants. The panels advise EPA on a wide range of issues, including drinking water standards and clean air regulations. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
October 31, 2017 - 9:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday he intends to replace the outside experts that advise him on science and public health issues with new board members holding more diverse views. In announcing the changes, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt suggested many...
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FILE - This Jan. 30, 2012, file photo, shows a sign at an Exxon Mobil refinery in California. Exxon Mobil is settling air pollution cases with the Trump administration by paying a $2.5 million civil penalty and promising to spend $300 million on pollution-control technology at several plants along the Gulf Coast. Federal officials said Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, that the settlement will prevent thousands of tons of future pollution, including cancer-causing benzene, from eight petrochemical plants in Texas and Louisiana. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
October 31, 2017 - 6:01 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Exxon Mobil settled violations of the clean-air law with the Trump administration by agreeing to pay a $2.5 million civil penalty and spend $300 million on pollution-control technology at plants along the Gulf Coast. Federal officials said Tuesday that the settlement will prevent...
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Joyce Farinato, a pastor and artist who lost her Glen Ellen, Calif., home in recent wildfires, stands in the ruins Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, and shows a mask she found in the debris, one of her few surviving possessions. Farinato said she wants to follow the environmental rules on cleaning burned sites but needs to know what they are. (AP Photo/Ellen Knickmeyer)
October 26, 2017 - 2:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are targeting environmental rules to allow faster approval for tree cutting in national forests in response to the deadly wildfires in California. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Thursday that lawmakers will vote next week on a bill to loosen...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, an ODFW biologist is in the process of collaring wolf OR-33, a 2-year-old adult male from the Imnaha pack, in Oregon's Wallowa County. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and five conservation groups are teaming up to offer $15,500 for information about the illegal poaching of federally protected gray wolf OR-33, who was found dead near Klamath Falls on April 23. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, file)
October 25, 2017 - 2:52 pm
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and five conservation groups have teamed up to offer $15,500 for information about the illegal poaching of a federally protected gray wolf that was shot dead in a national forest in southern Oregon. The wolf, known as OR-33, was being...
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CORRECTS DATE TO OCT. 18, 2017 FROM JULY 12, 2017 - In this Oct. 18, 2017, photo, Asbestos Removal Technologies Inc., job superintendent Ryan Laitila, right, sprays amended water as job forman Megan Eberhart holds a light during asbestos abatement in Howell, Mich. Asbestos fibers can become deadly when disturbed in a fire or during remodeling, lodging in the lungs and causing problems including mesothelioma, a form of cancer. The material’s dangers have long been recognized. But a 1989 attempt to ban most asbestos products was overturned by a federal court, and it remains in widespread use. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
October 25, 2017 - 2:25 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Spurred by the chemical industry, President Donald Trump's administration is retreating from a congressionally mandated review of some of the most dangerous chemicals in public use: millions of tons of asbestos, flame retardants and other toxins in homes, offices and...
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