Environmental laws and regulations

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a meeting with state and local officials in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. The Trump administration is rewriting Obama-era rules governing pollution from oil and gas operations and coal ash dumps, moves that opponents say will significantly weaken protections for human health and the environment. The EPA announced the changes Thursday, March 1, the latest in series of actions in the last year to roll back regulations opposed by the fossil-fuel industry. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
March 01, 2018 - 9:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it is rewriting Obama-era rules governing pollution from oil and gas operations and coal ash dumps, moves that opponents say will significantly weaken protections for human health and the environment. The changes proposed by the Environmental...
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FILE - This Oct. 26, 2017 file photo shows prototypes of border walls in San Diego. A federal judge in San Diego who was taunted by Donald Trump during the presidential campaign has sided with the president on a challenge to building a border wall with Mexico. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 rejected arguments by the state of California and advocacy groups that the administration overreached by waiving laws requiring environmental and other reviews before construction could begin. (AP Photo/Elliott Spagat, File)
February 27, 2018 - 11:54 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge who was taunted by Donald Trump during the presidential campaign sided with the president Tuesday on a challenge to building a border wall with Mexico, removing what could have been a major obstacle to the signature campaign pledge. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel...
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An environment activist stands in front of the Federal Administrative Court prior to a trial in Leipzig, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. The words read: 'Diesel emissions kill'. The German court ruled Tuesday that cities can impose driving bans on diesel cars to combat air pollution, a decision that could affect millions of drivers and the country's powerful auto industry. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
February 27, 2018 - 5:43 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Handing environmentalists a landmark victory, a German court ruled Tuesday that cities can ban diesel cars and trucks to combat air pollution, a decision with far-reaching and costly implications in the country where the diesel engine was invented in the 1890s. The ruling by the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks about the Trump Administration's energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. A second federal judge has rejected the Trump administration's efforts to delay an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 23, 2018 - 2:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A second judge has told the Trump administration it can't keep stalling clean-air rules for oil and gas production on federal lands. U.S. District Judge William Orrick of the Northern District of California ordered the Interior Department to reinstate the Obama-era regulation...
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras waits for the arrival of the Irish President Michael D. Higgins during a welcome ceremony at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Moody's ratings agency upgraded Greece's credit rating by two notches late Wednesday to B3, saying the country is set to return to market-based funding following the conclusion of its current bailout program in the summer. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
February 22, 2018 - 1:17 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's supreme court has approved a large private urban development project on the prime seaside site of the old Athens airport, which is a key element of the country's bailout program. The decision made public Thursday says that the development is in accordance with Greece'...
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FILE - In this March 24 , 2017 file photo, a bison stands among fir trees that have been logged, in the Bialowieza Forest, Poland. The European Union’s top advocate says Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018, that Poland has infringed environmental laws with its massive logging of trees in one of Europe’s last pristine forests. (AP Photo/Adam Bohdan, File)
February 20, 2018 - 7:44 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union's top advocate said Tuesday that Poland has broken environmental laws with its massive logging of trees in one of Europe's last pristine forests. The opinion by Advocate General Yves Bot could bring a ruling from the EU's Court of Justice against Poland's...
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FILE -In this June 12, 2014 file photo, oil pumps and natural gas burn off in Watford City, N.D. The Interior Department says it is replacing an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. A rule being published in the Federal Register this week will replace the 2016 rule with requirements similar to those that were in force before the Obama administration changed the regulation. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
February 12, 2018 - 6:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is replacing an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. A rule being published in the Federal Register this week will replace the 2016 rule with requirements similar to those in force...
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February 09, 2018 - 5:19 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation designed to expand North Carolina's response to a little-studied chemical and other unregulated contaminants in drinking water supplies has cleared the state Senate. Senators approved a measure Friday that directs a review of the state's pollutant discharge...
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February 06, 2018 - 3:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers are threatening to cut off U.S. funding for the World Health Organization's cancer research program over its finding that the herbicide Roundup is probably carcinogenic to humans. House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith said Tuesday that the 2015...
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In this Jan. 30, 2018, photo, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the Senate Environment Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Newly released emails show Pruitt personally monitored efforts last year to excise much of the information about climate change from the agency’s website, especially President Obama’s signature effort to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 02, 2018 - 1:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt personally monitored efforts last year to excise much of the information about climate change from the agency's website, especially President Obama's signature effort to reduce planet-warming...
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