Environmental laws and regulations

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to employees of the EPA in Washington. Pruitt’s schedule shows he met with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris for about a half hour on March 9 during a conference held at a Houston hotel. Twenty days later Pruitt announced his decision to deny a petition to ban Dow’s chlorpyrifos pesticide from being sprayed on food, despite a review by his agency’s own scientists that concluded ingesting even minuscule amounts of the chemical can interfere with the brain development of fetuses and infants. EPA released a copy of Pruitt’s March meeting schedule earlier this month following several Freedom of Information Act requests. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
June 27, 2017 - 2:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency's push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies showed it can harm children's brains, according to records obtained by The...
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In this Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, photo, containers of Roundup, left, a weed killer is seen on a shelf with other products for sale at a hardware store in Los Angeles. California regulators are taking a pivotal step toward requiring the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a warning label. The state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced Monday, June 26, 2017, that the weed killer's main ingredient, glyphosate, will be listed in July as a chemical known to cause cancer. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
June 27, 2017 - 1:23 am
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer. Officials announced that starting July 7 the weed killer's main ingredient,...
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FILE - In this June 11, 2008, file photo, a wounded deer lies in the road after being hit by a car on the northbound lane of Interstate 295 near Freeport, Maine. In Oregon, under a road kill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat for human consumption. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)
June 21, 2017 - 7:43 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from. Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash into the animals can now harvest the meat to eat. And...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2005 file photo, flames from methane burning at the landfill in Coventry, Vt. The Trump administration is delaying two Obama-era regulations aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
June 20, 2017 - 1:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the Trump administration will enforce an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production, even as it seeks to rewrite the rule to be more industry-friendly. Zinke told a Senate committee Tuesday...
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Visitors take a look at the new VW Polo during the world premiere in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 16, 2017. Volkswagen is unveiling a new version of its Polo subcompact, the sixth edition of a car that has sold 14 million copies since it was introduced in 1975. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
June 16, 2017 - 8:14 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is unveiling a new version of its Polo subcompact, the sixth edition of a car that has sold 14 million units since it was introduced in 1975. The new Polo is slightly larger than the previous model and offers safety and driver assistance systems previously...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2017, file photo, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Newly obtained emails underscore just how closely Pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as Oklahoma’s state attorney general, a position in which he frequently sued to block federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
June 16, 2017 - 4:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly obtained emails underscore just how closely Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as Oklahoma's state attorney general, a position in which he frequently sued to block federal efforts to curb planet-warming...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2005 file photo, flames from methane burning at the landfill in Coventry, Vt. The Trump administration is delaying two Obama-era regulations aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
June 15, 2017 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is delaying two Obama-era regulations aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production. The Environmental Protection Agency said it is seeking a two-year delay for oil and gas companies to follow a new rule requiring them to...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2017 file photo, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is seen in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Lawmakers concerned about curbing pollution and a warming planet gave a cool reception to President Donald Trump's environmental chief on Thursday, June 15, 2017, as he defended the administration's proposal to sharply reduce the budget of his own agency. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
June 15, 2017 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers concerned about curbing pollution and a warming planet gave a cool reception to President Donald Trump's environmental chief on Thursday as he defended the administration's proposal to sharply reduce the budget of his own agency. Scott Pruitt, the administrator for the...
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June 15, 2017 - 12:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers concerned about pollution and global warming have given a cool reception to President Donald Trump's proposal to gut federal funding for environmental programs. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared Thursday before a House Appropriations...
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June 12, 2017 - 4:56 pm
DENVER (AP) — Government investigators say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had no rules for working around old mines when the agency inadvertently triggered a massive spill from a Colorado mine that polluted rivers in three states. The EPA's Office of Inspector General said Monday the...
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