Pollution laws and regulations

FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Trump tweeted Thursday, July 5, he accepted the resignation of Pruitt. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
July 06, 2018 - 7:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing out after months of scandals, Scott Pruitt is turning the Environmental Protection Agency over to a far less flashy deputy who is expected to continue Pruitt's rule-cutting, business-friendly ways as steward of the country's environment. With Pruitt's departure, President...
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In this June 19, 2018 photo, paper straws sit at Duke Moscrip, owner of Duke's Restaurants, bar at his restaurant in Seattle. Businesses that sell food or drinks won’t be allowed to offer the plastic items under a rule that went into effect Sunday, July 1. (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times via AP)
July 02, 2018 - 6:46 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Looking for a plastic straw to sip your soda? It's no longer allowed in Seattle bars and restaurants. Neither are plastic utensils in the latest push to reduce waste and prevent marine plastic pollution. Businesses that sell food or drinks won't be allowed to offer the plastic items...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 15, 2018 file photo, Rupert Stadler, CEO of German car producer Audi, briefs the media during the annual press conference in Ingolstadt, Germany. German authorities have detained the chief executive of Volkswagen's Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into manipulation of emissions controls. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
June 18, 2018 - 5:45 am
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Monday detained the chief executive of Volkswagen's Audi division, Rupert Stadler, as part of a probe into manipulation of emissions controls. The move follows a search last week of Stadler's private residence, ordered by Munich prosecutors investigating the...
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June 13, 2018 - 12:09 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen says it's being fined 1 billion euros ($1.18 billion) by German authorities in connection with the diesel emissions scandal. Volkswagen said in a statement Wednesday it would accept the fine imposed by prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig. Prosecutors...
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 3, 2018 file photo, Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi AG, attends the shareholders' meeting of the Volkswagen stock company in Berlin, Germany. German prosecutors say they have expanded their probe into manipulation of emissions controls at Volkswagen’s Audi division to include Audi’s CEO, Rupert Stadler. Munich prosecutors said Stadler’s private residence was searched on Monday, June 11 along with that of another division manager whose name was not released. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
June 11, 2018 - 11:54 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors say they have expanded their probe into manipulation of emissions controls at Volkswagen's Audi division to include Audi's CEO, Rupert Stadler. Munich prosecutors said Stadler's private residence was searched on Monday along with that of another division...
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McGregor Scott, right, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, accompanied by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, discusses an increase in the use of a banned pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public lands Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Researchers found the highly toxic pesticide Carbofuran, which can't legally be used in the Unites States, at 72 percent of grow sites last year, up 15 percent from 2012. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
May 29, 2018 - 6:57 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An alarming increase in the use of a highly toxic and banned pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public land in California is leading U.S. and state officials to team up on an issue that recently divided them: pot. They announced Tuesday that they will use $2.5...
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May 15, 2018 - 1:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Auditors say federal regulators have stepped up the kind of testing that could have caught emissions-rigging by Volkswagen. The review by the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general says the agency still needs to do more to keep automakers from duping it again on the...
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May 10, 2018 - 1:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is overhauling the way his agency sets pollution limits under the Clean Air Act, announcing Thursday that regulators will seek input on the economic impact of enforcing the landmark federal law. Pruitt's initiative, laid out in a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer 'Volkswagen', arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament in Berlin, Germany. VW spokesman Michael Brendel says the German automaker’s supervisory board is checking whether it can demand damage claims from former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn in connection with the company's diesel emissions cheating scandal. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported Sunday May 6, 2018 that Winterkorn could stand to lose his entire property in connection with the company’s investigation. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
May 06, 2018 - 11:32 am
BERLIN (AP) — Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn may never see the inside of a courtroom in the United States in connection with the company's diesel emissions scandal. But his legal troubles are far from over. A VW spokesman says the German automaker's supervisory board is checking whether it...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2012 file picture Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn poses for the media prior to the company's annual press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany. A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn on charges stemming from the company's diesel emissions cheating scandal in a plot that prosecutors allege reached the top of the world's largest automaker. ( (AP Photo/Michael Sohn,file)
May 04, 2018 - 10:44 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German prosecutors are saying their probe of former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn is ongoing and won't be affected by the charges brought against him in the United States. "We have taken account of the U.S. indictment, but it will not change our investigatory approach...
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