Environmental laws and regulations

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2017 photo, boats are shown moored in the Anclote River near the old Stauffer chemical plant site in Tarpon Springs, Fla. Hundreds of the nation's most polluted places are at an increasing risk of spreading contamination beyond their borders by more frequent storms and rising seas. Sixty percent of U.S. Superfund sites are in danger from weather extremes like hurricanes or wildfires, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to acknowledge and plan for climate change is hurting chances of safeguarding them, according to a government watchdog. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
November 18, 2019 - 3:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The worsening wildfires, floods and hurricanes of climate change threaten at least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites, and efforts to strengthen the hazardous waste sites are stalling in some vulnerable regions as the Trump administration plays down the threat, a congressional watchdog...
Read More
November 18, 2019 - 12:21 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has turned out to have affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported, a state regulator said Monday. North Dakota environmental scientist Bill Suess said the leak reported on Oct. 29 is now...
Read More
In this May 7, 2019, photo released by Cannabis Removal on Public Lands (CROP) Project, a group including U.S. Forest Service rangers, scientists and conservationists work to reclaim a so-called trespass grow site where nearly 9,000 cannabis plants were illegally cultivated. Authorities allege members of an international drug trafficking ring set up camp at the site months earlier. (Jackee Riccio/CROP via AP)
November 17, 2019 - 1:18 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was...
Read More
Ted Wells, Jr., left, the lead attorney for Exxon, leaves Manhattan Supreme court with a colleague Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in New York. New York's attorney general is accusing Exxon Mobil of misleading investors about how profitable the company will remain as governments impose stricter regulations to combat global warming. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
November 07, 2019 - 1:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Climate change may be the defining risk for oil and gas companies in coming decades, and attorneys for New York state are saying Exxon Mobil misled investors about how it was handling that risk. The state made closing arguments Thursday in a case that accused the energy giant of...
Read More
FILE - In this April 17, 2014, photo shows the Pancake Rocks in Greymouth, New Zealand. New Zealand lawmakers have joined together across the aisle to pass a bill aimed at combating climate change. The Zero Carbon bill aims to make New Zealand reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to the point the country becomes mostly carbon neutral by 2050. (AP Photo/Carey J. Williams, File)
November 07, 2019 - 12:50 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers on Thursday joined forces across the aisle to pass a bill aimed at combating climate change. The Zero Carbon bill aims to make New Zealand reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to the point the country becomes mostly carbon neutral by 2050. It...
Read More
Virginia Giovernor Ralph Northam, center, is surrounded by media outside his office at the State Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Northam had just left a meeting with his Cabinet and was questioned about the previous night's election results which gave Democrats control of the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
November 06, 2019 - 7:34 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam promised Wednesday to ride a wave of voter dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump to turn the Old Dominion into a state where gun laws are stricter, the environment is cleaner and cities have greater leeway to take down Confederate statues. The...
Read More
FILE - In this July 27, 2018 photo, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. The Trump administration is proposing easing more Obama-era protections on contaminants from coal-fired power plants. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a proposal Monday overhauling a 2015 rule on release of contaminated wastewater from power plants. The EPA says the change will save $175 million annually in compliance costs.(AP Photo/J. David Ake)
November 04, 2019 - 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration accelerated the pace of its environmental rollbacks for the country's coal-fired power plants Monday, proposing to weaken two Obama-era rules aimed at cleaning up dangerous heavy metals and ash from coal plants into groundwater and waterways. The new...
Read More
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2005 file photo, tourist Chris Farthing from Suffolks County, England, takes a picture of Anasazi ruins in Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. The checkerboard of federal land surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park would be off limits to oil and gas development under legislation pending before Congress. The U.S. House is set to vote on the measure Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Geissler, File)
October 30, 2019 - 7:33 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Walls of stacked stone jut up from the canyon floor, some perfectly aligned with the seasonal movements of the sun and moon. Circular ceremonial subterranean rooms called kivas cut into the desert, surrounded by the remnants of what historians say was once a hub of...
Read More
An anti-government protester dressed as the Joker holding a Mapuche flag, strikes a pose in front of police near La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Chilean President Sebastián Pinera cancelled two major international summits after nearly two weeks of nationwide protests over economic inequality that have left at least 20 dead and damaged businesses and infrastructure around the country.(AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
October 30, 2019 - 6:49 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said Wednesday that he is canceling two major international summits so he can respond to protracted nationwide protests over economic inequality that have left more than a dozen people dead, hundreds injured and businesses and infrastructure...
Read More
Dutch construction workers gather for a demonstration against the government’s environmental rules, in The Hague, Netherlands on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. The industry is protesting government limits on nitrogen emissions and rules about transporting sand and earth contaminated with tiny amounts of chemicals known as PFAS. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
October 30, 2019 - 8:23 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch construction workers converged on The Hague on Wednesday to protest restrictions they say are crippling their industry, the latest large-scale demonstration against the government's environmental policies. A central park in The Hague filled up early...
Read More

Pages