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Stories with subject: Environmental laws and regulations
  • Wilderness bill passes US Senate; protects 275,000 acres 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 6:56 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - A new wilderness in Idaho is a presidential signature away from becoming reality.

  • PennEnvironment threatening ArcelorMittal pollution suit 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 5:22 pm

    PITTSBURGH - ArcelorMittal's western Pennsylvania coke plant violated the federal Clean Air Act hundreds of times by showering nearby residents with soot and other pollutants, an environmental activist group said Tuesday.

  • 7 counties in Arkansas under burn bans 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 3:21 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The number of counties with bans on outdoor burning in Arkansas is increasing.

  • Burning Man to crack down on drone use for upcoming event 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 1:23 pm

    RENO, Nevada - Burning Man organizers will not allow hobbyist drones at this year's festival and will limit the use of other drones.

  • Nebraska to join other states challenging new EPA rules 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 10:30 am

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson says the state will join others in a legal fight against new federal rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.

  • Schimel says Wisconsin still mulling power plant options 
    Updated: Aug-04-15 10:02 am

    MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says he is still considering what steps to take next in reaction to new Obama administration rules designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions at power plants.

  • New NY rules give public notice of sewage spills story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 1:50 am

    ALBANY, New York - Every year, tens of billions of gallons of raw sewage befouls waterways New York residents use for drinking, swimming and fishing. Fixing the problem will take time and money, but in the meantime, a new alert system notifies the public when a spill happens at some, but not all, of the state's sewage systems.

  • EPA smokestack rules unwelcome, unneeded say leaders in NC 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 9:49 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Stricter carbon dioxide limits on power plants issued Monday have lawmakers in North Carolina, a state that started cutting smokestack pollution more than a decade ago, gearing up to fight the Obama administration over balancing pollution versus cost.

  • Maine environmental groups praise federal power plant rules 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 8:01 pm

    AUGUSTA, Maine - Environmental advocates in Maine on Monday lauded President Barack Obama's plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power plants, saying it will keep residents healthier, slow the impacts of climate change and protect Maine's natural resources-based economy.

  • Pence says he will fight new EPA emissions rules in court 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 7:38 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Republican Gov. Mike Pence vowed Monday to "vigorously" fight President Barack Obama's recently finalized plan to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants across the U.S. over the next fifteen years.

  • West Virginia faces more stringent goals in final power plan 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 7:37 pm

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - President Barack Obama released a plan Monday requiring West Virginia to take deeper cuts into their emissions from power plants than the administration originally proposed.

  • Texas faces less stringent goals in final clean power plan 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 7:33 pm

    DALLAS - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton vowed Monday to sue the Obama administration over a federal plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, even though the state faces a less-stringent mandate under a final version of the plan than was originally proposed.

  • New Mexico not expected to fight EPA's emission-cutting rule 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 7:13 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico properly prepared for President Barack Obama's efforts to cut greenhouse gases from power plants and won't be among the many Republican-led states expected to fight the plan, state Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn said Monday.

  • New York attorney general praises federal power plant rules 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 6:36 pm

    ALBANY, New York - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he'll join nine other states in defending President Barack Obama's plan to dramatically cut U.S power plant emissions if it's challenged in court.

  • Kansas governor says final power plant rule 'twice as bad' 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 6:36 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says the final version of a federal rule for cutting carbon emissions from power plants is "twice as bad" for the state as the original version outlined a year ago.

  • Obama climate change plan criticized by Wyoming leaders 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 6:34 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The latest version of the Obama administration's plan to fight climate change won't work as promised and instead will drive up electricity rates and cost jobs, Wyoming's governor and congressional delegation said Monday.

  • Obama's power plant climate plan shifts to courts, states story has photos
    Updated: Aug-03-15 6:28 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that - if successful - would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the way Americans get and use electricity.

  • Alaska not included in new federal emission-cutting rule 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 6:08 pm

    JUNEAU, Alaska - State political leaders welcomed the announcement Monday that Alaska was not included in a new federal rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

  • Officials calling Nevada solar future bright under EPA rules story has photos
    Updated: Aug-03-15 6:06 pm

    LAS VEGAS - Several Nevada government and business leaders said Monday they see a bright future for renewable energy projects in the state under federal rules tightening pollution controls for greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

  • Power plant emissions rule draws criticism from both sides 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 5:56 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - President Barack Obama's plan to curtail power-plant emissions generated tough talk Monday from candidates for governor in coal-producing Kentucky. Democrat Jack Conway vowed to derail the rule in court, and Republican Matt Bevin accused his rival of hypocrisy on the issue.

  • Oklahoma governor says she is opposed to emission cut plan 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 5:55 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Some of Oklahoma's top political leaders criticized President Barack Obama's plan Monday to fight climate change by cutting carbon dioxide emissions at power plants, saying it would likely increase electricity costs for consumers and harm the economy.

  • Ohio EPA chief says courts should review new emissions rule 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 5:49 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - The head of Ohio's Environmental Protection Agency says President Barack Obama's plan to cut power plant emissions raises legal questions about federal authority and courts should have a chance to review it.

  • Virginia reaction to final Clean Power Plan rules 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 5:49 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia will face less stringent federal requirements for cutting emissions from its power plants, according to finalized rules announced by President Barack Obama's administration Monday.

  • Obama power plant rules spark 2016 fight over climate change story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-03-15 5:09 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's sweeping new power plant regulations are thrusting the divisive debate over climate change into the race for the White House, with candidates in both parties seeing an opportunity to capitalize.

  • Massachusetts officials praise move by Obama on power plants 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 5:05 pm

    BOSTON - President Barack Obama's decision to mandate steeper greenhouse gas cuts from power plants may be running into opposition in some states, but in Massachusetts fellow Democrats are hailing the move.