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Stories with subject: Environmental laws and regulations
  • California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 11:16 am

    ROSEVILLE, California - Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California.

  • Drone supporters say ban around Georgia Capitol goes too far 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 10:47 am

    ATLANTA - Drone enthusiasts are calling a ban on the unmanned vehicles within five miles of Georgia's Capitol an overreach of authority by state officials, while agency officials argue the change is necessary and follows federal guidelines.

  • BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-03-15 5:15 am

    NEW ORLEANS - More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the company billions.

  • Environmental group wants EPA to strip authority from MPCA 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 6:07 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - An environmental group petitioned federal regulators Thursday to strip the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency of its delegated authority to regulate water pollution from mining.

  • US wildlife agency won't list wild horse as endangered 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 4:28 pm

    RENO, Nevada - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected a proposal to list the North American wild horse as a threatened or endangered species.

  • Oklahoma attorney general challenges EPA's clean-air plan 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 9:22 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants would threaten the reliability and affordability of electricity and cause substantial economic injury to the state, Attorney General Scott Pruitt claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • Wide environmental changes get initial NC Senate OK 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 7:47 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Senate Republicans on Wednesday backed off some provisions in their annual "regulatory reform" measure but retained several that critics say would damage water quality and discourage citizen lawsuits.

  • Amid uncertainty, Virginia utility makes transitional plan 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 6:36 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Dominion Virginia Power on Wednesday suggested how it may transition to new ways of generating energy, citing the uncertainty of new U.S. environmental rules.

  • Nebraska Gov. Ricketts criticizes new federal water rule 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 3:05 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts blasted a new Obama administration rule on Wednesday that gives federal authorities the power to regulate more streams, tributaries and wetlands.

  • After coal win, states seek similar relief for farms 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 5:51 pm

    FRANKFORT, Kentucky - They beat the EPA on coal, and now a group of state attorneys general hopes to score a similar victory on farming.

  • NC justices hear arguments between governors, lawmakers 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:40 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Attorneys for North Carolina's current and past governors and legislative leaders offered the state Supreme Court Tuesday very different readings of the legislature's powers and limits in making appointments to boards and commissions.

  • Erie Coke Corp. deemed compliant after improvements 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:08 pm

    ERIE, Pennsylvania - The Erie Coke Corp., after spending millions of dollars on pollution control improvements and fines, has satisfied environmental regulators who tried to shut it down.

  • South Carolina joins 8 states to challenge EPA water rule 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 4:05 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina and eight other states are suing over new water regulations they say are unconstitutional.

  • Ohio, Michigan sue EPA over rule 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 2:19 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio and Michigan are teaming up in a lawsuit against two federal agencies over a new rule that gives them authority over some streams, tributaries and wetlands.

  • Court ruling on air standards may save Westar millions 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 1:49 pm

    WICHITA, Kansas - Westar Energy said a U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on toxic emissions at power plants could save the company millions.

  • After mercury ruling, scrutiny of Obama climate rules grows story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 7:59 am

    WASHINGTON - Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Coal industry scores a win but fate of plants still in air story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 6:34 am

    BILLINGS, Montana - Coal companies and their supporters scored a courtroom victory with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the Obama administration failed to take potential costs into account when it decided to regulate toxic emissions from many power plants.

  • Duke Energy CEO getting pay raise year after coal ash spill 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 10:32 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good is getting a raise a year after the country's largest electric company confronted a coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals, the company said in a regulatory filing Monday.

  • Coal plant operator says Colstrip remains profitable for now 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 8:16 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - The formation of a new company to run Montana's largest power plant has raised questions among analysts and plant detractors about how long it can keep going, as pollution control costs rise and coal's share of the electricity market crumbles.

  • UN chief: Climate negotiations moving at a 'snail's pace' 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 7:26 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that negotiations on a new climate pact to keep global warming from reaching dangerous levels are moving at a "snail's pace" and must be speeded up.

  • Texas leads multistate suit against EPA over water rule 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 7:17 pm

    HOUSTON - Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers in Houston federal court over a rule that they say strips them of jurisdiction over water.

  • Supreme Court power plant ruling panned in New England 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 6:20 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants.

  • News Guide: What power plant ruling means for Michigan 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:59 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in favor of Michigan and other Republican-led states that challenged Environmental Protection Agency rules that would reduce mercury and other air pollution from coal-fired power plants. The regulations, announced in 2011, are different from rules proposed last year to cut carbon dioxide emissions. What the decision means:

  • Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:52 pm

    WASHINGTON - Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

  • 13 states sue over rule giving feds authority on state water 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 4:58 pm

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.