Environmental Law News

Environmental law raises important questions about the role and authority of the government. It is also extraordinarily complex and growing more complicated daily. FindLaw's Legal Professional News contains all the latest information that legal professionals need to stay up-to-date with developments in environmental law, with breaking news and analysis, photos, videos, and social media posts from attorneys.

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  • Proposed Christie-Exxon Mobil contamination deal criticized

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:08:30 GMT

    ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists are criticizing a proposed legal settlement between Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration and Exxon Mobil over oil and chemical contamination.

  • Children in Southern California breathing easier, study says

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:41:06 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Smog-covered mountains, gritty sidewalks, smelly fumes from traffic-choked freeways. The Los Angeles area was a tough place to breathe several decades ago. Now a study shows how much that has changed, especially for the region's youngest residents.

  • Top Senate Republican tells states: ignore EPA carbon rules

    Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:55:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican is telling states to ignore a central part of President Barack Obama's plans to curb the pollution blamed for global warming.

  • Appeals court upholds protection for threatened seabird

    Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:49:43 GMT

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by the timber industry seeking to strip Endangered Species Act protection from a threatened seabird that nests in old-growth forests.

  • Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks

    Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:00:11 GMT

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest.

  • Hollande tours typhoon-hit Philippines ahead of climate deal

    Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:14:08 GMT

    GUIUAN, Philippines (AP) — French President Francois Hollande on Friday took his warning about the need for funds for a landmark climate deal to a central Philippine town that was devastated by a killer typhoon in 2013.

  • US charges Duke with illegal pollution from 5 coal ash dumps

    Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:27:57 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.

  • SEC Filing: Duke says it expects to settle criminal probe

    Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:45:55 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy said Wednesday it expects to pay $100 million to settle an ongoing federal criminal investigation that began after a massive coal ash spill at a North Carolina plant.

  • Tiny Oregon minnow is first fish taken off endangered list

    Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:04:52 GMT

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction, officials said Tuesday.

  • Oregon minnow is first fish taken off endangered list

    Tue, 17 Feb 2015 02:23:11 GMT

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — It's official. A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction.

  • Water, air quality concerns heighten conflict with pig farms

    Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:47:41 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Modern meat production, in which thousands of animals are packed into barns for concentrated feeding operations, has proven to be efficient and profitable, but comes with its own set of problems.

  • Environmental groups sue predator control agency in Idaho

    Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:56:55 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Five conservation groups that contend federal officials in Idaho are violating environmental laws by killing wolves, coyotes and other wildlife to protect livestock and crops have filed a federal lawsuit.

  • Negotiators agree on early draft of UN climate deal

    Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:12:33 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — U.N. negotiators on Friday produced an early draft of what eventually should become a landmark climate deal in Paris next December, piling on suggestions to make sure the document reflected every country's wishes.

  • Who pays? Who cuts emissions? 5 issues for UN climate deal

    Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:17:30 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — World governments are hoping that this year will mark a breakthrough in the slow-paced U.N. climate talks.

  • 5 crunch issues for UN climate deal

    Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:23:34 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — After failing six years ago to craft a global agreement to fight climate change, world governments are hoping that this year will mark a breakthrough in the slow-paced U.N. climate talks.

  • Congress clears Keystone XL pipeline bill, setting up veto

    Thu, 12 Feb 2015 01:42:53 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure.

  • Congress set to pass bill approving Keystone XL pipeline

    Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:09:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Congress is set to send a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it.

  • Montana coal-fired power plant is latest to shut down

    Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:23:00 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant in Billings will shut down in August, its owner said Tuesday, making it the latest casualty in a wave of closures across the country that have left the coal industry reeling.

  • Paris to ban the most polluting diesel vehicles by 2020

    Mon, 09 Feb 2015 18:43:10 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has presented a plan to ban most diesel vehicles from the city by 2020 in order to lower air pollution.

  • Legal scholars: Utah's push for US land would hurt public

    Sun, 08 Feb 2015 23:42:40 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's push to wrest control of 31 million acres of federally controlled land would lead to less public access, less public involvement in land-use decisions and more drilling and strip mining, according to a new report by legal scholars.

  • Fracking puts California governor, environmentalists at odds

    Fri, 06 Feb 2015 22:13:48 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the 1970s, the environmental movement had no bigger political hero than California Gov. Jerry Brown. He cracked down on polluters, ended tax breaks for oil companies and promoted solar energy.