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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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  • EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

    Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:12:53 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina.

  • Protection sought for scenic California region

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:11:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country.

  • EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:09 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.

  • Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label

    Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:08:43 GMT

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers.

  • Year after W.Va. river spill, execs face charges

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:33:11 GMT

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak.

  • Washington governor proposes carbon pollution cap

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:03:45 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.

  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:51:37 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.

  • Indictments in West Virginia chemical spill case

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:10:27 GMT

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four former chemical company executives and two lower-level employees have been charged in a January spill that contaminated a river and left 300,000 residents around West Virginia's capital without usable water for drinking and bathing for days.

  • Washington governor proposes cap on carbon pollution

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:58:26 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state's largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.

  • Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:52:07 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday.

  • 4 indicted in West Virginia chemical spill case

    Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:56:53 GMT

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Four former chemical company executives have been indicted on federal pollution charges over a January spill that triggered a ban on drinking water for days for 300,000 West Virginia residents.

  • The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, pot

    Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:05:08 GMT

    School kids, truckers, marijuana smokers and fans of old-fashioned light bulbs are among the millions of people who had something extra riding on the big spending bill passed by Congress to keep the government running.

  • Deal salvaged at UN climate talks in Peru

    Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:34:37 GMT

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — A compromise deal salvaged by climate negotiators in Lima early Sunday sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but a consensus could not be reached on nations submitting to a rigorous review of their plans for greenhouse gas emissions limits.

  • Deal reached at UN climate talks in Peru

    Sun, 14 Dec 2014 07:31:08 GMT

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — After late-night wrangling at U.N. talks in Peru, negotiators early Sunday reached a compromise deal that sets the stage for a global climate pact in Paris next year.

  • Peru seeks to unblock snarled UN climate talks

    Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:37:55 GMT

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Negotiators have reached a watered-down deal at U.N. talks in Peru that sets the stage for a global climate pact in Paris next year.

  • Obama urges Senate to pass $1.1 T spending bill

    Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:12:54 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday urged the Senate to ratify a $1.1 trillion, House-passed spending bill that has roiled his Democratic Party, judging it an imperfect measure that stems from "the divided government that the American people voted for."

  • Young UN climate activists passionate, frustrated

    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:46:57 GMT

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — The increasingly hostile climate predicted by scientists — rising seas, crippling droughts, ever-stronger super storms — is the looming nightmare that drives a contingent of young environmental activists that has been seeking to make a mark on U.N. climate talks.

  • 5 Things to Know from AP-NORC environment poll

    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:43:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and Yale University surveyed 1,578 Americans on a wide range of environmental and energy matters, including global warming. Here are some key findings by category:

  • Poll: Half of Republicans back limits on carbon

    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:24:30 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Republicans take control of Congress next month, top on their agenda will be undoing environmental regulations they claim will harm the economy, chief among them President Barack Obama's plans to limit heat-trapping carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.

  • Kerry to climate talks: No excuses, get to work

    Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:34:50 GMT

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry tried to spur slow-moving U.N. climate talks Thursday, telling nations to stop bickering over who is to blame for global warming and to shun the cheap route of high-polluting coal to grow their economies.

  • Kerry to climate talks: No excuse for inaction

    Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:48:59 GMT

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday tried to spur slow-moving U.N. climate talks, telling governments to stop blaming each other for global warming and urging developing countries to not take the cheap route of high-polluting coal to grow their economies.