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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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  • Walker aides assure legislators Foxconn will change economy

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:24:29 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's top aides offered legislators another round of assurances Tuesday that a Foxconn Technology Group plant in southeastern Wisconsin would transform the state's economy but promised the company would lose out on state incentives if it doesn't deliver.

  • Wisconsin governor touts Foxconn plant at Wisconsin hospital

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:51:53 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's top aides offered legislators another round of assurances Tuesday that a Foxconn Technology Group plant in southeastern Wisconsin would transform the state's economy but promised the company would lose out on state incentives if it doesn't deliver.

  • Appeals court: Energy officials missed in pipeline review

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:04:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington appeals court says federal energy regulators fell short in evaluating the environmental impact of a natural gas pipeline that's carrying gas through Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

  • South African rhino breeder readies online auction of horns

    Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:21:19 GMT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An online auction of 264 rhino horns will start Wednesday after a South African court ordered the government to hand over a permit allowing the sale to proceed, according to lawyers for a rhino breeder who is conducting the legal sale.

  • California lawmakers to tackle housing crisis, immigration

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:32:09 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are preparing to return to Sacramento after a monthlong break.

  • California tightens rules on popular pesticide for farmers

    Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:56:53 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide that is popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday.

  • Trump signs order to speed infrastructure construction

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:03:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he has signed a new executive order intended to make more efficient the federal permitting process for construction of transportation, water and other infrastructure projects without harming the environment.

  • People from across Europe protest logging in Polish forest

    Sun, 13 Aug 2017 18:49:38 GMT

    WARSAW (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered in an ancient forest in Poland to protest the widespread logging the government has ordered there.

  • California official sues EPA over records on administrator

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 22:37:51 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday for failing to provide records he contends could show conflicts of interest by Administrator Scott Pruitt.

  • Federal judge clears way for completion of water project

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 21:57:39 GMT

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has cleared the way for completion of a $244 million project to bring Missouri River water to residents of northwestern North Dakota, though the state of Missouri and the Canadian province of Manitoba can appeal.

  • Wisconsin Republicans tie Foxconn incentives to job numbers

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:34:57 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly have adjusted Gov. Scott Walker's Foxconn incentives bill to tie tax credits to jobs created and create a new worker training program.

  • NAFTA negotiations could mark end of era for Mexican exports

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:08:24 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's push to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement is putting Mexico in a tough spot, threatening the system that has helped turn the country into a top exporter through low wages, lax regulations and proximity to the United States.

  • Groups move to ban cyanide traps that kill predator animals

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:02:54 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Predator-killing cyanide traps such as one that sickened a boy in Idaho and killed his dog should be banned, environmental groups told the federal government Thursday.

  • Trump administration urged to avoid salmon protection rules

    Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:31:04 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws.

  • Study: Fines for illegal pollution plummet under Trump

    Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:19:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fines for illegal pollution have plummeted under President Donald Trump, according to analysis by an environmental advocacy group.

  • The Latest: Wisconsin Senate leader: Foxconn votes unknown

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:49:29 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's $3 billion incentives plan for Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn (all times local):

  • Wisconsin DNR chief: Foxconn bill won't harm environment

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:52:37 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's top conservation official promised Wednesday that regulatory rollbacks in Gov. Scott Walker's incentive plan for a giant Foxconn plant won't harm the state's environment.

  • The Latest: Wisconsin Senate leader: Budget before Foxconn

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:49:36 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's $3 billion incentives plan for Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn (all times local):

  • The Latest: Wisconsin environment chief: Foxconn is a 'gift'

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:22:49 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's $3 billion incentives plan for Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn (all times local):

  • Utah seeking $1.9 billion from EPA over mine-waste spill

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:55:31 GMT

    Utah is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for $1.9 billion in damages after the EPA inadvertently triggered a multi-state spill from an old gold mine in Colorado, the Utah Attorney General's Office confirmed Tuesday.

  • Driller files $5M suit against 'Gasland' resident, lawyers

    Tue, 08 Aug 2017 21:29:04 GMT

    A gas driller that was targeted with allegations that it polluted residential water wells in Pennsylvania has filed a $5 million lawsuit against a Pennsylvania resident and his lawyers, asserting they tried to extort the company through a frivolous lawsuit.