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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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  • The Latest: Trump energy pick slams transition questionnaire

    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:11:56 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress (all times EST):

  • Ex-VW CEO Winterkorn denies knowing early about cheating

    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:47:19 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn denied having had early knowledge of the company's cheating on diesel emissions as he testified Thursday to a German parliamentary inquiry, his first major public appearance since he resigned.

  • Ex-VW CEO Winterkorn denies wrongdoing in emissions cheating

    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:13:30 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn denied early knowledge of the company's cheating on diesel emissions as he testified Thursday to a German parliamentary inquiry — his first major public appearance since he resigned in 2015.

  • Ex-VW CEO Winterkorn testifies to German parliament inquiry

    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:08:40 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn is testifying before a German parliamentary inquiry in his first public appearance since he resigned in the wake of the company's diesel emissions scandal.

  • In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn't hoax

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:38:55 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the president-elect and his own past statements.

  • Trump EPA pick pledges more cooperation with industry

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:09:46 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told senators Wednesday that he intended to work cooperatively with states and industry to return the federal watchdog to what he called its proper role.

  • Small businesses hope to see Obama-backed rules scrapped

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:06:44 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses are hoping to see some high-profile Obama administration regulations scrapped after Donald Trump takes office, with rules affecting overtime, sick leave and the environment among those that may be taken off the books.

  • Records show Trump EPA pick crusading for industry donors

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:40:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first took office as Oklahoma's attorney general, he disbanded the unit responsible for protecting the state's natural resources.

  • Trump pick to lead EPA has spotty state environmental record

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:31:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first took office as Oklahoma's attorney general, he disbanded the unit responsible for protecting the state's natural resources.

  • States argue in court for more say over endangered species

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:15 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — A battle over how to save endangered wolves in the Southwest moves to a federal appeals court Wednesday as judges hear arguments on whether states can block the federal government from reintroducing wildlife within their borders.

  • GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:38:24 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities.

  • Italy says tests show Fiat 500X cars meet emissions rules

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:25:03 GMT

    ROME (AP) — The Italian transportation ministry says its tests show that Fiat 500X cars meet emissions rules, despite German contentions that the cars contain so-called defeat devices meant to cheat emissions tests.

  • EPA says it can't pay economic damages from mine spill

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:50:57 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it will not repay claims totaling more than $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally triggered in Colorado, saying the law prohibits it.

  • Obama's EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:44:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to cement strict fuel economy requirements that force the auto industry to make new cars and trucks significantly more efficient, a decision that will be difficult for the incoming Trump administration to undo.

  • France investigating Renault for possible emissions fraud

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:12:25 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — French authorities are investigating carmaker Renault for suspected fraud in its diesel emissions controls, denting the company's share price as the global fallout spreads from revelations of emissions cheating at Volkswagen.

  • Briton arrested at Heathrow in German tax evasion probe

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:09:27 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say a British man suspected of evading 125 million euros ($133 million) in value-added tax has been arrested at London's Heathrow airport in an investigation into organized tax fraud.

  • US gov't accuses Fiat Chrysler of cheating on emissions

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:05:08 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of failing to disclose software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act.

  • In EPA rebuke, judge orders quick evaluation on coal jobs

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:05:11 GMT

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has ordered federal regulators to quickly evaluate how many power plant and coal mining jobs are lost because of air pollution regulations.

  • Judge denies bail for indicted Volkswagen executive

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:12:51 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A Volkswagen AG executive indicted in the company's U.S. emissions scandal who was arrested in Miami while on vacation was denied release on bail Thursday by a judge who found it was too likely he would flee home to Germany.

  • Financial companies lead US stocks lower; oil rises

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:59:00 GMT

    Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks modestly lower Thursday, wiping out much of the market's gains from a day earlier.

  • US stock indexes slide in afternoon trading; oil rises

    Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:54:39 GMT

    U.S. stocks moved lower in late-afternoon trading Thursday, on course to give back some of the market's gains from the day before. Financial, energy and technology stocks were among the biggest decliners, while phone companies, real estate and health care stocks edged higher. The latest losses came as investors looked ahead to Friday, which kicks off several weeks of companies reporting their latest quarterly results.