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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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  • Correction: Tangled Whales-Crabbing story

    Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:52:08 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Sept. 23 about a bill to protect whales from fishing gear for Dungeness crab, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of an environmental group that backed the legislation. The group is the Center for Biological Diversity, not the Center for Environmental Diversity.

  • What's in, what's out of bill to avert government shutdown

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:44:46 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The short-term spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down is, to be honest, the only thing lawmakers really have to do before exiting Washington for the fall campaign.

  • McConnell unveils stopgap spending bill, anti-Zika funds

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:29:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican on Thursday unveiled legislation to prevent a government shutdown next weekend and provide more than $1 billion to battle the Zika virus. It also would provide $500 million to help Louisiana rebuild from last month's devastating floods.

  • Rusty patched bumble bee recommended for endangered list

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:09:59 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials on Thursday made a formal recommendation to list the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species because it has disappeared from about 90 percent of its historic range in just the past two decades.

  • Spain: US mining exec, 2 others fined for water pollution

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:45:59 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has convicted and fined an American mining company executive and two other people for environmental offences committed by a Spanish copper mining firm.

  • Interior Department touts efforts to protect sage grouse

    Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:01:17 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — A broad effort to save the greater sage grouse across the West without resorting to the Endangered Species Act is making progress, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Wednesday.

  • Exxon agrees to pay millions for Yellowstone River spill

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:30:13 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday.

  • Congress sends bill on wildlife trafficking to White House

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:58:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a bill boosting efforts to combat illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking, a growing problem worldwide with an estimated cost of up to $10 billion a year.

  • Exxon to pay $12 million for oil spill into Yellowstone

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:58:15 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday.

  • Business Highlights

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:23:51 GMT

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  • Your TV may use more energy than you think, group charges

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:13:18 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An environmental group accused three major television manufacturers Wednesday of misleading consumers and regulators about how much energy their high-definition screens devour by designing them to draw less power during government testing than in ordinary use.

  • Report cites national security risks from climate change

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:57:59 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government report released Wednesday said climate change is likely to pose a significant national security challenge for the U.S. over the next two decades by heightening social and political tensions, threatening the stability of some countries and increasing risks to human health.

  • Syria consumes 2nd day of UN debate but Colombia offers hope

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:08:32 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With a temporary truce in Syria in tatters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon implored all warring parties to lay down their arms as the civil war consumed discussions Wednesday at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders.

  • A look at Volkswagen's 1-year-old emissions scandal

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:44:46 GMT

    Here is a timeline of the emissions scandal that has dogged automaker Volkswagen for the past year.

  • UN says 30 more countries to ratify climate deal

    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:50:49 GMT

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Thirty more countries are expected to formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change this week, greatly improving the pact's chances of coming into force just a year after it was negotiated in the French capital, the United Nations said Tuesday.

  • Report: SEC probing Exxon response to cheaper oil

    Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:14:53 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Securities regulators are investigating why Exxon Mobil Corp. hasn't written down the value of assets during the plunge in oil prices that started in mid-2014, according to a published report.

  • Slow progress on bill to battle Zika and prevent shutdown

    Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:09:36 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional leaders said Tuesday that negotiators are making slow but steady progress on a must-do spending bill to prevent a government shutdown next week and fund the battle against the Zika virus. Some tricky issues remain, but optimism was building that an agreement might be unveiled in the next day or two.

  • Group says it has sued Dow over pesticide used in California

    Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:53:22 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Chemical manufacturing giant Dow fails to warn people in farming communities throughout California when a potentially dangerous pesticide is applied to nearby fields, health advocates claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

  • Paris deal to receive boost at UN event

    Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:05:28 GMT

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — At least 20 countries are expected to formally join the Paris Agreement on climate change this week, greatly improving the pact's chances of coming into force just a year after it was negotiated in the French capital, U.N. officials say.

  • Congress struggles to finish Zika aid, prevent shutdown

    Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:12:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators on Monday pressed to wrap up a must-do spending bill to prevent an election-season government shutdown and finally provide money to battle the Zika virus, but numerous sticking points remain and top Senate leaders again postponed a planned procedural vote.

  • California governor backs rules on cow, landfill emissions

    Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:32:41 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will begin regulating greenhouse-gas emissions tied to dairy cows and landfills under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, escalating state efforts to fight climate change beyond carbon-based gases to include methane and other pollutants.