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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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  • Des Moines struggling with nitrates in water

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:40:36 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two rivers that supply water to 500,000 people in the Des Moines area show nitrate levels spiking to levels that make it unsafe for some to drink, a concentration experts haven't before seen in the fall that likely stems from especially wet weather in recent months.

  • EPA delays decision on ethanol in gas

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:18:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

  • Groups sue feds over Pacific bigeye fishing rule

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:13:02 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Environmental groups are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks.

  • Peru attacks illegal mining ahead of climate talks

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:17:00 GMT

    TAMBOPATA, Peru (AP) — Peru has sent 1,000 police into its southeastern jungles to dismantle illegal gold-mining camps, just weeks before the country hosts global climate talks.

  • French and Australian leaders discuss climate

    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:06:32 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The French president told Australia's prime minister Wednesday that countries should make their own decisions on how to achieve any binding greenhouse gas reduction targets that emerge from a United Nations climate change conference in Paris next year.

  • Obama stakes final 2 years on climate change

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:18:26 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With limited time still in power, President Barack Obama is staking his final two years on climate change, pushing the issue to the front of his agenda as he seeks to leave an imprint on the world that will endure after he's gone.

  • White House threatens to veto EPA related bills

    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 01:09:01 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is issuing veto threats against House Republican legislation that places new reporting requirements on the Environmental Protection Agency. The White House says the measures could delay or prevent environmental decisions.

  • Death by dirty water: Storm runoff a risk for fish

    Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:50:15 GMT

    POULSBO, Wash. (AP) — Just hours into the experiment, the prognosis was grim for salmon that had been submerged in rain runoff collected from one of Seattle's busiest highways. One by one, the fish were removed from a tank filled with coffee-colored water and inspected: They were rigid. Their typically red gills were gray.

  • Scientists study stormwater, deadly to salmon

    Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:20:05 GMT

    POULSBO, Wash. (AP) — Just hours into the experiment, the prognosis was grim for salmon that had been submerged in rain runoff collected from one of Seattle's busiest highways. One by one, the fish were removed from a tank filled with coffee-colored water and inspected: They were rigid. Their typically red gills were gray.

  • Georgia developer still trying to build coal plant

    Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:30:42 GMT

    SANDERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Deep in rural Georgia, a developer is betting he can build one of the last new coal-fired power plants in the United States as the rest of the country moves away from the fuel.

  • House votes in favor of Keystone oil pipeline

    Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:42:24 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress inched closer to a possible showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the Republican-controlled House approved the project. Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week.

  • Keystone: House sends oil pipeline bill to Senate

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:47:14 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress inched closer Friday to a possible showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the Republican-controlled House approved the project. Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week.

  • US-China climate pact seen boosting Indian efforts

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:02:40 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — This week's China-U.S. climate agreement between the world's top two polluting countries puts pressure on India, No. 3 on the list, to become more energy efficient and should encourage investment in renewable energy.

  • California leads by example on climate change

    Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:53:47 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the U.S. and China — the world's top two polluting nations — turn to implementing new rules aimed at curbing climate change, the countries can look to the most populous U.S. state as an example of the costs and challenges of fighting global warming.

  • US-China climate deal aims to prod others to act

    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:58:50 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — A groundbreaking agreement struck by the United States and China is putting the world's two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. With the clock ticking on a worldwide climate treaty, the two countries are seeking to put their troubled history as environmental adversaries behind them in hopes that other nations will be spurred to take equally aggressive action.

  • What the US-China climate deal means to the world

    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:20:22 GMT

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — The world's outlook for reaching a global climate deal next year brightened Wednesday as China and the U.S. — the top two polluters — presented a joint plan to limit emissions of the heat-trapping greenhouse gases that are blamed for warming the planet.

  • APNewsBreak: GOP promises Cassidy a committee seat

    Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:04:27 GMT

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republicans have promised Bill Cassidy a seat on the Senate's energy committee if he defeats Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana's runoff election next month, potentially undercutting one of her main arguments for re-election.

  • GOP win mean new leaders for Senate committees

    Sat, 08 Nov 2014 07:06:48 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One new committee chairman favors more U.S. forces in Iraq to counter the growing threat from Islamic State militants. Another has written about global warming as a hoax. A third has the 2010 financial overhaul law in his sights.

  • GOP in charge, Senate committees get new leaders

    Fri, 07 Nov 2014 22:33:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One new committee chairman favors more U.S. forces in Iraq to counter the growing threat from Islamic State militants. Another has written about global warming as a hoax. A third has the 2010 financial overhaul law in his sights.

  • GOP in charge: New, old faces to helm committees

    Fri, 07 Nov 2014 20:16:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One new committee chairman favors more U.S. forces in Iraq to counter the growing threat from Islamic State militants. Another has written about global warming as a hoax. A third has the 2010 financial overhaul law in his sights.

  • Venezuela climate conference slams capitalism

    Fri, 07 Nov 2014 16:12:51 GMT

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is hosting a meeting that's meant to be a unique chance for environmental activists from around the world to talk with senior government negotiators ahead of the next round of global climate talks.