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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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  • Boil-water alerts in Texas on the rise for many reasons

    Sun, 29 May 2016 14:44:17 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — A glass of drinking water hasn't been easy to come by lately for the 320,000 people in Corpus Christi.

  • Official asked utility if it wanted help to quash order

    Sat, 28 May 2016 02:52:21 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California oil and gas official offered to try to get the governor's office to quash an order from air pollution regulators that was aimed at a utility responsible for a massive gas leak, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

  • At UN climate talks some worry about Brexit, Trump impacts

    Thu, 26 May 2016 20:22:20 GMT

    BONN, Germany (AP) — Climate negotiators ended their first talks after last year's landmark Paris Agreement on Thursday with some delegates expressing concern about the potential impact of upcoming votes in the U.S. and Britain.

  • Trump to deliver energy policy speech in North Dakota

    Thu, 26 May 2016 17:13:12 GMT

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will deliver his first policy speech on energy on Thursday, hours after locking up enough delegates to secure the GOP nomination.

  • Exxon shareholders reject climate-change resolutions

    Wed, 25 May 2016 17:41:22 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — Shareholders at Exxon's annual meeting rejected several resolutions backed by environmentalists that would have pushed the company to take a stronger stand in favor of steps to limit climate change.

  • New Hampshire a big step closer to getting $236M from Exxon

    Fri, 20 May 2016 18:43:58 GMT

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is a big step closer to getting a $236 million judgment after the U.S. Supreme Court said this week it wouldn't hear Exxon Mobil's appeal regarding its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state.

  • Congress reaches deal to overhaul chemical regulation

    Thu, 19 May 2016 19:58:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan agreement reached by House and Senate negotiators would set new safety standards for asbestos and other dangerous chemicals, including tens of thousands that have gone unregulated for decades.

  • California turns water conservation over to local officials

    Thu, 19 May 2016 00:51:40 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California decided Wednesday to allow hundreds of local water districts to set their own conservation goals after a wet winter eased the five-year drought in some parts of the state.

  • California water suppliers back plan to manage conservation

    Thu, 19 May 2016 00:30:02 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California decided Wednesday to allow hundreds of local water districts to set their own conservation goals after a wet winter eased the five-year drought in some parts of the state.

  • Regulators: Coal ash to be moved from North Carolina pits

    Wed, 18 May 2016 19:57:51 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — All coal-ash pits in North Carolina maintained by Duke Energy power plants pose enough of an environmental risk that they should be excavated and moved by 2024, state environmental regulators said Wednesday.

  • Massachusetts environmental advocacy group sues ExxonMobil

    Tue, 17 May 2016 23:41:01 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts environmental advocacy group is suing ExxonMobil for what it calls "a decades-long campaign to discredit climate change."

  • Court: Massachusetts failed to adopt greenhouse gas limits

    Tue, 17 May 2016 19:59:05 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The state's highest court on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling and sided with environmental groups that sued Massachusetts for failing to adopt strict limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Norway's oil fund to sue Volkswagen over emissions scandal

    Mon, 16 May 2016 09:47:13 GMT

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway's $850 billion national oil fund plans to sue Volkswagen over the company's emissions-cheating scandal.

  • South Korea to fine Nissan for allegedly bogus emission data

    Mon, 16 May 2016 06:59:28 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's Environment Ministry said Monday that it will fine Nissan's South Korean operation for manipulating emissions tests on its sports utility vehicle models, an allegation Nissan is denying.

  • Fish and Wildlife drops appeal of Wyoming eagle kill ruling

    Fri, 13 May 2016 22:27:16 GMT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is dropping its appeal of a judge's decision to allow members of an American Indian tribe to kill bald eagles for religious purposes on its reservation in central Wyoming.

  • Report: Flint's high water bills may double in next 5 years

    Fri, 13 May 2016 20:44:28 GMT

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A report released Friday suggests that Flint residents' pricey water bills could double in the next five years due to several factors, even though the state has pledged aid amid the city's ongoing lead-tainted water crisis.

  • GM's Opel to appear before German diesel emissions panel

    Fri, 13 May 2016 13:23:11 GMT

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German transport ministry says General Motors' Opel division has been asked to appear before a commission looking into diesel emissions controls after an environmental group claimed two of its models are able to reduce pollution controls.

  • Nebraska utility head recommends closing nuclear power plant

    Thu, 12 May 2016 22:21:03 GMT

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The head of a Nebraska utility recommended shutting down the nation's smallest nuclear power plant by the end of the year, saying Thursday that it doesn't make economic sense to keep it open.

  • US proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half

    Thu, 12 May 2016 17:52:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to reduce methane emissions by nearly half over the next decade.

  • US seeks to cut methane from oil, gas by 40 percent

    Thu, 12 May 2016 14:57:30 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is finalizing a rule to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade. It's part of an ongoing push by the president to curb climate change.

  • Obama administration finalizes rule to curb methane emissions from oil, gas drilling by 2025

    Thu, 12 May 2016 14:42:59 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration finalizes rule to curb methane emissions from oil, gas drilling by 2025.