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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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  • Trump EPA nominees on hold amid dispute over biofuel mandate

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:57:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee has delayed consideration of four of President Donald Trump's nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency amid opposition to the administration's proposed reduction in the volume of biofuels blended into gasoline and diesel.

  • Grassley threatens Trump EPA nominees over biofuels mandate

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:20:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator said Tuesday he may seek to block President Donald Trump's nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency unless the administration backs off a proposed reduction in the volume of biofuels blended into gasoline and diesel.

  • Idaho wary of Obama 'leftovers' working on sage grouse plan

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:26:04 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says the state has to be vigilant monitoring the federal government's creation of a new sage grouse conservation plan because of federal employees who worked on the previous plan that caused Otter to file a lawsuit.

  • Australia rejects clean energy target for cheaper power

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:58:10 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Tuesday rejected a plan to generate 42 percent of the country's power from wind and solar energy, in a setback for compliance with climate change commitments

  • Democrats accuse EPA's Pruitt of misusing taxpayer funds

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:11:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-ranking Congressional Democrats are calling on a federal watchdog to review whether Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt broke the law by making a video for a private group opposing an Obama-era clean-water rule.

  • Trump voters in storm-ravaged county confront climate change

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:15:19 GMT

    PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — The church was empty, except for the piano too heavy for one man to move. It had been 21 days since the greatest storm Wayne Christopher had ever seen dumped a year's worth of rain on his town, drowning this church where he was baptized, met his high school sweetheart and later married her.

  • Trump voters confront climate change in wake of hurricane

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:07:09 GMT

    PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — The church was empty, except for the piano too heavy for one man to move. It had been 21 days since the greatest storm Wayne Christopher had ever seen dumped a year's worth of rain on his town, drowning this church where he was baptized, met his high school sweetheart and later married her.

  • In Harvey-hit county, some in GOP newly confront the climate

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:30:47 GMT

    PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — The church was empty, except for the piano too heavy for one man to move. It had been 21 days since the greatest storm Wayne Christopher had ever seen dumped a year's worth of rain on his town, drowning this church where he was baptized, met his high school sweetheart and later married her.

  • Texans hit hard by Hurricane Harvey rethink climate change

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:25:45 GMT

    PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — Jefferson County, Texas, was drowned by more than 60 inches of rain during Hurricane Harvey, which left wide swaths of the county in ruins. Last November, Jefferson flipped from voting Democratic in presidential elections to instead back Donald Trump, who has dismissed the concept of climate change as a hoax and has worked to undo regulations meant to mitigate its damage.

  • US regulators OK Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley pipelines

    Sat, 14 Oct 2017 02:43:43 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A divided panel of federal regulators granted approvals Friday evening for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipelines, major East Coast projects.

  • Trump to nominate climate doubter as environmental adviser

    Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:30:48 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as a top environmental adviser.

  • Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:55:55 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — In the future, the noise of car engines revving around the streets of Paris might become just a memory.

  • Paris plans to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:43:30 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — The noise of car engines enveloping the streets of the French capital might in the future become a memory for Paris pedestrians.

  • The Latest: Tribe calls Dakota Access ruling disappointing

    Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:32:50 GMT

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge's decision to allow the Dakota Access oil pipeline to continue operating while more environmental study is done (all times local):

  • The Latest: Energy industry applauds Dakota Access ruling

    Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:24:16 GMT

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge's decision to allow the Dakota Access oil pipeline to continue operating while more environmental study is done (all times local):

  • Judge allows Dakota Access pipeline to keep running

    Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:15:52 GMT

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Dakota Access oil pipeline can continue operating while a study is completed to assess its environmental impact on an American Indian tribe.

  • Environmental groups denounce Trump override of climate plan

    Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:58:20 GMT

    HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration's move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

  • Trump administration to terminate Obama's climate plan

    Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:57:58 GMT

    HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

  • EPA chief says administration to roll back climate plan

    Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:14:56 GMT

    HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday.

  • Ban on sale of fireworks in Indian capital as festival nears

    Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:41:29 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court on Monday banned the sale of fireworks in New Delhi and nearby towns 10 days before the Hindu festival of Diwali, in a move to curb the capital's deadly air pollution.

  • EPA to ease emission restrictions on coal-fired power plants

    Sat, 07 Oct 2017 06:49:56 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming, seeking to ease restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.