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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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  • Desert tortoise no longer candidate for federal protection

    Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:19:04 GMT

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Sonoran desert tortoise is not at risk for extinction and will no longer be listed as a candidate for Endangered Species Act protections, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday.

  • Court orders EPA to revise ship ballast dumping regulations

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:38:19 GMT

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court ordered the government Monday to rewrite its regulations on ballast water discharges from ships, one of the leading culprits in the spread of invasive species across U.S. waterways.

  • VW pollution test site under scrutiny amid cheating scandal

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:38:05 GMT

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — When Volkswagen opened its gleaming pollution testing center near the California coast, a top executive from the German automaker helped snip the blue ribbon and joined a tour of a lab so advanced that VW would brag the air inside was cleaner than in the surrounding strawberry fields.

  • VW tells lawmakers 8M cars in Europe hit by emissions probe

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:22:07 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen says 8 million cars in the European Union are affected by an investigation into whether the automaker manipulated emissions tests, according to a letter received Monday by German lawmakers.

  • France urges more climate pledges ahead of UN talks in Paris

    Mon, 05 Oct 2015 03:01:55 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — France is urging holdout countries to submit their pledges to curb greenhouse gas pollution ahead of a major U.N. climate conference in Paris.

  • Federal court: Intent matters in migratory-bird deaths

    Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:29:15 GMT

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Companies accused of causing migratory bird deaths may be harder to successfully prosecute after a federal appeals court recently ruled that a century-old wildlife protection law only applies if the killing is intentional.

  • BP settlement agreement announced in July to be filed Monday

    Sat, 03 Oct 2015 18:09:49 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The public is about to get a look at details of an $18 billion settlement agreement announced in July to resolve years of legal fighting over damage done by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.

  • India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge

    Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:19:20 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's long-awaited pledge for a global climate pact shows how the world's No. 3 carbon polluter is making significant efforts to rein in the growth of emissions linked to its fast-surging demands for energy, analysts said Friday.

  • Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case

    Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:25:24 GMT

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state.

  • US regulator missed its best chance to catch VW cheating

    Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:19:04 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — More than a decade ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency helped develop a technology that ultimately was used by an independent laboratory to catch Volkswagen's elaborate cheating on car emissions tests. But EPA used the technology primarily to test trucks rather than passenger cars because such heavy equipment was a much bigger polluter.

  • EU car tests unlike those in US _ but have similar failings

    Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:14:29 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Here's the main thing the United States and the European Union's auto emissions tests have in common: holes so big that manufacturers could, so to speak, drive cars through them.

  • California to conduct its own Volkswagen investigation

    Fri, 02 Oct 2015 00:07:07 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is dropping out of a multistate investigation to conduct its own probe into Volkswagen's admission that it rigged diesel emissions technology to pass U.S. smog tests.

  • EPA sets new ozone standard, disappointing all sides

    Thu, 01 Oct 2015 20:40:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Thursday established stricter limits on the smog-causing pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness, drawing swift condemnation from business leaders and Republicans who warned of damage to the economy.

  • AP Sources: EPA tightening limits on smog-causing ozone

    Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:32:52 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has set a new national ozone standard, tightening limits on the smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness.

  • The Latest: Ban says islands must speak on climate change

    Thu, 01 Oct 2015 17:02:32 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest developments from the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, where world leaders are grappling with a multitude of global crises, including the fight against terrorism — the Islamic State in particular — and easing the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (all times local):

  • Feds reach nearly $2B legal settlement with fertilizer maker

    Thu, 01 Oct 2015 16:36:09 GMT

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — After decades of environmental damage caused by hill-sized piles of acidic hazardous waste in Florida and Louisiana, one of the world's largest fertilizer makers has settled a massive federal lawsuit that amounts to nearly $2 billion in fixes, improvements and cleanup.

  • Judge blocks federal oil, gas drilling rules pending lawsuit

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:48:33 GMT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked new nationwide regulations for oil and gas drilling on federal lands from taking effect while a lawsuit moves ahead, pointing to a law that prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating hydraulic fracturing.

  • EPA sets limit for toxic pollutants released into waterways

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:54:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday imposed new standards for mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants that are discharged into the nation's rivers and streams from steam electric power plants.

  • EPA: Tractor Supply Co. ATVs didn't meet clean air rules

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:05:53 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tractor Supply Company Inc. has reached a settlement with federal regulators over the illegal sale of 28,000 off-road vehicles and small engines that failed to meet Clean Air Act requirements.

  • France to be 'extra vigilant' on climate negotiations

    Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:52:39 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande says that France must be "extra vigilant" over upcoming climate change negotiations in order to reach an ambitious agreement at a global summit in December in Paris.

  • Group seeks review of mining site near Teddy Roosevelt ranch

    Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:56:17 GMT

    An environmental group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Forest Service over the agency's decision to allow a man to mine gravel near former President Theodore Roosevelt's historic western North Dakota ranch.