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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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  • Maryland gives OK to bill to protect bees from pesticides

    Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:26:59 GMT

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland would become the first state in the country to take pesticides found to harm bees off of retail store shelves, under a bill that has passed the General Assembly.

  • The Latest: 10 months' probation for ex-BP rig supervisor

    Wed, 06 Apr 2016 19:03:50 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a former BP rig supervisor on a misdemeanor pollution charge in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill (all times local):

  • Sentence set in misdemeanor BP oil spill pollution case

    Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:33:45 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal criminal case arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is nearing its end.

  • US strengthens protections for captive tigers

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:20:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Tuesday took steps to strengthen protections for captive tigers held in backyards and private breeding facilities.

  • NOAA accepting final comments on new illegal seafood rules

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 04:31:16 GMT

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal fishing regulators who are hoping to crack down on illegal fishing imports are closing the public comment period on proposed new rules.

  • US judge OKs $20B settlement from 2010 BP oil spill

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 03:29:02 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans granted final approval Monday to an estimated $20 billion settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resolving years of litigation over the worst offshore spill in the nation's history.

  • Pollution alert in Mexico City on eve of new driving rule

    Tue, 05 Apr 2016 02:01:41 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City authorities have declared a pollution alert after smog rose to 1½ times acceptable limits on the eve of an unpopular new program to reduce the number of cars on the road in hopes of improving the capital's dirty air.

  • Tribe on front lines of fight over nuclear lab contamination

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 23:52:32 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The tribal community of San Ildefonso Pueblo sits in the shadow of Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the nation's premier laboratories and the birthplace of the atomic bomb.

  • Judge: Climate change imperils wolverines and feds must act

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 23:48:55 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Obama administration brushed over the threat that climate change poses to the snow-loving wolverine when it denied protections for the elusive predator also known as the "mountain devil," a federal judge ruled Monday.

  • The Latest: California to consider new conservation targets

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 22:20:58 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's drought (all times local):

  • Drought-stricken California misses water conservation target

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:23:55 GMT

    FRESNO, California (AP) — Residents of drought-plagued California fell just short in February of the state's mandated water conservation target that has forced them to let lawns turn brown, flush toilets less often and take other strict measures, officials said Monday.

  • Cats vs. birds: Natural enemies the focus of NY legal battle

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 14:30:49 GMT

    WANTAGH, N.Y. (AP) — Forget Sylvester and Tweety: A real-life battle is brewing on Jones Beach over the natural tension between cats and birds.

  • Cats vs birds: Natural enemies the focus of NY legal battle

    Mon, 04 Apr 2016 13:34:05 GMT

    WANTAGH, N.Y. (AP) — Forget Sylvester and Tweety: A real-life battle is brewing on Jones Beach over the natural tension between cats and birds.

  • Parrot species in US cities may rival that in native Mexico

    Sat, 02 Apr 2016 22:57:38 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. researchers are launching studies on Mexico's red-crowned parrot — a species that has been adapting so well to living in cities in California and Texas after escaping from the pet trade that the population may now rival that in its native country.

  • Federal officials monitoring sewage spill in Tennessee creek

    Fri, 01 Apr 2016 22:42:35 GMT

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A broken sewage line is dumping up to 50 million gallons of untreated wastewater per day into a Mississippi River tributary in Tennessee, and federal environmental officials said Friday they are monitoring the situation.

  • Green-minded Portland rocked by heavy metal pollution

    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 19:54:49 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Fiercely proud of its reputation as one of the most environmentally minded cities in America, Portland is reeling from the discovery of poisonous heavy metal "hot spots" in the air and ground.

  • India's once-gleaming Golden Temple dulled by air pollution

    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:00:10 GMT

    AMRITSAR, India (AP) — The chronic air pollution blanketing much of northern India is now threatening the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion, making the once-gleaming walls of the Golden Temple dingy and dull.

  • Mexico City temporarily restricts all cars after smog alert

    Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:47:34 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Metropolitan authorities on Wednesday temporarily ordered all cars to remain idle one day a week in response to this notoriously smoggy capital's worst air-quality crisis in over a decade.

  • High court sympathetic to property owners in wetlands case

    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 19:03:23 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to make it easier for private landowners to challenge in court a government designation of property as protected federal wetlands.

  • Judge keeps Manning reference in suit, doesn't transfer case

    Tue, 29 Mar 2016 22:36:59 GMT

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a reference to Peyton Manning can remain in a Title IX lawsuit filed against the University of Tennessee and that the case shouldn't be moved from Nashville to Knoxville.

  • FTC sues VW over false 'Clean Diesel' advertising claims

    Tue, 29 Mar 2016 17:10:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal consumer watchdog sued Volkswagen on Tuesday, charging the company made false claims in commercials promoting its "Clean Diesel" vehicles as environmentally friendly.