Environmental laws and regulations

March 15, 2019 - 1:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is banning consumer sales of a paint stripper after personal appeals by families of men who died while using the product. The final rule announced Friday bars the manufacture and import of consumer products containing methylene chloride. The...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer 'Volkswagen', arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament in Berlin, Germany. The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging Volkswagen and former CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding American investors during an emissions scandal. The SEC said that between April 2014 and May 2015 Volkswagen issued more than $13 billion in bonds and asset-backed securities in U.S. markets when senior executives knew that more than 500,000 vehicles in the country grossly exceeded legal vehicle emissions limits. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
March 15, 2019 - 6:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators charged Volkswagen and former CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding investors during its massive diesel emissions scandal. The charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission come two years after the German automaker settled with the U.S. over criminal and...
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FILE- In this Oc. 21, 2018, file photo the company logo shines off the front of a vehicle at a Fiat dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling vehicles in the U.S. because they don't meet the country's emission standards. The Environmental Protection Agency says that the recall is the result of in-use emissions investigations it performed and in-use testing conducted by Fiat Chrysler as required by EPA regulations. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 13, 2019 - 1:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling 862,520 vehicles in the U.S. because they don't meet the country's emission standards. The Environmental Protection Agency says that the recall is the result of in-use emissions investigations it performed and in-use testing conducted by Fiat...
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March 06, 2019 - 4:33 pm
DETROIT (AP) — New vehicles in the U.S. from the 2017 model year averaged slightly better gas mileage than the previous year, rising to a record 24.9 mpg, according to an annual report from the Environmental Protection Agency. But the mileage rose only 0.2 mpg, and environmental groups say it fell...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment Maureen Sullivan at a House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on PFAS chemicals and their risks on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)
March 06, 2019 - 12:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it would cost $2 billion to clean up a toxic class of chemicals released at more than 400 bases. The estimate was detailed by Defense Department official Maureen Sullivan at a House Oversight subcommittee hearing Wednesday. The chemicals, called PFAS, are...
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February 26, 2019 - 6:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A wide-ranging bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments has won congressional approval. The measure is the largest public lands bill approved by Congress in...
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FILE - In this May 25, 2017, file photo, the Milton R. Young Station lignite coal-fired power plant near Center, N.D., glows as dusk blankets the North Dakota prairie landscape. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, it will retain the standard for sulfur dioxide pollution established in 2010 under President Barack Obama. Sulfur dioxide comes from burning coal to produce electricity and from other industrial sources. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)
February 26, 2019 - 2:35 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. environmental regulators on Tuesday announced they are leaving intact an air quality standard for power plant pollution that can worsen asthma in children, despite calls by health advocates for a tougher standard. The move keeps in place a threshold for sulfur dioxide...
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In this Oct. 9, 2018 photo, police office guards the main entrance to the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean Water Act. The act requires polluters to get a permit when they release pollution from a source such as a pipe or well to certain bodies of water such as rivers and lakes that are called "navigable waters." The case involves treated wastewater from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility in Hawaii.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 19, 2019 - 2:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider a case about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections, as the Trump administration spars with conservation groups on the same crucial environmental question. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean...
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FILE- In this Oct. 16, 2017, file photo Ted Ryfiak shows a clump of resin and scraps found in his backyard along House Street NE in Belmont, Mich. Ryfiak and his neighbors along House Street NE have had their water polluted with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS compounds. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce a plan for dealing with a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid complaints from members of Congress and environmentalists that it's not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. (Nic Antaya/The Grand Rapids Press-MLive.com via AP)
February 14, 2019 - 12:12 pm
Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water in several states. Environmentalists countered that the agency wasn't moving fast enough. Acting EPA...
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Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., watches the flag-draped casket of former Rep. John Dingell upon arrival at Holy Trinity Catholic Church for a funeral service, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, in Washington. Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit's auto industry, has died at age 92. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
February 14, 2019 - 11:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Rep. John Dingell was remembered Thursday as "one of the greats" as lawmakers and former colleagues hailed his record-breaking service in the House. The 92-year-old Dingell who died last week, served 59 years in Congress, longer than anyone else in U.S. history. The...
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