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Supreme Court seems skeptical that Superfund landowners can seek more extensive cleanup than EPA approves

The U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk, Thursday, May 23, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed to suggest that the Environmental Protection Agency must make the ultimate decisions on cleaning up toxic waste sites, and that landowners’ attempts to use state courts to get additional compensation from companies ...

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Appeals court tells EPA to stop sales of harmful pesticide


WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies’ brains. The ...

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Environmental Law: Trump reverses past climate change policies with energy independence order


On March 28, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to dramatically shift course from the climate change focus of the Obama administration. The order has several components which will affect United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate regulations along ...

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Commentary: How Gorsuch’s views could sway climate policy

The keystone of President Donald Trump’s executive order on the environment, signed Tuesday, is a directive to the Environmental Protection Agency to review and rescind the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which aimed to shift the country’s electricity generation from ...

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Environmentalists ready to battle Trump, GOP in court

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest against the building of the Dakota Access pipeline near the White House in Washington on Feb. 8, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer.

CHICAGO — The night before Donald Trump’s inauguration, five environmental lawyers filed a federal court brief defending an Obama administration clean-water rule that the new president and his Republican allies had targeted for elimination, considering it burdensome to landowners. The ...

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Environmental Law: Donald Trump and the Environmental Agenda

Writing this column in December 2016, now a month past the surprising presidential election result, brings with it many uncertainties. Predicting environmental policy in new administrations is challenging under normal election conditions, but with a businessman about to assume the ...

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NY AG, others seek to defend EPA

ALBANY (AP) — New York’s attorney general has joined a coalition of 24 states, cities and counties seeking to intervene in court to help defend a federal plan to require power plants cut their greenhouse gas emissions. The group is ...

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Feds to spend $9.5M, restore Braddock Bay

GREECE — The federal government will spend $9.5 million so the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can restore a bay on Lake Ontario’s New York shore where erosion and silting have drastically reduced wetlands and hampered boating. Sen. Charles Schumer ...

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EPA ordered to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants. At the same time, ...

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US settles with NY Coke plant for $12M

BUFFALO — A coal-burning industrial plant that a federal official called an “environmental outlaw” has agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims that it polluted the air and water with harmful chemicals, authorities said Monday. The agreement entered in ...

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High court to review EPA mercury limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The ...

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