Environmental laws and regulations

In this Sept. 21, 2018, photo provided by Earthjustice, an environmental advocacy group, gray muck floats on top of the Cape Fear River near the L.V. Sutton Plant near Wilmington, N.C. Floodwaters breached a dam at the electricity generating plant on Friday and overtopped a coal ash dump, potentially spilling toxic materials into the river. (Peter Harrison/Earthjustice via AP)
September 21, 2018 - 8:20 pm
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn't believe the breach at...
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In this aerial photo taken Sept. 18, 2018 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an industrial site and a chicken farm outside Wallace, N.C., is seen that has been flooded by the nearby Northeast Cape Fear River following drenching rains from Hurricane Florence. (NOAA via AP)
September 19, 2018 - 9:16 pm
Aerial photographs show widespread devastation to farms and industrial sites in eastern North Carolina, with tell-tale trails of rainbow-colored sheen indicating potential contamination visible on top of the black floodwaters. However, conditions remain so bad more than five days after Hurricane...
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FILE- In this Feb. 25, 2015, file photo, a gas flare is seen at a natural gas processing facility near Williston, N.D. The Interior Department on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, finalized the roll back of an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
September 18, 2018 - 8:02 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane — a key contributor to climate change that's released in huge amounts during drilling on U.S. and tribal lands. A replacement rule from the Interior Department...
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A hog farm is inundated with floodwaters from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
September 17, 2018 - 11:18 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Flooded rivers from Florence's drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have...
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A hog farm is inundated with floodwaters from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
September 16, 2018 - 6:52 pm
As rain from Florence continued to lash the Carolinas, the region's swollen rivers were beginning to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms Sunday, raising pollution concerns. Duke Energy said the collapse of a coal ash landfill at the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington, North Carolina...
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FILE - In this June 23, 2014 file photo, the dried-up bed of an inactive coal ash pond is seen at Duke Energy's Sutton plant in Wilmington, N.C. Duke Energy says heavy rains from Florence have caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Saturday night, Sept. 15, 2018, that about 2,000 cubic yards of ash have been displaced at the L. V. Sutton Power Station outside Wilmington. (Mike Spencer/The Star-News via AP)
September 15, 2018 - 10:03 pm
Duke Energy said Saturday night that heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said about 2,000 cubic yards (1,530 cubic meters) of ash were displaced at the L. V. Sutton Power...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2014 file photo, a worker adjusts pipes during a hydraulic fracturing operation at a well pad near Mead, Colorado. The Trump administration is moving to roll back Obama-era rules intended to reduce leaks of climate-changing methane from oil and gas facilities. The Environmental Protection Agency formally released a proposed substitute rule Tuesday. The EPA acknowledges the rollback would lead to more methane leaking into the atmosphere. The agency says relaxing oversight will save $75 million in regulatory costs annually. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)
September 11, 2018 - 3:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved closer Tuesday to rolling back Obama-era rules reducing oil and gas industry leaks of methane gas, one of the most potent agents of climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency formally released its proposed substitute for a 2016 Obama...
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September 10, 2018 - 3:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official is rejecting claims by environmental groups that a plan to revamp the Endangered Species Act would "gut" crucial protections for threatened animals and plants. Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt dismissed the criticism as "laughable,"...
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Andreas W. Tilp, lawyer of the plaintiff, waits for the opening of a lawsuit against Volkswagen on compensation for the losses of shareholders caused by the Diesel scandal at the higher regional court in Braunschweig, northern Germany, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (Swen Pfoertner/dpa via AP)
September 10, 2018 - 11:06 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Trial proceedings have begun in the lawsuit brought against Volkswagen by investors alleging the company did not give them timely notice of its scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests. Investors are seeking almost 9 billion euros ($10.4 billion), saying...
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Delegates meet for a United Nations climate change conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Sept 9, 2018. The six-day Bangkok meeting has failed in its aim of completing fruitful preparations so an agreement can be reached in December on guidelines to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. (AP Photo/Kaweewit Kaewjinda)
September 09, 2018 - 10:21 am
BANGKOK (AP) — An international meeting in Bangkok fell short of its aim of completing fruitful preparations to help an agreement be reached in December on guidelines for implementing the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. The six-day meeting, which ended on Sunday, was scheduled to step up...
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