Pollution laws and regulations

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks with the media at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Monday, July 1, 2019. Brown said Monday that she's ready to use her executive power to lower carbon emissions following a political crisis in which Republican state senators fled the state for more than a week to thwart climate legislation. (AP Photo/Sarah Zimmerman)
July 01, 2019 - 5:32 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday that she's ready to use her executive power to lower carbon emissions following a nine-day Republican walkout that derailed landmark climate legislation and embroiled the state in a political crisis pitting liberal cities against rural residents...
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Lawmakers convene at the Oregon Senate after the minority Republicans ended a walkout they had begun on June 20 over a carbon-emissions bill they said would harm their rural constituents, at the Oregon Senate in Salem, Ore., Saturday, June 29, 2019. Nine of the 12 minority Republicans returned after Senate President Peter Courtney said the majority Democrats lacked the votes to pass the legislation aimed at countering climate change. ( AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
June 29, 2019 - 6:14 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican lawmakers returned to the Oregon Senate on Saturday, ending an acrimonious nine-day walkout over a carbon emissions bill that would have been the second such legislation in the nation. The boycott had escalated when the Democratic governor ordered the state police to...
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Truckers and loggers opposed to the carbon capping bill hold a rally at the Oregon Capitol Thursday morning, June 27, 2019. - Truckers and loggers opposed to the carbon capping bill hold a rally at the Oregon Capitol Thursday morning, June 27, 2019. (Noble Guyon/The Oregonian via AP)
June 28, 2019 - 6:22 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republicans in the Oregon Senate said Friday that they will end a more than weeklong walkout over emissions-lowering climate legislation that ground the Legislature to a halt, declaring victory in the political crisis that exposed the limits of overwhelming Democratic control in...
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Protesters converge outside the Oregon state Capitol in Salem, Ore. on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Truckers, loggers and farmers say they support the eleven Republican senators who walked out over a week ago to avoid a vote on climate legislation. (AP Photo/Sarah Zimmerman)
June 27, 2019 - 5:53 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A parade of trucks and tractors circled the Oregon Capitol on Thursday in support of Republican lawmakers who have walked out to block emissions-lowering climate legislation in a political crisis that stretched into an eighth day. All 11 Republican senators were once again...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2019, file photo, a diesel truck that belongs to a self-employed logger is parked in Salem, Ore. The divide in Oregon between the state’s liberal, urban population centers and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation. Just three years after armed militia members took over a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon, some of the same groups are now seizing on a walkout by Oregon’s GOP senators to broadcast their anti-establishment message. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)
June 26, 2019 - 8:09 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The divide in Oregon between the state's liberal cities and its conservative and economically depressed rural areas has made it fertile ground for the political crisis unfolding over a push by Democrats to enact sweeping climate legislation. Eleven Republican senators were in...
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Protesters flood the steps of the Oregon State Capitol Tuesday, June 25, 2019, to push back against a Republican walkout over a climate change bill that has entered its sixth day in Salem, Ore. The president of the Oregon Senate said Tuesday there weren't enough votes in his majority Democratic caucus to approve a landmark climate bill that has sparked a walkout by Republicans and left other key issues such as the state budget in limbo. (AP Photo/Sarah Zimmerman)
June 26, 2019 - 6:08 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Capitol was at a standstill Wednesday with only four days left in the legislative session, and it remains unclear when — or if— the Senate's 11 Republicans will return to the statehouse and end a walkout over a climate bill. Republicans have now been absent from the...
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June 26, 2019 - 3:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Environment Protection Agency official who helped lead the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era restrictions of carbon emissions is resigning amid a congressional probe into whether he improperly aided former industry clients. EPA Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2018, photo, with an image of the San Fransisco skyline in the background, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waits to speak at the AppDirect office in San Francisco. California picked up an important partner its long-running dispute with the Trump administration over vehicle emissions and fuel economy by announcing a deal with Canada to work on pollution reductions. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
June 26, 2019 - 3:03 pm
DETROIT (AP) — California picked up an important partner its long-running dispute with the Trump administration over vehicle emissions and fuel economy by announcing a deal with Canada to work on pollution reductions. The agreement comes as the state is in a standoff with its own federal government...
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Children cool off in the fountain of the Trocadero, in Paris, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. More than half of France, including around Paris, was placed on an orange alert for intense heat Monday _ the second-highest level on the scale _ as very hot temperatures were predicted across continental Europe this week. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
June 26, 2019 - 3:37 am
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as a global climate crusader but even a watchdog that he created says his government is lagging on its promises to the planet. The High Council for the Climate issued its first report Tuesday night on the French government's climate policy...
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FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016, file photo, shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Environmental Protection Agency documents show that its staffers were critical of how Minnesota regulators drafted a key permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine. And they show the EPA officials concluded the permit would violate federal law because it lacked specific water pollution limits. The EPA released the documents after a court challenge by WaterLegacy. Environmental attorney Paula Maccabee says the EPA's concerns weren't reflected in PolyMet's final water pollution permit. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
June 25, 2019 - 6:39 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A district court must determine if state environmental regulators improperly sought to suppress a federal agency's serious concerns about the pollution risks arising from a proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The St. Paul-...
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