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Justices seem uncertain about reach of Clean Water Act

Nov. 6, 2019 1:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems uncertain about how to decide a closely watched case from Hawaii about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections. The justices heard arguments Wednesday about whether a sewage treatment plant needs a federal permit when it sends wastewater deep...

Trump administration eases Obama-era rules on coal pollution

Nov. 4, 2019 4:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration accelerated the pace of its environmental rollbacks for the country's coal-fired power plants Monday, proposing to weaken two Obama-era rules aimed at cleaning up dangerous heavy metals and ash from coal plants and keeping them from washing into groundwater and...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's takes on impeachment, Syria, climate

Oct. 26, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is persisting in a claim that goes to the heart of the U.S. military withdrawal from Syria — that he's bringing the troops home. He isn't. This deception has surfaced repeatedly, in the face of contrary words from his military people and sometimes from his...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's foggy claims on climate policy

Oct. 24, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reality got blurred this week in a haze of claims as President Donald Trump attacked Barack Obama's climate policies. Here's a look at some of the president's statements on the subject, delivered Wednesday in Pennsylvania when he addressed an energy-industry event focused on fracking....

Farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal

Oct. 16, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Wednesday with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by...

Toxic PCBs linger in schools; EPA, lawmakers fail to act

Oct. 16, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — At first, teachers at Sky Valley Education Center simply evacuated students and used fans to clear the air when the fluorescent lights caught fire or smoked with noxious fumes. When black oil dripped onto desks and floors, they caught leaks with a bucket and duct-taped oil-stained...

California power shutdowns raise air pollution worries

Oct. 12, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

Power shutdowns intended to prevent more devastating California wildfires are raising new concerns about another longstanding environmental threat: air pollution. As utilities halted service to more than 2 million people this week, lines formed at hardware stores selling portable generators, while many hospitals...

EPA proposes rewrite of rules on lead contamination in water

Oct. 10, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rewrite of rules for dealing with lead pipes contaminating drinking water, but critics say the changes appear to give water systems decades more time to replace pipes leaching dangerous amounts of toxic lead. Contrary to regulatory rollbacks...

California's environmental protection agency says it will ban an agricultural pesticide linked to brain damage in kids

Oct. 9, 2019 6:52 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's environmental protection agency says it will ban an agricultural pesticide linked to brain damage in kids.

Brazil minister says oil on beaches likely from Venezuela

Oct. 9, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The oil that has been polluting Brazil's northeastern beaches since early September is likely coming from Venezuela, according to a report by Brazil's state oil company cited by the country's environment minister. The oil sludge has now reached 61 municipalities in nine Brazilian...