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Lawyer who battled Chevron may get chance to defend himself

Nov. 16, 2018 7:22 PM EST

A New York attorney who won a landmark oil pollution judgment against Chevron in Ecuador's court system only to have his law license suspended at home for malpractice never got a fair hearing and should be allowed to defend himself against disbarment, a legal referee has ruled. The decision involves Steven...

Colorado adopts California emissions standards

Nov. 16, 2018 5:06 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has adopted vehicle emission rules that incorporate California standards, joining several other states in moving pre-emptively to avoid any weakening of federal standards by the Trump administration. Friday's vote by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission enacts a June executive...

California recommends restrictions for popular pesticide

Nov. 15, 2018 6:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators recommended new restrictions Thursday on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies. The Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines for chlorpyrifos that include banning it from crop dusting, discontinuing its use on most...

Conservation groups disappointed with Illinois River plan

Nov. 15, 2018 3:36 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Conservation groups are expressing disappointment with a memorandum of agreement between Oklahoma and Arkansas officials to study ways to improve water quality in the Illinois River watershed. "This MOA proposes absolutely no provisions that will result in substantial water quality...

The Latest: Environmentalist blasts new pesticide guidelines

Nov. 15, 2018 2:16 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California's recommended new restrictions on a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the brains of babies.(all times local): 11:15 a.m. An environmental group is blasting new recommendations by California regulators to curb a widely used pesticide blamed for harming the...

Arizona auto parts maker fined $200K over pollution devices

Nov. 15, 2018 12:32 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say an Arizona auto parts manufacturer will pay a $200,000 fine for selling pollution control bypass equipment. They say Gilbert-based Vivid Distributing violated the Clean Air Act by allegedly installing, manufacturing and selling defeat...

Dozens plead with Trump administration to keep air rules

Nov. 14, 2018 7:12 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Dozens of people who live near oil and gas wells pleaded with the Trump administration Wednesday not to roll back rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives said the changes should go further. The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on the...

Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

Nov. 14, 2018 6:54 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy. The plan, part of a $10.6 billion Coast Guard budget...

Draft EPA study finds newer nonstick compound may be harmful

Nov. 14, 2018 6:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term exposure to a chemical compound currently used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was the first time EPA weighed in on newer, supposedly safer...

Arkansas, Oklahoma agencies agree to clean up Illinois River

Nov. 14, 2018 6:17 PM EST

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas and Oklahoma state agencies have signed an agreement which commits the states to work together to address concerns about water quality in the Illinois River. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says that the agency, along with the state's Natural...