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Illinois Democrats ask Evers to review Foxconn plant impact

Feb. 15, 2019 1:56 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Illinois congressional Democrats have asked Wisconsin's new Democratic governor to re-evaluate the environmental impact of a sprawling plant that Foxconn Technology Group plans to build near the states' border, saying they are concerned it could exacerbate flooding in Chicago's...

Late Rep. John Dingell celebrated as 'a world-class doer'

Feb. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Rep. John Dingell was remembered Thursday as "one of the greats" and "a world-class doer" as lawmakers, longtime colleagues and a former president hailed his record-breaking service in the House. Dingell, who died last week at 92, served 59 years in Congress, longer than anyone...

EPA too slow on limiting toxic chemicals, critics say

Feb. 14, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water around the country. Environmentalists, congressional Democrats and state officials countered that the agency wasn't moving...

The Latest: Environmentalists criticize water pollution plan

Feb. 14, 2019 1:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan for dealing with long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Environmental groups are criticizing the Trump administration's plan for dealing with highly toxic chemicals in drinking water, saying it's too...

EPA sets toxins response plan amid criticism from lawmakers

Feb. 13, 2019 7:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that the agency has not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew...

Senate backs major public lands, conservation bill

Feb. 12, 2019 7:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments. The measure, the largest public lands bill considered by Congress in a...

California loses border wall challenge at appeals court

Feb. 12, 2019 5:39 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled that the Trump administration did not exceed its powers by waiving environmental rules to speed up construction of prototypes and replacement of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected arguments by the state of...

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska's Arctic refuge

Feb. 11, 2019 10:12 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area. At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling...

EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks

Feb. 11, 2019 12:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chemical compounds are all around you. They're on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into water supplies. There's growing evidence that...

The Latest: Klobuchar dismisses reports she's a tough boss

Feb. 10, 2019 9:57 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is dismissing reports that she is difficult to work for, saying she has high expectations for the people who work for her. Klobuchar was asked Sunday about the reports of high staff turnover and the...