Environmental laws and regulations

FILE - This Dec. 12, 2018, file photo shows traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. The Trump administration is signaling that it could increase fuel economy standards, possibly compromising on its push to freeze them at 2020 levels. In one of the administration's hardest-fought battles to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, two federal agencies submitted a final rule on gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
January 14, 2020 - 7:54 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration is signaling that it could increase fuel economy standards, possibly compromising on its push to freeze them at 2020 levels. In one of the administration's hardest-fought battles to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, two federal agencies submitted...
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File---Picture taken on Nov.4, 2019 shows the VW logo on a car at a VW factory opening ceremony for electric cars in Zwickau, Germany. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)
January 14, 2020 - 10:43 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Prosecutors in Germany have filed charges against six more individuals in connection with Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal, bringing the total to 11. Prosecutors in the town of Braunschweig said Tuesday that the suspects - all Volkswagen executives at the time - were...
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File--- Picture taken May 14, 2019 shows complete Golf car bodies at the assembly line during a press tour of the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, Germany. The first ID. production electrical vehicles are to roll off the assembly line at the end of 2019. Only e-cars will be built at Zwickau in 2021. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
January 14, 2020 - 6:51 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen has announced record annual sales that could determine whether it keeps its crown as the world's largest automaker. The company based in Wolfsburg, Germany, said Tuesday that it delivered 10.97 million vehicles in 2019. That compares with 10.83 million in 2018,...
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President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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January 09, 2020 - 1:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic rollback of environmental oversight, President Donald Trump took action Thursday to clear the way and speed up development of a wide range of commercial projects by cutting back federal review of their impact on the environment. “The United States can’t compete and...
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Wind turbines stand on a hill and are surrounded by fog and clouds in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
January 07, 2020 - 8:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's greenhouse gas emissions fell sharply last year, putting the country's 2020 climate goal within reach again. A report released Tuesday by the think tank Agora Energiewende found that emissions fell by 6.5% in 2019 compared with the previous year — equivalent to 50 million...
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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2018 file photo, water contaminated with arsenic, lead and zinc flows from a pipe out of the Lee Mountain mine and into a holding pond near Rimini, Mont. The community is part of the Upper Tenmile Creek Superfund site, where dozens of abandoned mines have left water supplies polluted and residents must use bottled water. The Trump administration has built up the largest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund projects awaiting clean-up in at least 15 years, nearly tripling the number of sites where clean-ups are ready to go but awaiting money, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental Protection Agency over the winter holidays. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
January 02, 2020 - 3:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has built up the biggest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund cleanup projects in at least 15 years, nearly triple the number that were stalled for lack of money in the Obama era, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental Protection...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2012 file picture a worker fixes a sign at a Volkswagen Golf car during a press tour in Zwickau, central Germany. Automaker Volkswagen is raising the bar for its plunge into battery powered cars, saying it will reach its goal of 1 million e-autos per year two years earlier than planned. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer,File)
January 02, 2020 - 4:45 am
BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen and a German consumer group said Thursday they will conduct talks on a possible settlement in a landmark case in which hundreds of thousands of people aim to establish a right of compensation for cars affected by the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal. A court in...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco. Gov. Newsom is wrapping up a first year highlighted by the bankruptcy of the country's largest utility, an escalating homelessness crisis and an intensifying feud with the Trump administration, along with record-low unemployment and a booming state economy producing a multi-billion-dollar surplus. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 30, 2019 - 1:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — During his inaugural address last January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made only a passing reference to wildfires and never mentioned the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. Both soon became inescapable topics. PG&E filed for bankruptcy barely three...
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FILE - In a Monday, May 13, 2019 file photo, a red wolf roams its habitat at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C. Wildlife advocates have returned to court to prod the federal government to jump-start recovery efforts for the critically endangered red wolf, while North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a sharply worded letter urging further action. Amid the pressure, federal biologists plan to transfer wolves from elsewhere into the recovery area for the first time in years to promote wild breeding. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
December 26, 2019 - 9:29 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The fight over the critically endangered red wolf has returned to court as North Carolina's governor sought immediate help for the dozen or so remaining in the wild and federal biologists planned to transfer wolves into the recovery area for the first time in years. In late...
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December 25, 2019 - 7:09 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A utility company in South Carolina finished removing all the coal ash from the site of a nearly 50-year-old power plant on the Wateree River. The work to remove the toxic ash byproduct of making power from burning coal was finished at the Wateree Station east of Columbia more...
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