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New Jersey Senate Bans Treatment of Fracking Waste

New Jersey legislators approved legislation on Monday banning the treatment or storage of fracking waste in the state.
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Court rejects 2 ozone regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for environmental groups, a federal appeals court rejected two Environmental Protection Agency regulations that loosened requirements for achieving compliance with more protective ozone standards.
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House passes bill to reform EPA science panel

The House on Tuesday passed legislation to overhaul the Environmental Protection Agency's Scientific Advisory Board.
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EPA fines Hyundai, Kia $100 million for underreporting emissions

The government says the automakers understated greenhouse-gas emissions from1.2 million cars.
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EPA Ozone-Pollution Standard Left Intact by High Court

The U.S. Supreme Court left intact ozone-pollution standards crafted under former President George W. Bush, rejecting an appeal by a business group that said the rules were too stringent.
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Court upholds EPA veto in mountaintop removal mining case

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) won another legal round a case regarding its controversial veto of a West Virginia mountaintop removal mining permit.
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EPA extends public input time on power plant rules

EPA extends public input time on power plant rules | Environmental Law | Scoop.it
The EPA announced Tuesday it is extending the rule’s public comment period to Dec. 1.
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Governor John Hickenlooper - Gov. Hickenlooper announces members of oil and gas task force to address local control and land use issues

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EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard

EPA staff recommends significantly lower ozone standard | Environmental Law | Scoop.it
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff said Friday that the nation should tighten smog rules significantly, a step that would improve air quality in California but force costly new requirements on government and industry.
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EPA Pursues Criminal Probe in Tyson Chemical Spill

EPA Pursues Criminal Probe in Tyson Chemical Spill | Environmental Law | Scoop.it
U.S. authorities have sought documents and records from Tyson Foods Inc. as part of a criminal investigation into a chemical spill at a Missouri poultry-processing plant in May.
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Judge strikes down Colorado town’s ban on fracking by oil and gas industry - Denver Business Journal

Judge strikes down Colorado town’s ban on fracking by oil and gas industry - Denver Business Journal | Environmental Law | Scoop.it
It’s the second time in two weeks that a judge has struck down a voter-approved ban on fracking. This time it was a Fort Collins fracking ban adopted by voters last November.
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IDEM, EPA evaluating reuse of Superfund site

IDEM, EPA evaluating reuse of Superfund site | Environmental Law | Scoop.it
Local board will present data to prove Tippecanoe Sanitary Landfill poses no health threat
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EPA: TCE, Chemical In Aerosol Sprays, Degreasers & Stain Removers, Poses A Serious Health Threat

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week identified trichloroethylene as a harmful substance under the Toxic Substances Control Act. It’s the first time the agency has issued such an assessment since 1986, when it found that asbestos is especially hazardous to human health.

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Supreme Court Justices' water pollution ruling may deny Marine vets

Supreme Court Justices' water pollution ruling may deny Marine vets | Environmental Law | Scoop.it

Victims of contaminated water that wasn't discovered for decades lost their effort to sue polluters at the Supreme Court Monday in a case that could set back thousands of former Marines and their families with similar claims. http://usat.ly/1hA62n1

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Supreme Court to review EPA mercury emission rules

Supreme Court to review EPA mercury emission rules | Environmental Law | Scoop.it
Federal limits on mercury emissions from power plants will be reconsidered by the Supreme Court.
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Gunnison Sage Grouse Gets Federal Protection

Gunnison Sage Grouse Gets Federal Protection | Environmental Law | Scoop.it
Federal officials granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse on Wednesday, a move that could bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activity to preserve the bird's habitat in parts of Colorado and Utah. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper immediately renewed the state's threat...
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New study explains wintertime ozone pollution in Utah oil and gas fields

New study explains wintertime ozone pollution in Utah oil and gas fields | Environmental Law | Scoop.it
New study explains wintertime ozone pollution in Utah oil and gas fields
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Denver brownfields developer Frontier Renewal buys former Gates plant

Denver brownfields developer Frontier Renewal buys former Gates plant | Environmental Law | Scoop.it
Denver brownfields developer Frontier Renewal buys Gates Rubber plant at I-25 and Broadway, will complete clean up and ready 41 acres for future transit-o
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EPA tries again to explain water jurisdiction rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released seven pages of questions and answers Monday on its proposal to redefine which lakes and streams it can regulate.
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Ruling against BP could mean $18 billion in fines

Ruling against BP could mean $18 billion in fines | Environmental Law | Scoop.it
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP could be looking at close to $18 billion in additional fines over the nation's worst offshore oil spill after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the company acted with "gross negligence" in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.
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EPA investigating claims west Alabama landfill violates civil rights of black property owners

EPA investigating claims west Alabama landfill violates civil rights of black property owners | Environmental Law | Scoop.it
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Officials from the federal Environmental Protection Agency are in Uniontown this week investigating claims that Arrowhead landfill, the largest landfill in the state, violates the civil rights of surrounding black property owners. Arrowhead, located in Perry County,...
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Judge dismisses most of a suit against EPA pesticide approvals

A federal magistrate has dismissed most of a lawsuit by environmental advocates challenging the government's approval of numerous pesticides, but said they can pursue claims that federal officials allowed 11 chemicals on the market without getting up-to-date information about hazards to endangered species. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero of San Francisco, ruling Wednesday, rejected the central claim by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Pesticide Action Network that the Environmental Protection Agency since 2005 routinely violated laws requiring consultation with government scientists before approving the sales of potentially harmful pesticides. Because the EPA last consulted with government scientists about the pesticides in 1989 and 1993, Giese said, the plaintiffs must now present information obtained since then that should require additional consultations - for example, new listings of endangered species and habitat, or studies showing increased toxic hazards from the chemicals.
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Denver EPA hearing fires debate over costs of cutting carbon — or not

Denver EPA hearing fires debate over costs of cutting carbon — or not | Environmental Law | Scoop.it
The EPA hearing in Denver on its proposed rules to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants drew hundreds of witnesses who sparred over the meri
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House GOP proposes EPA cuts

House Republicans proposed deep new cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday to help pay for Western priorities including money to aid local governments and fight wildfires on federal lands. The action came even as President Barack Obama sent Congress a $615 million emergency spending request to supplement wildland firefighting funds already...
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Supreme Court limits greenhouse gas regulations

WASHINGTON -- A divided Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration Monday from requiring permits for some industries that spew greenhouse gases, but the ruling won't prohibit other means of regulating the pollutant that causes global warming.

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