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Trump looks to scale back environmental reviews for projects

President Donald Trump is expected to announce a new federal rule to speed up the environmental review process for proposed highways, gas pipelines and other major infrastructure, a move that critics are describing as the dismantling of a 50-year-old environmental protection law.

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EPA settles lawsuit over hazardous waste near Franklin landfill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with the garbage-disposal giant Waste Management of Wisconsin, Inc. over allegedly illegal hazardous-waste practices at a landfill in Franklin. The proposed settlement, announced on Thursday, calls for increased monitoring for hazardous waste near the Metro Recycling and Disposal Facility in Franklin and a $232,000 fine to resolve alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and ...

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Menominee tribe loses appeal over Back Forty mine permit

By Michaela Paukner mpaukner@wislawjournal.com Despite acknowledging that federal agencies had given the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin a “runaround”, a federal appeals court ruled against the tribe this week in a lawsuit over a permit for the Back Forty mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Aquila Resources would operate the open-pit ore mine on 83 acres by the Menominee River near Michigan’s ...

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Wisconsin joins emissions-standards lawsuit against EPA

Wisconsin is suing the Environmental Protection Agency to protect states' ability to adopt emissions standards that are stricter than those set at the national level. Attorney General Josh Kaul joined a coalition of 23 other states and three cities in the lawsuit Friday.

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Appeals court blocks EPA water rule

A federal appeals court on Friday blocked an Obama administration rule that attempts to clarify which small streams, wetlands and other waterways the government can shield from pollution and development.

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Appeals court rejects challenge to clean air rule

By Pete Yost Associated Press Washington — A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to a tough new clean air requirement limiting sulfur dioxide emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency regulation is designed to prevent people with asthma from exposure to short-term bursts of sulfur dioxide. Several corporations and industrial associations along with several states argued the new level is ...

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Court sides with property owners over EPA

The Supreme Court has unanimously sided with Idaho property owners whose plans to build a home were blocked by an Environmental Protection Agency order declaring the property contained wetlands.

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Woman wins small-claims suit over Honda hybrid mpg

A Southern California woman who challenged the legal status-quo by filing a small-claims action against Honda won her lawsuit Wednesday when a judge ruled that the automaker misled her about the potential fuel economy of her hybrid car.

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US court rejects challenge to EPA ballast permit (UPDATE)

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to prohibit states from being tougher than the federal government on ships that discharge ballast water, a leading culprit in the spread of invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels in U.S. coastal waterways and the Great Lakes. The ruling by the ...

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US Supreme Court casts doubt on global warming suit

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Washington (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared deeply skeptical Tuesday about allowing states to sue electric utilities to force cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Both conservative and liberal justices questioned whether a federal judge could deal with the complex issue of global warming, a topic they suggested was better left to Congress ...

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New climate change case headed to Supreme Court

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and environmental interests generally agree that global warming is a threat that must be dealt with. But they’re on opposite sides of a Supreme Court case over the ability of states and groups such as the Audubon Society that want to sue large electric utilities and force power plants ...

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Supreme Court limits DNR’s power

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court says the state does not have the authority to determine whether state-issued water pollution permits comply with federal law. The court’s 5-2 ruling Wednesday comes in the case of environmentalists who argued a permit was improperly issued in 2005 to Georgia-Pacific’s Broadway Mill in Green Bay. According to the court, the state ...

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Menasha enters into consent decree over River Street Power Plant

The city of Menasha has entered into a consent decree with the Sierra Club and several government agencies regarding its operation of the River Street Power Plant. The plant was voluntarily closed in October 2009 because of the air pollution. The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources joined the Sierra Club in the federal lawsuit ...

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