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Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Du Quoin and Pinckneyville to Vote on Electric Aggregation
Du Quoin Evening CallFebruary 9, 2012

Under a new state law, municipalities are now qualified to potentially receive proposals from electric suppliers on behalf of their residents and small businesses under a single contract. If the rates are lower than Ameren's, residential and small ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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SIA makes public technology roadmap
RF DesignLineFebruary 8, 2012

One of those key challenges, said SIA president Brian Toohey, was keeping pace with Moore's Law, and how to continue decreasing the size of semiconductors while increasing performance standards to meet consumer demands.more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Dow Chemical Agrees To Clean Dioxin-tainted Properties In Midland, Mich.
Huffington PostFebruary 17, 2012

Michigan environmental regulators said Thursday that they reached a long-sought deal with Dow Chemical Co. to clean up to 1400 residential properties in Midland, home of its corporate headquarters and a plant that polluted the area with dioxin for much ...more »

Natural Resources
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New Mexico Senate confirms John Bemis as Secretary of Energy, Minerals and ...
Las Cruces Sun-NewsFebruary 9, 2012

SANTA FE Ð The New Mexico State Senate today unanimously confirmed John H. Bemis as Secretary of Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department. Bemis was selected by Gov. Susana Martinez as her choice for cabinet secretary-designate in March 2011.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Pawtucket has a tower of trouble on Roosevelt Avenue
Valley BreezeFebruary 1, 2012

"Everyone is very excited about seeing the building return to its former beauty but the questions about the top portion of the tower that was restored in 1974 (not to historic preservation standard) keeps coming up," wrote Carney in a May 2005 memo to ...more »

Floodplain
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Danny Westneat: 2 ounces of oil create ton of trouble
The Seattle TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Both state and federal agencies are going after Pete Knutson, a local salmon fisherman and environmental activist, because his fishing boat leaked a little oil into Shilshole Bay last fall. No comments have been posted to this article.more »

Pest Control Law
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PCO Harris Remembered as a Mentor
PCT MagazineFebruary 2, 2012

The body of Lenny Harris, owner of U-Can-Trust Pest and Termite Service, was discovered on Jan. 26. ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The pest control industry and city of Alexandria, Va., lost a friend, mentor and activist with news that the body of Lenny Harris, ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Lecture series: Tyranny and force-the two cardinal virtues to exercise law
The Express TribuneFebruary 3, 2012

... during which Mirza spoke at length about Hobbes' premise that law can only be exercised by tyranny and force, the two “cardinal virtues”; these virtues are exercised by a single person or entity whom people, in their struggle for self-preservation, ...more »

House approves Florida water pollution rules
The News HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

Some environmental groups, though, say the rules are too weak and prefer tougher federal standards. Technically, the bill (HB 7051) would waive a legal requirement for legislative approval of the rules. The Florida Department of Environment Protection ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Hazardous waste officials called in to remove 25 vials of E.coli discovered in ...
Daily MailFebruary 13, 2012

Officials from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were called in and the Arkansas National Guard hazardous material crew spent most of Friday afternoon and night safely removing the bacteria from the ...more »

Public Utilities
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PA PUC Issues Tentative Order To Implement New Pipeline Act
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 2, 2012

On December 22, 2011, Governor Corbett signed into law the Gas and Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Act, Act 127 of 2011, authorizing the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (the "Commission") to enforce Federal pipeline safety laws as they relate to ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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India Edging Maoists From Mineral-Laden Land, Chidambaram Says
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

1 last year, he described “a kind of stalemate” in the insurgency, which blocks mining of bauxite, iron and other minerals. Execution Noble Ltd., a London-based financial services company, said in 2010 that the region had the potential to draw $80 ...more »

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