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Attorney general opinion clarifies Harbor Police authority
Houma CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The Louisiana Attorney General's office has clarified a 2011 decision which suggested the authority of Port Fourchon's Harbor Police Department is not recognized by the state. The confusion began last year, when the port's private Harbor Police...more »

Cuts to foreclosure-prevention aid fought
Ithaca JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The agency, which oversees lending in the state, will review New York's laws governing foreclosure, he said. New York has appropriated $26 million in state funds and $21 million in federal stimulus money since the 2008-09 fiscal year for housing ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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County approves tax break for 'green' energy
Fremont News MessengerFebruary 4, 2012

FREMONT -- Sandusky County commissioners voted unanimously to designate the county as an alternative energy zone, which will provide tax breaks to green energy industries moving to the area. The decision was made Thursday as German-based wind turbine ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Flourspar Mining Set to Be the Real Big Earner
AllAfrica.comFebruary 3, 2012

The company also pays local carriers millions of shillings a year to ferry the mineral from field to factory. Kenya Fluorspar Mining Company, which has been operating in the region for years, is the only one in East and Central Africa exporting ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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With Tips From Whistle-Blowers, More Hands on Deck in Pollution Cases
New York TimesFebruary 13, 2012

In the Aquarosa case, a lawyer for the ship's management company, Efploia Shipping, said the seaman had undermined compliance with maritime environmental laws and should have reported the violation sooner. “They can snap their pictures, ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Single-atom transistor built with precise control
CNETFebruary 19, 2012

by Martin LaMonica February 19, 2012 10:00 AM PST Follow @mlamonica Seeking to keep Moore's Law on pace, researchers have developed a repeatable technique for assembling a single-atom version of the transistor--the building block of semiconductors and ...more »

Natural Resources
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Parnell backs change in DNR mission statement
Anchorage Daily NewsFebruary 5, 2012

Alaskans were surprised to learn that a new and very different mission statement has been adopted by the Department of Natural Resources. The old statement of policy: "To develop, conserve and enhance natural resources for present and future ...more »

Floodplain
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Rep. Kristi Noem: Tie road money to oil
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderFebruary 3, 2012

“This is a hyper-partisan bill that offends almost everyone,” said Kevin Brubaker, deputy director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Noem said Thursday that the bill represents a new, better approach to paying for highway spending, ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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High time! Downtown skyscrapers are now landmarks
BrooklynPapers.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Kate Briquelet City Council overwelmingly approved a controversial landmark district in Downtown and Brooklyn Heights that would preserve historic high-rises, but could raise the cost of living and trammel commerce in the communities, according to ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Washington State Lawmakers Join War on NDAA Indefinite Detention
The New AmericanFebruary 2, 2012

Dubbed the “Liberty Preservation Act,” HB 2759 seeks to protect the people of Washington State from the unconstitutional provisions of the NDAA — most notably the astounding and unprecedented federal claim that the US government may now legally detain ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Pest Control in Havana
Cuba HeadlinesFebruary 2, 2012

He added that the particular trials are conducted over 10 years, and include the use of domestic natural-cheap, environmentally friendly and renewable, to control pests. In that sense, he specified, the Cuban experience in its use has allowed import ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Wash. bill seeks unused prescription collection
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 7, 2012

There are currently drug take-back programs in only 17 of the state's 39 counties, said Margaret Shield, a policy liaison with Local Hazardous Waste Management in King County, which includes several governments in the county.more »

US Congress to oppose EU law on aircraft emissions
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

| WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US Congress will formally express its opposition to a European law aimed at reducing pollution from jetliners, a thorny diplomatic issue that has threatened to escalate transatlantic trade tensions.more »

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