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Medicare program's enrollment up, premiums down
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

That continues a trend for the Medicare Advantage program that counters the negative predictions of opponents of the 2010 health care law, who said enrollment would drop and premiums would rise. "Premiums are down on average, enrollment is up, ...more »

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 »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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The Bain of Obamas existence: Solyndra audit coming this week
Houston Chronicle (blog)February 5, 2012

The White House is expected to release late this week its audit of Energy Dept. loans to alternative energy firms. The audit was ordered up last October by former White House chief of staff Bill Daley an effort to stanch the political bleeding from the ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Single-atom transistor may be beginning of quantum computing
domain-BFebruary 20, 2012

(Purdue University image) The single-atom device was described Sunday, 19 February in a paper in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Michelle Simmons, group leader and director of the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication at the ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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EMA defends steep penalties
NewsDayFebruary 3, 2012

Some industries take advantage of the low fines and dump their waste into rivers without much regard for the people who will drink that same water, she said. EMA charges a maximum of $5 000 for environmental-related offences with the minimum being $5.more »

Natural Resources
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Talk of the Town: Arizona water law needs fixin'
Prescott Daily CourierFebruary 12, 2012

There is no consideration of how that pumping might influence neighboring wells or natural seeps, springs, lakes, or rivers. Inadequate control of non-AMA groundwater is now threatening valuable natural resources statewide.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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New Fire Trucks Don't Fit in Old Firehouses
NBC4 WashingtonFebruary 3, 2012

Lately, though, it's the ability to put out fires. The problem is, federal environmental regulations passed in 2010 require certain bells and whistles—no, not literally—on the sides of fire engines, which makes them just barely able to fit through ...more »

Floodplain
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Environmental penalties for Umatilla Chemical Depot total nearly $800000 since ...
OregonLive.comFebruary 1, 2012

"Based on the past problems, they should have paid extra attention," said Sarah Wheeler, an environmental law specialist with DEQ. The latest violations and the long list of penalties since 1999 also reflect the complexity of the operation, ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Bayer CropScience Announces Norman I. Barclift as General Insect Control...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

As the new GIC Product Manager, Barclift will manage the marketing and brand plans for the spray portfolio, including Suspend PolyZone, Bayer's newest innovation for Pest Management Professionals in both residential and commercial market segments.more »

Forest Preservation
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APNewsBreak: Kan. lawmakers warned to keep records
The Associated PressFebruary 3, 2012

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor sent a letter to all 40 state senators and all 125 House members, directing them to preserve not only their records, electronic files and "tangible items," but the same materials for their staffs.more »

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

| WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 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 »

Hazardous Waste
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Vermont Senate passes environmental enforcement bill
Bennington BannerFebruary 3, 2012

... group Conservation Law Foundation have been petitioning the EPA since 2008 to have that agency withdraw its approval of the state Agency of Natural Resources as the enforcer within Vermont of federal clean air, clean water and hazardous waste laws.more »

Public Utilities
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Call Kurtis Investigates: Limo Company's Clean-up Fees
CBS LocalFebruary 10, 2012

Operating without the permit is a violation of the law according to Public Utility Commission Information Officer Andrew Kotch. He says it could lead to jail time and/or fines. We wanted to see if the company would rent to us even with a suspended ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Legal Settlement Process Successfully Completed at African Queen's Rongo Gold ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

On November 28, 2011, it was announced that B & M Mining Company Limited ("B&M") and Abba Mining Company Limited ("Abba") had reached a settlement agreement relating to their land dispute. Linear Metals Corporation ("Linear") and the Company had ...more »

Seqra Regulations
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In 1979, a nuclear power plant was nearly built on the Hudson River in plain ...
Poughkeepsie JournalFebruary 6, 2012

In 1977, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Power Authority of the State of New York held hearings on siting a nuclear power plant just south of Catskill in Cementon. The cooling tower, at a height of 450 feet, would have been visible for many ...more »

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