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Federal judges troubled, baffled with Texas redistricting
San Antonio ExpressFebruary 1, 2012

Also ruled that the Legislature's maps could not be used without prior approval by Justice Department or US District Court in the District of Columbia under the Voting Rights Act. Texas could still appeal any new maps drawn by the federal courts to the ...more »

Supreme Court order a signal to stop misuse of sanction power
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

By Mail Today Reporter There seems no end to the embarrassment that the United Progressive Alliance government has had to face on account of the 2G spectrum scam. The Supreme Court's order of Tuesday stating that Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Measuring how much energy we really use - Low Carbon Fuel Standards
MLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

One way to reduce use of oil as a fuel is by driving less. Another option is to make the transportation sector more efficient, using vehicles that burn gas more efficiently or use alternative fuels. Another that has recently received more scrutiny is ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Portugal to update its environmental law
ENDS Europe (subscription)February 13, 2012

"The law needs revising because its approach to issues like environmental impact assessment, for example, is outdated and whole policy areas, such as climate change, nanotechnology or soil legislation are not even mentioned," says Helena Freitas, ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Football stand dumped in a field
Lancashire Evening PostFebruary 9, 2012

He admitted that as a director of the companies he consented in the commission by the companies of breaching environmental law by tipping waste without a permit at Whyndyke Farm, Peel, between March 2009 and April 2010. Promenade Construction Limited ...more »

Natural Resources
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China Raw Material Export Restrictions Ruled Illegal
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable DevelopmentFebruary 6, 2012

In a high-profile dispute over access to natural resources, the WTO's Appellate Body on Monday confirmed that China violated WTO law and its accession protocol by restricting the export of nine raw materials. The ruling is in response to China's July ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Presidio Historical Association, Sierra Club Sue SF Presidio Trust to Halt New ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

The lawsuit charges the park's managing Federal agency, the Presidio Trust, with failing to comply with the Presidio Trust Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). "The Presidio Trust has violated ...more »

Floodplain
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South Carolina legislature draws closer to killing deepening permit
Savannah Morning NewsFebruary 2, 2012

He cited ongoing legal challenges. The Southern Environmental Law Center announced in December that it was representing environmental groups from Georgia and South Carolina in an appeal of DHEC's decision to the SC Administrative Law Court.more »

Pest Control Law
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Coyotes keeping experts busy
Charlotte ObserverFebruary 26, 2012

As coyotes roam Charlotte, local pest-control experts' phones are ringing with calls from concerned residents. Though coyotes migrated from the Midwest to the Carolinas a decade ago, recent months have seen an uptick of concern about their ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Peat mines OK'd despite expert objections
CBC.caFebruary 3, 2012

The Save Lake Winnipeg Act became law on June 16, 2011, and prevents the province's Mining Department from issuing new leases for peat lands. But three corporate entities — Sun Gro, Jiffy, and Berger — received environmental licences to mine peat ...more »

Commuters continue to breathe diesel exhaust at Chicago's Union Station
Chicago TribuneFebruary 6, 2012

The newspaper's testing and a follow-up study by Metra found the worst pollution problems are on trains leaving the south platform at Union Station. For most people, exposure to diesel pollution occurs during their daily commutes.more »

Hazardous Waste
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AP Enterprise: CA mine dispute recalls wild past
The Associated PressFebruary 8, 2012

Hardesty already was on probation after pleading no contest last year to a misdemeanor charge of storing unpermitted hazardous waste in Sacramento County. He now faces allegations that he violated his probation by continuing to operate at both the ...more »

Public Utilities
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DZIADAS v. PENNSYLVANIA PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION
Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

Bozena Dziadas (Complainant) petitions pro se for review of the August 3, 2010, order of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (Commission) denying Complainant's exceptions and adopting the initial decision of a Commission administrative law judge...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Risk Vs Reward: Miners Calibrate the Costs of Operating in Lawless Lands
Financial PostFebruary 9, 2012

By Greg Klein The Democratic Republic of the Congo is famously rich in mineral deposits. It is also notorious for destitution, corruption, sectarian violence, child soldiers and atrocities. Last November, election violence forced African Metals...more »

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