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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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South Whitehall Township adopts ordinance governing alternative energy projects
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Precious Petty | The Express-Times View full sizeExpress-Times Photo | PRECIOUS PETTYSouth Whitehall Township commissioners on Wednesday approved rules for alternative energy systems. South Whitehall Township commissioners on Wednesday adopted rules ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Take Zap! Tech Geeks, Starved for More Battery Power, Give Themselves a Charge
Wall Street JournalFebruary 7, 2012

A tech truism called Moore's Law holds that computing power will grow exponentially, as transistors get smaller. But it doesn't apply to batteries. Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone 4S comes with eight hours of talking time—exactly as much as the original ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Malta-flagged ship owners disgraced after crewman turns whistleblower
MaltaTodayFebruary 8, 2012

A Filippino crewman on board a Malta-flagged freighter, stands to be handsomely compensated by a US court for serving as a whistleblower, revealing that the ship had illegally dumped oily waste and garbage into the sea as it approached Baltimore.more »

Natural Resources
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Parks Commission Moves Forward With Trapping Plan
WISC MadisonFebruary 9, 2012

Late Wednesday night, the commission voted 5-2 in favor of accepting a stewardship grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. State law requires counties to provide trapping opportunities in order to receive funding.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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Quebec's environment law given more bite
Montreal GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

The department now has the power to impose penalties between $250 and $10000 on individuals, companies and municipalities it believes are not respecting Quebec's environment-quality law. It can also order work to stop or be suspended for up to 90 days ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Planet Amazing Launches New Microcrystals Research Project For Non-Toxic Pest...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 4, 2012

The Planet Amazing company has launched a new research project to compile the masses of data from the worldwide use of their non-toxic pest control products that use the patented microcrystals, according to Justin Douglas of Planet Amazing.more »

Forest Preservation
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CPA: 10 years of funding and controversy in Newton
Fall River Herald NewsFebruary 8, 2012

By Chloe Gotsis Over the past decade, the Community Preservation Act has helped pay for affordable housing, the renovation of historic buildings, and the preservation of open space, but it's also come with the controversy and lawsuits.more »

Julianne Moore Joins Fight Against Toxic Air Pollution
Artistdirect.comFebruary 3, 2012

"The discussion about regulations to protect our air has gotten so polarized that we have forgotten an important thing: We all breathe the same air. And all our children suffer because of pollution. We don't have to choose between a healthy economy and ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Loose preparedness
Himalayan TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Although there are laws for punishing hospitals not managing their wastes properly, it seems that they are not being heeded. According to the law, the hospitals are responsible for management of their hazardous wastes as are other industries.more »

Public Utilities
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Marin County and cities consider suing Comcast for public access money
Marin Independent-JournalFebruary 7, 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the Digital Infrastructure and Video Competition Act, which removed the right of cities to issue new franchises to video providers and gave that power to the California Public Utilities Commission.more »

Minerals & Mining
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India Edges Maoist Rebels From Mining Zone, Chidambaram Says
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

“Albeit slowly, we are gaining control of the situation,” reversing Maoist advances that began after 2004, Chidambaram said in a 40-minute interview on counter-terrorism, Pakistan and prospects for expanding foreign investment in India's economy.more »

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