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Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

Congress manifesto stresses on development
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

If voted to power, Congress would lay emphasis on improving the poor law and order situation in the state by making police stations accessible to every citizen and setting up one mahila police station in each district, she added.more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Washington State's Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Names Attorney ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 3, 2012

Ms. Bloomfield is dedicated to serving the legal community through involvement in the TPCBA, which promotes the administration of justice and advocates for the enactments of laws that uphold good government. She served as a TPCBA Trustee from 2006-2009 ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Penn and Drexel work together at expansion
The Daily PennsylvanianFebruary 2, 2012

9 opening of Golkin Hall at Penn's Law School as well as construction on the Singh Center for Nanotechnology. As Penn continues to expand, administrators hope to remain sensitive to the outside community. “It's important to have dialogue,” Executive ...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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Point Thomson lease case on tap for Supreme Court
The Sheboygan PressFebruary 9, 2012

Assistant Attorney General Richard Todd argued that a lower court judge incorrectly interpreted state law by requiring the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to conduct a hearing to explain what leaseholders must to do to correct their development ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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2 Alabama entries in Dwell magazine's historic building preservation contest
al.com (blog)February 8, 2012

By Julie Clark, al.com Merchants & Farmers Bank in Roanoke, Alabama, built in 1921, is one of the state's entries in Dwell magazine's Rethinking Preservation contest. (Photo courtesy of Kesa Johnston Dunn, builder owner who hopes to remodel the old ...more »

Floodplain
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Citing Environmental Concerns, Denver Law Clinic Helps Sue to Stop Christo ...
ABA JournalFebruary 2, 2012

The installation would cover some 5.9 miles of the river and require the drilling of more than 9000 bore holes, some 35 feet deep, in a critically sensitive wildlife area, according to a suit filed by the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Spread of citrus pest threatens trees with disease
California Farm BureauFebruary 21, 2012

Citrus farmers and pest-control officials continue their work to keep the Asian citrus psyllid out of commercial citrus groves in California, but experts who spoke about the pest threat last week at the World Ag Expo in Tulare urged farmers to be ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Munson: Rare tomes abound at U of I archive project
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 8, 2012

About 600 books hail from the collection of the original law school dean, Prof. William G. Hammond, who took his post in 1868 when the school was housed in the Old Capitol rather than its current building, opened in 1986. “I don't think people know we ...more »

Judge orders state water pollution limits to go into effect by March 6
Florida IndependentFebruary 21, 2012

The problem, according to environmentalists, is that the state's version is weaker than the federal regulations — and weak water rules are what got Floridians into this mess to begin with. Many Florida lawmakers have chosen to side with industry ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Jakarta importer could face up to 15 years in prison for smuggling hazardous...
SteelGuruFebruary 2, 2012

The Jakarta Globe reported that customs officials have seized 113 containers of imported scrap steel that they contend is actually hazardous waste and for which the importer could face up to 15 years in prison for smuggling. During an inspection of the ...more »

Public Utilities
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Squatting law will only criminalise the homeless. Let's demolish clause 130
The GuardianFebruary 20, 2012

It is, in fact, already a criminal offence to squat an occupied home, to access utilities without paying or to commit criminal damage, under the Criminal Law Act of 1977. The tiny number of cases where occupied homes are squatted are swiftly and ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Glencore and Xstrata in Talks for $80 Billion Deal
New York Times (blog)February 2, 2012

A deal may also jump-start a new round of consolidation in the mining sector as companies look to take advantage of continued demand for metals and minerals from growing economies like China and Brazil. A combined $71 billion of takeover deals were ...more »

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