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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 »

Court of appeals rules on ship construction contract dispute
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

"in the Brazilian legal framework there is no legal rule determining that the registration of the vessel construction contract with the respective Maritime Registration Office is a requirement for the validity thereof. The effect of its registration is ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Asia giants join Iran diplomacy as sanctions hurt trade
ReutersFebruary 10, 2012

The latest disruptions in Iran's trade have been caused in part because agents in the United Arab Emirates were no longer permitted to act as middlemen and process payments for Iranian buyers of imported commodities. Shipments of palm oil from ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Which roads will lead to profit in 2012?
Business ReviewFebruary 6, 2012

The government recently amended renewable energy law no. 220/2008, allowing energy producers to be granted up to six green certificates for every 1 MW produced and delivered to consumers from clean sources. The price limits for green certificate ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Jamaica business faces stiff fines over environmental law infractions
Brattleboro ReformerFebruary 10, 2012

By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN, Reformer Staff JAMAICA -- A Jamaica business will have to spend more than $115000 on fines and remediation after violating a number of Vermont environmental laws at its Route 30 property. Larry and Steve Brown, owners of Larry ...more »

Natural Resources
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State still investigating natural resource damages from Exxon oil leak
Laurel OutlookFebruary 1, 2012

... pollution caused by a pipeline break last summer near Laurel, the oil company may owe even more under state and federal law for additional environmental damages, an official with the state's Natural Resource Damage (NRD) program said this week.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Fields of Dreams Remains at Council's Center Stage
Patch.comFebruary 14, 2012

Additionally, the Open Space Trust Fund would be dissolved and replaced wth a Municipal Open Space, Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. "Clearly this is a cynical move by the mayor and his pals to change the law to make sure ...more »

Floodplain
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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 »

Pest Control Law
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Gas prices: January a month to forget
OcalaFebruary 6, 2012

Rand Hollon, owner of Brick City Pest Control, said gasoline typically accounts for as much as 10 percent of a pest control business' costs. In addition, many oil-based products are used by pest control businesses and rise in cost as oil prices rise.more »

Forest Preservation
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APNewsBreak: Kan. Lawmakers Warned to Keep Records
ABC NewsFebruary 3, 2012

The governor's staff has said the events did not violate the Kansas Open Meetings Act because they were social gatherings and Brownback admonished legislators to avoid discussions that would violate the law. The Topeka Capital-Journal, ...more »

Feds collect fine from GM for Superfund cleanup
Legal News LineFebruary 1, 2012

BY MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE NEW YORK -- The federal government has entered into a an agreement with a successor trust to the Chapter 11 debtor Motors Liquidation Company, formerly known as General Motors Corporation. The settlement involved the bankrupt ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Wastewater a key issue in NY's fracking debate
Wall Street JournalFebruary 20, 2012

NRDC and other environmental groups support legislation that would close a loophole exempting oil and gas waste from the hazardous waste law that applies to other industries. The bill was passed Feb. 13 by the Assembly but a companion bill in the ...more »

Public Utilities
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Power plant sidesteps voters
Denton Record ChronicleFebruary 5, 2012

The city charter requires an election to allow the city to “own, acquire, construct, maintain and operate” a new public utility. The state law included language overriding any conflicting city charter provisions. In interviews and a written statement, ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Zuma urged to probe mineral deals
SowetanFebruary 6, 2012

The irregularities and reckless parcelling of mining rights happened after the Minerals and Petroleum Development Act - which made the state custodians of all mineral resources - was signed into law. In terms of the law private holders of mining rights ...more »

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