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Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

November Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico up 12.7% Year-over-year
TruckinginfoFebruary 1, 2012

Trade using surface transportation between the US and Canada and Mexico was 12.7% higher in November 2011 than in November 2010, totaling $76.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the US Department of Transportation.more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Washington's Knack for Picking Losers
Wall Street JournalFebruary 15, 2012

Yet a large number of prominent venture-capital funds are devoted to alternative-energy providers. They should be competing with each other and with the technologies they seek to replace—not for government handouts. Meanwhile, the administration ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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SECRETARY GEITHNER'S TESTIMONY BEFORE THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE ON THE ...
The Cypress TimesFebruary 14, 2012

Moreover, as part of the bipartisan December 2010 tax compromise, the President extended through 2012 the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) he created as part of the Recovery Act. The AOTC is projected to provide nearly $19 billion in credits to ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Progress in River Clean-Up Praised - With Reservations
Inter Press ServiceFebruary 8, 2012

According to the environmental group, even if all of the factories complied with the rules on toxic waste dumping, the river would continue to be poisoned, because the limits established by the law are incompatible with the topography and ...more »

Natural Resources
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UC Irvine Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources Presents ...
Business Wire (press release)February 3, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--UC Irvine School of Law's Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources presents its inaugural lecture by Prof. Richard Lazarus on the gulf oil spill. WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, 3:00 to 4:30 pm, with reception to follow.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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William J. Ruberry, administrative law judge
Washington PostFebruary 4, 2012

William J. Ruberry, 84, a retired administrative law judge with the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, died Jan. 30 at Greenspring Village, a retirement community in Springfield. He had cancer and Parkinson's disease, his son William M. Ruberry ...more »

Floodplain
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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 »

Pest Control Law
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Dog bans may be wider
The Nelson MailFebruary 2, 2012

Changes will mean additional dogs-prohibited areas, including reserves and sports facilities developed since the last bylaw, reserves with enhanced bird habitats and pest control such as the eastern side of the Marsden Valley reserve, and picnic areas ...more »

Forest Preservation
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GOP: Lawmakers can't be forced to give evidence
Dodge City Daily GlobeFebruary 9, 2012

The district attorney sent a letter last week to Brownback's office and all the state senators and House members, directing them to maintain records and electronic files that could be potential evidence and "to err on the side of preservation.more »

Houston faces penalties over 1970s smog limits
Houston ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

By Matthew Tresaugue Refineries along the Ship Channel are just part of Houston's pollution picture. Photo: Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle The EPA concluded Tuesday that Houston has failed to meet 30-year-old limits on smog-forming pollution, ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Senator wants more done to warn of mercury hazard in new light bulbs
Lincoln Journal StarFebruary 2, 2012

Right? The so-called CFLs being phased out as the result of a 2007 federal law contain mercury and are considered hazardous waste. And Lincoln Sen. Tony Fulton says not enough has been done to warn the public about the hazards.more »

Public Utilities
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Small games of chance get bigger payouts
Chambersburg Public OpinionFebruary 6, 2012

It also doesn't address the issue of what John and Chambersburg attorney Pat Redding call a vague definition of public interest purposes. The old law required clubs and organizations to use proceeds solely for "public interest" purposes.more »

Minerals & Mining
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Mines Bill may be passed in Budget session
Business StandardFebruary 2, 2012

The Committee's suggestions after in-depth scrutiny are expected by March-end and we are hopeful that the Bill would be passed in the second-leg of the Budget session," Mines Minister Dinsha Patel said here. The Mines and Mineral Development and ...more »

Seqra Regulations
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Madison Town Board Hears Concerns about Proposed Wind Farm
Madison County CourierFebruary 22, 2012

Williams also explained that since Madison Market Place was constructed, the Board realized that it needed to create regulations for various kinds of commercial developers. The Wind Turbine Special Use Permit regulations, adopted in April 2011, ...more »

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