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Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...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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Nano-transistor breakthrough to offer billion times faster computer
Gloucester AdvocateFebruary 19, 2012

The research is published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. First developed in the 1950s, transistors revolutionised the electronics industry. Since then, miniaturisation has seen the number of transistors squeezed onto a circuit double about ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Letter to UN Asks for Review of Chevron in Ecuador Case for Possible ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Some commentators have likened the secret arbitration panel to a "kangaroo court" rife with conflicts of interest and imbued with a pro-business culture. See this article. The arbitrators are private sector lawyers who generally rule in favor of ...more »

Natural Resources
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Law enforcement officials to clamp down on tiger poaching
Radio AustraliaFebruary 14, 2012

In Bangkok this week, senior law enforcement officers from countries that have tigers have gathered to see what more can be done to protect the Asian big cat in the wild. The "heads of police and customs seminar on tiger crime" has been organised by ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Presidio Trust gets sued -- for good reason
San Francisco Bay GuardianFebruary 2, 2012

The Sierra Club and the Presidio Historical Association have filed suit in federal court charging that the Presidio Trust violated environmental laws when it approved a new luxury hotel for the Main Post area. The suit reflects the essential problem of ...more »

Floodplain
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Mitt Romney's Ideas about Environmental and Energy Policy
RegBlog (blog)February 1, 2012

In addition, he will work to reform all environmental laws so that costs can be accounted for at every step in the regulatory process. As for any future environmental regulation, Romney will ensure a multi-year period for businesses to comply with new ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Director axed bug control, company owner says
Albany Times Union (blog)February 2, 2012

Director Ed Spychalski canceled Staring's Pest and Rodent Control's monthly sanitary inspections for cockroaches, ants, bedbugs and insects around the summer of 2009 because he thought the $600 monthly cost could be better spent, owner Thomas Staring ...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 »

Florida Senate unanimously passes bill approving state-drafted water rules
Florida IndependentFebruary 10, 2012

Earthjustice is now challenging the state's standards for nutrient pollution in an administrative law trial, which is set to begin Feb. 27. “This is a slap in the face to Floridians, who are dealing with the public health threat and economic ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Landfill in Earl Township is still violating state rules
bctv.orgFebruary 22, 2012

In 2011, trucks brought 118000 tons of waste to the landfill, owned by the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority. For years, the landfill has had problems managing leachate, which is the potentially hazardous liquid that seeps through the landfill and ...more »

Public Utilities
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Public defender hails Thompson as visionary
Jamaica GleanerFebruary 5, 2012

In the 1980s, the office of parliamentary ombudsman spawned other species, notably that of ombudsman for public utilities, later a political ombudsman, an office of utilities regulations and a contractor general. How the world turns!more »

Minerals & Mining
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TIM COHEN: Complicated courtship of Xstrata and Glencore
Business DayFebruary 6, 2012

For the mining industry, the implications are pretty serious since the legislation appears to pull the sector's empowerment law (the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act) into the ambit of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act. In ...more »

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