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Federal law would mandate ignition interlocks for DUI offenders
9NEWS.comFebruary 1, 2012

"What this does is from the federal government it foists the cost onto the local level so that they now bear the burden of figuring out how to ensure that this new mandate is enforced, so that is going to take more parole officers, more probation ...more »

Bankruptcies, refinery closures fuel oil rallies
The AustralianFebruary 1, 2012

RARE is the industry that rallies on news of a bankruptcy. Oil refining is one of them. Petrol prices have been on a tear despite US demand for the fuel hitting its lowest level in a decade. Speculators have increased their net long position in petrol ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Oil and gas commission director resigns
Northern Colorado Business ReportFebruary 1, 2012

The director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is resigning to join a law firm specializing in oil and natural gas and public lands practices. David Neslin was appointed director to the state agency regulating oil and gas development ...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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Amazon Defense Coalition: Facing Devastating Setbacks, Chevron Now Seeks ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Facing devastating setbacks in the courts of two countries over its $18 billion Ecuador liability, Chevron is now seeking a taxpayer-funded bailout for the clean-up costs of its environmental catastrophe in the Amazon rainforest, said a lawyer for the ...more »

Natural Resources
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Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources won't regulate silica
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel The Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday it doesn't plan to issue regulations for crystalline silica even as sand mining has surged in western Wisconsin, where the threat of silica emissions to public ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Everything You Wanted to Know about the Planning Board
Patch.comFebruary 20, 2012

If the Planning Board consists of nine members, one member may be a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Committee or Board of Education. Term of office is four years. If a Class IV member is a member of the Zoning Board of ...more »

Floodplain
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Vt. Senate passes measure to have more public participation in environmental cases
The RepublicFebruary 2, 2012

Lawyers from the Vermont Law School and the environmental group Conservation Law Foundation have been petitioning the EPA since 2008 to have that agency withdraw its approval of the state Agency of Natural Resources as the enforcer within Vermont of ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Noncompete News: Virginia Supreme Court Overturns Long-Standing Precedent on ...
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

In Home Paramount Pest Control Companies, Inc. v. Shaffer, 718 SE2d 762 (Va. 2011), a pest control company included a noncompetition covenant within the employment agreement that prohibited the company's former employee from "engag[ing] indirectly or ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Homeownership Preservation Foundation Appoints Jill Kanin-Lovers and Prue ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 8, 2012

WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF), an independent national nonprofit dedicated to helping distressed homeowners navigate financial challenges and avoid mortgage foreclosure through its Homeowner's ...more »

Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Getting the lowdown on hazardous goods
bdailyFebruary 28, 2012

“There has been some confusion about the legislation but hopefully we cleared that up with a one-stop session that gave people all of the information they need.” The workshop covered a range of topics including transporting dangerous goods and waste...more »

Public Utilities
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Monterey Peninsula desalination project dealt second blow
The Salinas CalifornianFebruary 9, 2012

Instead, the EIR was drafted by the California Public Utilities Commission. By state law, whenever multiple agencies pursue a project, one agency must be designated the lead agency. Ag Land Trust, represented by the Law Offices of Michael W. Stamp, ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Flourspar Mining Set to Be the Real Big Earner
AllAfrica.comFebruary 3, 2012

The company also pays local carriers millions of shillings a year to ferry the mineral from field to factory. Kenya Fluorspar Mining Company, which has been operating in the region for years, is the only one in East and Central Africa exporting ...more »

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