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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 »

Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Mischief potentials of alternative credit default redressal regimes
Business StandardFebruary 5, 2012

The Securitization Act, overriding anything to the contrary contained in any law, allows the secured creditors to recover their dues without the intervention of the court but with the assistance of state apparatus, if necessary, to overcome resistance ...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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Radioactive Rubbish
Memphis FlyerFebruary 2, 2012

Shelby County mayor Mark Luttrell arranged a forum at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library last week after receiving complaints from citizens concerned about the state law that allows for dumping radioactive waste in the North and South Shelby County ...more »

Natural Resources
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State could see its first sanctioned wolf hunt
Twin Cities PlanetFebruary 2, 2012

By Bob Geiger, Session Weekly/Session Daily Up to 400 Minnesota wolves could be hunted or trapped late this year, if a wolf hunting season proposed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources becomes law. The House Environment, Energy and Natural ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Details emerge about proposed Kent historic district
Ravenna Record CourierFebruary 1, 2012

If the council votes to create the district, the city's application will then be reviewed by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office through its Certified Local Government program. If OHPO approves the application, property owners in the district would ...more »

Floodplain
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PUC Assures Extension Of Energy Savings Law
Essential Public RadioFebruary 13, 2012

PennFuture has withdrawn its petition to the commission asking to begin the process of extending the energy savings law known as Act 129, which is set to expire in May of 2013. Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission (PUC) has convinced environmental ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Third suspect charged as hundreds remember slain activist Lenny Harris
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

The men arranged to meet with Harris one night in September, according to law enforcement sources, but authorities say it was a set-up for a robbery. Investigators think Harris was forced into a stolen van, bound with duct tape and driven to a vacant, ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Homeownership Preservation Foundation Appoints Jill Kanin-Lovers and Prue ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Homeownership Preservation Foundation (HPF), an independent national nonprofit dedicated to helping distressed homeowners navigate financial challenges and avoid mortgage foreclosure through its ...more »

House approves water pollution rules
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)February 5, 2012

By Bill Kaczor AP Legislation that would clear the path for a pair of state water pollution rules supported by business, agriculture and utility interests won approval Friday from the Florida House. Some environmental groups, though, say the rules are ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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ON MAINE POLITICS: Only the best for Maine lobsters
Morning SentinelFebruary 6, 2012

A bill working its way toward the governor's desk to be signed into law would require that any fish or other baits that are not a natural part of a lobster's diet be approved before they're lowered into Maine waters. The Legislature's Marine Resources...more »

Public Utilities
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In the news:
The Seattle TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Seen moving through the lot is a Seattle Public Utilities vehicle. No comments have been posted to this article. Lawmakers are advancing a plan that could limit how governments respond to requests for public documents. A Senate panel voted 4-2 on ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Mending the mines: Striking a balance, making a difference
Farm and DairyFebruary 2, 2012

The 90-year-old man from Stow insists that he still has friends in the coal industry — people who adjusted to the demands of reclamation — and practice it as everyday stewardship and as part of modern law. Reclaiming mine land improves public health ...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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