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Court further confirms rights of mortgagees under Maltese law
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Through the court-approved private sale, the law seeks to support the mortgagee and other creditors of a defaulting owner by ensuring the best price for the vessel (which is associated with a private sale and not a judicial sale by auction), ...more »

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 »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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House Repeals Long-Term Care Program Obama Viewed as Too Costly
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

... ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce panel, said Republicans who have majority control of the House haven't offered an alternative long-care plan even though they say they want to “repeal and replace” the health-care law.more »

Nanotechnology Law
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One-atom transistor to keep Moore's Law alive
ZDNetFebruary 21, 2012

Now a new paper published in the journal "Nature Nanotechnology" describes a technique for making this type of transistor with very precise control. That opens up the possibility that the method can be automated and single-atom transistors could be ...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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African land grabs hinder sustainable development
Nature.comFebruary 1, 2012

The land rush is very much jeopardizing the existence of these resources.” In the past, the biggest pressures on locally held natural ecosystems have been agriculture and logging, but large mineral-extraction deals are now catching up.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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10 Most Endangered Places in the Southeast United States...Do You Live Near One?
ThomasNet Industrial News RoomFebruary 8, 2012

For the past four years, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) has been trying to draw attention to problems in the Southeastern United States. Call them “endangered places.” We often hear about endangered species when it comes to animals, ...more »

Pest Control Law
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BASF Receives Federal Registration for Termidor® H∙E High-Efficiency ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 1, 2012

LOUIS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--BASF Pest Control Solutions today announced it has received federal registration for its new termiticide, Termidor ® H∙E High-Efficiency Termiticide Copack with Termidor HE Technology. Termidor HE Copack is the next ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Georgia Court Rejects Law Aimed at Assisted Suicide
New York TimesFebruary 7, 2012

In Georgia, the law does not prohibit all assisted suicides, only those in which assistance had been promoted and in which steps were taken to help carry out the suicide. “Had the state truly been interested in the preservation of human life,” the ...more »

Your Day at the Beach Could Soon Lead to a Night at the Hospital
The AtlanticFebruary 1, 2012

By Steve Fleischli New proposals on pollution levels at beaches from the Environmental Protection Agency would allow one in every 28 visitors to get sick. A new proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address pollution at US beaches ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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LAKE ELSINORE: Hazardous waste and unwanted electrical items accepted Saturday
North County TimesFebruary 3, 2012

LAKE ELSINORE ---- Residents can dispose of hazardous household waste and unwanted electrical items Saturday at Lake Elsinore's public works yard. The collection event, which is free for city and county residents, is scheduled from 9 am to 2 pm at the ...more »

Public Utilities
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First Energy gets boost from closing coal plants
Wall Street JournalFebruary 3, 2012

In states that are regulated, utilities have to ask public utilities commissions for permission to install new equipment or build new plants. But the utilities are allowed to earn a higher return on these big-ticket investments than they are for ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Reko Diq mining: SC moved to stop govt from approving exploration
Pakistan Daily TimesFebruary 6, 2012

ISLAMABAD: An application was moved in the Supreme Court on Monday, requesting the court to restrain the Balochistan chief minister and head of the Mines and Minerals Development Directorate from granting approval to a newly licensees to start ...more »

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