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Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/wo4HKV) reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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APNewsBreak: Wis. GOP candidate got stimulus money
Boston.comFebruary 2, 2012

The leading tea party-backed Republican candidate running for Wisconsin's open US Senate seat who has also been a longtime critic of a federal stimulus program received more than $80000 in stimulus grants for his own solar energy company.more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Single-Atom Transistor Made With Perfect Accuracy
NTDTVFebruary 26, 2012

In their paper, published online in Nature Nanotechnology on Feb. 19, the researchers describe how they used the STM to manipulate atoms at the surface of a silicon crystal in an ultra-high vacuum chamber to build the device.more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Environmentalists Alarmed at 7-Year Oil Leak in the Gulf
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 6, 2012

... wellhead has been dumping 4000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico for 7 years, and neither its owner nor state or federal governments have informed the public or seriously tried to stop it, six environmental groups claim in Federal Court.more »

Natural Resources
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New Global Land Rush Trampling Human Rights
National GeographicFebruary 6, 2012

Communities without economic power that live off of land to which they do not “own” are devastated when their government transfers the property rights to wealthy outside interests, who exploit the natural resources. These land deals often result in ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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New Firetrucks Don't Fit in Old Firehouses. Why Can't We Widen The Doors?
Washington City Paper (blog)February 2, 2012

Fairly or not, historic preservation often gets pitted against other priorities: Energy efficiency, for example, and economic development. Lately, though, it's the ability to put out fires. The problem is, federal environmental regulations passed in ...more »

Floodplain
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GovSec Delivers Cost-Effective Training for Law Enforcement and First Responders
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

VIENNA, Va., Feb 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- GovSec -- the Government Security Conference & Expo featuring the US Law Enforcement Conference & Expo -- will help prepare law enforcement and first responders to address the challenges they face as the ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Bedbugs Found in One Room at UNK
NTVFebruary 11, 2012

A pest control company has been on site to conduct an in-depth inspection. The affected room, as well the rooms on both sides, and below, the affected room are being treated. All four rooms will also have two follow-up treatments.more »

Forest Preservation
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US religious leaders unite against pill plan
ABC OnlineFebruary 17, 2012

All five religious leaders on the panel have described the proposed health care law as a gross violation of religious freedom. EMILY BOURKE: In the United States, religious leaders have put aside their differences to stand united against the Obama ...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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Vermont Senate passes environmental enforcement bill
Bennington BannerFebruary 3, 2012

... 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 federal clean air, clean water and hazardous waste laws.more »

Public Utilities
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PSC ruling to cover all utilities in Milwaukee streetcar project
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 2, 2012

... utilities - not just We Energies - will be covered by a Public Service Commission decision on who should pay the costs of moving their lines out of the way of the planned Milwaukee Streetcar route, a state administrative law judge ruled Thursday.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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MATTER OF MULLIGAN v. DIAMOND DREAMS AT COOPERSTOWN LTD.
Leagle.comFebruary 13, 2012

As petitioners correctly contend, the Town Board was ineligible to act as lead agency for SEQRA purposes. SEQRA requires an environmental impact statement to be prepared by agencies "on any action they propose or approve which may have a significant ...more »

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