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Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Federal agency moving forward with offshore wind energy plan
Augusta Free PressFebruary 3, 2012

“We are working closely with the Commonwealth of Virginia to facilitate the commercial leasing process for renewable energy in federal waters off Virginia's coast and are building on the steps that the Commonwealth has taken to encourage offshore wind ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Orvana Announces Feasibility Study Results for Copperwood Project, Upper ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Reviews of the Michigan Non-Ferrous Mining and Reclamation, or Part 632, the Wetlands Fill, the Waste-water Discharge, and Air Discharge permit applications are in progress. All of the permits are to be granted by the Michigan Department of ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Cruise ships banned from releasing sewage along coast
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 9, 2012

The regulations follow a 2005 state law that bans ships from dumping hazardous waste, sewage sludge and runoff from sinks and showers and required California to petition the EPA to ban sewage dumping along the entire shoreline.more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Extreme nanotechnology: Creating a transistor with a single atom
ExtremeTechFebruary 21, 2012

Consider the sheer amount of news these days surrounding nanotechnology: it is arguably one of the fastest growing sectors in technology. Recent news out of two universities on potentially groundbreaking work on single-atom transistors should not be ...more »

Natural Resources
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VY decision could have far-reaching ramifications
Brattleboro ReformerFebruary 3, 2012

In that case, which was decided in 1983, California refused to allow the construction of a new nuclear power plant because there was no adequate plans to deal with high-level nuclear waste. The state's resource commission had ruled that a new power ...more »

Floodplain
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Obama administration slows environmental rules as it weighs political cost
Washington PostFebruary 12, 2012

The fight over whether to propose a new federal fuel and vehicle program — known as “Tier 3,” because it's the third iteration of rules aimed at curbing emissions from cars and light trucks — epitomizes the dilemma the administration faces.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Presidio Historical Assoc, Sierra Club Sue SF Presidio Trust to Halt New ...
Bay Area IndymediaFebruary 2, 2012

The suit charges the Presidio's managing federal agency, the Presidio Trust, with failing to comply with the Presidio Trust Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). San Francisco…more »

Forest Preservation
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Presidio Historical Association, Sierra Club Sue SF Presidio Trust to Halt New ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

The lawsuit charges the park's managing Federal agency, the Presidio Trust, with failing to comply with the Presidio Trust Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). "The Presidio Trust has violated ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Reliable Pest Control Services is Offering Carpenter Ants Solutions!
openPR (press release)February 8, 2012

They offer affordable pest extermination services for homes and offices in and around Durham, Toronto, Mississauga and Burlington. The company offers its pest management services through highly experienced team of exterminators.more »

Hazardous Waste
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Advocates criticize changes to environmental boards
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 9, 2012

By Robert Gehrke Lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan to revamp the boards that regulate air, water, hazardous waste and radioactive material in the state, despite objections from advocates who said they were tipping the scales even more in ...more »

Stage 1 burn ban issued for Pierce County at 4 pm today
Tacoma WeeklyFebruary 3, 2012

With stagnant conditions expected to continue through tomorrow, pollution levels could reach the "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" category at some locations. Clean Air Agency staff follow a protocol set by state law to determine when and where to issue ...more »

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