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Reforms coming to the state foster care system
kjrh.comMarch 1, 2012

"Litigation was hotly contested for years," said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. "The state defended the case pretty aggressively," said Marica Lowry, executive director of Children's Rights. It's all been over a federal suit that claims the ...more »

US judge allows DEA to suspend Cardinal license
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

An administrative hearing of Cardinal's Lakeland license is scheduled to begin at the DEA on April 3. That process could take as long as a year to play out as both sides present their cases. The DEA judge will then make a recommendation to the DEA's ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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COMMENT: US production of refined products entering new era
Oil & Gas JournalMarch 5, 2012

Now, US refiners need no longer take refinery fuel entirely from the crude stream but have a lower cost alternative in natural gas. In January 2012, natural gas spot prices dropped to less than $2.50/MMbtu for only the second time since 2000.more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Fundamental Steps Needed Now in Global Redesign of Earth System Governance ...
Science Daily (press release)March 17, 2012

Giving a leading role to the 20 largest economies (G20) would help the council act effectively. The authors also suggested an upgrade of the UN Environment Program to a full-fledged international organization, a move that would give it greater ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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For Second Time, Ecuador Appellate Panel Rejects Chevron Attempt to Block $18 ...
Hola ArkansasMarch 2, 2012

The panel also found that human rights law obligated Ecuador's government to protect the rights of the country's citizens to pursue their legal claims without outside interference. Chevron had sought to have the trial in Ecuador, but stripped its ...more »

Natural Resources
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Landowners dig in, sue over shale leases
Crain's Cleveland BusinessMarch 5, 2012

... legal pain for Chesapeake, which is the object of a lawsuit by angry landowners who maintain the energy company enriched itself by failing to compensate them properly for the rights they signed away to the natural resources under their property.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Town's oldest home needs a new home
Boston GlobeMarch 1, 2012

In November, the town took responsibility for the Stetson home when residents elected to spend $35000 in Community Preservation Act funds to relocate it. Now a moving company must be hired, and town officials are following the necessary procurement ...more »

Floodplain
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Plastic Bag Ban Lawsuit Filed Against City Of San Francisco
Huffington PostMarch 3, 2012

Last year, he sued the Southern California city of Manhattan Beach on the grounds that its plastic bag ban was not preceded by an environmental impact report. While that legal maneuver was ultimately unsuccessful, the state Supreme Court indicated in ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Pest Control Technology Magazine Announces Commercial Service Technician of ...
Florida NewswireMarch 6, 2012

RICHFIELD, Ohio, March 6, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Pest Control Technology (PCT) magazine, and sponsor BASF Pest Control Solutions are proud to announce the 2011 Commercial Service Technician of the Year is John Dawson and category finalist is ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Walker signs wetlands development bill to law
Wausau Daily HeraldMarch 1, 2012

Scott Walker signed a contentious bill Wednesday that helps developers win wetland construction permits, achieving one of Republican lawmakers' key goals for this legislative session. Walker signed the measure to a standing ovation at a Wisconsin ...more »

Legal fight over Pa.'s local drilling rules possible; municipalities angry at ...
The RepublicMarch 3, 2012

Those officials say towns are stripped of their power to keep drilling rigs, waste pits and compressor stations away from residential and commercial areas. At issue, they say, are possible damages to a community's quality of life and property values.more »

Hazardous Waste
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Bill would make Georgia lawmaker stop diverting fees
The Augusta ChronicleMarch 5, 2012

AP ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers are mulling a new law that would force them to uphold old laws they already passed. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that House Bill 881 would prohibit lawmakers from diverting about $40 million in fees and fines ...more »

Public Utilities
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Burlington County fight against water rate increase gets support from the ...
South Jersey Local NewsMarch 3, 2012

“Obviously, we are still at the mercy of the Office of Administrative Law and the Board of Public Utilities, which ultimately decides who pays what,” Garganio added. “So I encourage all our residents to add their names to our petition, ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Concordia Intersects 4 Meters at Over 3 kg (100 Ounces) Silver Per Tonne as ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 2, 2012

The program has confirmed that mineralization continues under the mined areas and peripheral to the pits, extending for up to 150 m down-dip to the east, 600 m along strike and has been intersected over down-hole thicknesses averaging some 17 m (above ...more »

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