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Man indicted on terror charges in NYC bomb case
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

The effort culminated "in the successful construction of one explosive device and the attempted construction of two others," it says. Most terror cases are federal, but this one was brought under a state terror law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks.more »

Competition Act threshold is increased
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

Under the Competition Act - Canada's antitrust law - there is a two-part test for determining whether a pre-merger notification is necessary. The test is based on the size of the parties and the size of the transaction. Under the size of the parties ...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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Read the county executive's address
Utica Observer DispatchMarch 6, 2012

There is a law called the Psychiatric Expenditures in Criminal Act, which represents the cost of placing individuals in state facilities when they are deemed incompetent to stand trial due to mental illness or developmental disability.more »

Dumping & Disposing
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US Congress removes barrier to Chinese solar tariff effort
Environmental FinanceMarch 13, 2012

“In a political environment in which not a lot is getting done … this is something that they've really done quite efficiently,” said Edward Gerwin, senior fellow for trade and global economic policy for centrist think-tank Third Way in Washington, DC.more »

Natural Resources
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Wetlands bill signed into law
Beloit Daily NewsMarch 1, 2012

The governor said the bill balances economic growth and wetland preservation. “The two can go hand-in-hand,” Walker said. A host of Wisconsin business groups, including the realtors association and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, pushed hard for ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Preserve Canton history and save money
Canton Citizen NewspaperMarch 8, 2012

By Canton Citizen I ask that you support approval of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) on Election Day, April 3. As a member of the Canton Historical Commission, I have a particular interest in using CPA funds to finance historic preservation ...more »

Floodplain
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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 »

Pest Control Law
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Terminix Stops Pests Before They Become a Monster Problem in Integrated Campaign
Virtual Press Office (press release)March 5, 2012

DALLAS and MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Terminix, one of the nation's largest pest-control providers, announced the extension of its highly successful "Seeing Is Believing" integrated ad campaign, with new TV, DM, radio and digital ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Death Penalty Assessment Team releases report
KRCGMarch 2, 2012

An 8-member team with judicial and academic backgrounds said Missouri laws against murder suspects are too broad and need to do a better job of preserving forensic evidence such as DNA samples. The 2-year study shows that Missouri has 17 "aggravating ...more »

Basu: Big Ag gets special treatment with muscle
DesMoinesRegister.comMarch 4, 2012

Whenever Iowa's Big Ag industry is challenged on how it operates, it muscles its way into getting new laws to give it impunity. After decades of blocking siting, air and water pollution regulations, it's turning to legislative measures to block ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Jakarta to Examine 118 Containers for Possible Toxic Waste in Tanjung Priok
Jakarta GlobeMarch 2, 2012

(Antara Photo) The Environment Ministry, the Customs Office and the police will examine the contents of another 118 containers said to contain scrap iron that may include some hazardous materials, the ministry said on Thursday.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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Court move on wetland prospecting
Business DayMarch 2, 2012

The Department of Mineral Resources granted a prospecting right to junior miner Bongani Minerals for tungsten, rare earths and molybdenum in Piketberg. The Verlorenvlei Coalition has asked the Western Cape High Court to interdict Bongani from ...more »

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