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Opponents question EPA authority in greenhouse gas case
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

Although the judges questioned the standing of the challengers' case, Sentelle and fellow judge David Tatel appeared open to the industry argument that the EPA could have used a different interpretation of the Clean Air Act, rather than having to use ...more »

Trade Me pushes for consumer law change
Stuff.co.nzMarch 1, 2012

Trade Me says it will continue to push for an amendment to a bill overhauling consumer law as it believes full and part-time traders should have to identify themselves as being professionals when selling goods online or at fairs, markets and car boot ...more »

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Alternative Energy
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Feeding the biofuels beast
CattleNetwork.comMarch 2, 2012

Results of the study illustrate the need to develop alternative raw materials for biofuel production, rather than grain which is today's primary feedstock, and to adjust our expectations. The researchers point out that the Energy Independence and ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Science endures as conditions in Greece worsen
PhysicsToday.orgMarch 31, 2012

Worry, resignation, and optimism mix among Greek scientists as they deal with salary cuts, ever-changing laws, and pervasive uncertainty. “You need fresh blood. This is a long-term catastrophe,” says Leonidas Resvanis, a high-energy physicist at the ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Bound Brook's tainted 'mountain' to be moved to Woodbridge
MyCentralJersey.comMarch 7, 2012

Workers on Monday began moving 40000 cubic yards of polluted dirt illegally dumped on a West Main Street property nearly four years ago. The dirt, which the state Department of Environmental Protection said is tainted with elevated levels of ...more »

Natural Resources
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University of Houston Law Center and University of Calgary Launch Joint ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 2, 2012

"Training the next generation of lawyers who are leaders in energy and natural resources law will help us in our quest for sustainable, rational, continental energy policy." The driving force behind the International Energy Lawyers Program is a shared ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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OPRA changes warrant action
Asbury Park PressMarch 9, 2012

Now that they have been approved this week by the State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee, it is time to put these bills on the fast track, although some tweaking is needed before they are presented to the full Senate ...more »

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Local Laws Have Teeth!
Madison County CourierMarch 5, 2012

Last year the town passed new zoning laws that prohibit the exploration for and production and storage of natural gas and petroleum within its boundaries. A lawsuit promptly followed, brought by Anschutz Exploration Corporation, which, according to ...more »

Pest Control Law
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2012 Annual Wildlife Expo In Atlanta Showcases Smart Tech Improvements
DigitalJournal.com (press release)March 1, 2012

Moran indicated that remote trap monitoring technology and systems is a “Game Changer” for the wildlife and pest control industries, allowing operators to work smarter and quicker while reducing costs. Wireless network coverage is expanding and ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Alamo seeing a new era
San Antonio ExpressMarch 5, 2012

Efforts are being made to preserve the shrine but funding is needed for continued assessments and additional preservation projects. Images of the facade of the Alamo in its current state. The keystone over the doorway of the Alamo's arched doorway ...more »

Giant new plant shows coal power isn't going away
Bellingham HeraldMarch 1, 2012

The nearly $5 billion cost included $1 billion in pollution controls. That equipment will scrub out mercury and other toxic pollutants as required by new national regulations and an earlier Illinois law. It also will remove particulate matter, or soot.more »

Hazardous Waste
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Asbestos waste found in warehouse yard near Mountain View High School in El Monte
San Gabriel Valley TribuneMarch 1, 2012

State law prohibits any hazardous waste facility within 500 feet of a school. "They were not supposed to be storing waste there. They were operating as a hazardous waste transporter and they did not have the proper permits," said Jeanne Garcia, ...more »

Public Utilities
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Idaho Power wants contracts for renewable energy stopped
RenewablesBizMarch 15, 2012

Idaho Power Co. is asking for permission to stop buying renewable energy it's required by federal law to buy. The investor-owned utility asked the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to allow it to stop contracting March 15, because it says it's having ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Andean American Reports That its Subsidiary Sinchao Metals is to Combine its ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 2, 2012

The Transaction will consolidate a majority of Sinchao's deposit claims, located within the Yanacocha-Hualgayoc mining district in the department of Cajamarca, Northern Peru, and form a diversified mineral exploration company (the "Resulting Issuer") ...more »


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