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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 »

Dedicated to Social Media, Part II: InterContinental Hotels Group.
4HoteliersMarch 1, 2012

... they share a common to dedication to social media and to keeping pace with the changing tastes and behavior of travelers. Like Sartori, Charles Yap's reputation precedes him. As Director of Global Brand Communications at IHG, he is a serial tweeter ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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In odd twist, Shell sues environmental groups to score drilling rights
msnbc.comMarch 1, 2012

The idea behind the suits, filed in US District Court in Anchorage, is to beat environmental activists to court. Shell has already spent $4 billion on the project but has not yet started drilling. “This is a very unique legal approach.more »

Nanotechnology Law
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AMU Court decided to enhance age of superannuation of Vice Chancellor from 65 ...
India Education DiaryMarch 15, 2012

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi has invited applications from qualified candidates for the degree of Master of Technology in Nanotechnology (Biomedical Stream or Technology Stream) and the Master of Technology in Molecular Medicine of Academic Year ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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AP ENTERPRISE: Navy 'Sinkex' raises pollution fear
OregonLive.comMarch 3, 2012

Then in 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the Navy to better document toxic waste on the doomed ships, and in return the EPA exempted the military from federal pollution laws that prohibited such dumping in the ocean.more »

Natural Resources
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Connecticut Senate approves bill that permits municipal oversight over solid ...
Milford-Orange BulletinMarch 1, 2012

“This bill closes a major loophole in a law that took that power away from local authorities and unintentionally put people and natural resources in harm's way. The law and the policy of our state has always been that municipalities have the authority ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Tom Eblen: We need to balance past, future in historic preservation debates
Lexington Herald LeaderMarch 3, 2012

From the first historic preservation laws in the 1930s, and continuing with the next wave of them in the 1960s, the emphasis usually was on preserving as museum pieces the landmarks associated with wealthy and powerful white men.more »

Floodplain
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Judge mostly stands by uranium leasing ruling
Grand Junction SentinelMarch 1, 2012

Martinez this week did agree to revise his order to allow the DOE to do work on the lands that is “absolutely necessary” for completing the environmental review, for conducting mine reclamation activities, and for complying with state and other ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Falcons will be brought in to scare away birds pecking at the Colosseum
Telegraph.co.ukMarch 4, 2012

Officials are already in talks with several pest control firms to bring in the falcons, which are seen as the most effective way to reduce the number of birds which nest in the nooks and crannies of the Colosseum. In recent months the numbers of birds ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Study recommends changes to Missouri death penalty system
STLtoday.comMarch 1, 2012

The eight-member team included Missourians with judicial, prosecutorial, criminal defense and academic backgrounds. The report, released during a news conference at the state Capitol today, recommends a substantial revision of the aggravating ...more »

House votes to repeal Florida cap and trade air pollution law that's never ...
The RepublicMarch 1, 2012

A cap and trade law to control power plant emissions that was never implemented would be repealed by a bill that has cleared the Florida House. The bill (HB 4001) passed 82-34 in a largely party line roll call on Thursday after a debate over whether ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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How to dispose of new bulbs to avoid mercury danger
Sun-SentinelMarch 4, 2012

Now, having done your part to help the environment, you're stuck with a significant source of mercury pollution. Unlike conventional light bulbs, which can be tossed into the trash, compact fluorescent light bulbs must be treated like pesticides, ...more »

Public Utilities
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Recent Developments Regarding Qualifying Facilities and FERC Chairman ...
JD Supra (press release)March 30, 2012

by White & Case LLP on 3/30/2012 Qualifying Facilities (“QFs”) and the law that established QFs, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (“PURPA”), have been at the center of two recent significant developments that may affect the ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Defaulters risk losing lucrative minerals rights
IPPmediaMarch 4, 2012

On the list published in detail by The Guardian on Sunday (See page 15-24) some minerals prospecting rights holders have more than 10 licenses but have failed to develop them let alone paying their annual fees as stipulated by the Mining Act of 2010.more »

Seqra Regulations
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Carter Ledyard & Milburn | Waste-to-Energy Facilities in New York City ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)March 19, 2012

When Article 10 expired in 2003, SEQRA, zoning and other state and local laws applied without restriction to all power plants—a development that many municipalities and residents welcomed. Since the existing waste-to-energy facilities in New York are ...more »

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