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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 »

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 »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Sidley Austin LLP Expands Project Finance Practice in Washington DC with the ...
ElectroIQMarch 1, 2012

Mr. Moran's projects include alternative energy (wind, solar and biomass), coal and natural gas-fired facilities, natural gas storage facilities, LNG projects and natural gas pipelines. "Tim's level of experience in project finance will be instrumental ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Emilia Diaz-Struck and Joseph Poliszuk
The Cutting EdgeMarch 4, 2012

“Colombia or Brazil get this big business because the exploitation of minerals is official there, or at least is not illegal,” Liborio Guarulla, governor of Venezuela's Amazonas state, told ICIJ. Venezuelan mining officials declined requests from ICIJ ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Pollution concerns raised over sinking of Navy warships
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserMarch 4, 2012

The Navy defended its cleaning and inventory process, saying it removes all liquid PCBs, thousands of gallons of fuel, mercury from instruments and other pollutants. "The Sinkex program provides numerous benefits to the Navy by making target vessels ...more »

Natural Resources
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Natural Resources Defense Council
California Progress ReportMarch 3, 2012

This decision should put a rest to the relentless campaign by Westlands' approximately 600 agribusinesses to elevate their claims to California's water resources above the public's interest in healthy rivers and fisheries. The court reiterates that the ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Bedford selectmen approve turf field
Wicked LocalMarch 10, 2012

Selectman Walter St. Onge abstained from voting on the matter because he works for a law firm that is involved in much of the town's bonding over the years. Selectmen encouraged the synthetic turf field supporters to go forward with a petitioner's ...more »

Floodplain
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Arctic Ocean drilling: Shell launches preemptive legal strike
Los Angeles TimesMarch 1, 2012

In a petition for declaratory relief filed in US District Court in Anchorage, the oil giant seeks to have the court rule that the US government complied with federal law when it approved Shell's oil spill response plan for upcoming exploratory ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Win a Day with Master Gardener William Moss
PR Web (press release)March 2, 2012

Safer®Brand, the leader in organic gardening products and organic pest control, brings the joys of an organic lifestyle to gardeners nationwide through the Grow Our Way contest, Win a Day with William Moss. The grand prize has Master Gardener William ...more »

Forest Preservation
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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 »

St. Croix River Crossing Debated in the House of Representatives
Patch.comMarch 1, 2012

A suspension vote on the bill to exempt the river crossing from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act will happen on Thursday. Below are remarks from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) Rep. Michele Bachmann made the following ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Law enforcement training leads continuing education enrollment
The RangerMarch 7, 2012

Other national park jobs include facilities construction and road maintenance. Rockey said many of the students in training are employed by the Bexar County jail or work in law enforcement and are ex-military. ProRanger offers two-year courses and paid ...more »

Public Utilities
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EPA & DEC take new steps for environmental justice
Examiner.comMarch 2, 2012

Arturo Garcia-Costas of DEC discussed the DEC's recently proposed regulations for any new or expanding power plants in New York as required under the Power NY Act of 2011. Part of the Act involves updating Article 10 of the Public Service Utilities Law ...more »

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