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TEXT: S&P Assigns Bellisio Foods Inc. 'B' Issue-Level Ratings
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

We are withdrawing the ratings on the company's prior senior secured credit facilities, as well as our preliminary 'B' corporate credit rating on Bellisio Parent LLC, Bellisio Foods Inc.'s new parent company, following our review of the final legal...more »

Missouri Senate backs plan to shorten sentences for some convicts on probation...
The RepublicMarch 1, 2012

The bill would also allow for 120-day "shock" jail sentences for some felons who violate their probation or parole for the first time. Sponsoring Sen. Jack Goodman, a Republican from Mount Vernon, says the changes will help the state save money while ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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North Dakota: A Study in How the Free Market Works
The New AmericanMarch 13, 2012

Legislators have imposed laws much stricter than federal standards and worked aggressively to subsidize alternative energy sources and mandate their use. California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 and subsequent legislation—requiring that the ...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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Illegal ocean dumping persists despite DOJ crackdown
iWatch NewsMarch 30, 2012

“The oceans must be protected from being used as dump sites for waste oil or other hazardous substances,” said Maureen O'Mara, special agent-in-charge of the Environmental Protection Agency's criminal enforcement program in Atlanta, in June 2010.more »

Natural Resources
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs wetlands development bill into law
The Oshkosh NorthwesternMarch 1, 2012

The new law, though, dramatically reworks that process, creating a two-tiered construction permit system for wetlands. Developers can apply to the agency for a general permit or an individual permit for more specialized projects.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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State must modernize OPRA law
Vineland Daily JournalMarch 10, 2012

... being referred to by Statehouse Democrats as both an “overhaul and modernization” of the existing laws in the Garden State. Now that they have been approved this week by the State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee, ...more »

Floodplain
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Lawmaker takes another swipe at Maryland law clinic
The National Law JournalMarch 6, 2012

The political wrangling over a University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law clinic's involvement in environmental litigation against a local chicken farm does not appear to be settling down. State Sen. Richard Colburn has proposed a budget ...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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Vallejo's Community Access Television station works to strengthen its viability
Vallejo Times-HeraldMarch 4, 2012

The station also is planning fundraisers, with help from nonprofits and businesses, as well as trying to find ways to legally gain access to a large pot of restricted money to cover day-to-day expenses. VCAT board members also say the station is moving ...more »

AP ENTERPRISE: Navy 'Sinkex' raises pollution fear
Huffington PostMarch 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 »

Hazardous Waste
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Lynas waste not radioactive, says ministries
The Sun DailyMarch 10, 2012

The statement also clarified that the United Nations Basel Convention on Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal does not include regulations on radioactive wastes. "According to Article 1(3) of the Basel Convention, ...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 »

Minerals & Mining
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Developer forfeits Chetco River gold mining claims
Ashland Daily TidingsMarch 8, 2012

The claims are now considered closed, said Donna Kauffman, a land law examiner in the minerals section of the US Bureau of Land Management in Portland. The 30-day appeal period expired. His only recourse would be to go to court.more »

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