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Will shortcomings undermine the new Competition Act?
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

On February 6 2012 the government submitted a draft of the new Competition Act to Parliament. The reform of the country's key competition legislation attracted a level of public participation rarely seen in Portugal's recent legal history.more »

Flint Waters
Government TechnologyMarch 1, 2012

At the time, Waters was a police investigator and chief of Wyoming's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. He was there to discuss software he developed to track down online predators by identifying computers that were trading child ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Investments in renewables seen as fuel prices rise
BusinessWorld Online EditionMarch 4, 2012

INCREASING OIL prices are seen to spur investments in renewable energy as consumers will look for lower-cost alternatives, an economist said. "Over the medium term there is motivation to look into oil prices. Renewable energy will take on more ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Who made what on Sunshine List
Toronto StarMarch 24, 2012

Walter Fioravanti: $278012.13 Senior vice-president legal regulatory compliance general counsel corporate secretary, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp. Steven Moate: $265445.46 Senior legal counsel to the president, University of Toronto Harriet Lewis: ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Cannabis Destruction Shocks Lawmakers – March 1, 2012
Arcata EyeMarch 1, 2012

The cannabis industry's care for the environment is exemplified by watershed destruction, massive energy consumption and illegal waste dumping like this. Some time over the weekend, an unknown grower dumped a mass of used soil on the roadside of the ...more »

Natural Resources
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Sticking points keep mining bill in limbo
Milwaukee Journal SentinelMarch 3, 2012

By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel The amount of time the Department of Natural Resources should have to decide to issue a mining permit. Whether a state administrative hearing, known as a contested case, should be part of the permit process.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Power Engineering MagazineMarch 6, 2012

In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's implementing regulations for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, we are using this notice to initiate consultation with the Puerto Rico State 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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According to Rest Assured MC, Freezing Bed Bugs with Cryonite will Become One ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)March 1, 2012

As bed bug infestations continue to occur more frequently, pest control companies and property managers will be turning to Cryonite machines to freeze bed bugs and eliminate them from the properties says Lorne Chadnick of Rest Assured MC.more »

Forest Preservation
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Judge: Barnes Foundation must be reimbursed legal fees by opponents of its ...
Washington PostMarch 12, 2012

The Friends of the Barnes Foundation, in its effort to halt the multibillion-dollar collection's 5-mile move from Lower Merion, said Ott was misled by the actions of the attorney general's office, which has oversight over charitable trusts, ...more »

Pollution lawsuits aim to protect farmers' well-being
Truman IndexMarch 1, 2012

In other words, if a company legally is polluting, then an individual cannot file a lawsuit against them, meaning the accountability ends there. Such legislation, if passed, simultaneously would restrict our right to bring suit against wrongdoers and ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Giving the hens some protection
Marietta Daily JournalMarch 13, 2012

... to stop siphoning off funds from fees that are supposed to be directed to the Solid Waste Trust Fund, the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund, the Peace Officer and Prosecutors Training Fund, the Indigent Defense — Public Defenders Program and Joshua's Law.more »

Public Utilities
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Proposal Would Allow SDG&E Customers To Opt Out Of Smart Meters
KPBSMarch 15, 2012

... who don't want the new wireless smart meters at their homes might be allowed to keep the older analog models, but they'll have to pay more, according to a proposal today by a California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge.more »

Minerals & Mining
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Mining Breeds Poverty, Says CBCP Official
Manila BulletinMarch 3, 2012

“During the 17 years of the implementation of the Philippine Mining Act, all that the Philippines achieved was environmental destruction, violation of indigenous peoples' rights and relentless foreign plunder of our rich mineral resources,” Tolentino ...more »

Seqra Regulations
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Residents heckle Sierra Club over future of Rosendale resort
Mid-Hudson NewsMarch 22, 2012

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is lead agency for SEQRA review. Wednesday night's panel took place the same day that HRVR submitted their Final Environmental Impact Statement to DEC. Droves of residents appeared to express anger at ...more »

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