Environmental Law News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in March, 2012

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Rights-based approach needed in new law on legal capacity
Irish TimesMarch 1, 2012

The automatic loss of human rights of those placed under guardianship is a practice that must be changed. As work is under way to overhaul the 1871 Lunacy Act, Ireland is in a prime position to be a progressive leader in this area and ensure its reform ...more »

Police agencies investigating racially insensitive flyer
WGMD RadioMarch 1, 2012

Dover Police recovered 2 similar flyers about 2 months ago and also began a hate crime investigation which is still underway. Officials say there is no immediate threat and the investigations are continuing. Anyone with information should call DSU ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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How Conservatives Can Counter Obama
About - News & IssuesMarch 1, 2012

In his push for "Alternative Energy" the administration rushed through previously rejected loans to Obama allies that controlled financially ruined companies. Former Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin offers a glimpse into how Republicans can use ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Dr. Henry Du Elected SPIE Fellow
Laser Focus worldMarch 26, 2012

Hoboken, NJ, March 25, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Dr. Henry Du, Professor and Director of the Chemical Engineering & Materials Science department at Stevens Institute of Technology is a leading expert in nanotechnology-enabled fiber-optic sensing, ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Navy's target-practice disposal of warships raises pollutions fears
HeraldNetMarch 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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Law firm Holland & Knight to open office in Colombia
Tampabay.comMarch 1, 2012

By Elizabeth Behrman, Times Staff Writer In an attempt to capitalize on new business opportunities in Latin America, Miami-based law firm Holland & Knight announced this week that it will be opening a new office in Bogota, Colombia.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Public Records Help Washington Watchdogs Sniff Out Corruption
KUOW NPRMarch 19, 2012

Allyson Brooks is the State's Historic Preservation Officer. She says one person has been harassing her office by requesting 22000 emails. Brooks: "It's tens of thousands of pages, and they're protected by federal law: graves, burials, ...more »

Floodplain
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“Coal is filthy” campaigner faces criminal air pollution investigation
Daily Mail - Charleston (blog)March 2, 2012

Well, it turns out the Environmental Protection Agency thinks Chesapeake Energy is filthy — and is investigating not just civil violations of environmental law, but criminal charges as well, the Associated Press reported. That Coal Is Filthy campaign ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Bedbug dogs finish sweep of City Campus residence halls
Daily NebraskanMarch 5, 2012

Bedbug dogs, provided by Plunkett's Pest Control, searched 3256 rooms in 13 residence halls. The total number of rooms detected by the dogs and treated was 188. Selleck Quadrangle had the most rooms treated with 50, and Abel Hall had the next highest ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Walker signs wetlands development bill to law
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneMarch 1, 2012

Scott Walker signed a contentious bill Wednesday that helps developers win wetland construction permits, achieving one of Republican lawmakers' key goals for this legislative session. Walker signed the measure to a standing ovation at a Wisconsin ...more »

Houston Slammed For Clean Air Violations
Care2.com (blog)March 1, 2012

Thirty years of illegal pollution has led us to this. Thirty years is too long. This is the conclusion the Sierra Club acted upon when they brought suit against the EPA for failing to enforce the Clean Air Act in Texas. The EPA's determination of ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Armenian Environmental Network
Earth Island JournalMarch 1, 2012

Fortunately, Armenia has a number of waste laws that, if followed, would greatly reduce the dangers posed to both humans and the environment by improper disposal. Unfortunately, Armenia lacks any coherent waste-management policy enforcement or ...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 »

Minerals & Mining
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Adam Schmidt: A conservative voice against streamlined mining permits
Capital TimesMarch 1, 2012

While I usually identify as Republican, I am writing to break from the lockstep march Wisconsin's GOP establishment has come to represent over the last year, currently epitomized by the race to alter our decades-old mining law in the name of short-term ...more »

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