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Obama Again Takes a Pass on Trying to Weaken Iran
American Thinker (blog)March 1, 2012

Back to the Kirk-Menendez legislation. There was a deadline regarding one of the provisions. The Obama administration had until today to decide whether to impose sanctions on firms cooperating with Iran's Central Bank. They ignored the deadline (an apt ...more »

Larchmont Residents Lose Thousands in Fraud
The Daily LarchmontMarch 1, 2012

by Brian Donnelly (email) LARCHMONT, NY -- Multiple Larchmont residents reported that unauthorized withdrawals had been made from their bank accounts, including one of $130000, according to the Larchmont Police Department. - On Feb.more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Legislators taking a new tack on energy
Power Engineering MagazineMarch 6, 2012

TALLAHASSEE - Few states had a more aggressive Republican-backed effort to address global warming and promote renewable energy than Florida in 2007 and 2008. But the political mood has changed so dramatically that lawmakers today are close to repealing ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Nokia's nanotechnology helps future phones remain dry
Coolest GadgetsMarch 8, 2012

That drop will not hang around there (unless the leaf is formed in such a way that the water cannot subject itself to the law of gravity and flow down to the ground, but remains as a puddle), which means the leaf itself is water repellant.more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Texas company could bury 1st nuke waste in April
KSAT San AntonioMarch 19, 2012

Rick Perry. The state's commission overseeing disposal of low-level waste in Texas is expected to approve the final rule changes needed on Friday. State lawmakers cleared the way with a new law passed in the last legislative session.more »

Natural Resources
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Painter named Shikar Safari Club Conservation Officer of the Year
Iron County ReporterMarch 13, 2012

LANSING—Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Dave Painter was recognized as the 2011 Conservation Officer of the Year at Thursday's (March 8) Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing. The Shikar Safari Club International, ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Morning Report: What We Learned This Week
Voice of San DiegoMarch 3, 2012

Last month, the state's historic preservation officer delivered a blow to folks trying to revamp the Plaza de Panama in the middle of Balboa Park. Milford Wayne Donaldson wrote that the changes would threaten the park's designation as a National ...more »

Floodplain
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Environmental Damages Still Unresolved in BP Deal
CNBC.comMarch 3, 2012

David Uhlmann, a University of Michigan Law School professor who previously served as chief of the Justice Department's environmental crimes section, estimates that a deal between BP, the federal government and the states — one that includes criminal ...more »

Pest Control Law
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2012 Annual Wildlife Expo In Atlanta Showcases Smart Tech Improvements
Danbury News TimesMarch 1, 2012

Moran indicated that remote trap monitoring technology and systems is a “Game Changer” for the wildlife and pest control industries, allowing operators to work smarter and quicker while reducing costs. Wireless network coverage is expanding and ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Mayors' group faces Brown Act questions
Gustine Press-StandardMarch 5, 2012

By Mattos Newspapers The gatherings of Stanislaus County mayors whose discussions have included plans for a countywide ag preservation measure are in violation of state open meeting laws, an attorney representing an open government advocacy group ...more »

Basu: Big Ag gets special treatment with muscle
DesMoinesRegister.comMarch 4, 2012

Whenever Iowa's Big Ag industry is challenged on how it operates, it muscles its way into getting new laws to give it impunity. After decades of blocking siting, air and water pollution regulations, it's turning to legislative measures to block ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Agencies order El Monte business to stop accepting hazardous waste materials
San Gabriel Valley TribuneMarch 1, 2012

State law restricts hazardous waste management facilities to be located within 500 feet of a school campus. Titan is complying with the agencies' orders to stop accepting these materials and will now take steps to clean up the site, officials said.more »

Public Utilities
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Idaho alternative energy contracts put on hold by Public Utilities Commission ...
The RepublicMarch 25, 2012

The federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA, requires utilities in specific circumstances to buy alternative energy. The act is intended to increase production of renewable energy. But last summer, utilities including Rocky Mountain ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Youth Of Kibi Asiakwa & Solar Mining Company Fight Over Mining Concession
GhanaWebMarch 9, 2012

The minerals laws state that if a mining concession is not in operation for five to 10 years, it must be reverted back to its original owners. The law also mandates that a publication must be made in the District Assembly for 21 days with tacit ...more »

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