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Reforms coming to the state foster care system
kjrh.comMarch 1, 2012

"Litigation was hotly contested for years," said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. "The state defended the case pretty aggressively," said Marica Lowry, executive director of Children's Rights. It's all been over a federal suit that claims the ...more »

New laws needed to combat jet ski hoons
Melbourne Weekly BaysideMarch 1, 2012

SFA president Dr Vicki Karalis said more accidents would happen unless tougher licensing laws were passed and zoning regulations changed. Ms Karalis criticised mixed zoning laws – which allow jet skiers to drive to the foreshore – adding that an ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Energy Prices Boost Sasol Profit
Wall Street JournalMarch 12, 2012

The company said problems in the Middle East should continue to push energy prices higher, which will boost earnings for the rest of the year. The company also repeated that due to increasing sanctions on Iran it is looking for alternative sources of ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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FORMER WHITE HOUSE IP ATTORNEY ANDREW BALUCH JOINS FOLEY
LawfuelMarch 20, 2012

“We are delighted to welcome Andy back to Foley where he spent the early years of his legal career,” said Scott L. Fredericksen, managing partner of Foley's Washington, DC office. Baluch is managing editor of Nanotechnology Law & Business Journal.more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Abortion Practitioners Fined in Texas for Shoddy Medical Care
LifeNews.comMarch 2, 2012

Violating the law is standard operating procedure for abortion clinics in Texas. In addition to the ten Medical Board cases, Whole Women's Health abortion centers in Austin and McAllen were cited by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality for the ...more »

Natural Resources
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ACE: Wis. wetland law doesn't affect jurisdiction
Wausau Daily HeraldMarch 2, 2012

MADISON (AP) — The US Army Corps of Engineers is reminding the public that Wisconsin's new wetland development law doesn't change federal construction requirements. Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Wednesday that makes it easier for developers to win ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Architecture of Binghamton, NYC to be showcased at BU
Press & Sun-BulletinMarch 8, 2012

Spanning 400 years of New York City history, the exhibit serves as an introduction to the city's proud architectural heritage and strong tradition of preservation, which was made possible by the influential New York City Landmarks Law.more »

Floodplain
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520 Gets an Environmental Pass
PubliColaMarch 1, 2012

The state house adopted legislation this afternoon that would give the Washington State Department of Transportation an exemption from state law, allowing them to continue construction on the 520 bridge across Lake Washington despite an ongoing ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Top Entomologists Call 2012 Pivotal Year in Bed Bug War
MarketWatch (press release)March 5, 2012

CHICAGO, Mar 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Leading experts participating in a recent Bed Bug Summit have called 2012 a critical year in the goal to control the US bed bug invasion. Entomologists, pest control professionals and manufacturers of products ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Bristol hosts free family law seminar
Bristol24-7March 5, 2012

By Rob Buckland Accountants and business advisers BDO are holding a free seminar in Bristol tomorrow for family lawyers dealing with the protection and preservation of their clients' assets. The seminar, at the Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel, ...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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Suncor working to expel cancer-causing benzene from under Denver-area refinery
Denver PostMarch 1, 2012

In 2008, CDPHE officials signed off on proposed "final measures" for corrective action under Colorado's hazardous waste laws. Then, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, a fly-fisherman spotted black goo oozing into the creek and river — and called CDPHE ...more »

Public Utilities
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Battle brewing between solar industry and utilities over 'net metering'
SiliconValley.comMarch 8, 2012

State regulators with the California Public Utilities Commission ultimately rejected the proposal, saying it would have unfairly discriminated against solar customers. But the fight over net metering is far from over. "Defending net metering is our ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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To be relevant, Broad-based BEE Act must change
Independent OnlineMarch 5, 2012

In the mining industry, the mining charter – that is part of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) – regulates how the mining companies measure their transformation in order to get and maintain their mining licences.more »

Seqra Regulations
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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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