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•4 killed as sect bombs Maiduguri •Nobody died —JTF •NYSC stops posting of ...
Nigerian TribuneMarch 1, 2012

OPERATIVES of the dreaded Islamic militant sect, Boko Haram are said to have started combing fertiliser markets in search of materials to be used for bombs following the decision of security agencies to tighten rules on use of dynamites and explosives.more »

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 »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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PennFuture Appoints George Jugovic, Jr. President and CEO
MarketWatch (press release)March 5, 2012

Jugovic previously served as a senior attorney and law staff chair at PennFuture, during which time he worked as a citizen advocate on energy and environmental enforcement matters. Prior to joining PennFuture, Jugovic served as the southwest regional ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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BRICS Summit-Delhi Declaration (FULL-TEXT)
International Business TimesMarch 29, 2012

We stand ready to work with others, developed and developing countries together, on the basis of universally recognized norms of international law and multilateral decision making, to deal with the challenges and the opportunities before the world ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Pollution concerns raised over sinking of Navy warships
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserMarch 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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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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Guam - The Department of Defense controls almost 36000 acres on Guam – more ...
Pacific News CenterMarch 16, 2012

After being sued by We Are Guåhan, the Guam Preservation Trust and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, DoD conceded that a Supplemental EIS was needed. Today, We Are Guåhan launched a “Not One More Acre” initiative to encourage participation ...more »

Floodplain
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Calls mount to cancel resort near Mexican reef
The Associated PressMarch 1, 2012

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of Mexico's most successful environmental rescue projects, a newly thriving coral reef, is under threat from a Cancun-sized mega-development planned for the Baja California Peninsula, activists said Thursday as they staged a ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Bees swarming in Phoenix area early in season
Arizona RepublicMarch 7, 2012

Bees need warmer weather, typically a consistent 70 degrees or higher, to swarm, said Paul O'Neill, owner of Desert Sky Pest Control, based in Glendale. Bees could freeze or starve to death in cold weather, he said. The lack of hard freezes caused more ...more »

Forest Preservation
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NeighborWorks America Warns Homeowners That Mortgage Rescue Scams May Sound ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 7, 2012

This effort, led by NeighborWorks' national Loan Modification Scam Alert campaign, the Homeownership Preservation Foundation's Homeowner's HOPE Hotline and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law's Prevent Loan Scams campaign, is designed to ...more »

Pollution concerns raised over sinking of Navy warships
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserMarch 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 »

Hazardous Waste
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Hazardous waste money to help fund roads
The Banner-GraphicMarch 5, 2012

Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) authored legislation, House Enrolled Act 1060, which authorizes hazardous waste disposal tax revenue to pay costs with the maintenance or repair of county roads. The bill was signed into law on Wednesday.more »

Public Utilities
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Ruling backs natural gas storage beneath Sacramento
Sacramento BeeMarch 13, 2012

By Loretta Kalb An administrative law judge for the state's Public Utilities Commission has recommended that a Sacramento company be allowed to store natural gas in a sandstone formation 3800 feet below a southeast area neighborhood.more »

Minerals & Mining
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They're our resources, and it's time miners paid more to dig them up
Sydney Morning HeraldMarch 8, 2012

The old property law of ''for whoever owns the soil, it is theirs all the way up to heaven and down to hell'' no longer applied. Today, mining companies don't own the minerals they extract. Subject to some state-based variations and historical quirks, ...more »

Seqra Regulations
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New York trial-level courts uphold local laws banning high volume hydraulic ...
Lexology (registration)March 5, 2012

New wells in the State require NYSDEC permits issued under regulations codified at 6 NYCRR Parts 550-556. In issuing permits, NYSDEC must comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), which requires that a discretionary action of a ...more »

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