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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 »

TABLE-Foreign investors continue net buying of Japan shares
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

TOKYO, March 1 (Reuters) - Foreign investors were net buyers of Japanese stocks for a ninth straight week through Feb. 25, the latest capital flows data from Japan's Ministry of Finance showed on Thursday. Details of net investments were as follows (in ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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GOP Tries to Block O'Malley Regulators
Southern Maryland OnlineMarch 3, 2012

Pipkin said the PSC is supposed to act independently and that nominees Kelly Speaks-Beckman and Kevin Hughes have previously worked as “advocates for alternative energies that are for more expensive for the ratepayer than traditional energy sources,” ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP | Food & Beverage Litigation Update
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)March 10, 2012

... Wage Claims for $5.25 Million . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Legal Literature FDA Regulation of Nanotechnology (ABA 2012) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Other Developments Study Outlines Challenges for Nanotechnology...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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Connecticut Senate approves bill that permits municipal oversight over solid ...
West Hartford NewsMarch 1, 2012

“This bill closes a major loophole in a law that took that power away from local authorities and unintentionally put people and natural resources in harm's way. The law and the policy of our state has always been that municipalities have the authority ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Artifacts from Civil War blockade runner will be restored
Greensboro News & RecordMarch 8, 2012

It led to a state law to protect historic wreck sites from pilfering. It yielded such a large trove of artifacts that many have been used in experiments that advanced the tricky science of how to preserve historical treasures found underwater.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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Impact Pest Elimination promotes new vice president
Tampabay.comMarch 1, 2012

"Leanne joined our company in 2005 and has matured in the pest control industry as a proven and effective leader. "We plan continued growth and expansion of our service programs and are confident that Leanne will be an important asset to help the ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Real estate: Proof that deer and birds live on Delhi land
Daily MailMarch 4, 2012

The wildlife sanctuary status would bring in its wake existing laws which are tough to violate and entails harsher punishment. The Wildlife Conservation Strategy 2002, prepared by the National Board for Wildlife, says land within 10 km of a sanctuary's ...more »

BP Spill Trial Starts Amid Settlement Pressure
BusinessWeekMarch 2, 2012

Carl Tobias, who teaches product-liability and mass-tort law at the University of Richmond in Virginia, said he wouldn't be surprised to see the case resolved “on the courthouse steps.” One reason that government and plaintiffs' lawyers haven't agreed ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Growth of composting strains oversight of industry
California WatchMarch 7, 2012

Mark Oldfield, a spokesman for the state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, better known as CalRecycle, said none of the local agencies charged with enforcing state waste regulations have ever shut down a composting facility, ...more »

Public Utilities
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Slaby may replace Slaby for state rep
Massillon IndependentMarch 16, 2012

Lynn Slaby, R-Copley Township, to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, for a five-year term starting April 11. “He's a great legal mind. Impeccable background. We think he's a phenomenal choice,” said Kasich's spokesman Rob Nichols.more »

Minerals & Mining
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Resource rents will dent investor confidence in South African mining – Solomon
Creamer Media's Mining WeeklyMarch 8, 2012

Solomon chose last week's mining law semi- nar, hosted by law firm Bell Dewar, to show the disincentive of a mineral rent, which he defined as the surplus between the revenue and the directly productive costs. The SIMS proposes that mining companies ...more »

Seqra Regulations
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Public Input Sought On Article 10 Siting Rules
ReadMedia (press release)March 23, 2012

The Siting Board also determined that regulations implementing Article 10 would not significantly impact the environment under requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). Since the Siting Board's action did not include any ...more »

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