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US judge allows DEA to suspend Cardinal license
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

An administrative hearing of Cardinal's Lakeland license is scheduled to begin at the DEA on April 3. That process could take as long as a year to play out as both sides present their cases. The DEA judge will then make a recommendation to the DEA's ...more »

Ryan's Medicare Revolution
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

True, Mr. Obama's health-care law has created an Independent Payment Advisory Board with the task of limiting Medicare spending, now rising at 6% a year, to the economic growth rate plus a half percentage point. Not only does the board lack the tools ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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In odd twist, Shell sues environmental groups to score drilling rights
msnbc.comMarch 1, 2012

The idea behind the suits, filed in US District Court in Anchorage, is to beat environmental activists to court. Shell has already spent $4 billion on the project but has not yet started drilling. “This is a very unique legal approach.more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Fundamental Steps Needed Now in Global Redesign of Earth System Governance
Newswise (press release)March 16, 2012

... yet nanotechnology and other emerging technologies, which may bring significant benefits, also carry potential risks for sustainable development,” Abbott said. Relying on research by Abbott and his colleagues at ASU's College of Law, the authors ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Supreme Court grants Bulacan folk relief in fight vs landfill
Inquirer.netMarch 3, 2012

By TJ Burgonio Relief in the form of a legal remedy from the Supreme Court (SC) has raised the hopes of residents opposed to the construction of a P1-billion landfill on Manila Bay off Obando, Bulacan. The Supreme Court has issued a writ of kalikasan ...more »

Natural Resources
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Wis. gov signs wetlands development bill into law
Appleton Post CrescentMarch 1, 2012

The governor said the bill balances economic growth and wetland preservation. "The two can go hand-in-hand," Walker said. A host of Wisconsin business groups, including the realtors association and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, pushed hard for ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Ocean City Community News, Edition of March 14, 2012
Shore News TodayMarch 14, 2012

There will be a joint meeting between the Historic Preservation Commission, US Life Saving Station 30 and the Historical Museum 7 pm Tuesday, March 20 at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17 th Street and Simpson Avenue . The purpose of this meeting ...more »

Floodplain
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AP ENTERPRISE: Navy 'Sinkex' raises pollution fear
Fox NewsMarch 3, 2012

Then in 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the Navy to better document toxic waste on the doomed ships, and in return the EPA exempted the military from federal pollution laws that prohibited such dumping in the ocean.more »

Pest Control Law
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Tree advice: Avoid harmful mistakes
Record-SearchlightMarch 9, 2012

Call an arborist," said Paul Stockton, phytopathologist/urban ag specialist with Woods Pest Control in Redding. Pruning can be good. Cuts made with precision and purpose remove diseased branches, balance the canopy and encourage fruit production.more »

Forest Preservation
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Town's oldest home needs a new home
Boston GlobeMarch 1, 2012

In November, the town took responsibility for the Stetson home when residents elected to spend $35000 in Community Preservation Act funds to relocate it. Now a moving company must be hired, and town officials are following the necessary procurement ...more »

How long can coal-power survive?
Belleville News DemocratMarch 3, 2012

The nearly $5 billion cost included $1 billion in pollution controls. That equipment will scrub out mercury and other toxic pollutants as required by new federal regulations and an earlier Illinois law. It also will remove particulate matter, or soot.more »

Hazardous Waste
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Hazardous Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Hazardous ...
Waste Management WorldMarch 1, 2012

After careful analysis we have concluded that the petitioned waste is not a hazardous waste. This exclusion conditionally excludes the petitioned waste from the requirements of hazardous waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery ...more »

Public Utilities
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Bill would tighten regulation of water utilities
Desert DispatchMarch 9, 2012

By SAM PEARSON, Staff Writer SACRAMENTO • A bill introduced by state Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff would tighten regulations on water utilities and allow the California Public Utilities Commission to audit the companies. The bill, SB 1364, ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Indonesia law to generate more funds from mining sector -min
Reuters AfricaMarch 7, 2012

JAKARTA, March 7 (Reuters) - Indonesia's new mining law is aimed at generating more funds for government from the mining sector, the energy and minerals minister said on Wednesday. The law announced on the energy ministry website will require foreign ...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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