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Opponents question EPA authority in greenhouse gas case
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

Although the judges questioned the standing of the challengers' case, Sentelle and fellow judge David Tatel appeared open to the industry argument that the EPA could have used a different interpretation of the Clean Air Act, rather than having to use ...more »

44 Convicted Criminal Aliens Arrested in CT and MA
abc40March 1, 2012

By Jessica Michalski - email HARTFORD, CT (WGGB) – The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department has arrested 44 convicted criminal aliens in Connecticut and Massachusetts. During a four-day targeted enforcement operation in both CT and MA that ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Covanta Holding Corporation Announces Pricing of Senior Notes Due 2022
Energy Digital (press release)March 9, 2012

Covanta is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Mariner's Choice International Signs LOI With Swedish Environmental Technology ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 12, 2012

Some of the company's "green" products employ nanotechnology. For more information, please visit www.marinerschoice.net < http://www.marinerschoice.net/ >. Except for statements of historical fact, the matters discussed in this press release are ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Musina cleans up Ward 3
ZoutnetMarch 2, 2012

Organised by the Vhembe District Environmental Health Unit, the campaign targeted illegal dumping sites around Ward 3 of the municipal area. Municipal spokesperson Wilson Dzebu said the main objective of the campaign was to educate the public on how ...more »

Natural Resources
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State lawmakers angle over striped bass law
The Daily News of NewburyportMarch 2, 2012

The two sides spent nearly five hours trying to convince lawmakers of their opposing viewpoints during a packed hearing of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. The committee is chaired by Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton, ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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OUR VIEW: Fall River's Community Preservation Act would be a good investment
Wicked LocalMarch 14, 2012

Would you vote to approve the Community Preservation Act? Maybe. I'd want to learn more about it. But the Community Preservation Act, already adopted in most nearby towns, goes well beyond historic preservation funding. For a nominal charge tacked onto ...more »

Floodplain
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GUEST OPINION: House bill would turn back environmental law clock 20 years
Santa Rosa Press DemocratMarch 3, 2012

The planned diversion dismisses the best available science, cripples local businesses, repeals environmental protections, hurts fishers and farmers and undermines states' rights by removing California's control of its water though federal legislation.more »

Pest Control Law
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Organically Speaking: Your Supermarket Guide to Buying Organic
ABC News (blog)March 2, 2012

Organic farmers use natural fertilizers and pest control methods, crop rotation and mulching to handle weeds and do not give animals antibiotics, growth hormones or medications. To legally label a food “USDA Organic,” farmers have to adhere to strict ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Bridgewater state representative sues town over land purchase
Wicked LocalMarch 6, 2012

The Town Council voted in October to use community preservation funds to purchase the land under the state law known as Chapter 61A, which allows the town first right of refusal for agricultural property once an offer is on the table.more »

The Rise of 'Visual Pollution' and the Fight to Stop It
The AtlanticMarch 2, 2012

He read in the newspaper that the city of São Paulo had passed a law to take down all billboards. He was shocked. I was thrilled. He asked me if I could make the short film on the subject. The film started a three-year debate on the topic, resulting in ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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How to dispose of new bulbs to avoid mercury danger
Sun-SentinelMarch 3, 2012

Unlike conventional light bulbs, which can be tossed into the trash, compact fluorescent light bulbs must be treated like pesticides, pool chemicals and other household hazardous waste. It is not mandatory for residential customers to recycle them, ...more »

Public Utilities
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PUC Powers Expanded Under New Marcellus Shale Law
JD Supra (press release)March 1, 2012

One lobbyist for the natural gas industry described the new powers as a "significant shot in the arm" for the regulatory oversight agency. The new law authorizes the PUC to collect the impact fees from natural gas drillers and then to disburse the ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Resource rents will render South African mining uncompetitive – Solomon
Creamer Media's Mining WeeklyMarch 2, 2012

... at a mining law seminar hosted by law firm Bell Dewar, on the State intervention mining study (SIMS) of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which in rejecting the nationalisation of mines, proposed that South Africa introduce a mineral rent ...more »

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