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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 »

Court rules on enforcement of foreign arbitral award
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

The arbitration clause in the contract provided that if the defendant was the complainant in the dispute, the dispute was to be referred for final resolution to the International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC) at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Energy goes toward aggregation literacy
Dekalb Daily ChronicleMarch 3, 2012

Municipal aggregation is a hot issue this election cycle, with 300 communities in the state putting the question to referendum. If all municipalities pass the measure, Childress estimates it would result in $68 million of savings statewide.more »

Nanotechnology Law
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The Promise Of Accelerating Growth In Technology
Seeking AlphaMarch 23, 2012

Moore's law is still alive and well and the rate of growth is only increasing in speed; now doubling almost every year. Just last year, a technology revolution occurred, with the advent of the Tri-Gate transistor, and almost nobody outside the ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Texas company could bury 1st nuke waste in April
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneMarch 19, 2012

State lawmakers cleared the way with a new law passed in the last legislative session. State regulators still need to sign off on the burial site's construction. Environmental groups have for years voiced concerns about the geology of the site and ...more »

Natural Resources
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Wildfire Prevention Tips Shared for Windy Spring Season
FireEngineering.comMarch 3, 2012

Ohioans are urged to be aware of the state's outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry. Ohio law states outdoor ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Opponents of Barnes Foundation's Move Ordered to Pay Museum's Legal Fees
In the Air, Art+Auction's Gossip Column (blog)March 13, 2012

As the Barnes Foundation prepares its new home in Philadelphia for a May 19 opening, opponents of the historic institution's move from its longtime home in the suburb of Lower Marion have been dealt another blow: the organization Friends of the Barnes ...more »

Floodplain
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Act 13 a disaster for Pa. property owners
Yorkdispatch.comMarch 1, 2012

Pennsylvania now has a new state law known as Act 13, which places impact fees on natural gas drilling, yet deprives homeowners of any control over what happens in their own backyard. Act 13 goes beyond being industry friendly. Left in place, this law...more »

Pest Control Law
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Research and Markets: UK Pest Control: Market Insight Report
Business Wire (press release)March 2, 2012

In this report Apex Insight reviews the UK pest control industry. The report quantifies the market size and historical growth rates while reviewing key factors behind these figures and exploring segmentation of the market and drivers of profitability.more »

Forest Preservation
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Historical monuments
DAWN.comMarch 1, 2012

The provincial assembly has now amended the Federal Antiquities Act by incorporating provisions from the Special Premises (preservation) Act 1985 and Land Acquisition Act 1894 into the new provincial Antiquities Amendment Act 2012.more »

Bill may require university to cover local farm's legal fees
Delmarva NowMarch 1, 2012

The University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic, which was founded with a goal of protecting the Chesapeake Bay, later signed on as counsel for the Waterkeeper Alliance. The suit stemmed from allegations the farm violated the Clean Water Act after ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Massive Asbestos Waste Found Just Feet from California High School
Asbestos.comMarch 2, 2012

Titan Environmental Inc. is the company being investigated for the waste violation. It may face penalties of $25000 for each day that the company operated, says the DTSC. California law prohibits that any hazardous waste facility be located within 500 ...more »

Public Utilities
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Delay utility shutoffs, advocacy group says
Philadelphia InquirerMarch 28, 2012

By Vernon Clark Philadelphia's most prominent advocacy law firm for the poor is urging the state to extend a moratorium on utility shutoffs for thousands of low-income households because the state Department of Public Welfare has a large backlog of ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Court move on wetland prospecting
Business DayMarch 2, 2012

The Department of Mineral Resources granted a prospecting right to junior miner Bongani Minerals for tungsten, rare earths and molybdenum in Piketberg. The Verlorenvlei Coalition has asked the Western Cape High Court to interdict Bongani from ...more »

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