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Normal trade with India ''tied'' to level-playing field
Business Recorder (blog)March 1, 2012

The Commerce Ministry has been allowed in principle to make appropriate changes in the defence trade laws in consultation with the stakeholders to allay apprehensions of the industrial sector for using these laws more effectively against any unfair ...more »

Will shortcomings undermine the new Competition Act?
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

On February 6 2012 the government submitted a draft of the new Competition Act to Parliament. The reform of the country's key competition legislation attracted a level of public participation rarely seen in Portugal's recent legal history.more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Obama's Weekly Address – Investing in Clean Energy
ABC News (blog)March 10, 2012

Yeah, how DARE he say we should develop clean energy sources as an alternative to fossil fuel oil. Doesn't he know that if we did something as dumb as that, the oil companies might make less money? And our energy costs would go down?more »

Nanotechnology Law
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The Automotive Resource Network Holdings Announced Today They Are Launching A ...
PR Newswire (press release)March 26, 2012

CEO Kathy Roberton commented, "Nanotechnology is very hot right now and TheARN is well positioned to capitalize on that. This emerging science has the potential to revolutionize our lives by making many of the products, devices and machines that we use ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Natural Law
Earth Island JournalMarch 1, 2012

“The law flies in the face of thousands of years of Western legal precedent that treats nature strictly as property.” It seemed likely that the ordinance would fail. The old guard on the city council was in favor of allowing dumping since it would ...more »

Natural Resources
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs wetlands development bill into law
The Oshkosh NorthwesternMarch 1, 2012

The new law, though, dramatically reworks that process, creating a two-tiered construction permit system for wetlands. Developers can apply to the agency for a general permit or an individual permit for more specialized projects.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Mobile Historic Homes Tour starts March 16; more news from Greta Sharp
Press-Register - al.com (blog)March 11, 2012

By Press-Register Correspondent The 2012 Mobile Historic Homes Tour is March 16 and 17 in the DeTonti Square Historic District. Proceeds benefit the Historic Mobile Preservation Society and the Oakleigh Historic Complex. Doors open at 10 am and close ...more »

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Stillwater toasting US House approval of new bridge
Pioneer PressMarch 2, 2012

As to whether environmental groups - who have successfully sued in the past to block the project - would take legal action, Klobuchar said that would be difficult because of financing deadlines. "When you have the entire Congress of the United States ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Sting in the tail – pest costs double
Kirkintilloch HeraldMarch 2, 2012

Most likely it will be East Dunbartonshire Council, but beware the cost of pest control services is set to double. The council will be increasing the cost from £20 to £40 from April. It says the charge is in line with most other local authorities.more »

Forest Preservation
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Daniel Richards, President Of The California Fish And Game Commission, Under ...
Huffington PostMarch 2, 2012

"As president of the commission, I am sure you understand that merely complying with the conservation laws of California is not the standard by which the Commission or its members are measured. As is stated on the Commission's website, your actions ...more »

St. Croix River Crossing Debated in the House of Representatives
Patch.comMarch 1, 2012

A suspension vote on the bill to exempt the river crossing from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act will happen on Thursday. Below are remarks from Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) Rep. Michele Bachmann made the following ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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New York Mesothelioma Lawyer Says Vermont Asbestos Mine Should Become ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)March 2, 2012

According to a recent Vermont Public Radio report, residents of Lowell and Eden will vote this month on whether to have the Belvidere Mountain asbestos mine declared a Superfund hazardous waste site. “The health hazards of the lingering asbestos ...more »

Seqra Regulations
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EPA & DEC take new steps for environmental justice
Examiner.comMarch 2, 2012

Arturo Garcia-Costas of DEC discussed the DEC's recently proposed regulations for any new or expanding power plants in New York as required under the Power NY Act of 2011. Part of the Act involves updating Article 10 of the Public Service Utilities Law ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Pro-, anti-mining groups clash in forum
ABS CBN NewsMarch 2, 2012

He said large-scale miners exert effort to rehabilitate the areas they mine. The barren lands cited by Lopez were not caused by mining, he said, arguing they had been that way due to the presence of minerals that prevent the growth of trees.more »


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