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Defendants dismissed in wrongful death suit in Little Rock ...
Log Cabin DemocratFebruary 1, 2017

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A judge has dismissed all claims against the city of Little Rock and its former police chief two weeks before a federal jury was scheduled to ...more »

Five Questions With Rick Healey on Real Estate Law, Jail Overcrowding
Connecticut Law TribuneFebruary 1, 2017

Among his areas of practice are corporate, finance, real estate, employment and education law; civil and commercial litigation; election law; and bond underwriter representation. Healey joined Hoberman & Pollack, the predecessor of Rome McGuigan, as a ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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General Assembly Overrides Renewable Energy Bill Veto; Marriott CEO Comments on Travel Ban
BethesdaMagazine.comFebruary 3, 2017

With Thursday's vote, the bill that requires one-quarter of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020 became law. Democrats said the law will boost the renewable energy industry, while Gov. Larry Hogan previously vetoed the ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Guest view: We must straighten out our priorities
Fairport-E.Rochester PostFebruary 10, 2017

State lawmakers introduced a per-game fee in the law that authorized the new casinos. ... What a shame state leaders don't put as much effort into real economic development, such as finding a tenant for the empty nanotechnology spaces in Marcy. What a ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Why you should care
OZYFebruary 3, 2017

Today, Bonny is standing between a sign for Estill County High School and, just a few yards away, the marker for Blue Ridge Landfill — where trucks dumped off their loads from July through November of 2015, according to an investigation by Kentucky ...more »

Natural Resources
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Gorsuch likely to be skeptical of environmental rules, but that could bite Trump, too
GristFebruary 3, 2017

In nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump said he was fulfilling a campaign promise “to select someone who respects our laws and … will interpret them as written,” in the mold of the late Justice ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Op-ed: Trump officials should visit Bears Ears before making a hurried decision
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 4, 2017

By any objective standard, the Bears Ears National Monument designation fits the terms of the Antiquities Act. It protects "historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of historic or scientific interest" on federally owned lands. Indeed, the ...more »

Floodplain
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Coal ash regulator among those fired at environmental agency
News & ObserverFebruary 6, 2017

He will be replaced by William “Bill” F. Lane, who has worked for the Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton law firm in Raleigh for 20 years, specializing in environmental law. Mollie Young, who was the agency's legislative affairs director, was also dismissed.more »

Pest Control Law
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University of Georgia unveils 2017 Bulldog 100 rankings; Chicken Salad Chick tops list
UGA TodayFebruary 5, 2017

The class includes companies of all sizes, providing services and products in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, law, IT, consulting, retail and pest control. Companies as far west as California and as far northeast as New York made ...more »

Forest Preservation
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White House Staff Probably Violating The Presidential Records Act, And I Probably Don't Care
Above the LawFebruary 15, 2017

The Presidential Records Act governs how the President, the Vice-President, and their staff are supposed to preserve communications. Most of the act is about “ownership” of the documents… because the Act was passed in 1981 and people were still ...more »

Trump regime plans to destroy EPA's ability to enforce environmental law
Daily KosFebruary 9, 2017

OECA handles both civil and criminal enforcement of the country's core environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. The office is an independent body with about 3,000 ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Peña: E-waste on the rise | SunStar
Sun.StarFebruary 23, 2017

We are one of the lowest generators of E-waste but if we don't do something this early this will become a serious problem. At present we do not have a law that specifically addresses E-waste, it is only covered a general law on hazardous waste which is ...more »

Public Utilities
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General Assembly Takes First Legislative Votes Of 2017
WFAEFebruary 8, 2017

Last year, a law was passed that limited K thru third grade classes to 19 students beginning this fall. It was a move to reduce class sizes in key ... Cape Fear Public Utility wants free license plates for its cars and trucks. Other such utilities ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Lithium mining company wants changes in bill
Elko Daily Free PressFebruary 21, 2017

Albemarle Corp., owner of the Silver Peak Mine in Esmeralda County, reported it was working with the Nevada Division of Minerals and state engineer to develop alternative language to AB 52 that protects the alkaline playa, encourages lithium ...more »

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