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Experts: Small businesses should start 2017's tax planning now
Crain's Detroit BusinessJanuary 22, 2017

Little can be done to help small business owners get their finances straight in time for tax filings this April. However, if they haven't filed taxes yet, they can still try to maximize benefits from the current tax rate. "Given the results of the ...more »

Can an American become a refugee? Yes, and some already have ...
Washington PostJanuary 22, 2017

The United States has long opened its arms to foreigners fleeing persecution and conflict — according to one recent statistic, more than 3 million refugees have ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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In Maryland, a Win for the Democrats on Renewable Energy
Energy Manager TodayFebruary 6, 2017

The bill, also known as Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Revisions, became law when the Democratic-controlled General Assembly voted to reverse the decision of the Republican governor, The Baltimore Sun reported on February 3. Under the terms of ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Northern Dynasty Minerals Refutes Short Seller Claims
Junior Mining NetworkFebruary 17, 2017

The Short Seller, Kerrisdale, would apparently have you believe that Pebble, as one of the world's largest deposits of copper and gold, is worthless despite the fact that mining companies are profitably mining lower grade ore within a few hundred miles ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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California Shrugs Off Deadline for Shutting Down Illegal Oil Industry Injections
Center for Biological Diversity (press release)February 15, 2017

Jerry Brown's oil regulators today failed to meet their own deadline for shutting down 1,650 oil industry injection wells that are violating water-protection laws by dumping toxic fluid into protected California aquifers. “Governor Brown's ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Wiley Rein Adds Prominent Attorneys to its Environment & Safety and Consumer Product Regulation Practices
Yahoo FinanceFebruary 1, 2017

Ms. Marrapese is an internationally recognized environmental law leader in emerging technologies in the industrial chemicals, alternative energy, antimicrobial pesticides, nanotechnology, plastic recycling, and food sectors. She is a recognized ...more »

Natural Resources
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Capitol Digest: More emerald ash borer in Iowa
Mason City Globe GazetteFebruary 15, 2017

MOTOR SIZE MATTERS: Members of the Iowa Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee voted 10-3 Tuesday to lift longstanding outboard motor size restrictions on Lake Macbride in Johnson County. Current Iowa law forbids outboard motors of ...more »

Floodplain
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House Republicans Vote to End Rule Stopping Coal Mining Debris From Being Dumped in Streams
TIMEFebruary 1, 2017

What's more, the law prevents the executive branch from imposing substantially similar regulations in the future. It is that aspect of the law that frightens environmental groups that have fought for years for the coal-mining rule and another rule to ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Consultant shares update on nomination to National Register of Historic Places
The Flash Today (press release) (registration) (blog)February 14, 2017

The comings and goings from city, county and law offices. Shoppers ... The state incentive can be combined with the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive Program, which offers a 20 percent tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic buildings ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Water management can be put under Concurrent List: Law ministry
Financial ExpressFebruary 6, 2017

... preservation and management can be put under the Concurrent List as a separate entry, the Law Ministry has told the Water Resources Ministry. “Ministry of Water Resources recently sought advice and comments of Legislative Department, Ministry of ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Boo-Hoo II: Obama Bureaucrats Disconsolate Over Regulation Repeal
PJ MediaFebruary 13, 2017

The rule is just one of dozens enacted in the final months of the Obama administration that congressional Republicans have begun erasing under a once-obscure law — much to the dismay of agency staffers who hauled those regulations through the long ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Law You Can Use: Disposing of household waste — what does the law require?
Logan Daily NewsFebruary 5, 2017

A: You can put yard waste in the trash, but a better option is to recycle it. You can convert yard waste into a valuable product by composting. Your community may even have a composting program. No state laws or rules currently apply to how homeowners ...more »

Donald Trump is preparing to make massive policy changes at the EPA
VoxJanuary 23, 2017

All signs indicate that Trump will soon issue a flurry of executive orders as part of the process of weakening various air and water pollution rules and cutting agency budgets. It's all part of his plan to dismantle President Obama's climate ... “If ...more »

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