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Local labor union petitions Alexander, Corker against Puzder
The TennesseanFebruary 1, 2017

On the same day as a mobile billboard commissioned by a national women's advocacy group circled in Franklin in protest of Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder, , a local labor union delivered a petition to Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker in ...more »

Following $23.1 M settlement in Texas cattle fraud case, TSCRA ranger warns ranchers to protect themselves
Fence PostFebruary 1, 2017

Tony Lyon's days of cattle fraud schemes may finally be coming to an end, but his case serves as a strong warning for producers to protect what's theirs, be thorough in vetting new business partners and to take extra steps to safeguard their cattle ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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US utilities seek solar power as Trump sides with coal, fossil fuels
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 4, 2017

Wind and solar were expected to account for about two-thirds of the new electricity generation capacity added to the nation's power grid in 2016, outpacing fossil fuel expansion for a third straight year, according to the U.S. Energy Department. And ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Steve Bannon Wanted Mel Gibson for His Movie About Nazis, Abortion, 'Mutants'
Daily BeastFebruary 9, 2017

Subsequent segments riff on the Enlightenment, Christianity, English literature, physics, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and “incomprehensible social change,” to name a few of the big subjects that piqued Bannon's cinematic interest. “[The] most ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Authorities find 9 illegal dumping sites, issue 200 tickets on LI, NY
NewsdayFebruary 21, 2017

State environmental conservation officers and police fanned out around Long Island, the Hudson Valley and New York City last week, finding nine illegal dumping sites and issuing nearly 200 tickets for unlawful disposal, operating without a permit and ...more »

Natural Resources
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Parsons Behle & Latimer names new shareholders
Utah PulseFebruary 7, 2017

Pincus is a member of the Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources department and focuses on all aspects of natural resource development, land use and real estate, with emphasis on oil and gas exploration and production, mining, real estate ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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76 'Rogue' Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Arrested After Refusing to Vacate Camp
6abc.comFebruary 2, 2017

"After repeated warnings to vacate a camp being illegally set up on private property in southern Morton County, south of Backwater Bridge, approximately 76 members of a rogue group of protesters were arrested by law enforcement officials today," the ...more »

Floodplain
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Army Corps Approves Controversial Dakota Pipeline
Scientific AmericanFebruary 8, 2017

Deborah Sivas, professor of environmental law at Stanford and director of Stanford's Environmental Law Clinic, said a challenge by the tribe would likely rely on the reasons the Army Corps itself gave for why more review was needed in December. "The ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Sculpting a sweet career in candy
Science MagazineFebruary 14, 2017

Lau originally thought her destiny was in medicine. Raised in a family that valued education—and science, engineering, and law in particular—both of her brothers were medical doctors. She expected that she would pursue a ... Lau found a position at ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Judge requests more information in Adirondack Scenic Railroad case
Utica Observer DispatchFebruary 21, 2017

7 order, acting State Supreme Court Justice Robert G. Main Jr., said during oral argument it became clear that a plan to avoid or mitigate adverse impacts in compliance with the Parks Recreation and Historical Preservation Law has not been developed or ...more »

Federal Utility, Environmental Groups Close Pollution Trial
ABC NewsFebruary 2, 2017

"It's unfortunate that we had to go to these lengths to enforce the Clean Water Act," said Beth Alexander, an attorney for Southern Environmental Law Center representing one of the groups. "We expect that TVA and other governmental entities will be ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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California environmental lawyer to head Vermont Law School
vtdigger.orgFebruary 13, 2017

McHenry is a partner in Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and a member of the firm's Environment and Natural Resources Practice Group. His environmental law practice focused on air quality, hazardous waste, land use and energy issues, according to the firm's ...more »

Public Utilities
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Minnesota legislation would end state oversight of small utilities' fixed fees
Midwest Energy NewsFebruary 2, 2017

Minnesota legislation would end state oversight of small utilities' fixed fees ... House Bill 234 would stop the Public Utilities Commission from hearing cases brought by disgruntled solar and small-wind customers of member-owned utilities. It would ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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DENR to shut down 21 mining firms
Sun.StarFebruary 2, 2017

It's against the mining law, it's against the Constitution,” she added. In Zambales, Lopez said mining companies facing closure were Benguet Corp Nickel Mines Incorporated, Ermane Minerals Incorporated, LNL Mining Incorporated, and Zambales Diversified ...more »

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