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2 Waukegan Men Charged With Identity Theft, Burglary In Gurnee ...
CBS LocalFebruary 1, 2017

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two Waukegan men have been charged with burglarizing vehicles in Gurnee and using a stolen credit card at a fast food restaurant.more »

The Leader Of The A.C.L.U. Has Always Fought Fear With Facts
The FADERFebruary 1, 2017

As the newest director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Anthony Romero is head of an organization that defends the rights of all people in the U.S., no matter what they look like, who they sleep with, how much money they make, or how opposing ...more »

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Alternative Energy
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QU School Of Law Hosts Stephen J. Humes Lecture
Patch.comFebruary 16, 2017

From QU University School Of Law Center: Stephen J. Humes, partner with Holland & Knight, LLP of New York, will present the lecture, “The Trump Administration and Laws of Energy Economics 101: The Real Future for Coal and Renewables,” on Monday, Feb ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Draft REACH Guidance Documents on Nanomaterials Move to CARACAL for Review
The National Law ReviewFebruary 8, 2017

... Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and especially how these regulatory programs pertain to nanotechnology, industrial ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Why Congress just killed a rule restricting coal companies from dumping waste in streams
VoxFebruary 2, 2017

In theory, there's a law to mitigate this. The 1977 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act says that companies should not cause "material damage to the environment to the extent that it is technologically and economically feasible." But that ...more »

Natural Resources
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Public Lands Roundup: Bundy Trials Begin, A Second Bad Public Lands Bill Still Stands, and a BLM Update
Outdoor Life MagazineFebruary 13, 2017

... them,” wrote Nathan Catura, president of FLEOA. Sheriff's deputies do important work, Catura said, but they are no substitute for the passion and specialized knowledge about backcountry crime that goes along with natural resource law enforcement.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Supporters want Route 66 designated as historic trail
STLtoday.comFebruary 18, 2017

JOPLIN, Mo. • Supporters of Route 66, the iconic U.S. highway that carried travelers from Illinois to California, are pushing to have the roadway added to a national list of historic trails. A group of advocates called the Route 66 Road Ahead are ...more »

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What Energy Producers Need to Know About Trump's SCOTUS Pick
The National Law Journal (registration)February 22, 2017

However, he upheld a Colorado renewable energy law that was opposed by energy producers. • If confirmed, Gorsuch may confront his first case involving environmental and energy interests in litigation over the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan.more »

Chinese farmer studies law for 16 years to sue corporation for polluting his village
The Daily DotFebruary 9, 2017

When he tried to report the pollution, he discovered he'd have to produce evidence against the company and bring a lawsuit. After years of hanging out in bookstores, studying legal volumes he couldn't afford to buy, that's what he did. With the help of ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Pa. waste treatment proposal returns; NJ foes vow to continue fight
Burlington County TimesFebruary 1, 2017

He said the firm first plans to make sure Elcon complies with a federal law called the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. “These hazardous waste facilities are required to be in compliance with (the RCRA). … It's a very stringent test,” Florio said.more »

Public Utilities
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Steve Hanley
Gas 2.0February 7, 2017

California's three largest utilities have filed proposals with the state's public utilities commission that would allocate up to $1 billion in new spending to “accelerate widespread transportation electrification.” The proposals are about more than ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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California miner asks Supreme Court to review suction dredging case
Gridley HeraldFebruary 9, 2017

The suit was borne of criminal charges filed by the state of California against Brandon Rinehart, the holder of a federal mining claim who was convicted of two violations of state law after using a suction dredging device to extract minerals from the ...more »


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