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Metra Faces Lawsuit Of Racial Discrimination Against Employees
CBS LocalFebruary 1, 2017

“It was excessively punitive,” said Jill Willis, Lee's attorney, on behalf of the men along with eight other African American Metra police officers, she has filed this federal lawsuit, accusing Metra of racial discrimination. “It appears to be a ...more »

Nashville's juvenile court plans new program to cut down on youth violence
WKRN.comFebruary 1, 2017

In the juvenile court system, there is a team approach to identifying the root causes a child commits a crime and how supporting the family can help change the behavior. In Davidson County, there is an assessment team that studies the teen and family ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Democrats propose doubling Nevada's renewable energy target
WRAL.comFebruary 14, 2017

Assembly Bill 206 would require energy providers to generate 50 percent of electricity from so-called "clean" sources in the next eight years. Nevada is currently targeting 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. State law says renewable energy sources ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Stradley Ronon Lands Ex-Pepper Hamilton IP Attorney
Law360 (subscription)February 1, 2017

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP announced on Monday that it has bolstered its Malvern, Pennsylvania, office with the addition of an intellectual property attorney from Pepper Hamilton LLP who has expertise in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Rockland landfill
Courier-Gazette & Camden Herald (subscription)February 27, 2017

In 1976, the state declared that Rockland was violating environmental laws by disposing of wastes in the water-filled quarries. A state law was passed the ... The city, however, has continued to dump construction debris in the quarry. The DEP reported ...more »

Natural Resources
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Trump and Corporate Secrecy: Welcome to the Dark Age
The GlobalistFebruary 8, 2017

... U.K., Swiss and German authorities to be more vigilant. Following the U.S. lead, the European Parliament approved legislation similar to the energy transparency law and included forestry companies to the other natural resources firms that must comply.more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Committee Revisits Votes On CPA Funds
Cape Cod ChronicleFebruary 1, 2017

HARWICH — The community preservation committee gathered in a legally posted meeting last Thursday evening and revisited its recommendations for applications to be funded through the Community Preservation Act at the annual town meeting in May. A ...more »

Floodplain
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New Mexico Environmental Law Center Urges Senate To Vote Against Gorsuch For U.S. Supreme Court
KRWGFebruary 1, 2017

“A Supreme Court that hands down decisions based on a far-right ideology poses a significant threat to the vulnerable communities of the United States and our natural resources," says Eric Jantz, Staff Attorney for the New Mexico Environmental Law Center.more »

Pest Control Law
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Do we ban pit bulls or support current leash laws?
Cape Cod TodayFebruary 5, 2017

Every time you see the dog off-leash, get a photo and call your local animal control. Be a pest! Better still, enlist your neighbors to join you in being vigilant pests. A lot of calls to Animal Control, especially after an owner has been admonished ...more »

Forest Preservation
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My Take: The great giveaway of our public lands
HollandSentinel.comFebruary 3, 2017

The response to this wanton rapid destruction of resources in the second half of the 19th century was the preservation of unique areas, beginning with the development of our National Park System with the Yellowstone Act in 1872: "dedicated and set ...more »

Feedlot operators seek state Clean Air Act exemptions
Sunnyside Daily Sun NewsFebruary 7, 2017

#OLYMPIA — Cattle feeders across Washington may become exempt from state regulations on dust kicked up by their livestock and equipment if a bills being considered by the 2017 Legislature become law. #The bills amend the Washington Clean Air Act to ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Indictment says businessman illegally disposed of hazardous waste
Lexington Herald LeaderFebruary 3, 2017

A former businessman is charged with the illegal storage, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste, according to a federal grand jury indictment. Kenneth Gravitt was indicted Thursday on one count of conspiracy and seven counts of environmental ...more »

Public Utilities
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Somers seeks CMEEC budget information, sets hearing on bills ...
Norwich BulletinFebruary 1, 2017

HARTFORD — State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, has asked the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative to provide her with its budget figures ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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LISTEN: The mining charter is not legislation
Moneyweb.co.zaFebruary 7, 2017

The president sent the bill back to Parliament because he thought some of the provisions, particularly those relating to the Mining Charter, making the Mining Charter part of the act and also the export restrictions for designated minerals violated ...more »

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