Environmental Law News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in May, 2017

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Sessions tags wrong city for immigrant crimes
ABC NewsApril 23, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has highlighted the San Diego suburb of Escondido to illustrate how jurisdictions that limit cooperation with immigration authorities jeopardize public safety. Speaking at a news conference Friday along a border ...more »

Oregon adds twist to drafting Spring Game teams
247SportsApril 23, 2017

The four free agents who get to choose their team for Saturday's spring game will be senior Royce Freeman, junior Ugo Amadi, sophomore Jake Hanson, and true freshman Jordon Scott. In particular, Scott has been a guy that's really caught Taggart's eye ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Renewable Energy Law Alert - IRS Releases 2017 Annual Inflation Factor and Reference Prices for Section 45 ...
Lexology (registration)April 24, 2017

The IRS recently released the inflation adjustment factor and reference prices for the 2017 calendar year, which are necessary for calculating the Section 45 production tax credits. Based on the 2017 inflation factor of 1.5792, there is an increase for ...more »

Natural Resources
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Rep. Kretz bill for early wildfire suppression agreements signed into law
Okanogan Valley Gazette TribuneApril 24, 2017

In addition, participating contractors will work under the supervision of recognized wildfire personnel and at a pre-determined operating rate identified beforehand. Kretz gave credit to the Washington Forest Protection Association for its efforts to ...more »

Floodplain
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Despite shorthanded FERC, EQT expects Mountain Valley Pipeline environmental decision this summer
Utility DiveMay 1, 2017

Another study released in September 2016 from the Southern Environmental Law Center said the Mountain Valley Pipeline project, alongside the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, is unnecessary since "natural gas supply capacity exceeds peak demand." ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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City's Historic Preservation Rules Lack Validity
Laguna Beach Independent NewspaperMay 4, 2017

Thanks, Indy, for shining a light on concerns of homeowners impacted by the current and proposed Laguna Beach historic preservation ordinances. Owners ... Because the inventory was not maintained according to the law, it creates no inference of ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Local Pesticide Ordinances Under Attack in the State of Maine
Beyond Pesticides (press release) (registration) (blog)May 10, 2017

The effort in Maine to preempt local pesticide ordinances is likely being advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), given that the language is modeled after the organization's State Pesticide Preemption Act, drafted in 1995. Similar ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Weekly top reads: Cayuga County veterans visit DC; Auburn Schine Theater 'repair or demolish' order
Auburn CitizenApril 24, 2017

Meanwhile, Auburn City Council approved April 6 an update to its historic preservation law. Under the new law, demolition of landmarks like the Schine can proceed "only in case of economic hardship" or a finding by the Code Enforcement Office that they ...more »

Appointed chief of pollution board: Bihar to NGT
Press Trust of IndiaMay 14, 2017

According to the plea, these appointments were bound to affect environmental issues seriously in as much as the grant of consents under Prevention and Control of Pollution Act and the entire regulatory regime depended on the effective working of these ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Montana: The "wild west" of radioactive waste disposal?
AG WeekMay 1, 2017

Unlike North Dakota, Montana doesn't have any state laws on radioactive oil waste. This waste was also exempt from federal hazardous waste standards. Most states have stepped in to fill that gap themselves, by putting their own protections in place ...more »

Public Utilities
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Pleading Cycle Established for FCC's Proposed Changes to Pole Attachment Timelines, Processes and Rates
The National Law ReviewMay 12, 2017

The Energy, Telecommunications and Utilities Practice Group at Barnes Thornburg has for more than 60 years provided comprehensive representation of public utilities, municipal utilities, nonprofit utilities, regional utility districts, conservancy ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Tanzania: Gold Regains Status As Tanzania's Top Export
AllAfrica.comApril 27, 2017

The rise in export value of gold comes amidst a controversy over the government's ban on the export of mineral concentrates that has affected production at Acacia, Tanzania's largest gold miner. BoT's Monthly Economic Review ... Tanzania opened its ...more »

Seqra Regulations
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Westchester NY Exec Sues To Block Nuke Plant Closure
Law360 (subscription)May 10, 2017

By failing to do a proper environmental review under SEQRA, Astorino claims the state hasn't examined the environmental impacts of long-term storage of the plant's spent nuclear fuel, as well as the local economic impacts of the plant's closure ...more »

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