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NewshubMay 1, 2017

Lawyers listened in silence as 'Lose Yourself' filled the courtroom.more »

Emergency Declared: Stabbing the Rule of Law in Egypt
JURISTMay 1, 2017

Mohamed Abdelaal joined Alexandria University Faculty of Law in Egypt in the Fall of 2009 and became Assistant Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law in 2014. Abdelaal also teaches political sciences at the American University in Cairo on ...more »

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Alternative Energy
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Reduce Risk, Increase Benefits: More Energy Progress for Massachusetts?
Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)May 16, 2017

A new analysis shows how strengthening a key Massachusetts energy policy can create jobs, cut pollution, and manage risks. Here are 5 questions (and answers) about what's at stake and what the study tells us. The study, prepared for the Northeast Clean ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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DR Congo miners upset at US 'conflict mineral' rules
Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)May 4, 2017

Introduced in 2010, section 1502 of Washington's Dodd-Frank law — known to the self-employed miners as “Obama's law” — requires companies listed on the US stock exchange to report any use of conflict minerals to regulators. However the US government ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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What happened when an industry-friendly EPA leader in the '80s went too far
Marketplace.orgMay 2, 2017

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Trump administration, has drawn fire for being too close to the industry he regulates by reversing a planned ban on a pesticide and rolling back rules of power plant pollution ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Moore's Law May Extend Thanks to “Valleytronics”
Controlled Environments MagazineMay 3, 2017

The work is described in a study published online in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. The key to Zeng's discovery is the use of a ferromagnetic compound to pull the valleys apart and keep them at different energy levels. This leads to an increase in ...more »

Natural Resources
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Should Coal Country Roll Back State Laws and Rely on Feds?
Bloomberg BNAMay 5, 2017

Deploying state inspectors also allows states to tailor inspections to potential problems known to them because of better knowledge of particular mines, Eric Heis, Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman, told Bloomberg BNA in an email. MSHA is ...more »

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Future of national monuments
Baker City HeraldMay 1, 2017

The 1906 law under which presidents can unilaterally create monuments — the Antiquities Act — is an anomaly in many ways, not least in that it allows the president to circumvent an environmental law the federal government otherwise has to comply with ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Physics Professor Making Digital Replica of Historic Revolutionary War-Era House
Ithaca CollegeMay 22, 2017

Ithaca College Professor Michael “Bodhi” Rogers is using state-of-the-art technology to help preserve the historic Schuyler House — once a home of Alexander Hamilton's father-in-law – in upstate New York near where the battle considered the turning ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Work still needed ahead of task force review
CNS BusinessMay 1, 2017

It has also removed the criminal sanction for breach of confidential information by repealing what was always considered one of Cayman's most controversial laws, the Confidential Information (Preservation) Law, and replacing it with the Confidential ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Proceedings: BC Commissioners 4-19-17
Bennett County Booster (press release)May 2, 2017

Bldg, $400.00; Director of Equalization, $2,065.44; Register of Deeds, $2,871.84; Veteran's Service Officer, $691.00; Sheriff, $3,271.54; Jail, $54.00; County Wide Law, $9,661.03; WIC, $658.80; Extension, $1151.72; Coroner, $116.00. ... CITY OF MARTIN ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Tanzania: Fear As Medical Waste Dumped Into Sea Waters
AllAfrica.comMay 8, 2017

In Zanzibar, the Environmental Management Act No 3 of 2015 and the Public Health Act prohibit any form of careless dumping of any solid or hazardous waste and there are penalties imposed on anyone who contravenes the provisions of these Acts. Anyone ...more »

DEP and 100 supporters urge high court to reverse limits on pollution fines
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteMay 13, 2017

Nearly 100 Pennsylvania elected officials, environmental groups and businesses signed on to legal briefs this week to support the Department of Environmental Protection in a state Supreme Court case that could severely restrict the maximum fines the ...more »


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