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Fracking Law Changes at the Local, State and Federal LevelNC group sues over new billboard rulesChicago to shut two coal-fired plants earlier than plannedDeal to close Chicago's 2 coal-fired plants earlyFederal appeals court hears challenges over EPA findingHistoric Victory: Coal Free Chicago Will Electrify Clean Energy MovementPolitical parties unite to save rainforestsWHATCOM VIEW: Community Bill of Rights seeks to shift balance of powerComparative port study urgedSouth Carolina legislature set to override governor's deepening vetoHouse water bill bad for delta and environmentVa. AG Cuccinelli: 'The EPA has violated the law here'Will US House part waters for St. Croix bridge?"Gwilas" - First Nations, The Environment and the LawSuit challenges logging project

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Feds collect fine from GM for Superfund cleanup
Legal News LineFebruary 1, 2012

BY MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE NEW YORK -- The federal government has entered into a an agreement with a successor trust to the Chapter 11 debtor Motors Liquidation Company, formerly known as General Motors Corporation. The settlement involved the bankrupt ...more »

Noncompliance with SA legislation could result in liabilities for mining houses
Creamer Media's Mining WeeklyFebruary 2, 2012

South Africa's mining industry continues to experience the challenges posed by the plethora of legislation at national, provincial and local levels, and faces potential costly consequences for noncompliance, says legal firm Norton Rose environmental...more »

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Fracking Law Changes at the Local, State and Federal Level
Yahoo! Contributors NetworkFebruary 29, 2012

Increased environmental concerns by citizens prompted town leaders to exercise their home rule option to raise standards, the Aurora Sentinel reports. * Local governments have the ability to create local zoning laws in Pennsylvania.more »

NC group sues over new billboard rules
WRAL.comFebruary 29, 2012

The Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Wake County Superior Court on behalf of Scenic NC. The lawsuit asks the court to set aside temporary because no public hearing was held. The rules go into effect Thursday.more »

Chicago to shut two coal-fired plants earlier than planned
Chicago TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

Midwest Generation agreed to close its Fisk Generating Station by the end of the year and its Crawford Generating Station by the end of 2014, said Faith Bugel, senior attorney for the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Chicago was the only large US ...more »

Deal to close Chicago's 2 coal-fired plants early
The Associated PressFebruary 29, 2012

Midwest Generation agreed to close its Fisk Generating Station by the end of the year and its Crawford Generating Station by the end of 2014, said Faith Bugel, senior attorney for the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Chicago was the only large US ...more »

Federal appeals court hears challenges over EPA finding
Legal News LineFebruary 29, 2012

BY JESSICA M. KARMASEK WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals court heard challenges this week from more than a dozen states and a government watchdog group over the US Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas "endangerment" finding.more »

Historic Victory: Coal Free Chicago Will Electrify Clean Energy Movement
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

Environmental Law and Policy Center, Environment Illinois, Greenpeace, Faith in Place, Illinois Student Environmental Coalition, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Nuclear Energy Information Service, Pilsen Alliance, ...more »

Political parties unite to save rainforests
swissinfo.chFebruary 29, 2012

In a rare display of unanimity, the presidents of the eight biggest parties have signed a letter asking the Brazilian president to veto changes to an environmental law. Before taking office in January 2011, Dilma Rousseff promised to veto any revision ...more »

WHATCOM VIEW: Community Bill of Rights seeks to shift balance of power
Bellingham HeraldFebruary 29, 2012

The second reason is that the environmental laws - written by the corporate interests - are basically there to grant permits. In other words, the cards are stacked in favor of harmful projects getting approved. We'll get into this more in a moment.more »

Comparative port study urged
Charleston Post CourierFebruary 29, 2012

The Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Environmental Law Center have suggested that any study of deepening the channel also should review deepening other harbors in the region. The Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Environmental ...more »

South Carolina legislature set to override governor's deepening veto
Savannah Morning NewsFebruary 29, 2012

He was referring to two legal challenges to the permit, which on Monday merged into one consolidated effort to cancel the DHEC decision. On Monday both the Southern Environmental Law Center and the SC Savannah River Maritime Commission attended a ...more »

House water bill bad for delta and environment
Sacramento BeeFebruary 29, 2012

By John Garamendi As early as today, Congress is voting on a dangerous bill that would turn upside down 150 years of California water law. HR 1837, the so-called San Joaquin Water Reliability Act, removes all environmental protections for the delta and ...more »

Va. AG Cuccinelli: 'The EPA has violated the law here'
Daily CallerFebruary 29, 2012

By Caroline May President Barack Obama talks with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson at the EPA in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is ...more »

Will US House part waters for St. Croix bridge?
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

The US House is now scheduled to vote Thursday on the fate of the proposed $690 million project, a four-lane span that requires a congressional exemption from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, a landmark environmental law authored in 1968 by former US ...more »

"Gwilas" - First Nations, The Environment and the Law
Pacific Free PressFebruary 29, 2012

UVic Law Professor Chris Tollefson, Executive Director of the UVIc Environmental Law Centre (ELC)and new Hakai Chair in Environmental Law and Sustainability will share the campus-community work of the E LC. (CANEUEL is the word in SENåO®ÆEN - the ...more »

Suit challenges logging project
Daily Inter LakeFebruary 29, 2012

Two environmental groups have sued to stop a major logging project planned on the Spotted Bear Ranger District east of the South Fork Flathead River. Represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, Friends of the Wild Swan and the Swan View ...more »

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