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May 2, 2012

NACEPT Recommends Cement-Lock Process for Passaic River Cleanup

The US Environmental Protection Agency, which has determined the Passaic River to be a Superfund site, has been advised by the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), an advisory board established by the EPA, that the Cement-Lock process is suitable as a way to begin cleaning up the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay.

Cement-Lock, a hazardous material treatment process developed with funding from the Department of Energy, permanently removes both organic and inorganic hazardous materials from the ecosystem by converting them to non-hazardous cement and electricity.

The cement material produced through the Cement-Lock process is called Ecomelt. Ecomelt, when blended with Portland cement, produces non-hazardous cement products that exceed the strength of Portland cement.

The Passaic River has been studied for over 20 years. Now, NACEPT has told the EPA it is time to stop studying the river and start cleaning it up.

“The demonstration of the efficacy of the Cement-Lock technology in New Jersey would encourage clean-ups in several parts of the United States where toxic pollutants are challenging the nation” says NACEPT.

The Cement-Lock process is being commercialized by Volcano Partners LLC. Al Hendricks, Chairman, said: “We are pleased with the recommendation by NACEPT. Toxic materials are polluting soil and groundwater across the country and Cement-Lock is a unique solution that permanently removes those hazardous materials from the ecosystem.”

No other treatment technology today can compete with Cement-Lock’s ability to be a permanent, sustainable, and cost-effective hazardous material treatment solution that converts contaminated soils and sediments into beneficial use products, cement additives and electricity,” he claimed.

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Posted: May 2, 2012 6:00pm
Apr 29, 2012 

Bloomberg News – South Korea warned that North Korea may test a nuclear weapon after a planned missile launch this month that has raised regional tensions and drawn U.S. warnings on the eve of parliamentary elections tomorrow in the South.

North Korean activity at the Punggye-ri atomic testing site is consistent with preparations for previous detonations in 2006 and 2009, a South Korean intelligence report obtained yesterday by Bloomberg News said. Korean Air (003490) said it will divert flights serving Indonesia, Philippines and Beijing from April 12-16 because of the launch planned for then, according to an e-mailed statement today.

China, South Korea and Japan expressed concern over North Korea’s plan to put a satellite into orbit with a long-range rocket, which the U.S. says would scuttle a food aid deal. The launch, which will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung, comes less than four months since Kim Jong Un succeeded his father as head of the totalitarian state.

“The timing is impeccable,” said Park Young Ho, senior research fellow and director at Korea Institute for National Unification. “Kim Jong Un is taking advantage of the domestic North Korean celebrations of Kim Il Sung to aggressively influence South Korean elections.”

South Korea’s benchmark Kospi Index rose as much as 0.7 percent after yesterday falling the most in a month. Defense- related shares fell after rising yesterday by the daily limit of 15 percent.

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Posted: Apr 29, 2012 6:10pm
Apr 2, 2012

Patent litigator John Desmarais raised eyebrows when he left Kirkland & Ellis two years ago to start a firm that—unlike most large firms—would be game to take on plaintiffs-side work for nonpracticing entities (NPEs), less flatteringly called patent trolls. But he appears to have sparked a trend. At least three more patent litigation boutiques with a similar strategy have since arrived on the scene. Tensegrity Law Group; Freitas Tseng Baik & Kaufman; and Feinberg Day Alberti & Thompson are each staffed by defectors from large firms seizing what they see as a tantalizing opportunity to bring lucrative patent claims on contingency—in some cases for NPEs. 

Other patent litigators may follow suit, predicts Mark Lemley, the director of Stanford Law School's program in law, science, and technology. "We are seeing more and more people moving in this direction," Lemley says. 

Recent years have seen the emergence of a "robust secondary and tertiary market for patent sales and acquisitions and enforcement," says Matthew Powers, a former cochairman of the 500-lawyer litigation department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. (Just how robust was demonstrated by one of the landmark deals of 2011, the $4.5 billion sale of Nortel Networks Corporation's patent portfolio to a consortium of technology companies.) Demand has increased for litigators who will represent patent holders itchy to monetize their intellectual property by court action. Butclient conflicts and fee constraints bar litigators at many large firms from such work, Powers says. The new boutique start-ups allow their litigators greater flexibility in picking clients, arranging contingency fees, and even securing patent ownership for themselves.

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Posted: Apr 2, 2012 5:41pm


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