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Is it illegal to kill honeybees in Oregon or in the USA?

I believe you are correct. It doesn't seem illegal for a private individual to use a bee pesticide (following label instructions) to remove a beehive from property that you own. There are federal laws ...
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Are businesses in Wisconsin required to accept waste oil?

Wisconsin requires retailers of automotive oil to either accept household "do-it-yourself" used oil or post a sign at the location of sale indicating the location and hours of operation of ...
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"In a manner inconsistent with its labeling": What's the deal with all the exceptions?

Certified applicator here. Needless to say, every exception has a reason, and was lobbied for by applicators, manufacturers, or common sense. Let's run through them. (1) applying a pesticide ...
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Are there de minimis exceptions to "food waste" for trash collection?

De minimis only applies when you are actually dealing with the law, that is, someone ends up in court. I am unaware of any jurisdiction which makes it a crime to "mishandle" food waste. ...
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What is the law that requires Vancouver residents to pay for non-replanting of trees?

In Vancouver, this provision is part of the Protection of Trees Bylaw 9958. The requirement for replacement trees is in Section 6 (PDF). In Toronto, trees are regulated under Section 813 of the ...
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Is it illegal to kill honeybees in Oregon or in the USA?

Certified applicator here. You can use pesticides labeled for killing bees. But that's all. It is illegal to use pesticides contrary to their labeling. Stop stop stop. Before you arch your back, go ...
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Is it illegal to kill honeybees in Oregon or in the USA?

I had a neighbor who was a licensed exterminator. We had bees move into our eaves and was talking to him about choices. He said a licensed exterminator isn't allowed to kill them but has to move them. ...
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Free potable water law in UK and EU

In the UK, this is covered in the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) (Amendment) Order 2014, which amends the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) Order 2010. ...
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Does 7 USC 136j(a)(2)(G) ban the use of a pesticide labeled for use against a pest not mentioned on the label?

No, it is not illegal under 7 USC 136j (a)(2)(G) to use a pesticide labeled for use against one pest against another pest... at least not anymore. It turns out that there apparently were cases of the ...
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Does the XR vs. Shell case create precedent for environmental activism being necessary?

Does this create precedent? NO This was a Crown Court case, only the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal can set precedent which it did with similar circumstances in R v Hill 1989
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Does Council removal of a vehicle constitute Trespass to Chattel?

If they have no legal grounds then it would be trespass to chattels However, they do have legal grounds. Following the procedure laid out in the relevant Act makes the car refuse under the Act ...
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Are open air cremations illegal in most of the US?

I'll give you the situation in Washington, which is probably similar to the situation elsewhere. RCW 68.50.130 say that you have to follow the law in disposing of a body. To perform a cremation, you ...
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The VW emission scandal, what laws or regulations were broken?

The short answer is 42 USC 7523, 7524. This is the complaint filed by DOJ. From the complaint: "Light-duty vehicles must satisfy emission standards for certain air pollutants. 40 C.F.R. §§ 86.1811-...
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Can the developer place a cellular antenna after purchase

Providing the antenna was installed in accordance with the law it's hard to see what basis they could either void their lease or seek damages. The antenna poses no risk to health (non-ionising RF ...
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Can the Whanganui river be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter?

In context, the answer is clearly not. The precise reason that this is the case, requires a somewhat more sophisticated theory of what is going on than the Economist article cited seems to provide. ...
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What happens if I buy a stormwater basin from a property tax auction?

The answers may differ for each stormwater basin — depending on the covenants and easements that may run with the land. To get precise answers, you would need to obtain these records for each title ...
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What are the EU criteria for defining a product as 'sustainable'?

I strongly suspect there are no such definitions. It's generally hard to prove a negative, but the Dutch ACM market watchdog released a report where it specifically addressed this question in the ...
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How is Ethanol categorized in the 12 BImSchV (Germans implementation of Seveso Directive)

The Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance maintains a substance data base, GESTIS, which lists safety and regulation related data for chemical substances....
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Misleading sign on a bus claiming it is zero emissions when it is 100% diesel powered, what law?

Here is a web page detailing some guidance from the UK Government regarding making green claims on products. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/make-a-green-claim 6.1 Trading Standards Use ...
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Does EU law require permanent usage of catalytic converters in cars?

There is no EU law that requires vehicles to have a permanently active catalytic converter installed. There are various "clean air" regulations such as Regulation 715/2007/EC which covers ...
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In the US, is there any law that governs the amount of pollution generated on private land?

In the US, there are many laws governing the amount of pollution generated on private land. It's not easy to get a handle on these laws. One problem, which you mention, is our federalism. In the US,...
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In the US, what federal codes govern the operation of a shooting range?

If you want to understand how federal law on lead affects shooting ranges, it probably won't be very helpful just to find the relevant statutes. Most of those statutes empower some agency to implement ...
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Free potable water law in UK and EU

France is an often cited example of a country that mandates restaurants to serve tap water for free, while Germany and Austria do not have any such legislation. In Austria it is nevertheless more ...
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Patents and 'wild' organisms

Things and processes can both be patented. 35 U.S.C. 101 Inventions patentable Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or ...
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What defines a separate visit when getting beverage container recycling refunds on a per-container basis instead of by weight?

The reasonableness test defines a seperate visit.
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Can the Whanganui river be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter?

Judicial persons of a previously undefined class do not have defined rights and responsibilities until either legislation or litigation creates them; as Kevin Underhill notes on the excellent Lowering ...
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Can a citizen sue the FAA for noise pollution from planes redirected over residential areas?

You might have to be creative to find legal avenue to explore. Some airports have limits on aircraft size, times of flight and noise. Concorde for example broke many laws in the US but won an ...
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Must a private institution regularly test its water supply?

The question of whether it is irresponsible is pure opinion, which we can't answer. We can, however, address the question of legality. Federal regulations apply to "public water systems". In the ...
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