“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
He pointed out that the federal government prohibits camping in riparian areas near bodies of water. Distances vary but can be as much as 300 feet on Forest Service lands. Trash and debris were highlighted in Mulledy’s presentation. “There is a lot of trash. The level of stuff that we have makes it very difficult to remove the level of trash and debris that is there,” he said. Trash and abandoned property in stormwater drain Photo: City of Colorado Springs Mulledy mentioned the city’s Adopt a Waterway program. “We have 67 adopters, that’s 73 different creek segments that covers 62 miles in our city right now. We have about 270 miles, so we have a way to go, but that’s a pretty significant portion of our city. Last year volunteer cleanups in those sections removed about 45,000 pounds, that’s 22 tons of trash and debris.” “I think this ordinance will have a significant impact in reducing that trash and debris,” he continued. The ordinance passed on a 6-2 vote with Murray and Avila dissenting and Councilman Andy Pico excused. It becomes effective July 23. div class="wp_rp_content"... (ash, pollution and flash floods vie with homelessness in Colorado Springs creekside camping ban)
November's ballot.Currently, the General Assembly redraws congressional districts after each federal census. This redistricting plan, or remap, is written as a bill, which must pass Ohio's House and Senate before it reaches the governor.In 2011, Republican Gov. John Kasich signed today's rigged districts into law. But late in 2015, Kasich had a seeming change of heart: "I support redistricting reform dramatically," he told The Columbus Dispatch. "We carve these safe districts, and then when you're in a safe district you have to watch your extremes, and you keep moving to the extremes."In a makeshift way, the Ohio General Assembly was fairly reasonable when it redrew Ohio's congressional districts after the 1980 and 1990 censuses; a Democratic Ohio House and Republican state Senate balanced each other. That changed with one-party rule of both chambers. After 2010's census, the GOP-crafted 2011 redistricting drew 16 Ohio congressional districts that elected 12 Republicans to the U.S. House, but just four Democrats - in a state that twice backed Democrat Barack Obama for president.Given the GOP's advantages, the inevitable question is why Republicans would want to (appear to) "reform" a mechanism that's worked so well - for them. The easy answer is that they want it to continue working for them by trying to pre-empt alternatives.Voters in the state have shown they want reform. In 2015, with more than 71 percent voting "yes," Ohioans created a bipartisan Redistricting Commission to redraw General Assembly districts. The Fair Districts = Fair Elections initiative also would assign congressional redistricting to the Redistricting Commission. That's smart. State Senate Republicans' bid via SJR 5 to solidify gerrymandering in the guise of reform is not smart and should be abandoned. Voters deserve real reforms, not cynical shell games.About our editorials: Editorials express the view of the editorial board of cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. As is traditional, editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the news organization. Have something to say about this topic?* Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings (in blue).* Send a letter to the editor, which will be considered for print publication.* Email general questions about our editorial board or comments on this editorial to Elizabeth Sullivan, director of opinion, at firstname.lastname@example.org. (cleveland.com)
Waste Management says the landfill has reached. Waste Management is operating within state and federal guidelines, in complete compliance with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, but that is little consolation to residents and others impacted by the smell.Residents are concerned with several issues:How does NYC trash impact Perinton?CLOSE Waste Management's Jeff Richardson talks about the evolution of receiving trash from trucks to rail. During 2017, approximately 50 percent, or 1,750 tons, per day was delivered by rail. Max SchulteNew York City is about 330 miles away but people attending the meeting mentioned trash transported from there multiple times as a contributing factor to the stench. Residents who live near the landfill wanted to know whether the odors that are impacting their lives can be attributed to High Acres' intake of regional trash, specifically, New York City's trash. In letters sent to the Democrat and Chronicle that also were provided to the Conservation Board, Kaye and Mark Brotzman wrote, "When we moved here the dump was just a small local dump with absolutely no problems. We never even thought of it. Unfortunately, we are so sorry to see that it has grown into a huge area landfill that has trainloads of garbage brought in from New York City and other areas of New York state." But according to Waste Management, there is no difference between downstate and local trash. Company officials said the regional trash intake by rail is a greener and cleaner alternative than using trucks. Officials also said High Acres accepts less trash than is allowed on a daily basis. What is it like to live near a landfill with odor issues?Powerpoint provides timeline of odor issue. @TownOfPerinton@DandC@WasteManagementpic.twitter.com/i65qIDy24U— Meghan Finnerty Reporter (@Finnerty_Meghan)...
During World War II, Hanford was claimed by the federal government as a secret site for producing plutonium that was used in the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Nine reactors would eventually operate at Hanford, with the last one shut down in 1987.The pre-treatment plant has long been designated as a key part of the cleanup. It will concentrate and then filter out solid high-level radioactive waste that is some of the most challenging material stored in the tanks.When completed, the pre-treatment plant is expected to contain more than 100 miles of piping and four huge stainless-steel tanks -- each able to hold 375,000 gallons of waste -- that will sit behind steel-laced concrete walls that workers cannot access.The project is being run by Bechtel National, the lead contractor. By 2010, whistleblowers and the federal safety board had raised concerns over the risks of explosions from the buildup of hydrogen gas in the pipes and the potential for radioactive releases from unintended nuclear chain reactions, known as criticality hazards.The design challenges have prompted a workaround to process what's known as low-activity waste -- material containing small concentrations of radionuclides requiring less protection for public health than highly radioactive waste. That work is expected to begin by 2022. But the deadline to open the pre-treatment facility has been pushed until 2036. It is intended to handle all waste, including highly radioactive material, such as spent fuel from nuclear reactors.The board report cites 14 remaining problems. They range from a mixing system that may not operate reliably to a "lack of sufficient technical rigor" in safety assumptions required to handle heavy plutonium particles that pose a risk of criticality.The board has no regulatory powers to require the Energy Department to take action. But its reports are made public, and the Energy Department is required to respond to the panel's formal recommendations.A Section on 11/20/2017... (Arkansas Online)
March 2019 and either propose new rules or determine that new rules aren’t necessary. The agreement was approved by a D.C. federal judge in December, who also said North Dakota lacked standing to intervene in the case.In its appeal to the D.C. Circuit, North Dakota has argued that by not allowing the state to take part, the lower court was forbidding North Dakota from participating in proceedings that would directly impact it, even if no new regulations were yet on the books.The EPA claims that North Dakota has no role in fighting the consent decree, since it hasn't shown it's actually been injured by the agreement.Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for Nov. 7.In his sue-and-settle directive, Pruitt outlined several steps he said would prevent the agency from engaging in such practices, including several that are already done, such as publishing notices of intent to sue online and posting consent decrees in the Federal Register.Other actions would be new, such as seeking to avoid paying attorneys’ fees if the agency does enter a consent decree or settlement, contacting any states and regulated entities that may be affected by such an agreement to solicit their input and holding public hearings about agreements.Pruitt reserved the right to deviate from any of the new measures, as well.The EPA couldn't immediately be reached for comment Friday.Adam Kron, a staff attorney at the Environmental Integrity Project, one of the groups that brokered the consent decree with the EPA, said they would soon file a detailed response to North Dakota's letter but that the state's arguments were baseless."The new EPA directive is not relevant to the issues on appeal in this case, and it certainly doesn’t support the reversal of the district court’s well-reasoned decision," Kron told Law360 on Friday.North Dakota is represented by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Paul M. Seby of Greenberg Traurig LLP.The EPA is represented by Robert J. Lundman and Justin D. Heminger of the U.S. Department of Justice, and Laurel Celeste in-house.The environmental groups are represented by Adam Kron of the Environmental Integrity Project and Jared E. Knicley of the Natural Resources Defense Council.The case is Environmental Integrity Project et al. v. Pruitt, case number 17-5010, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.--Additional reporting by Michael Phillis and Juan Carlos Rodriguez. Editing by Aaron Pelc.Update: This story has been updated with comment from the environmental groups.