“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
Alex Moore told Bloomberg Environment. While the union is concerned about jobs, “environmental justice is important to us as a policy goal,” he said. Backers of the bill cast it as a prelude to city plans to introduce a zoned carting system to reduce truck traffic and increase oversight of the commercial trash carting industry. Eddie Bautista, executive director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, called it “truly a watershed moment for environmental justice.” Prevents Future Increases The bill cuts permitted capacity by 50 percent in North Brooklyn and by 33 percent in the South Bronx and Southeast Queens. Since most of the stations are below capacity now, only a handful would see waste reductions, Eric A. Goldstein, New York City environment director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said. In the future, Goldstein said, it will prevent significant increases “in these already overburdened districts.” The transfer stations ship trash to landfills and incinerators, mostly onto long-haul trucks. Trash going to rail shipment, recycling, or composting wouldn’t be counted against the caps. The bill shows that “we can have clean air, environmental justice, and good jobs at the same time,” Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda said in a statement. He also said it “sets the stage for broader reforms later this summer to protect workers, increase recycling, and cut truck traffic through zoned-collection of commercial waste.” Competitive bidding for the zone collection will include a review of a carter’s environmental and labor policies, as well as the rates they charge, Moore said. The zone system, first proposed by the city in 2016, would mean that, “instead of up to 50 haulers operating in a single neighborhood on a nightly basis, there will be just a handful,” city Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said in testimony on the bill. The new approach would cut commercial carting truck traffic by 60 percent or more, she said. (ash Depots in Low-Income Sections Capped In New York City Bill)
South Anchorage business last week, which — in a case of do-it-yourself justice that has turned Winberg into a local internet hero — he promptly returned to the owner's driveway. But on Wednesday, Winberg got an update on Facebook: Someone had spotted the water heater yet again. This time it was behind a dumpster in Midtown.A water heater that business owner Chad Winberg found dumped on his property later appeared at a different dumpster in Anchorage. Winberg picked it up and, once again, took it to the driveway of the man who dumped it. (Chad Winberg photo) In a brief interview Monday, the owner of the water heater, whom the Anchorage Daily News has not identified because he has not been charged with a crime, admitted he left the huge metal shell at Winberg's business. He then said he took it to the dump. But when Winberg drove to the dumpster off Latouche Street, he found the water heater leaning against a fence. The water heater had easily identifiable spray paint markings made by Winberg the week before. It wasn't clear how long the water heater had been there. Winberg picked it up, spray-painted it some more and wrote: "Return to sender. Address not deliverable. Thanks, Anchorage." On Wednesday afternoon, Winberg drove back ...
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.
Nichols said in a release.Veterinarians euthanized this puppy after it was found in a Calgary dumpster. (Calgary Humane Society)"This puppy deserves justice and we hope the public can help us serve just that by providing information toward the identity of the individual responsible."Calgary Humane Society peace officers are asking the public for any information regarding:The identity of the puppy's owner or the person who discarded her.Identity of the dog, which is possibly a Labrador/Australian cattle dog cross.Suspicious activity in the area between Oct. 8 and 10.Anyone with information is asked to call the humane society at 403-205-4455. ... (CBC.ca)
The problems go far beyond poor domestic habits, however. The U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Equality all have told the City to stop ignoring Clean Water Act violations.This eventually led to the consent decree between the U.S. EPA and the City of Jackson, which was finalized in March 2013 in order to meet Clean Water Act standards and reduce pollution in the water. A consent decree is a contractual agreement between two parties to correct or cease certain conduct.Under the consent decree, the City must repair the West Bank Interceptor, the primary wastewater collector for Jackson. The City must also fix leaking sewer-collection system pipes, stabilize wastewater-treatment plant facilities, and improve its collection, pumping and treatment capacity. The deadline for all improvements is 2030, 17 and a half years from now.The City's website says the main sewage interceptor is the West Bank Interceptor, which was constructed in conjunction with the Savanna Plant. The West Bank Interceptor extends on the west bank of the Pearl River from the Savanna Plant to the Hinds-Madison County line.Ward 4 Councilman DeKeither Stamps asked at the meeting how the consent-decree requirements will affect the City's public-works capacity and hiring. "Because the system is crumbling because of lack of basic maintenance from internal capacity of the public-works department," Stamps said.Burns and McDonnell's program management director, John Pruss, responded that the department needs additional maintenance workers for the sewage system. But, he warned, they need to earn enough pay to stay in the jobs. Many workers complete the proper training and leave to work for private industries, he said.Replacing decaying infrastructure is a primary concern as well. "The sewer pipes and the manholes deteriorate over time. Over time, the pipes will crack and collapse, and obstructions occur," Pruss said.Pruss and Baughman explained how Jackson experienced a number of sewage overflows that occurred during both wet and dry weather. Pruss stressed that o... (Jackson Free Press)