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PSC seeks to overturn the new law passed in June. The case is pending before 19th Judicial District Court Judge Michael Caldwell, of Baton Rouge.The PSC argues that it is not like other state agencies whose rules must be approved by the Legislature. As a stand-alone constitutional agency, the PSC is empowered to make and enforce its own regulations.If legislators prevail here, PSC Executive Counsel Brandon Frey argues, lawmakers could eventually determine, say, what profit privately owned utilities could make, thereby taking over the PSC’s function of setting the rates by which monthly electricity bills are calculated.The regulations that define how truckers are certified were written to decrease chaos and limit the task of hauling the dangerous byproducts to companies that met specific standards. But the procedures allowed for the handful of companies granted permits to directly challenge the applications of potential competitors in open hearings.Critics contended that the truckers already certified had become a cartel bent on monopolizing the hazardous waste hauling industry in this state.Reacting to those claims, legislators tossed much of the PSC’s regulations and said, basically, that the commissioners should only concern themselves with whether the hauler had the proper equipment, insurance and financing.“This is not about safety. It’s about free enterprise. It’s about fair competition,” State Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, R-Jennings, argued during the legislative session.Arguing that the government regulators of private monopolies had created their own monopoly …The new rules approved by the PSC on Wednesday address a number of the changes legislators put in the new law.From now on, the PSC staff lawyers and experts will review applications, including financial documents, behind closed doors. Then they’ll make a recommendation on which the five elected commissioners can vote.If the existing companies want to challenge an application, they’ll have to make their presentation to PSC staff, rather than at an open hearing.The commissioners, h... (The Advocate)
Work to start on $1.65B facility to handle nuclear waste from Navy warshipsAdm. James Caldwell, Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, speaks at a July 11, 2017, event in Hawaii. At a groundbreaking ceremony in Idaho on Thursday, Aug. 10, Caldwell said the building of a $1.65 billion facility to handle nuclear waste will allow the Navy to continue its mission.DANIEL HINTON/U.S. NAVY IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — A ceremonial groundbreaking opening the way for site preparation of a $1.65 billion facility to handle spent fuel from the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships has taken place in southeastern Idaho. The Post Register reported that several hundred people gathered Thursday at the Naval Reactors Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's site that covers about 890-square-miles of high-desert sagebrush steppe. Adm. James Caldwell, who directs the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, spoke during the event and says the new facility will allow the Navy to continue its mission by enabling carriers and submarines to operate confidently thousands...
Former city councilwoman Nadine Caldwell says illegal dumping has been problem for decades.“We first noticed it back in 1976,” she said. “People were leaving stoves and refrigerators out in the alleys.”Caldwell, who lives in the hardest-hit area, says stoves and refrigerators are no longer a problem.She said they contain enough metal that scavengers scoop them up quickly.Furniture and mattresses are are what gets left behind.Caldwell says there is no longer a secondary market for those items because of concern about bedbugs.When asked why northwest Aurora seems to be the dumping area of choice, Caldwell said, “The way it started is we were the only ones who had alleys. For years and years, we were the only ones. That’s why we were a great target.”Aurora is far from the only city dealing with an illegal dumping problem.It was so bad in one Denver neighborhood, that the city did away with shared dumpsters and replaced them with individual trash carts.There were times when residents had to drive over the refuse to pull into their garages.In most cases people are dumping illegally to avoid paying out of their own pockets.“People don’t want to pay $40 to $50 to go to the dump,” Caldwell said. “That’s what it would cost you.”The longtime Aurora resident is optimistic the cameras will work. (The Denver Channel)