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FEMA. However, in this disaster, we are looking to assist as much as we can,” says David Burns, a spokesman for FEMA. He noted that property owners may qualify for up to $500 in assistance through the agency’s individual assistance program.But several Florida cities are offering to clean up gated communities, even before word arrives whether they’ll qualify for federal reimbursement.The city of Sunrise, for example, authorized its own staff to collect hurricane debris from both public and private roadways. “This effort by the City Commission is intended to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Sunrise residents and to remove undue financial burdens from the residents of Sunrise,” the city said in a statement.But that approach is risky, too, Stermer says. “If you don’t get reimbursed, there’s only way to replenish those accounts, and that’s by a tax increase. There was one storm this year, what if there’s a second storm this year? Let’s say there’s a storm next year. You don’t have the time to replenish these accounts quick enough.”And local governments may have to float the money for years. It took FEMA nearly two years (22 months) to fully reimburse Weston for its clean-up expenses from Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Trying to get reimbursed for cleaning up gated communities could make that process even trickier unless FEMA announces soon that it will cover those costs, he says. “It’s putting cities in a very precarious situation.”This story has been edited to correct the date of Hurricane Wilma. It was in 2005, not 2015. (Governing)
Hill Baughman is the operations and utility manager of Burns and McDonnell, an environmental and consulting solutions firm helping the City of Jackson with water and sewer problems. Photo by Imani Khayyam. JACKSON ? Jacksonians and businesses are contributing to the city's water and sewage problems by pouring fats, oil and greases down drainage pipes, consultants from Burns and McDonnell told the Jackson City Council during a work session Monday. The City contracts the environmental consulting to help it navigate a federal consent decree demanding that Jackson clean up water and sewer problems."One of the issues that we're having around town is pipes that are clogging up with grease just because we're not getting enough regular maintenance on these lines," Hill Baughman, the operations and utility manager of the firm, told the council in its quarterly update. He referred to the fat, oils and grease problem as "FOG," which is a primary cause of sewage overflows and Jackson's biggest ... (Jackson Free Press)
Connecticut is trying to reduce the amount of trash it burns, but the plants will likely continue to play an important role, even if the state can eventually reach its goal of diverting 60 percent of its waste stream through recycling, reduction and other methods.Ted Michaels, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Energy Recovery Council, said in an interview that the new law "will make a real difference on market value.""It's going to value the attributes of waste-to-energy accurately," said Michaels, whose members include trash-to-energy Connecticut operators Covanta and Wheelabrator. (Hartford Business)
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