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    Public Comment Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    235 W 5th St

    Port Angeles WA 98362

    (360) 417-9452

    THIS IS MY PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE DREDGE REPORT AS PROVIDED ON THE  MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

    EFFECTING PORT ANGELES AND CLALLAM COUNTY WA.

    THE AREA AROUND THE EXISTING PIER AND PROPOSED EXTENSION IS PROPOSED TO HAVE ABOUT 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL DREDGED

    THE AREAS IN PORT ANGELES AND CLALLAM COUNTY WHERE THE DUMPING OF THE DREDGED MATERIAL WILL BE DISPOSED OF  BY THE MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

    THE NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL OF 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGED MATERIAL IS INCLUDED IN THE  MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

     (2) THE PERMITTEE MUST COORDINATE ANY NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL WITH THE CORPS, SEATTLE DISTRICT, REGULATORY BRANCH PROJECT MANAGER; AND

     (3) APPROVAL MUST BE RECEIVED FROM THE DISTRICT ENGINEER PRIOR TO CONDUCTING NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL.

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    186,761 CUBIC YARDS WERE SUITABLE FOR UNCONFINED DISPOSAL AT AN OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL SITE IN PORT ANGELES.

    THE REMAINING 21,270 CUBIC YARDS WERE FOUND TO BE CONTAMINATED MATERIAL, UNSUITABLE FOR OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL. AFTER MECHANICAL REMOVAL,

    The sediment testing data are available at the Corps, Seattle District, Dredged Material Management Office.

    THIS CONTAMINATED  MATERIAL WILL BE LOADED ONTO TRUCKS AND TRANSPORTED TO AN UPLAND DISPOSAL AREA, APPROVED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY AND THE CLALLAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

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    WHO KNEW?

    THE NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL OF 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGED MATERIAL

    AND APPROVED BY THE CLALLAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE  CONTAMINATED  MATERIAL WILL BE LOADED ONTO TRUCKS AND TRANSPORTED TO AN UPLAND DISPOSAL AREAS IN CLALLAM COUNTY WA……

    INDEED, WHO KNEW,  CLALLAM COUNTY WA HAS A  DUMPING AREA FOR DISPOSAL OF CONTAMINATED DREDGING MATERIAL?

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    DREDGED MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (DMMP):

    THE AREA AROUND THE EXISTING PIER AND PROPOSED EXTENSION IS PROPOSED TO HAVE ABOUT 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL DREDGED

     DREDGING PLAN:

    A DREDGING PLAN, SUFFICIENT TO ADEQUATELY SEPARATE CONTAMINATED MATERIAL FROM SEDIMENTS SUITABLE FOR OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL, WILL BE PREPARED BY THE APPLICANT AND SUBMITTED TO THE REGULATORY AGENCIES FOR REVIEW PRIOR TO DREDGING.

     A PRE-DREDGING CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD TO REVIEW QUALITY CONTROL PLANS AND PROCEDURES FOR MATERIAL SEPARATION.

     FOR THIS PROJECT, THE DMMP AGENCIES DETERMINED THAT 186,761 CUBIC YARDS WERE SUITABLE FOR UNCONFINED DISPOSAL AT THE DMMP NONDISPERSIVE (OR DISPERSIVE) OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL SITE IN PORT ANGELES AND/OR PLACEMENT IN NEAH BAY FOR INTERTIDAL AND/OR SUBTIDAL BENEFICIAL USE.

     THE REMAINING 21,270 CUBIC YARDS WERE FOUND UNSUITABLE FOR OPEN-WATER DISPOSAL. AFTER MECHANICAL REMOVAL, THIS MATERIAL WILL BE LOADED ONTO TRUCKS AND TRANSPORTED TO AN UPLAND DISPOSAL AREA, APPROVED BY THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY AND THE CLALLAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

    DREDGED MATERIAL TESTING:

    THE PROPOSED DREDGED MATERIAL has been tested according to the procedures specified by DMMP, a multi-agency program for the evaluation of dredged material proposed for disposal at open-water sites in Washington State.

    The DMMP EVALUATIONS MAY INCLUDE BOTH CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL TESTING OF SEDIMENTS.

    AND TO DETERMINE THE OVERALL PUBLIC INTEREST OF THE ACTIVITY. THE DESCRIBED DISCHARGE WILL BE EVALUATED FOR COMPLIANCE WITH GUIDELINES PROMULGATED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY UNDER AUTHORITY OF SECTION 404(B)(1) OF THE CWA.

    THESE GUIDELINES REQUIRE AN ALTERNATIVES ANALYSIS FOR ANY PROPOSED DISCHARGE OF DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL INTO WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES.

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    THE NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL OF 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGED MATERIAL IS INCLUDED IN THE  MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

     (2) THE PERMITTEE MUST COORDINATE ANY NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL WITH THE CORPS, SEATTLE DISTRICT, REGULATORY BRANCH PROJECT MANAGER; AND

     (3) APPROVAL MUST BE RECEIVED FROM THE DISTRICT ENGINEER PRIOR TO CONDUCTING NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL.

    Other APPROPRIATE special conditions may be added as a result of comments received during the public review period for this public notice.

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    To ensure proper consideration of all comments, responders must include the following name and reference number in the text of their comments: Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826

    COMMENT AND REVIEW PERIOD:

    Public Notice Date: October 6, 2017

    Expiration Date: November 7, 2017

    Reference No.: NWS-2016-826

    Name: Makah Indian Tribe

    Conventional mail or e-mail comments on this public notice will be accepted and made part of the record and will be considered in determining whether authorizing the work would not be contrary to the public interest.

     In order to be accepted, e-mail comments must originate from the author’s e-mail account and must include on the subject line of the e-mail message the permit applicant’s name and reference number as shown below.

    Either conventional mail or e-mail comments must include the permit applicant’s name and reference number, as shown below,

    Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826

    and the commenter’s name, address, and phone number.

    All comments whether conventional mail or e-mail must reach this office, no later than the expiration date of this public notice to ensure consideration.

    Expiration Date: November 7, 2017

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    CORPS COMMENTS:

     All e-mail comments should be sent to pamela.sanguinetti@usace.army.mil.

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    ECOLOGY COMMENTS: Any person desiring to present views on the project pertaining to a request for Coastal Zone Management consistency concurrence, may do so by submitting written comments to the following address:

    Department of Ecology, Attn: SEA program – Federal Permit Coordinator, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, Washington,

    98504-7600, or e-mail to ecyrefedpermits@ecy.wa.gov

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    MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE COMMENTS: Any person desiring to present views on the project pertaining to a request for water quality certification under Section 401 of the CWA, may do so by submitting written comments to

    the following address: Makah Indian Tribe, Attn: Aaron Parker, Makah Fisheries Water Quality Specialist,

    P.O. Box 115, Neah Bay, WA 98357

    To ensure proper consideration of all comments, responders must include the following name and reference number in the text of their comments: Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826, or email to aaron.parker@makah.com

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    From: Marquell, Elizabeth E CIV USARMY CENWD (US) <Elizabeth.E.Marquell@usace.army.mil>
    Date: Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 10:44 AM
    Subject: Public Notice for NWS-2016-0826-; Makah Indian Tribe -Request for comments (UNCLASSIFIED)
    To: “Sanguinetti, Pamela A CIV USARMY CENWS (US)” <Pamela.Sanguinetti@usace.army.mil>, CENWS Cultural Resources <Cultural.Resources@usace.army.mil>

    CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

    PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL
    For comments or questions regarding this Public Notice, please contact the project manager listed below.

    CONTACT INFORMATION:
    PROJECT NUMBER:  NWS-2016-0826-, Clallam County, Makah Indian Tribe
    PROJECT MANAGER: Pam Sanguinetti
    TELEPHONE: (206) 764-6904
    E-MAIL: Pamela.Sanguinetti@usace.army.mil

    The attached PDF document is a Public Notice for a proposed project where a permit is being requested from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District.

    To view the attached document, you will need to use the Adobe Acrobat Reader.  For a free copy of the Acrobat Reader please visit: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

    To provide any project specific comments in writing or by e-mail, please visit the link below and follow the instructions outlined in the “How to Submit Comments” section.
    Http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx

    For more Regulatory Program information, please visit http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Regulatory.aspx
    CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

    Joint Public Notice

    Application for a Department of the Army Permit and

    a Makah Indian Tribe Water Quality Certification and

    Washington Department of Ecology Coastal Zone

    Management Consistency Concurrence

    US ARMY CORPS

    OF ENGINEERS

    Seattle District

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    Regulatory Branch

    Post Office Box 3755

    Seattle, WA 98124-3755

    Telephone (206) 764-6904

    Attn: Pamela Sanguinetti, Project

    Manager

    WA Department of Ecology

    SEA Program

    Post Office Box 47600

    Olympia, WA 98504-7600

    Telephone (360) 407-6076

    Attn: SEA Program, Federal Permit

    Coordinator

    Makah Indian Tribe

    P.O. Box 115

    Neah Bay, WA 98357

    Telephone (360) 645-2201

    Attn: Aaron Parker, Makah Fisheries

    Water Quality Specialist

    ______________________________

    Public Notice Date: October 6, 2017

    Expiration Date: November 7, 2017

    Reference No.: NWS-2016-826

    Name: Makah Indian Tribe

    Interested parties are hereby notified that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) AND THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY (ECOLOGY) HAVE RECEIVED AN APPLICATION TO PERFORM WORK IN WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES AS described below and shown on the enclosed drawings dated March 16, 2017.

    THE CORPS will review the work in accordance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act.

    THE MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE will review the work pursuant to water quality certification under Section 401 of the CWA.

    ECOLOGY will review the work pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act.

    APPLICANT: Makah Indian Tribe

    Post Office Box 115

    Neah Bay, Washington 98357

    ATTN: William S. Parkin, Jr., Director, Port of Neah Bay

    Telephone: (360) 645-3019

     

    AGENT: Berger ABAM

    33301 Ninth Avenue South, Suite 300

    Federal Way, Washington

    ATTN: Ms. Victoria England

    Telephone: (206) 357-5621

    LOCATION: The project is located in the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay, Clallam County, Washington

    WORK: The project consists of an extension to an existing fishing pier to accommodate an emergency response towing vessel and other associated spill response vessels. The pier extension will be about 563 feet in length extending to the northwest. Two finger piers, respectively about 325-foot and 340-ftoot lengths, will extend to the north from the angled pier extension. Two floating piers, each about 180 feet long, will be located on the north side of the pier extension. The new pier extension will be supported by up to 220 steel piles, which includes eighty-five 24-inch diameter steel piles and one hundred thirty-five 18-inch diameter steel piles. The floating piers will be secured to 18-inch diameter steel piles.

    The pier extension will have concrete decking that will be paved with an asphalt overlay. The pier extension is sloped to drain stormwater to a central utility corridor with a grated cover. The bottom of the corridor will be sealed so that stormwater will drain into the trench and be collected. The collected water will be routed to a vault with cartridges to treat the stormwater prior to discharge into Neah Bay.

    THE AREA AROUND THE EXISTING PIER AND PROPOSED EXTENSION IS PROPOSED TO HAVE ABOUT 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF MATERIAL DREDGED to increase the depths to elevations ranging from -15 to -25 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) plus one foot allowable overdepth (-16 to -25 feet MLLW). Material would be dredged using either mechanical (clamshell) or hydraulic dredging equipment. Material suitable for in-water use would be placed using hydraulic pipeline or clamshell dredging equipment on the beneficial use site. Material not suitable for in-water disposal would be placed at an upland facility in accordance with state and federal waste and disposal regulations.

    PURPOSE: The project purpose is to provide secure, reliable support for enhanced oil spill response capability in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean in the vicinity of Neah Bay.

    DREDGED MATERIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (DMMP):

    Dredged Material Testing: The proposed dredged material has been tested according to the procedures specified by DMMP, a multi-agency program for the evaluation of dredged material proposed for disposal at open-water sites in Washington State. The DMMP evaluations may include both chemical and biological testing of sediments. For this project, the DMMP agencies determined that 186,761 cubic yards were suitable for unconfined disposal at the DMMP nondispersive (or dispersive) open-water disposal site in Port Angeles and/or placement in Neah Bay for intertidal and/or subtidal beneficial use.

     The remaining 21,270 cubic yards were found unsuitable for open-water disposal. After mechanical removal, this material will be loaded onto trucks and transported to an upland disposal area, approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Clallam County Department of Health.

    The sediment testing data are available at the Corps, Seattle District, Dredged Material Management Office.

    DREDGING PLAN: A dredging plan, sufficient to adequately separate contaminated material from sediments suitable for open-water disposal, will be prepared by the applicant and submitted to the regulatory agencies for review prior to dredging. A pre-dredging conference will be held to review quality control plans and procedures for material separation.

    DISPOSAL SITE USE CONDITIONS: The following standard site-use conditions will be specified by the Corps and the Washington Department of Natural Resources as part of the Federal/State permitting processes if a permit is issued:

    (1) DISPOSAL OPERATIONS MUST NOT INTERFERE WITH INDIAN TREATY FISHING AT THE DISPOSAL SITE, INCLUDING GILL NETS AND OTHER FISHING GEAR;

    (2) THE PERMITTEE MUST COORDINATE ANY NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL WITH THE CORPS, SEATTLE DISTRICT, REGULATORY BRANCH PROJECT MANAGER; AND

     (3) APPROVAL MUST BE RECEIVED FROM THE DISTRICT ENGINEER PRIOR TO CONDUCTING NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL.

     Other appropriate special conditions may be added as a result of comments received during the public review period for this public notice.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

    THE WORK WOULD BE COMPLETED OVER A 5-YEAR PERIOD.

     The line of Mean High Water/ Mean Higher High Water shown on the project drawings have not yet been verified by the U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (CORPS). If the Corps determines the boundaries of the wetland/waters ARE SUBSTANTIALLY INACCURATE a new public notice may be published.

    MITIGATION: The applicant MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE is evaluating a number of sites within Neah Bay where derelict structures could be removed to mitigate the increased overwater coverage of the replacement structure. The PROPOSED DREDGED MATERIAL PLACEMENT would return a section of shoreline to its historical conditions based on historic photographs of the area.

    ENDANGERED SPECIES:

    The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires federal agencies to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and/or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) pursuant to Section 7 of the ESA on all actions that may affect a species listed (or proposed for listing) under the ESA as threatened or endangered or any designated critical habitat.

    After receipt of comments from this public notice, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will evaluate the potential impacts to proposed and/or listed species and their designated critical habitat.

    ESSENTIAL FISH HABITAT:

    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act of 1996, requires all Federal agencies to consult with the NMFS on ALL ACTIONS, OR PROPOSED ACTIONS, PERMITTED, FUNDED, OR UNDERTAKEN by the agency, that may adversely affect Essential Fish Habitat (EFH). The proposed action would impact EFH in the project area.

    If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) determines that the proposed action may adversely affect EFH for federally managed fisheries in Washington waters, the Corps will initiate EFH consultation with the NMFS. The Corps’ final determination relative to project impacts and the need for mitigation measures is subject to review by and coordination with the NMFS.

    CULTURAL RESOURCES:

    The Corps has reviewed the latest published version of the National Register of Historic Places, Washington Information System for Architectural and Archaeological Records Data and other sources of information. The Corps invites responses to this public notice from Native American Tribes or tribal governments; Federal, State, and local agencies; historical and archeological societies; AND OTHER PARTIES likely to have knowledge of or concerns regarding historic properties and sites of religious and cultural significance at or

    near the project area. After receipt of comments from this public notice, the Corps will evaluate potential impacts and consult with the State Historic Preservation Officer and Native American Tribes in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, as appropriate.

    PUBLIC HEARING: Any person may request, in writing, within the comment period specified in this notice, that a public hearing be held to consider this application. Requests for public hearings shall state, with particularity, the reasons for holding a public hearing.

    EVALUATION – CORPS – The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts, including cumulative impacts, of the proposed activity on THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

     That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefits, which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal, MUST BE BALANCED AGAINST ITS REASONABLY FORESEEABLE DETRIMENTS.

    ALL FACTORS WHICH MAY BE RELEVANT TO THE PROPOSAL WILL BE CONSIDERED, INCLUDING THE CUMULATIVE EFFECTS THEREOF; AMONG THOSE ARE CONSERVATION, ECONOMICS, AESTHETICS, GENERAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, WETLANDS, HISTORIC PROPERTIES, FISH AND WILDLIFE VALUES, FLOOD HAZARDS, FLOODPLAIN VALUES, LAND USE, NAVIGATION, SHORELINE EROSION AND ACCRETION, RECREATION, WATER SUPPLY AND CONSERVATION, WATER QUALITY, ENERGY NEEDS, SAFETY, FOOD AND FIBER PRODUCTION, MINERAL NEEDS,CONSIDERATIONS OF PROPERTY OWNERSHIP, AND, IN GENERAL, THE NEEDS AND WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE.

     The Corps is soliciting comments from the public; Native American Nations or tribal governments; Federal, State, and local agencies and officials; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate THE IMPACTS OF THIS ACTIVITY. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for the work. To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species,

    historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects, and the other public interest factors listed above.

    Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment and/or an Environmental Impact Statement pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing AND TO DETERMINE THE OVERALL PUBLIC INTEREST OF THE ACTIVITY. The described discharge will be evaluated for compliance with guidelines promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency under authority of Section 404(b)(1) of the CWA. These guidelines require an alternatives analysis for any proposed discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States.

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    EVALUATION – ECOLOGY:

     ECOLOGY is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, Native American Nations or tribal governments, State, and local agencies and officials; AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this activity. ECOLOGY will be considering all comments to determine whether to concur or object that the project is consistent with Ecology’s Coastal Zone Management program.

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    EVALUATION

    Makah Indian Tribe: The Makah Indian Tribe is soliciting comments from the public; Federal,

    Native American Nations or tribal governments, State, and local agencies and officials; AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES  in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this activity. The Makah Indian Tribe will be considering all comments to determine whether to certify or deny certification for the proposed project.

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    COMMENT AND REVIEW PERIOD:

    Conventional mail or e-mail comments on this public notice will be accepted and made part of the record and will be considered IN DETERMINING WHETHER AUTHORIZING THE WORK WOULD NOT BE CONTRARY TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST. In order to be accepted, e-mail comments must originate from the author’s e-mail account and must include on the subject line of the e-mail message the permit applicant’s name and reference number as shown below. Either conventional mail or e-mail comments must include the permit applicant’s name and reference number, as shown below, and the commenter’s name, address, and phone number.

    All comments whether conventional mail or e-mail must reach this office, no later than the expiration date of this public notice to ensure consideration.

    Copies of this public notice which have been mailed or otherwise physically distributed feature project drawings in black and white. The electronic version features those drawings in color, which we think more accurately communicates the scope of project impacts.

    TO ACCESS THE ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THIS PUBLIC NOTICE, GO TO THE SEATTLE

    DISTRICT’S WEB PAGE AT http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/ AND UNDER THE HEADING OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS SELECT REGULATORY PUBLIC NOTICES. RECENTLY-ISSUED PUBLIC NOTICES ARE LISTED IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF THE DATE OF ISSUANCE.

    SELECT AND VIEW THE LISTING FOR THIS PROJECT.

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    CORPS COMMENTS:

     All e-mail comments should be sent to pamela.sanguinetti@usace.army.mil.

    Conventional mail comments should be sent to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Branch,

    Attention: Ms. Pamela Sanguinetti, P.O. Box 3755, Seattle, Washington 98124-3755. All comments received will  become part of the administrative record and are subject to public release under the Freedom of Information Act including any personally identifiable information such as names, phone numbers, and addresses.

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    ECOLOGY COMMENTS: Any person desiring to present views on the project pertaining to a request for Coastal Zone Management consistency concurrence, may do so by submitting written comments to the following address:

    Department of Ecology, Attn: SEA program – Federal Permit Coordinator, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, Washington,

    98504-7600, or e-mail to ecyrefedpermits@ecy.wa.gov

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    MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE COMMENTS: Any person desiring to present views on the project pertaining to a request for water quality certification under Section 401 of the CWA, may do so by submitting written comments to

    the following address: Makah Indian Tribe, Attn: Aaron Parker, Makah Fisheries Water Quality Specialist,

    P.O. Box 115, Neah Bay, WA 98357

    To ensure proper consideration of all comments, responders must include the following name and reference number in the text of their comments: Makah Indian Tribe, NWS-2016-826, or email to aaron.parker@makah.com

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    THE NIGHTTIME DISPOSAL OF 208,000 CUBIC YARDS OF DREDGED MATERIAL IS INCLUDED IN THE  MAKAH INDIAN TRIBE, NWS-2016-826 PROJECT

    The bottom line….

    IF NIGHTTIME DUMPING OF CONTAMINATED AND OTHER DREDGED MATERIAL IN PORT ANGELES AND CLALLAM COUNTY WA,  AND THE APPROVAL OF THE  CLALLAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. CONCERNS YOU

    SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS


  • Citizen and Nuclear Disarmament 1961-2017

    NEARLY 56 YEARS AGO, DEC 4, 1961 THE UNITED STATES INTRODUCED THE QUESTION OF DISARMAMENT PROGRAM AT THE SIXTEENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS (click on the link it is a one page document)

    A/RES/1664(XVI) C.1 19 A/PV.1070
    04 Dec. 1961
    58-10-23
    NON-RECORDED
    A/4980/Add.1 QUESTION OF DISARMAMENT

     

    THIS UNITED NATIONS COMPLETE AND PERMANENT  DISARMAMENT LAW WAS SIGNED AS U.S. PUBLIC LAW 87-297 FOR THE UNITED STATES IN 1961

    PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY SIGNED IT AND EVERY PRESIDENT SINCE HAS WORKED TO ENACT ITS PROVISIONS, FOR NEARLY 56 YEARS.

    1961 THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD, CONSCIOUS OF THE CRISIS IN HUMAN HISTORY PRODUCED BY THE REVOLUTIONARY DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN WEAPONS

    A WORLD WHERE ADJUSTMENT TO CHANGE TAKES PLACE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS;

    A WORLD WHERE THERE SHALL BE A PERMANENT STATE OF GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT

    UNDER EFFECTIVE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL.

    INCLUDING COMPLETE AND PERMANENT DISARMAMENT OF AMERICAN CITIZENS

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    LAS VEGAS MASSACRE OCT 1, 2017  10:05PM….

    OCT 2, 2017 THE WA DC DEMOCRATS, PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL GLOBALISTS ET AL, IMMEDIATELY JUMPED THE GUN AGAIN.

    THEY WANT U.S. LAWS, MORE NEW U.S LAWS IN ACCORDANCE WITH AND UNDER INTERNATIONAL CONTROL?  TO EVENTUALLY COMPLETELY AND  PERMANENTLY DISARM AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    Click on the link and read THE FULL TEXT OF THE … THE UNITED STATES PROGRAM FOR GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT IN A PEACEFUL WORLD

    Behind My Back | Complete Disarmament Public Law 87-297

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/01/15/complete-disarmament-public-law-87-297/

    Posted on January 15, 2016 12:41 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett

    Jan 15, 2016 – There follows a summary of the principal provisions of the United States Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World.

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    FOR NEARLY 56 YEARS, FROM 1961 TO 2017 CITIZENS WERE LED TO BELIEVE THAT IT WAS JUST A UNITED NATIONS PROGRAM FOR COMPLETE NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT.

    HOWEVER IN 1961, BEFORE STAGE I FOR COMPLETE DISARMAMENT CLOSES

     ALL CITIZEN OWNED GUNS ARE TO BE BANNED.

    BETWEEN 1961-2017 THE UNITED NATIONS, USING THE, PEACEFUL WORLD GLOBALIZATION PROGRAM, THE PROGRESSIVE, LIBERALS BANNED CITIZENS GUNS IN MOST OF THE UNITED NATIONS MEMBERS IN THE WORLD.

    Click on the link and read THE FULL TEXT OF THE … THE UNITED STATES PROGRAM FOR GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT IN A PEACEFUL WORLD

    The US Declaration for Complete Disarmament

    Posted on January 15, 2016 1:22 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett

    The US Declaration for Complete Disarmament

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    Freedom from War (1961)

    dosfan.lib.uic.edu/ERC/arms/freedom_war.html

    There follows a summary of the principal provisions of the United States Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World. The full text of the …

    THE FULL TEXT OF THE …
    THE UNITED STATES PROGRAM FOR GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT IN A PEACEFUL WORLD

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    1961 SET FORTH AS THE OBJECTIVES OF A PROGRAM OF GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT IN A PEACEFUL WORLD

    Snippets..

    1961 THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD,
    CONSCIOUS OF THE CRISIS IN HUMAN HISTORY PRODUCED BY THE REVOLUTIONARY DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN WEAPONS

     WITHIN A WORLD DIVIDED BY SERIOUS IDEOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES;

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    Determined to save present and succeeding generations from the scourge of war and the dangers and burdens of the arms race and to create conditions in which all peoples can strive FREELY and peacefully to fulfill their basic aspirations;

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    DECLARED THEIR GOAL TO BE: A FREE, SECURE, AND PEACEFUL WORLD OF INDEPENDENT STATES ADHERING TO COMMON STANDARDS OF JUSTICE AND INTERNATIONAL CONDUCT AND SUBJECTING THE USE OF FORCE TO THE RULE OF LAW;

    A WORLD WHERE ADJUSTMENT TO CHANGE TAKES PLACE

    IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS;

    A WORLD WHERE THERE SHALL BE A PERMANENT STATE OF GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT UNDER EFFECTIVE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL

    AND WHERE THE RESOURCES OF NATIONS SHALL BE DEVOTED OF MAN’S MATERIAL, CULTURAL, AND SPIRITUAL ADVANCE;


    SET FORTH AS THE OBJECTIVES OF A PROGRAM OF GENERAL AND COMPLETE DISARMAMENT IN A PEACEFUL WORLD……

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    WHAT ELSE WAS THE UNITED NATIONS DOING IN 1961, NEARLY 56 YEARS AGO?

    THE KOREAN QUESTION DEC 20, 1961 AND OCT 5, 2017 (click on the link it is a one page document)

    A/RES/1740(XVI) C.1 20 A/PV.1087
    20 Dec. 1961
    60-11-27
    A/5071 THE KOREAN QUESTION

     

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    WHAT ELSE WAS THE UNITED NATIONS DOING IN 1961, NEARLY 56 YEARS AGO?

    16th Session (1961-1962) – General Assembly – Quick Links …

    research.un.org/en/docs/ga/quick/regular/16

    Sep 28, 2017 – Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly at its 16th session. Resolutions and … Meeting Record/ Date/ Press Release/ Vote, Draft, Topic … 1961 58-13-24, A/5076, The United Nations financial position and prospects.

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    The bottom line………

    OCT 5, 2017 OVER 56 YEARS LATER

    THE WORLD IS NOT PEACEFUL, DONALD J. TRUMP IS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT IS POSSIBLE,  BUT, DISARMING AMERICAN CITIZENS IS OUT OF THE QUESTION. period


  • WA State Ecology is Back to WAC Us

    Chapter 173-03 WAC, PUBLIC RECORDS

    Incorporates changes made by Emergency Rule- WAC 173-03-9000E

    Why it matters?

    SIMPLY PUT…..

    Behind My Back | “Ecology Sucks”

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/04/15/ecology-sucks/

    APR 15, 2013 – “Ecology Sucks” And, the rest of the story. The local news … citizenreviewonline.org/ecologys-qa-session-in-sequim-about-… Jan 17, 2013 …

     How much will PUBLIC RECORDS cost us?

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    Behind My Back | WA State DOE Emergency Fee Rule?

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/07/24/wa-state-doe-emergency-fee-rule/

    JUL 24, 2017 – July 20, 2016 Public Records Emergency Rule WAC 173-03-9000E CALCULATION OF ACTUAL COSTS OF PRODUCING COPIES OF PUBLIC RECORDS DECLARED …

    WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY finds that it is in the general welfare and the public interest, and benefits requesters and the agency, to adopt the emergency rule in order to preserve AND UPDATE FEES in accordance with the legislatively adopted schedule.

    WITHOUT FURTHER ACTION, THIS WOULD CREATE A PERIOD OF MONTHS DURING WHICH NO STATEMENT OR RULE WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING PRA (PUBLIC RECORDS ACT) COSTS

    OR THE METHODS OF CALCULATING THEM, CREATING CONFUSION AND UNCERTAINTY REGARDING ECOLOGY’S FEE STRUCTURE AND ITS (WA STATE DEPT. OF ECOLOGY’S) ABILITY TO CHARGE FEES.

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    EINSTEIN SAID, “IF YOU CAN’T PUT IT SIMPLY, YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT VERY WELL”

    JAN 17, 2013  “IT’S A MONEY DEAL,” I said, adding, “ECOLOGY SUCKS”,  (which prompted a flurry of applause)

    SIMPLY PUT:  THE WA STATE  DEPT OF ECOLOGY (DOE) CHANGES TO PUBLIC RECORDS IS  A MONEY DEAL.

    JAN 20, 2013 “ECOLOGY SUCKS” WAS MY  PUBLISHED OPINION AND ON SEPT 22, 2017  I’M STICKING WITH IT!

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    This is the 994th posting on behindmyback.org since Jan 29, 2013

    This posting is over 3000 words.

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    Complete unedited text

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Ballard, Laura (ECY)

    To: ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK@LISTSERV.WA.GOV

    Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:52 AM

    Subject: The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: Chapter 173-03 WAC, Public Records The following rulemaking proposal was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser: September 15, 2017

    Chapter 173-03 WAC, Public Records

    For more information:

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/laws-rules/wac17303/1614ov.html

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    Chapter 173-03 WAC Public Records

    Incorporates changes made by Emergency Rule- WAC 173-03-9000E

    Overview

    Introduction

    The Department of Ecology is proposing amendments to Chapter 173-03 WAC Public Records. The purpose of this chapter is to implement the requirements of the Public Records Act including the process the agency uses for disclosing records.

    This update will modernize the rule to reflect current law, technology, and processes. On 7/20/17 we filed an emergency rule amendment to implement changes passed by the legislature during the 2017 legislative session.  This emergency rule will be in place until 11/17/2017.  The content of this emergency rule will be included in the permanent rulemaking we are conducting.

    Why it matters

    The rule has not been updated since 1998 and needs to reflect current law, technology, and processes. The rule also contains outdated information about Ecology programs and staff, which will be made current and will reflect changes made in the 2017 legislative session.

    Scope of rule development

    Ecology is proposing to amend Chapter 173-03 WAC. This update will modernize the rule to reflect current law, technology, and processes.

    Process of development

    Please refer to the Timeline and Public Involvement information to stay informed about the rulemaking.

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    To join or leave ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK click here:

    http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?A0=ECOLOGY-WAC-TRACK

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    Chapter 173-03 WAC

    PUBLIC RECORDS

    Complete Chapter

    WAC Sections

    173-03-010

    What is the purpose of this chapter?

    173-03-020

    How are specific terms defined in this chapter?

    173-03-030

    How is the department of ecology organized?

    173-03-040

    How do I get access to the public records of the department of ecology?

    173-03-050

    What records are retained and how are they indexed?

    173-03-060

    How do I request a public record?

    173-03-070

    How much will it cost me to view a public record?

    173-03-080

    What happens when the department denies a public records request?

    173-03-090

    What do I do if I object to the department’s denial to review a public record?

    173-03-100

    How does the department protect public records?

     

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003?

    WAC 173-03-010

    What is the purpose of this chapter?

    The purpose of this chapter is to implement the requirements of RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 relating to public records.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-010, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-010, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-010, filed 1/17/78.]

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003

    WAC 173-03-020

    How are specific terms defined in this chapter?

    (1) The terms “person,” “public record,” and “writing” shall have the meanings as stated in RCW 42.17.020.

    (2) “Department” means the department of ecology.

    (3) “Director” means the director of the department.

    (4) “Public records officer” means the employee designated as such by the department.

    (5) “Designee” means the employee of the department designated by the director or the public records officer to serve as the public records coordinator at the headquarters offices or at each of the regional offices in the absence of the officer.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-020, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-020, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-020, filed 1/17/78.]

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003

    WAC 173-03-030

    How is the department of ecology organized?

    (1) Headquarters office.

    (a) The headquarters office is located at 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey, Washington. The mailing address for the headquarters office is:

    Department of Ecology

    P.O. Box 47600

    Olympia, Washington 98504-7600

    The mailing address for the nuclear waste management program’s Hanford project is:

    Nuclear Waste Management

    1315 W. 4th Ave.

    Kennewick, WA 99336

    (b) The offices of the director, deputy director(s), program managers and other agency officials are located in the headquarters office.

    (c) The titles of the executive staff are as follows:

    Chief financial officer for financial services.

    Administrative services manager for administrative services.

    Director for intergovernmental relations.

    Director for employee services.

    Director for communications and education.

    Assistant administrator for spills prevention, preparedness and response.

    (2) The program offices located in the headquarters office are:

    (a) Air quality;

    (b) Water resources;

    (c) Water quality;

    (d) Toxics cleanup;

    (e) Nuclear waste;

    (f) Solid waste and financial assistance;

    (g) Hazardous waste and toxics reductions;

    (h) Environmental investigations and laboratory services; and

    (i) Shorelands and environmental assistance.

    (3) Regional offices and their geographical jurisdictions are as follows:

    (a) Northwest regional office (Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan, Island, King, and Kitsap counties):

    3190 – 160th Avenue S.E.

    Bellevue, WA 98008-5452

    (b) Southwest regional office (Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Clark, and Skamania counties):

    300 Desmond Drive

    Lacey, WA 98503

    Mailing address:

    P.O. Box 47775

    Olympia, Washington 98504-7775

    (c) Central regional office (Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, and Klickitat counties):

    15 West Yakima, Suite 200

    Yakima, WA 98902-3401

    (d) Eastern regional office (Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Grant, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin counties):

    1. 4601 Monroe, Suite 100

    Spokane, Washington 99205-1295

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-030, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-030, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-030, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-030, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-040

    How do I get access to the public records of the department of ecology?

    (1) All public records of the department are available for public inspection and copying under these rules subject to subsections (2), (3), (4), and (5) of this section.

    (2) Availability of public records is subject to the exemptions and prohibitions against disclosure contained in RCW 42.17.310, 42.17.130, 42.17.255, 42.17.260, and 90.52.020. In addition, individuals may request, and ecology may grant, confidentiality of documents from disclosure under RCW 43.21A.160 and 70.105.170.

    (3) When a public record includes information which, if disclosed, would lead to an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy, and the department becomes aware of this fact, the department shall delete such information before making the record available.

    (4) Public records requested may not be readily available for immediate inspection. If the requested records are not readily available, the department shall notify the requester when and where those records will be available.

    (5) Public records of the department are kept by the department or state archives until scheduled for destruction by the records retention schedule in accordance with chapter 40.14 RCW. Public records subject to a request for disclosure when scheduled for destruction shall be retained by the department and may not be erased or destroyed until the request is resolved.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-040, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-040, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-040, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-050

    What records are retained and how are they indexed?

    The records retention schedule established by the division of state archives of the office of the secretary of state serves as an index for the identification and location of the following records:

    (1) All records issued before July 1, 1990, for which the department has maintained an index;

    (2) Final orders entered after June 30, 1990, that are issued in adjudicative proceedings as defined in RCW 34.05.010(1) and that contain an analysis or decision of substantial importance to the department in carrying out its duties;

    (3) Declaratory orders entered after June 30, 1990, that are issued pursuant to RCW 34.05.240 and that contain an analysis or decision of substantial importance to the department in carrying out its duties; and

    (4) Interpretive statements as defined in RCW 34.05.010(8) that were entered after June 30, 1990.

    The records retention schedule indexes records according to the originating program or section, and then the record series title. Each title is further identified by a statement of function or purpose, and the retention period. The records retention schedule is available to the public for inspection and copying. With the assistance of the public records officer or designee, any person can obtain access to public records of the department using the records retention schedule.

    A separate index of policy statements as defined in RCW 34.05.010(4) entered after June 30, 1990, shall be maintained by the department’s policy manual coordinator or designees.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-050, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-050, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-050, filed 1/17/78.]

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    No agency filings affecting this section since 2003

    WAC 173-03-060

    How do I request a public record?

    (1) All requests for inspection or copying made in person at a department office shall be made on a form substantially as follows:

    REQUEST FOR PUBLIC RECORDS

    Date of Request . . . .

    Time of Request . . . .

    Name . . . .

    Address . . . .

    . . . .

    Description of Records:

    . . . .

    . . . .

    . . . .

    I understand that if a list of individuals is provided me by the Department of Ecology, it will neither be used to promote the election of an official nor promote nor oppose a ballot proposition as prohibited by RCW 42.17.130 nor for commercial purposes nor give or provide access to material to others for commercial purposes as prohibited by RCW 42.17.260(9).

    I understand that I will be charged the amount necessary to reimburse the department’s cost for copying.

    . . . .

    Signature

    Number of pages to be copied

    . . . .

    Number of copies per page

    . . . .

    Charge per copy

    $

    . . . .

    Special copy work charge

    $

    . . . .

    Staff time charge

    $

    . . . .

    Total charge

    $

    . . . .

    (2) You may request records in person at a department of ecology office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

    (3) If you make your request by mail, your request must contain the following information:

    (a) The name and address of the person making the request and the organization the person represents;

    (b) The time of day and calendar date on which the person wishes to inspect the public records;

    (c) A description of the public records requested;

    (d) A statement whether access to copying equipment is desired;

    (e) A phone number where the person can be reached in case the public records officer or designate needs to contact the person for further description of the material or any other reason.

    (f) A statement that the record will not be used for commercial purposes.

    (4) The department must receive all requests at least five business days before the requested date of inspection to allow the public records officer or designee to make certain the requested records are available and not exempt and, if necessary, to contact the person requesting inspection. The department will process all requests in a timely manner. However, large requests or requests for public records maintained offsite may require more than five business days to prepare. The department will respond to your request within five business days of receiving it, by either:

    (a) Providing the record;

    (b) Acknowledging that the department has received the request and providing a reasonable estimate of the time the department will require to respond to the request; or

    (c) Denying the public record request.

    Additional time required to respond to a request may be based upon the need to clarify the intent of the request, to locate and assemble the information requested, to notify third persons or agencies affected by the request, or to determine whether any of the information requested is exempt and that a denial should be made as to all or part of the request. In acknowledging receipt of a public record request that is unclear, the department may ask the requestor to clarify what information the requestor is seeking. If the requestor fails to clarify the request, the agency need not respond to it.

    (5) The department may in its discretion fill requests made by telephone or facsimile copy (fax).

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-060, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-060, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-060, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-060, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-070

    How much will it cost me to view a public record?

    The department does not charge a fee for the inspection of public records. The department will charge an amount necessary to reimburse its costs for providing copies of records. This amount shall be reviewed from time to time by the department, and shall represent the costs of providing copies of public records and for use of the department’s copy equipment, including staff time spent copying records, preparing records for copying, and restoring files. This charge is the amount necessary to reimburse the department for its actual costs for copying and is payable at the time copies are furnished. The charge for special copy work of nonstandard public records shall reflect the total cost, including the staff time necessary to safeguard the integrity of these records.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-070, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-070, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-070, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-070, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-080

    What happens when the department denies a public records request?

    When the department refuses, in whole or part, a request for inspection of any public record, it must include a statement of the specific exemption authorizing the refusal and a brief explanation of how the exemption applies to the record withheld.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-080, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-080, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-090

    What do I do if I object to the department’s denial to review a public record?

    (1) Any person who objects to the refusal of a request for a public record may petition for prompt review of that decision by submitting a written request for review. The written request shall specifically refer to the written statement by the public records officer or designee which constituted or accompanied the refusal.

    (2) Immediately after receiving a written request for review of a decision denying a public record, the public records officer or other staff member denying the request shall refer it to the director or the director’s delegate. The director or delegate shall immediately consider the matter and either affirm or reverse the refusal. The final decision shall be sent to the objecting person within two business days following receipt of the petition for review.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-090, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-090, filed 1/17/78.]

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    WAC 173-03-100

    How does the department protect public records?

    In order to adequately protect the public records of the department, you must comply with the following guidelines while inspecting public records:

    (1) You may not remove any public record from the department’s premises.

    (2) You must have a designated department employee present while you are inspecting a public record.

    (3) You may not mark or deface a public record in any manner during inspection.

    (4) You may not dismantle public records which are maintained in a file or jacket, or in chronological or other filing order, or those records which, if lost or destroyed, would constitute excessive interference with the department’s essential functions.

    (5) Access to file cabinets, shelves, vaults, or other storage areas is restricted to department personnel, unless other arrangements are made with the public records officer or designee.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250. WSR 98-16-052 (Order 98-12), § 173-03-100, filed 7/31/98, effective 8/31/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340 and 1992 c 139. WSR 92-20-116 (Order 92-37), § 173-03-100, filed 10/7/92, effective 11/7/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.17.060 and 42.17.260. WSR 90-21-119 (Order 90-37), § 173-03-100, filed 10/23/90, effective 11/23/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 42.17.250 – 42.17.340. WSR 78-02-041 (Order DE 77-35), § 173-03-100, filed 1/17/78.]

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    The bottom line…..

    THE WA STATE  DEPT OF ECOLOGY (DOE) CHANGES TO PUBLIC RECORDS IS  A MONEY DEAL.

    JAN 20, 2013 “ECOLOGY SUCKS” WAS MY  PUBLISHED OPINION AND ON SEPT 22, 2017  I’M STICKING WITH IT!


  • Hurricane Harvey and Obama’s CSSR Report

    HURRICANE HARVEY IS A CATASTROPHIC EVENT AND WHO, IF ANYONE, DESERVES BLAME FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S PREDICTIONS?

    1 day ago – It’s the city’s third “500-year” flood in the past three years.The problem is that 500-year floods are happening more often than probability predicts …. Theoretically, the odds of a 1-in-500 event occurring three straight times are one in 125 million.

    LEARN ABOUT THE CLIMATE SCIENCE SPECIAL REPORT (CSSR)

    HMMM… 663 PAGES OF SCIENTIFIC WEATHER RELATED INTEGRATED, EVALUATED, AND INTERPRETED  AND IN THE END? PROBABILITY PREDICTED  AND THEORY PREVAILS,

    NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL A PROBLEM

    https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/28/…/100-500-year-flood-meaning

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    Climate Science Special Report | GlobalChange.gov

    www.globalchange.gov/content/cssr

    LEARN ABOUT THE CLIMATE SCIENCE SPECIAL REPORT (CSSR), A COMPONENT OF THE MANDATED QUADRENNIAL NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT. CSSR is currently in …

    GlobalChange.gov is made possible by our participating agencies
    Thirteen Agencies, One Vision: Empower the Nation with Global Change Science

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    OBAMA’S  (CSSR) REPORT  WAS QUIETLY RELEASED IN LATE DECEMBER 2016

    AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS ELECTED NOV 8, 2016

    BEFORE PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS SWORN IN JAN 20, 2017

    HOW STUPID DO THEY THINK WE ARE?

    THE DRAFT REPORT, KNOWN AS THE CLIMATE SCIENCE SPECIAL REPORT (CSSR),

    WAS QUIETLY RELEASED IN LATE DECEMBER 2016….

    JUST BEFORE THE OBAMA LEFT OFFICE, BY THE UNITED STATES “GLOBAL” CHANGE RESEARCH PROGRAM…

    ANOTHER 663 PAGE OBAMA CREATED HUGE GLOBALIZATION MESS,  FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO CLEAN UP

    HOW STUPID DO THEY THINK WE ARE?

    THEY PRINT…. MUCH OF THIS 663 PAGE REPORT IS WRITTEN AT A LEVEL MORE APPROPRIATE FOR A SCIENTIFIC AUDIENCE, THOUGH THE “EXECUTIVE SUMMARY” IS DESIGNED TO BE ACCESSIBLE TO A BROADER AUDIENCE.

    WOULD THAT “EXECUTIVE SUMMARY” BE OBAMA’S  SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE (SES)?

    THE 663 PAGE final draft report by scientists from THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATIONS  13 federal agencies CONCLUDES that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. The report was completed this year and is part of the National Climate Assessment, which is congressionally mandated every four years.

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    HURRICANE HARVEY IS A CATASTROPHIC EVENT AND WHO, IF ANYONE, DESERVES BLAME FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S PREDICTIONS?

    1 day ago – It’s the city’s third “500-yearflood in the past three years.The problem is that 500-year floods are happening more often than probability predicts. Theoretically, the odds of a 1-in-500 event occurring three straight times are one in 125 million.

    HMMM… 663 PAGES OF SCIENTIFIC WEATHER RELATED INTEGRATED, EVALUATED, AND INTERPRETED  AND IN THE END? PROBABILITY PREDICTED  AND THEORY PREVAILS,

    NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL A PROBLEM

    https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/28/…/100-500-year-flood-meaning

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    One of the statutorily mandated products is a quadrennial assessment that USGCRP prepares and submits to the President and the Congress. This quadrennial assessment, referred to as the National Climate Assessment, is directed by the GCRA to:

    1. Integrate, evaluate, and interpret the findings of the Program and discuss the scientific UNCERTAINTIES associated with such findings
    2. Analyze the effects of global change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity
    3. Analyze current trends in global change, both human- induced and natural, and project major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years.

    The current quadrennial assessment, scheduled to be released in late 2018, is being developed in two parts: the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) and the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). CSSR is

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    behindmyback.org

    Category Archives The Science of Uncertainty?

    Integrate, evaluate, and interpret the findings of the Program and discuss the scientific uncertainties associated with such findings

    OWNING THE WEATHER 1996- 2025?

    Analyze current trends in global change, both human- induced and natural, and project major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years.

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    OBAMA ADMINISTRATION 663 PAGE GLOBALCHANGE.GOV CLIMATE SCIENCE SPECIAL REPORT (CSSR)

    Read the Draft of the Climate Change Report – The New York Times

    https://www.nytimes.com/…/climate/document-Draft-of-the-Climate-Science-Special-Rep…

    Aug 7, 2017 – A draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concludes that Americans are feeling … Final Draft of the Climate Science Special Report.

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    Hmmm… A 1996  Weather Research Paper

    Owning the Weather in 2025 – USAF Center for Strategy and Technology

    csat.au.af.mil/2025/volume3/vol3ch15.pdf

    by CTJ House – ‎1996 – ‎Cited by 28 – ‎Related articles

    Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025. A Research Paper. Presented To. Air Force 2025 by. Col Tamzy J. House. Lt Col James B. Near, Jr.

      Behind My Back | Manipulating the Weather for War

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/05/04/6574

    MANIPULATING THE WEATHER FOR WAR In his 1931 book The Scientific Outlook, Lord Bertrand Arthur Russell, DISCUSSED MANIPULATING THE WEATHER. “It may be that God made …

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    Category Archives The Science of Uncertainty?

    US Climate Change Study Explores Weather Modification

    www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/us-climate-change-study-under/16368732

    AUG 17, 2013A U.S. STUDY IS UNDER WAY TO EVALUATE SEVERAL POSSIBLE WAYS TO LIMIT CLIMATE CHANGE INCLUDING SOLAR RADIATION MANAGEMENT AND CARBON DIOXIDE … So, when I found out about the study on  “WEATHER MODIFICATION” study and evaluation I SENT THIS

    ·  Behind My Back | Earth Day Message to Congress

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/04/22/earth-day-message-to-congress

    Earth Day Message to Congress I am asking for an email response from our Federal and State Elected Representative with the RESULTS/scientific finding of the US …

    Posted on April 22, 2015 7:38 am by Pearl Rains Hewett

    I am asking for an email response from our Federal and State Elected Representative with the RESULTS/scientific finding  of the US Climate Change Study Explores WEATHER Modification.

    The U.S. study was expected to be finished in the fall of 2014.

    (I did not get a response)

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    Behind My Back | HB 5480 AKA Weather Modification

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/05/29/h-b-5480-aka-weather-modification/

    MAY 29, 2015 – AMEND THE TITLE “HOUSE BILL 5480 WEATHER MODIFICATION … www.behindmyback.org/category/global-weathermodification/. Apr 22 …

    IF WE ARE TO EFFECTIVELY FIGHT IN THE BATTLE TO EXPOSE AND HALT CLIMATE ENGINEERING, WE MUST STAND ON SOLID FACTS AND VERIFIABLE DATA, NOT OPINIONS, SPUN HEADLINES, AND ADOPTED IDEOLOGY

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    Category Archives The Science of Uncertainty?

    Behind My Back | GLOBAL WEATHER MODIFICATION

    www.behindmyback.org/category/global-weather-modification/

    MAY 4, 2017MANIPULATING THE WEATHER FOR WAR. In his 1931 book The …. www.behindmyback.org/category/albedo-modification/. By definition.

    snippet:

    MAY 4, 2017 OBAMA’S CLIMATE CHANGE AGENDA?

    DEC 2016 AFTER MUCH EFFORT BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN COLLUSION WITH THE U.S. GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH PROGRAM…

    THE DRAFT REPORT, KNOWN AS THE CLIMATE SCIENCE SPECIAL REPORT (CSSR), WAS QUIETLY RELEASED IN LATE DECEMBER 2016, JUST BEFORE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LEFT OFFICE, BY THE UNITED STATES GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH PROGRAM…

    OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CLIMATE SCIENCE SPECIAL REPORT (CSSR)

    WAS LEFT BEHIND FOR THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO FINISH

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    CLIMATE SCIENCE SPECIAL REPORT

    The U.S. Global Change Research Program and the Climate Science Special Report

    The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) was established by Presidential initiative in 1989 and mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act (GCRA) of 1990.

    Its mandate is to develop and coordinate “a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.”

    USGCRP comprises 13 Federal agencies that conduct or use research on global change and its impacts on society, in support of the Nation’s response to global change.

    USGCRP functions under the direction of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR) of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability (CENRS).

    USGCRP has three major sets of responsibilities: (a) coordinating global change research across the Federal government, (b) development and distribution of mandated products, and (c) informing decisions.

    One of the statutorily mandated products is a quadrennial assessment that USGCRP prepares and submits to the President and the Congress. This quadrennial assessment, referred to as the National Climate Assessment, is directed by the GCRA to:

    1. Integrate, evaluate, and interpret the findings of the Program and discuss the scientific uncertainties associated with such findings
    2. Analyze the effects of global change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity
    3. Analyze current trends in global change, both human- induced and natural, and project major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years.

    The current quadrennial assessment, scheduled to be released in late 2018, is being developed in two parts: the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) and the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4). CSSR is a scientific analysis that addresses requirements (1) and (3) in the list above. NCA4 uses that scientific assessment to inform an analysis of the impacts of global change on the sectors specified in (2) above, while expanding upon elements of (1) and (3), as appropriate.

    What is the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR)?

    The CSSR is a component of the current quadrennial assessment.

    The report development is overseen by the SGCR through a Federal Science Steering Committee (SSC), made up of representatives from USGCRP agencies and appointed by the SGCR. NOAA serves as the administrative agency for CSSR (i.e., NOAA established the procedures for the report and released Federal Register Notices).

    The SSC selected three Coordinating Lead Authors, all of whom were Federal employees during the development of this report. Following a public call (via Federal Register Notice) for technical contributor nominations in March 2016, the SSC endorsed writing team selections, consisting of scientists representing Federal agencies, national laboratories, universities, and the private sector. Contributing Authors were selected based on specific needs identified by the authors. Review Editors were chosen from the technical contributor pool and endorsed by SSC to ensure that authors adequately responded to all comments received during the public and National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine review periods.

    Planning for the report began in early 2015 with a prospectus developed in the summer of that year. That was followed by the development of process guidance and the naming of author teams.  Writing began in April 2016 and an initial draft was made available for public comment in December 2016. A series of technical expert reviews were conducted throughout the report’s development.  SGCR is responsible for its final clearance and, ultimately, its public release.

    Expected Timeline

    2015

    • Fall: SGCR approves report prospectus

    2016

    • March: Federal Register Notice call for technical contributor nominations
    • Spring/Summer: First Order Draft development
    • Summer: SSC review, author revision and editorial cleanup (Second Order Draft)
    • Fall/Winter: SGCR review, author revision, editorial cleanup and SSC signoff (Third Order Draft)
    • Winter 2016/Spring 2017: Third Order Draft released for public comment and National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine review

    2017

    • Spring: Author revision and editorial cleanup (Fourth Order Draft)
    • Spring/Summer: SGCR review, author revision and editorial cleanup (Fifth Order Draft)
    • 21 July: Fifth Order Draft sent to SGCR agencies for clearance
    • 18 August: Deadline for SGCR agency clearance
    • Fall: Final production, layout and website development
    • November 2017: Planned public release date

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    Question everything?

    EGAD’S…  HOLY COW….. GOSH… GOLLY AND GEE WHIZ……

    QUESTION?  IS THIS A JUST ANOTHER ALUMINUM HAT CONSPIRACY THEORY?

    I FOUND IT ON BING

    IT WAS POSTED ON JUNE 17, 2015

      Weather warfare: Is Texas being attacked with weather

    https://www.intellihub.com/weatherwarfare-is-texas-being-attacked…

    Video embedded · All BILDERBERG DEPOPULATION POLICE STATE PROPAGANDA TERROR WAR MACHINE. … Is Texas being attacked with weather manipulation technology …

     


  • WA DC The Elephant’s Graveyard

    Behind My Back | The Elephant’s Graveyard

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/08/12/5406

    The Elephant’s Graveyard THE REPUBLICANS ELEPHANT SYMBOL originated during the 1860 campaign I AM DISGUSTED WITH THE REPUBLICANS OLD GOP RIGGED ESTABLISHMENT’S ..

    The Elephant’s Graveyard

    The Elephant’s Graveyard

    THE REPUBLICANS  ELEPHANT SYMBOL originated during the 1860 campaign

    I AM DISGUSTED WITH THE REPUBLICANS OLD GOP RIGGED ESTABLISHMENT’S ELECTION PROCESS
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    I watched the 2016 Presidential primary election unfold, 17 candidates down to the election of Trump as the GOP Presidential candidate, on July 19, 2016, BY THE POPULIST VOTE….  IN SPITE OF THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT’S RIGGED ELECTION PROCESS

    AS A TRUMP SUPPORTER, I AM DISGUSTED,

    I asked Google a sarcastic question.

    WHERE DO OLD ELEPHANTS GO TO DIE?

    THE ELEPHANTS GRAVEYARD

    IT IS THOUGHT TO BE THE RETREAT OF OLD AND DYING ELEPHANTS, OLDER ELEPHANTS INSTINCTIVELY DIRECT THEMSELVES WHEN THEY REACH A CERTAIN AGESO THAT THEY DIE AWAY FROM THE HERD,

    NOT HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE THAT REMAIN “IN FRONT”.

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    I watched as promises were broken by the GOP Republican establishment POLITICIANS as they failed to endorse the elected people’s choice candidate. Including a friend that persisted with negative email comments.

    I sent him the above, and suggested that he go to the  Elephants Graveyard and stop hindering the progress of those that remain behind, with his negative email comments.

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    AND, I WATCHED  AND I LISTENED TO THE LATEST GOP ESTABLISHMENT’S FIFTY PROMINENT REPUBLICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS PUBLIC MEDIA OPPOSITION TO TRUMP…INCLUDING KASICH .

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH I HAVE POSTED THIS MESSAGE TO “ALL OF THOSE TRUMP NAY SAYERS” ON MY WEBSITE

    YOU HAVE  REACHED A CERTAIN AGE, PLEASE INSTINCTIVELY DIRECT YOURSELVES TO GO TO THE ELEPHANTS GRAVEYARD, DIE AWAY FROM THE GOP HERD AND STOP HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THE GOP REPUBLICAN THAT REMAINS IN FRONT.(by populace vote)

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    Elephant Graveyard – Elephants Forever

    TRUMP SUPPORTERS HAVE “HAD IT”  WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT’S  DIE HARD GOP’S PUBLIC MEDIA FRENZY, SELF INFLICTED  SUICIDAL MISSION, TO THEMSELVES AS GOP POLITICIANS AND TO THE  LOSS OF THE  GOP REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

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    POLITICALLY CORRECT OR NOT

    WINNERS ARE NOT LOSERS

    PATTON SAID, LEAD ME, FOLLOW OR GET THE HELL OUT OF MY WAY!

    His vigor was always infectious, his wit barbed, his conversation a mixture of obscenity and good humor. He was at once stimulating and overbearing. George was a magnificent soldier.

    He was tough. War is tough. Leaders have to be tough.

    If you’re a leader, you don’t push wet spaghetti, you pull it.

    General George S. Patton – Speech to 3rd Army June 5, 1944

    www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1162650/posts

    Free Republic

    Jun 29, 2004 – After one of my lectures on the subject of General Patton, I spoke with a retired … An army without profanity couldn’t fight it’s way out of a piss-soaked paper bag. … She said that she had no use for it and that I could have it. ….. GMT-0700 (PDT) by JohnD9207 (Leadfollow…or get the HELL out of the way!).

    TRUMP IS A WINNER THAT  WILL MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN.

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    You know me…

    research, document, document, document… HISTORY is good.

    AN IMAGE OF AN ELEPHANT WAS FEATURED AS A REPUBLICAN SYMBOL IN AT LEAST ONE POLITICAL CARTOON AND A NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION DURING THE CIVIL WAR

    WHEN “SEEING THE ELEPHANT” WAS AN EXPRESSION USED BY SOLDIERS TO MEAN EXPERIENCING COMBAT.

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    Many VETERANS of George W. Bush’s administration, Fifty (50) GOP prominent Republican foreign policy and national security experts, oppose Donald Trump.

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    POLITICAL CARTOONS? MANY A REAL TRUTH IS SPOKEN IN JEST.

    Old silly me, I thought the republican symbol of the elephant was  created by the genius of the GOP.

    THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS FORMED IN 1854

    TWENTY YEARS LATER 1874  THE ELEPHANT WAS STILL A GOP POLITICAL CARTOON

    IN AN 1874 HARPER’S WEEKLY CARTOON. an elephant labeled “THE REPUBLICAN VOTE,” which was shown standing at the edge of a pit, Thomas Nast who’s considered the father of the modern political cartoon employed the elephant to represent Republicans in additional cartoons during the 1870s, and by 1880 other cartoonists were using the creature to symbolize the party. 

    An 1879 cartoon (pictured) showed a politician grabbing a donkey LABELED “DEMOCRATIC PARTY” by the tail to keep it from falling into a pit of “financial chaos.”

    And in fact THE UNCLE SAM AMERICAN’S KNOW, STARTED AS A POLITICAL CARTOON BY Thomas Nast

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    Jul 27, 2016 – The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties … Donald Trump became the Republican presidential nominee on July 19, 2016. … the GOP’s ELEPHANT SYMBOL originated during the 1860 campaign

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    Election 101:How did the Republican and Democratic parties get their …

    www.history.com/…/how-did-the-republican-and-democratic-parties-get-their-…

    History

    Jul 7, 2015 –   THE REPUBLICAN PARTY’S ELEPHANT and THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S DONKEY have been on the political scene since the 19th century. The origins of the DEMOCRATIC DONKEY can be traced to the 1828 presidential campaign of Andrew Jackson. DURING THAT RACE, OPPONENTS OF JACKSON CALLED HIM A JACKASS.

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    WHICH LED ME TO

    Of Donkeys and Elephants – Classroom Law Project

    WHAT ARE OUR AMERICAN KIDS BEING TAUGHT IN PUBLIC SCHOOL?

    THIS IS A MAJOR CONCERN TO ALL PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS.

    with a header SELECTING THE NEXT PRESIDENT?

    NOT ELECTING THE NEXT PRESIDENT

    Why Nast chose the donkey and the elephant is a pretty complicated story.

    Although Nast’s original interpretation used the donkey to stand in for a Democrat-leaning newspaper scaring away Republican voters,

    his cartoon showing a duplicitous donkey attacking a weak-minded elephant,

    became a handy symbol for other cartoonists wanting to represent Democrats attacking Republicans.

    Popular recognition of the image overrode the party’s own wishes

    Over time, Republicans came to view the elephant emblem as a sign of strength and intelligence, while their opponents portrayed it as a timid and clumsy behemoth. Democrats seized the “jackass” label, and transformed it into a clever and courageous donkey.

    AS IS STILL TRUE TODAY, IT’S ALL IN THE SPIN!

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    50 GOP national security experts oppose Trump – CNNPolitics.com

    www.cnn.com/…/republicannationalsecurity-letter-donald-trump-election-2016…

    CNN 3 days ago – 50 GOP national security experts oppose Donald Trump 02:40. … Washington (CNN)FIFTY PROMINENT REPUBLICAN FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTSMANY VETERANS OF GEORGE W. BUSH’S ADMINISTRATION have signed a letter denouncing Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and …

    Elephant Graveyard – Elephants Forever

    www.elephantsforever.co.za/elephant-graveyard.html

    Elephant Graveyard. The existence of a mass graveyard to which elephants go to die remains a myth. IT IS THOUGHT TO BE THE RETREAT OF OLD AND DYING ELEPHANTS,SO THAT THEY DIE AWAY FROM THE HERD, NOT HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE THAT REMAIN BEHIND.

    An elephants’ graveyard is a place where, according to legend, OLDER ELEPHANTS INSTINCTIVELY DIRECT THEMSELVES WHEN THEY REACH A CERTAIN AGE. THEY THEN DIE THERE ALONE, FAR FROM THE GROUP.

    AWAY FROM THE HERD, NOT HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE THAT REMAIN BEHIND.

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    Is  Google answer, a coincidence of political symbolic importance, a myth  a legend or an oxymoron? All of the above?

    Whatever  Elephant Graveyard – Elephants Forever is, for the purpose of this comment, I’m going with a type of  analogy, A simile – A comparison between two things that are not alike and replaces the word with another word AND uses the word “like” or “as.”

    LIKE AN ELEPHANT,  AS AN REPUBLICAN

    AS A REPUBLICAN, LIKE AN ELEPHANT

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    Hmmm…. perhaps I should add?

    Metaphor, figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

    And,  mixed metaphor,a combination of two or more incompatible metaphors, which produces a ridiculous effect

    With documented  facts about the Republican (GOP) thrown in

    What ever this comment is….

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     AUG 27, 2017  The bottom line is STILL ….

    A MESSAGE  TO “ALL GOP TRUMP NAY SAYERS”

    YOU HAVE  REACHED A CERTAIN AGE, PLEASE INSTINCTIVELY DIRECT YOURSELVES TO GO TO THE ELEPHANTS GRAVEYARD, DIE AWAY FROM THE GOP HERD AND STOP HINDERING THE PROGRESS OF THOSE REPUBLICANS THAT REMAIN IN FRONT. (by populace vote)


  • Renaming and Rebranding the ONP Wilderness

    Renaming and Re-branding the ONP Wilderness

    Sponsored In 2016, by the Wild, Wilderness, WA DC Democrats,.  Senator Maria Cantwell, (D) Mountlake Terrace, and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, (D) Seattle, introduced S. 3028, while H.R. 5397 was sponsored by members of the Washington delegation in the House, including Derek Kilmer (D) Born: Port Angeles, WA (DWA 6th District)

     SO, After President Trump was Elected President Nov 8, 2016, And before President Trump was sworn into office on Jan 20, 2017.

    The bill was signed into law Dec. 14, 2016, by President Barack Obama.

    AUG 18TH, 2017 Ceremony marks change of name  of to Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

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    CHANGING THE NAME DOES NOT CHANGE THE GAME. period

    Trump’s DOI and EPA Pick?

    WELL, IF WA STATE  SENATOR PATTY MURRAY (D) WANTED ALL OF THE PEOPLE OUT OF THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA IN WA STATE, WHAT WOULD SHE DO?

    SENATOR MURRAY MADE HER CHOICE, OVER SIX (6) YEARS AGO…. WILD OLYMPICS  WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN 2010, IN 2012, CONGRESS NORM DICKS AND SENATOR PATTY MURRAY(D) INTRODUCED IDENTICAL BILLS IN … WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS ACT OF 2012

    APR 11, 2013 – WA STATE  SENATOR PATTY MURRAY’S (D) PROPOSAL IS CALLED WILD OLYMPICS.

    REINTRODUCING 2013-2014 and REINTRODUCING 2015-2016

    Stop Wild Olympics Update 2016
    if you have already read to the bottom, here is page 2  

    The Wild Olympics Scam
    From The Beginning: 

     

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    WA STATE SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL was busy having roads decommissioned while MURRAY (D) AND KILMER (D)  waited in the wings with their phones and their pens.

    In the meantime Kilmer(D) took on Dicks (D) roll, with Murray(D) to re-introduce the unwanted, unnecessary and wasteful Wild Olympics Wild & Scenic Act TWICE!

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    The Long Range Plan ONP 1944-2017?

    Ceremony marks change of name to Daniel J. Evans Wilderness …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/ceremony-marks-change-of-name-to-daniel-j-evans-…

    1 day ago – OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Dignitaries will gather at Hurricane Ridge today to celebrate the dedication of the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness.

    Ceremony marks change of name to Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

    FRI AUG 18TH, 2017 THE OLYMPIC WILDERNESS, WHICH COVERS 95 PERCENT OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, HAS BEEN RENAMED AND RE-BRANDED.

    RE-BRANDING IS A MARKETING STRATEGY IN WHICH A NEW NAME, term, symbol, design, or combination thereof is created for an established brand with the intention of developing a new, differentiated identity in the minds of consumers, investors, competitors, and other stakeholders.

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    ONP SPOKESWOMAN PENNY WAGNER SAID, “IT’S NOT CHANGING THE WILDERNESS,” WAGNER ADDED. “IT’S NOT ADDING OR SUBTRACTING LAND. IT’S JUST A “RENAMING” OF THE EXISTING WILDERNESS.”

    FRI AUG 18TH, 2017 Ceremony marks change of name  of to Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

    CHANGING THE NAME DOES NOT CHANGE THE GAME. period

    Invited speakers are,  the usual liberal suspects, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell D, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer D, former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks D, AND A NEW (January 9, 2017) REPUBLICAN STATE SEN. HANS ZEIGER?  Olympic National Park ACTING Superintendent Lee Taylor.

    THE OLYMPIC WILDERNESS, WHICH COVERS 95 PERCENT OF THE PARK, HAS BEEN RENAMED to honor Evans for his contributions to wilderness preservation, park spokeswoman Penny Wagner said.

    FRI AUG 18TH, 2017 “IT’S NOT CHANGING THE WILDERNESS,” WAGNER ADDED. “IT’S NOT ADDING OR SUBTRACTING LAND. IT’S JUST A RENAMING OF THE EXISTING WILDERNESS.”

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    CHANGING THE NAME DOES NOT CHANGE THE GAME. period

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    1938 THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK WAS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED BY US PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT

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    1944 six years later In a conversation at Sol Duc Hot Springs between the acting Olympic National Park Superintendent Preston Macy and my father George C. Rains Sr.

    “George, I should not tell you this, but the long range plan of the National Park Service is to take the whole Olympic Peninsula over and put it in the Olympic National Park and move everyone off the Olympic Peninsula.”

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    1964 PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON SIGNED THE WILDERNESS ACT INTO LAW

    1981 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK WAS DESIGNATED BY UNESCO AS NATURAL UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IN 1981 ALSO RECOGNIZED BY UNESCO AS AN INTERNATIONAL BIOSPHERE RESERVE.

    1988 SEVEN YEARS LATER IN NOVEMBER 1988. AFTER BECOMING A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, AFTER BECOMING AN  INTERNATIONAL BIOSPHERE RESERVE IN 1981?

    1988, EVANS INTRODUCED THE WASHINGTON PARK WILDERNESS ACT

    1988  THE BILL PROPOSED MORE THAN 1.7 MILLION ACRES OF WILDERNESS WITHIN OLYMPIC, MOUNT RAINIER AND NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARKS. IT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN.

    1988,  THE ACT DESIGNATED 877,000 ACRES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK AS THE OLYMPIC WILDERNESS.

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    1992 George C Rains Sr., my Dad had an 48 year inholder  history (1944-1992) with the Olympic National Park and he wrote a notarized 28 page warning on the National Park Service, Oct 8, 1992.

    Snippets: Most people have no knowledge of these vast encroachments to take our property and property rights on the Olympic Peninsula, and it is time that the truth be known.

    Land and Power Grab Are the removal of the Lake Mills Dam and Aldwell Lake Dam part of the National Park Service conspiracy to later demand a wide corridor down each side of the Elwha River to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and ultimately split Clallam County?

    George C. Rains Sr.

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    U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Mount Olympus National Monument on 2 March 1909. It was designated a national park by President Franklin Roosevelt on June 29, 1938. In 1976, Olympic National Park was designated by UNESCO as an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 as a World Heritage Site.

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    AND AUG 18, 2017,  THE OLYMPIC WILDERNESS HAS BEEN RENAMED AND RE-BRANDED BY WA STATE DEMOCRATS, IN A CEREMONY  ON  HURRICANE RIDGE AS THE  DANIEL J. EVANS WILDERNESS

    CHANGING THE NAME DOES NOT CHANGE THE GAME. period

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    OCT. 8, 1992- 2013-2017

    Behind My Back | “Conspiracy Exposed”

    www.behindmyback.org/conspiracy-exposed/

    CONSPIRACY EXPOSED” The notarized document “Conspiracy Exposed” was written on OCT. 8, 1992 by George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old.

    The proof of this conspiracy has and is being proven in the step by step acquisition of private and DNR land by the National Park Service, as this is being written and during the last 21 years from 1992 to 2013.

    The nine page summary includes some of the 48 year history of Clallam County from 1944 to 1992 and is his proof of the conspiracy.

    It’s a good read from a historical standpoint and a cautionary statement to the citizens of Clallam County. Could this happen to Clallam Country by imminent domain, isolation, regulation, restriction and/or economic starvation?

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    JAN 27, 2014

    Behind My Back | Part 1 (WOW) a War on Wild?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/01/27/part-1-wow-a-war-on-wild/

    JAN 27, 2014 – Why would anyone use the word “War” against the federal governments “Wild” Agendas that historically, have had the FEDERAL power, past, …

    Editorital: A War on Wild | Citizen Review Online

    citizenreviewonline.org/editorital-a-war-on-wild/

    JAN 31, 2014 – www.behindmyback.org … Now is the time for many of us to speak of a War On Wild and keep our … (WOW) A War on Wild and Scenic Rivers?

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    JUL 31, 2016

    Behind My Back | The Long Range Plan of NPS 1944-2016

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/07/31/the-long-range-plan-of-nps-1944-2016/

    JUL 31, 2016 – www.behindmyback.org/2016/04/26/let–me–ask-america-a-question/ … The notarized document “Conspiracy Exposed” was written on Oct. 8 …

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    RE-BRANDING  AND CHANGING THE NAME DOES NOT CHANGE THE GAME. period

    Ceremony marks change of name to Daniel J. Evans Wilderness …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/ceremony-marks-change-of-name-to-daniel-j-evans-…

    1 day ago – OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Dignitaries will gather at Hurricane Ridge today to celebrate the dedication of the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness.

    Ceremony marks change of name to Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Dignitaries will gather at Hurricane Ridge today to celebrate the dedication of the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness.

    Daniel Evans is a former U.S. senator and Washington governor whose efforts played a key role in the preservation of more than 1.7 million acres of wilderness in the state, Olympic National Park officials said.

    The Olympic Wilderness, which covers 95 percent of the park, has been renamed to honor Evans for his contributions to wilderness preservation, park spokeswoman Penny Wagner said.

    “It’s not changing the wilderness,” Wagner added. “It’s not adding or subtracting land. It’s just a renaming of the existing wilderness.”

    The public is invited to the dedication ceremony.

    The event will be from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the west end of the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center parking lot.

    Parking will be available on a first-come, first served basis.

    Invited speakers are Evans, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, state Sen. Hans Zeiger, Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent Lee Taylor and Sequim author Tim McNulty.

    In 2016, Cantwell, D-Mountlake Terrace, and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Seattle, introduced S. 3028, while H.R. 5397 was sponsored by members of the Washington delegation in the House, including Derek Kilmer.

    Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, represents the 6th Congressional District, which includes the North Olympic Peninsula.

    The bill was signed into law Dec. 14, 2016, by President Barack Obama.

    President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law in 1964 “to secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness,” Olympic National Park officials said in a news release.

    The idea was to preserve a remnant of the country’s untamed, wild places as wilderness for the permanent good of the people.

    Wilderness areas help protect complex ecosystems, natural processes and habitat for threatened and endangered species, park officials said.

    In March 1988, Evans introduced the Washington Park Wilderness Act with former Sen. Brock Adams.

    The bill proposed more than 1.7 million acres of wilderness within Olympic, Mount Rainier and North Cascades national parks. It was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in November 1988.

    The act designated 877,000 acres in Olympic National Park as the Olympic Wilderness.

    Evans served three terms as Washington governor from 1965 to 1977. He was a senator from 1983 to 1989.

    Evans and his wife, Nancy Evans, live in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood.

    Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com.


  • Ecology’s Agenda July-Dec. 2017

    WA STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY (DOE)

    WSR 17-16-063 [Filed July 25, 2017, 2:12 p.m.]

    Rule-Making Agenda July – December 2017

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    FROM JAN 26, 2011…..

    WA STATE (DOE) ECOLOGY THE WE’S WHO ALWAYS WANT MORE

    Behind My Back | WA DOE $50 Comment Recording Fee?

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/07/12/6854/

    Jul 12, 2017Protests must be accompanied by a $50 recording fee payable to the Department of …. www.behindmyback.org/2013/10/26/fee-fie-foe-fum/.

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    Behind My Back | Are You A Normal Person?

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/05/18/are-you-a-normal-person/

    May 18, 2015If you‘re a normal person, you‘d answer “yes, people usually are more important … www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/01/high–dry-and-destitute/.

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    WA State DOE | Citizen Review Online

    citizenreviewonline.org/category/wa-state-doe/page/2/

    Jan 25, 2013from Behind My Back.org. DEPRIVED OF … (previously posted behindmyback.org.) …. “It’s a money deal,” she said, adding, “Ecology sucks.

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    Behind My Back | “Ecology Sucks”

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/04/15/ecology-sucks/

    Apr 15, 2013 – Ecology Sucks” And, the rest of the story. The local news … citizenreviewonline.org/ecologys-qa-session-in-sequim-about-… Jan 17, 2013 …

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    Dungeness Water Rule: Control of the water – control of the people …

    citizenreviewonline.org/dungeness-water-rule-control-of-the-water-control-of-the-peo…

    Apr 16, 2013 – visit my website behindmyback.org for more educational WATER posts …. Yes, I did say “ECOLOGY SUCKS” that is my position and I am …

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    YES, I DID SAY ECOLOGY SUCKS ON Jan 17, 2013.

    THAT IS MY PUBLISHED OPINION AND ON AUG 16, 2017,  I’M STICKING WITH IT!

    WSR 17-16-063

    AGENDA

    DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY

    [Filed July 25, 2017, 2:12 p.m.]

    Pursuant to RCW 34.05.314, following is the department of ecology’s rule[s] agenda for July – December 2017.

    If you have any questions please contact Bari Schreiner by phone (360) 407-6998 or email Bari.Schreiner@ecy.wa.gov.

    Rule-Making Agenda

    July – December 2017

    Where “est.” appears before a date that means the date is an estimate.

    AO Number

    WAC Chapter

    Date of

    Filing

    CR-101

    Date of

    Filing

    CR 102

    Hearing Date(s)

    Date of

    Filing

    CR 103

    Rule-Making

    Lead

    Administration

    16-14

    Chapter 173-03 WAC, Public records

    2/28/17

    est.

    September 2017

    est.

    October 2017

    emergency rule 7/20/17 permanent rule adoption est. December 2017

    Linda Anderson

    16-10

    Chapter 173-323 WAC, Grants and loans

    7/25/17

    est.

    October 2017

    est.

    November 2017

    est.

    December 2017

    Bari Schreiner

    Air Quality

    16-12

    Chapter 173-407 WAC, Carbon dioxide mitigation program, greenhouse gases emissions performance standard and sequestration plans and programs for thermal electric generating facilities

    2/7/17

    est.

    September 2017

    est.

    October 2017

    est.

    February 2018

    Caroline Sun

    16-09

    Chapter 173-455 WAC, Air quality fee rule and chapter 173-400 WAC, General regulations for air pollution sources

    2/6/17

    est.

    August 2017

    est.

    September 2017

    est.

    February 2018

    Joanna Ekrem

    15-07

    Chapter 173-400 WAC, General regulations for air pollution sources and chapter 173-401 WAC, Operating permit regulations

    7/21/15 Revised CR-101 12/16/16

    est.

    fall 2017

    est.

    fall 2017

    est.

    winter 2018

    Elena Guilfoil

    Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction

    16-03

    Chapter 173-303 WAC, Dangerous waste regulations

    original CR-101 2/17/16 withdrawal of pervious [previous] CR-101 and filing of new CR-101 2/21/17

    est.

    July 2018

    est.

    August 2018

    est.

    November 2017

    Rob Rieck

    16-08

    Chapter 173-334 WAC, Children’s safe products—Reporting rule

    8/9/16

    3/22/17

    4/25/17

    est.

    August 2017

    Kara Steward

    Shorelines and Environmental Assistance

    15-06

    Shoreline Management Act implementation rules: Chapters 173-18, 173-20,173-22,173-26, and 173-27 WAC

    9/2/15

    2/28/17

    4/5/17, 4/6/17, 4/11/17 and 4/13/17

    est.

    August 2017

    Fran Sant

    Toxics Cleanup Program

    16-02

    Chapter 173-360 WAC Underground storage tank regulations

    3/23/16

    est.

    November 2017

    est.

    December 2017 or January 2018

    est.

    May 2018

    Kris Grinnell

    Waste 2 Resources

    13-08

    Chapter 173-350 WAC, Solid waste handling standards

    11/5/13

    est.

    November 2017

    est.

    December 2017/January 2018

    est.

    March 2018

    Kyle Dorsey

    15-15

    Chapter 173-312 WAC, Coordinated prevention grants and chapter 173-313 WAC, Local solid waste enforcement grant regulation

    12/22/15

    5/24/17

    6/27/17

    est.

    August 2017

    Kyle Dorsey

    Water Quality

    17-02

    Chapter 173-228 WAC, Vessel sewage no discharge zone

    7/5/17

    est.

    October 2017

    TBD

    est.

    February 2018

    Amy Jankowiak and Becca Conklin

    06-12

    Chapter 173-219 WAC, Reclaimed water

    11/7/06 withdrawn 6/4/14 new CR-101 6/4/14

    6/16/15 continuance filed 8/17/15

    withdrawal 12/23/15

    new CR-102 anticipated August 2017

    first round held in July 2015 second round est. September

    est.

    January 2018

    Jocelyn Jones

    16-04

    Chapter 173-95A WAC, Uses and limitations of the centennial clean water program and chapter 173-98 WAC, Uses and limitations of the water pollution control revolving fund

    7/19/16

    4/19/17

    5/31/17

    est.

    August 2017

    Daniel Thompson

     Open – On Hold

    Air Quality

    13-04

    Chapter 173-491 WAC, Emission standards and controls for sources emitting gasoline gas vapors, chapter 173-400 WAC, general regulations for air pollution sources, and chapter 173-455 WAC, Air quality fee rule

    7/2/13

    on hold

    on hold

    on hold

    Elena Guilfoil

    Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction

    15-12

    Chapter 173-333 WAC, Chemical action plans (formerly PBT)

    10/12/15

    on hold

    on hold

    on hold

    Kara Steward and Rob Rieck

    Water Resources

    05-03

    Chapter 173-525 WAC, Grays Elochoman instream resources protection and water management program WRIA 25

    3/2/05

    4/19/10 continuance filed 6/16/10 expired 11/1/10

    on hold

    on hold

    on hold

    Ann Wessel

    05-04

    Chapter 173-526 WAC, Cowlitz instream resources protection and water management program WRIA 26

    3/2/05

    4/19/10 continuance filed 6/16/10 expired 11/1/10

    on hold

    on hold

    on hold

    Ann Wessel

    05-02

    Chapter 173-503A WAC, Samish River subbasin instream resources protection program, lower and upper Skagit water resources inventory area (WRIAs 3 and 4)

    2/15/05

    on hold

    indefinitely

    on hold

    indefinitely

    on hold

    indefinitely

    Ann Wessel

    Waste 2 Resources

    15-11

    Chapter 173-331 WAC, Vehicle battery recycling program

    12/2/15

    on hold

    on hold

    on hold

    Kyle Dorsey


  • DOI NPS ONP ARAMARK J-1 Visa Holders?

    DEPT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS)

    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK (ONP)

    AND, ARAMARK J-1 Visa Holders

    THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA ISSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE THAT PROVIDES “COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES” FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES LOOKING TO TRAVEL AND GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

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    August 01, 2017 What ARAMARK did  with J-1 Visa Holders at Lake Quinault Lodge was just the tip of the iceberg. 16 JOBS TAKEN FROM OUR DEPRESSED LOCAL COMMUNITY WHERE FEW ARE WORKING.

    Same day,  QUESTIONING, What ARAMARK has done with J-1 Visa Holders at Lake Crescent Lodge?

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    August 9, 2017 QUESTIONING EVERYTHING ARAMARK

     I stopped at the at the ONP Fairholme Store, Fairholme Campground … What has ARAMARK done  with J-1 Visa holders, at the fairly large ONP campground, ideally situated near the water and with direct access to Lake Crescent, an Olympic National Park Service?

    This is what happened about 12 noon on Wed August 9, 2017.

    A kid wearing a ARAMARK tee shirt was coming out the back door of the Fairholme Store.

    I said, Excuse me, do you have a restroom?

    He said, yes but it’s out of order.

    Are there any other restrooms?

    Yes, he said, in the campground, go up there (west) and turn right.

    I said, And pay $30.00 just to go to the bathroom?

    No, he said, you can just sneak in…..

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    Really, I’LL just sneak into an ONP CAMPGROUND, in my car with  SIX TRUMP BUMPER STICKERS? (and not get a ticket?)

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    That did it… I asked, are you an American Citizen?

    He said YES.

    I mentioned foreign visa workers, Lake Quinault Lodge hired 16 of them?

    He said Do you mean J-1 Visa workers (So, I finally know what they are), what’s wrong with that?

    Wrong? I said, American citizens need work.

    He said, I never thought of that…

    I asked how many of them are there?

    The very nice kid said, OH,THERE ARE LOTS OF THEM.

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    So, what can I DOCUMENT?

    The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program was created in 1961 as part of THE FULBRIGHT-HAYES ACT

    AND,  FOR OTHER PURPOSES 1961-1971-2017?

    THERE ARE 15 CATEGORIES OF THE J-1 VISA, OF WHICH CULTURAL VISTAS IS A DESIGNATED PROGRAM SPONSOR FOR THREE: INTERN, TEACHER, AND TRAINEE EXCHANGES.

    CULTURAL VISTAS ALSO HOLDS SPECIAL DESIGNATIONS THROUGH WHICH IT SPONSORS INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN THE IAESTE program AND THE Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) program. MOREOVER, IN 2015, CULTURAL VISTAS WAS AMONG SELECT ORGANIZATIONS TO BE DESIGNATED AS A SPONSOR OF THE NEW U.S.-Mexico Internship Exchange Program

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    THE FULBRIGHT-HAYES ACT?

    THE ACT’S TITLE WAS DISARMINGLY SIMPLE: “…to amend the Surplus Property Act of 1944 to designate the Department of State as the disposal agency for surplus property outside the United States, its Territories and possessions, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.”

    The “OTHER PURPOSES” consisted of an ingenious marriage of necessity and IDEALISM. THERE WAS THE NECESSITY OF DIVESTING OURSELVES BY THE SALE ABROAD OF SURPLUS WAR PROPERTIES FOR NONCONVERTIBLE CURRENCIES RATHER THAN SCARCE DOLLARS.

    THE IDEALISM involved using a portion of the proceeds to enable Americans to learn and understand more about other countries, and the citizens of those countries to learn and understand more about us.

    An early history of the Fulbright Program,

    EXCERPTED FROM CAREER SENIOR FOREIGN SERVICE ( SES) OFFICER DONALD B. COOK’S HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM,

    written for the 1971 J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board’s annual report,

    The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program was created in 1961 as part of the Fulbright-Hayes Act, a public law written to “INCREASE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE PEOPLE OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES THROUGH EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGES.” The U.S. Department of State has authority over the J-1 program.

    Under the Fulbright-Hays Act, the exchanges under the supervision of the Fulbright Scholarship Board were further extended geographically. BY 1971, THERE WAS SOME FORM OF ACADEMIC EXCHANGE WITH 100 COUNTRIES. Today, Fulbright operates in over 155 countries in all world regions.

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    AUG 10, 2017 I’M LOOKING FOR THE PART WHERE ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS, CHANGED TO  AMERICAN JOBS BEING  GRABBED AND GIVEN TO VISA (J-1) WORKERS AND TAKEN AWAY FROM AMERICAN CITIZENS?

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    THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA THAT PROVIDES “COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES” (LOTS OF THEM) FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES (LOTS OF THEM) LOOKING TO TRAVEL AND (LOTS OF THEM) GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

    THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA ISSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.

    THE LAST TWO SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE WERE HILARY CLINTON AND JOHN KERRY APPOINTED BY OBAMA.

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     THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA THAT PROVIDES “COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES” (LOTS OF THEM) FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES (LOTS OF THEM) LOOKING TO TRAVEL AND (LOTS OF THEM) GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

    SO? LORD ONLY KNOWS? HOW MANY VISA (J-1) WORKERS  ARAMARK IMPORTED (LOTS OF THEM) ARE EMPLOYEED IN AMERICA AND NOBODY KNOWS HOW BADLY ARAMARK’S VISA (J-1) WORKFORCE(of 270,000+ ) HAS IMPACTED AMERICAN WORKERS et al, IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

     What has ARAMARK done  at Fairholme Store?

    What has ARAMARK done  at Log Cabin Resort?

    What has ARAMARK done at  Hurricane Ridge?

    THE TIP OF THE LOCAL WA STATE VISA (J-1) ARAMARK WORKERS ICEBERG.

    AUGUST 01, 2017 ARAMARK CORP. LAKE QUINAULT LODGE, BROUGHT IN 16 FOREIGN VISA WORKERS THIS YEAR FROM NIGERIA, INDIA, PAKISTAN, AND ROMANIA TO NAME A FEW. GUARANTEED EMPLOYMENT UNTIL OCTOBER.  WOW! 16 JOBS TAKEN FROM OUR DEPRESSED LOCAL COMMUNITY WHERE FEW ARE WORKING. 

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    AUG 10, 2017 I’M LOOKING FOR THE PART WHERE ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE IN 1961, FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS, CHANGED TO  2017, AMERICAN JOBS BEING  GRABBED AND GIVEN TO VISA (J-1) WORKERS AND TAKEN AWAY FROM AMERICAN CITIZENS?

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    THIS IS AN ONLINE AD

    J-1 Visa Information – What is the J-1 Visa? – culturalvistas.org‎

    Adwww.culturalvistas.org/J1‎

    For students, trainees and teachers. Learn more about the J-1 non-immigrant visa

    What is the J-1 Visa?

    THE EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA (J-1) IS A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA ISSUED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE THAT PROVIDES COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES LOOKING TO TRAVEL AND GAIN EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES.

    The multifaceted J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, managed by the State Department, enables foreign nationals to come to the United States to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills or receive on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several (5) years.

    It was developed to expose individuals from around the world to the culture and institutions of the United States and to foster a better understanding between nations on a variety of issues through educational and cultural exchange programs.

    THERE ARE 15 CATEGORIES OF THE J-1 VISA, OF WHICH CULTURAL VISTAS IS A DESIGNATED PROGRAM SPONSOR FOR THREE: INTERN, TEACHER, AND TRAINEE EXCHANGES.

    CULTURAL VISTAS ALSO HOLDS SPECIAL DESIGNATIONS THROUGH WHICH IT SPONSORS INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING IN THE IAESTE program AND THE Work, English Study, Travel (WEST) program. MOREOVER, IN 2015, CULTURAL VISTAS WAS AMONG SELECT ORGANIZATIONS TO BE DESIGNATED AS A SPONSOR OF THE NEW U.S.-Mexico Internship Exchange Program.

    For more information on the Exchange Visitor Program, visit: j1visa.state.gov.

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    The Early Years | Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

    https://eca.state.gov/fulbright/about-fulbright/history/early-years

    The FulbrightHays legislation was enacted by the 87th U.S. Congress on September 21, An early history of the Fulbright Program, excerpted from career senior …

    YEP, EXCERPTED FROM CAREER SENIOR FOREIGN SERVICE ( SES) OFFICER DONALD B. COOK’S HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM,

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    [USC03] 22 USC Ch. 33: MUTUAL EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL …

    uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title22/chapter33&edition=prelim

    For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out below and Tables … L. 87–256 is also popularly known as the “FulbrightHays Act“.

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    FEB 1, 2017 – REX TILLERSON WAS SWORN IN AS THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S SECRETARY OF STATE


  • Sen. Cantwell Bipartisan Fix for Affordable?

    IF YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE 500 LB. GORILLA IN WA DC, OBAMACARE’S UNAFFORDABLE FEDERAL HEALTHCARE FIX  JUST EMAIL OUT THE FOLLOWING AND CHANGE THE SUBJECT.

    —– Original Message —–

    From: Office of Senator Maria Cantwell

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 4:40 PM

    Subject: A BIPARTISAN FIX TO OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS

    FELLOW WASHINGTONIANS

    AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS IS HAPPENING ACROSS OUR COUNTRY

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     LET’S CALL SENATOR CANTWELL (D) AFFORDABLE FIX A 50% INCREASE IN THE LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT (LIHTC)

    LET’S CALL SENATOR CANTWELL (D) AFFORDABLE FIX ABOUT $15 BILLION ANNUALLY.

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    Senators Cantwell and Hatch Reintroduce Affordable Housing Credit …

    www.enterprisecommunity.org/…/2017/…/senators-cantwell-and-hatch-reintroduce-af…

    Mar 8, 2017 – and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017 (S. 548) , a …

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    RECENTLY Jul 18, 2016  THERE HAS BEEN A FLURRY OF LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS TO ADD YET MORE HOUSING SUBSIDIES TO THE HOUSING SECTOR, ALREADY ONE OF THE MOST HEAVILY SUBSIDIZED.

     Jul 18, 2016  How Much would It Cost?

    FOR EXAMPLE, S.2962 BY SENATOR CANTWELL WOULD INCREASE THE LOW-INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT (LIHTC) PROGRAM TO ABOUT $15 BILLION ANNUALLY (A 50% INCREASE)

     The legislation is very similar to the comprehensive version of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 3237), introduced by Senators Cantwell (D) and Hatch  (R) in 2016

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    AND THE LATEST (S. 548)

    Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017 (S. 548) – GovTrack

    https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s548

    1. S. 548. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform the low-income housing credit, and for other purposes. In GovTrack.us, a database of bills in …
    2. S.548: Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017

    About this Bill

    You can

    read the bill

    Sponsor

    Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

    Total Cosponsors

    19 (10 Democrats, 1 Independent, 8 Republicans)

    Introduced

    March 7, 2017

    Latest Major Action

    March 7, 2017

    See it on

    GovTrack

    See it on

    C-SPAN

    Bill Progress

    • Bill introduced in the Senate
    • Bill passed in the Senate
    • Bill passed in the House
    • Bill signed into law

    Bill Summary

    Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the low-income housing credit, to rename the credit “the affordable housing credit” and make several modifications to the credit. The bill increases state allocations for the credit and modifies the cost-of-living adjustments. It also revises tenant eligibility requirements, with respect to: the average income test, income eligibility for rural projects, increased tenant income, student occupancy rules, and tenant voucher payments that are taken into account as rent. The bill revises various requirements to: establish a 4% minimum credit rate for certain projects, permit relocation costs to be taken into account as rehabilitation expenditures, repeal the qualified census tract population cap, require housing credit agencies to make certain determinations regarding community revitalization plans, prohibit local approval and contribution requirements, increase the credit for certain projects designated to serve extremely low-income households, increase the credit for certain bond-financed projects designated by state agencies, increase the population cap for difficult development areas, and eliminate the basis reduction for affordable housing properties that are allowed the credit and receive certain energy-related tax credits and deductions. The bill also modifies requirements regarding the reconstruction or replacement period after a casualty loss, rights related to building purchases, the prohibition on claiming acquisition credits for properties placed in service in the previous 10 years, foreclosures, and projects that assist Native Americans.

    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

    Bill Actions

    Date

    Description

    March 6, 2017

    Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

    Sources: Library of Congress, Clerk of the House of Representatives, Secretary of the Senate, Government Printing Office, Sunlight Fou

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     The bottom line on SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL(D)  EMAIL AUG 1, 2017

    I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME AS I CONTINUE FIGHTING TO EXPAND THE (2014 $6.7 BILLION) LIHTC  TO ABOUT $15 BILLION ANNUALLY (A 50% INCREASE) AND BUILD MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, FOR MORE AMERICANS.

     OF COURSE SHE LEFT OUT THE AFFORDABLE $15 BILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL COST.

    $15,000,000,000.00

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    THE FULL TEXT OF SENATOR MARIA CANTWELLS AUG 1, 2017 EMAIL IS AT THE BOTTOM

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    HISTORY DOCUMENTS

     Market-based solutions are the only way to get home prices and rents …

    www.aei.org/publication/market-solutions-only-way-get-housing-back-in-line/

    Jul 18, 2016 – For example, S.2962 by Senator Cantwell would increase the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program to about $15 of government subsidies charged to all tax payers,” (iii) subsidized housing “invariably costs …

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    Nov 7, 2013 – How Much DID (LIHTC)  Cost? $6.7 BILLION DOLLARS  

    The Tax Break-Down: The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit …

    www.crfb.org/blogs/tax-break-down-low-income-housing-tax-credit

    Nov 7, 2013 – How Much Does It Cost? According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT (LIHTC)  WILL COST $6.7 BILLION DOLLARS  IN FOREGONE REVENUE IN 2014

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    HOW THINGS WORK (OR NOT)

    Under The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)

    the government allocates nonrefundable tax credits to state-run housing agencies

    who distribute them to housing developers

    that agree to make a portion of their units available to low-income renters.

    The housing developers who receive the tax credits

    then sell them to independent investors to help finance the actual development of the housing units.

    The investors are ultimately the ones who claim the tax credit

    rather than the low-income residents of the rental units or the developers.

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    Senator Hatch (R-UT)

     “One reason I support the LIHTC is that it… allows decisions on housing to be made within the communities where the housing is needed while involving the private sector.” – Senator Hatch (R-UT)

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    15  BILLION REASONS I OPPOSE THE LIHTC,  I  STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ON CUTTING FUNDING FOR LOCAL PROJECTS THAT SHOULD BE FUNDED BY STATES AND LOCALITIES THAT BENEFIT FROM THEIR USE…..

    SEATTLE, AND MANY OTHER BIG (D) CITIES AND STATES HAVE SELF INFLICTED “LOCAL CRISIS FUNDING ISSUES”

    IF A CITY OR A STATE CREATES A LOCAL CRISIS  WITH POOR PLANNING, GREED OR STUPIDITY MOST CERTAINLY, FEDERAL FUNDING MUST BE CUT AND THE CITY AND STATE MUST FIND LOCALLY FUNDING FOR THE FINANCIAL CRISIS THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CREATING.

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    Priorities Poll | Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator

    https://www.cantwell.com/action/2017-priorities-poll

    2017 Priorities Poll. … Will you take 30 seconds to take my 2017 Priorities Poll? First Name. Email Address … Access to affordable housingSeattle, WA 98111.

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    affordable housing | KNKX

    knkx.org/term/affordable-housing

    Leaders of the Rental Housing Association of Washington say the City … Officials who help low-income people get housing in Seattle say it’s not clear how … HOUSING ADVOCATES’ BIG PRIORITY IN 2017: Defending A $48 Fee … Cantwell Highlights Pierce County Affordable Housing Shortage, Pushes For Tax Credit Extension.

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    SEATTLE, AND MANY OTHER BIG (D) CITIES AND STATES HAVE SELF INFLICTED “LOCAL CRISIS FUNDING ISSUES”

    PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CUTTING FEDERAL FUNDING FOR LOCAL PROJECTS THAT SHOULD BE FUNDED BY STATES AND LOCALITIES THAT BENEFIT FROM THEIR USE…..

    SHALL WE START WITH FEDERAL FUNDING FOR (D) SANCTUARY CITIES AND THOSE WHO BENEFIT FROM THEIR USE.

    SEATTLE WA HAS A LOCAL SELF INFLICTED AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS,  AS DO MANY OTHER BIG (D) CITIES

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    Aug 1, 2017 SENATOR CANTWELL (D)  email SAYS, IF WE DON’T TAKE (FEDERAL) ACTION NOW, AS MANY AS 15 MILLION AMERICANS WILL BE SPENDING HALF THEIR MONTHLY INCOME ON RENT BY 2025.

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    June 26, 2017 FREE THE OBAMACARE 15 MILLION AMERICANS, They’re not ‘losing’ insurance; they just won’t be forced to get policies they don’t want.

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    AND, REALLY, SENATOR CANTWELL (D) AUG 1, 2017  EMAIL SAID,  If we don’t take action now, to bolster the AFFORDABLE “HOUSING” CRISIS  program, IT’S LIKELY THAT ALMOST $1 BILLION IN INVESTMENTS WILL BE LOST IN THIS YEAR ALONE.

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    IN 2016 ALONE, OBAMACARE WILL COST AMERICAN TAXPAYERS A  TOTAL OF $110,000,000,000.00 $110 BILLION DOLLARS. IN JUST ONE YEAR, 2016  UNAFFORDABLE OBAMACARE WAS A  NATIONAL MEDICAL $110 BILLION DOLLARS FINANCIAL CRISIS.

    SO Aug 1, 2017 EMAIL, WA DC SENATOR CANTWELL (D) IN SEATTLE: WANTS A FEDERAL BIPARTISAN FIX TO OUR? THE AFFORDABLE “HOUSING” CRISIS?

    REALLY, SENATOR CANTWELL (D)  15 MILLION AMERICANS WILL BE SPENDING THEIR MONEY ON WHAT?

    REALLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND GOP, FREE THE OBAMACARE 15 MILLION AMERICANS THAT WILL BE SPENDING THEIR MONTHLY INCOME ON  UNAFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE THAT THEY DON’T NEED AND DON’T WANT.

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    SEATTLE HAS A  SELF INFLICTED LOCAL CRISIS FUNDING THE HOMELESS, AS DO MANY OTHER BIG (D) CITIES

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    I STAND WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP CUTTING FUNDING FOR LOCAL PROJECTS THAT SHOULD BE FUNDED BY STATES AND LOCALITIES THAT BENEFIT FROM THEIR USE…..

    IN EXPLAINING THE CUT, THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET THIS WEEK SAYS TRANSIT ISN’T A NATIONAL MISSION.

    “THE BUDGET PROPOSES REDUCED FUNDING FOR … LOCAL TRANSIT PROJECTS THAT SHOULD BE FUNDED BY STATES AND LOCALITIES THAT BENEFIT FROM THEIR USE,” IT SAYS.

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    BIPARTISAN SUPPORT?  LIKE OBAMACARE?  DODD-FRANK?

    BIPARTISAN AFFORDABLE SUPPORT?  FROM ELECTED DEMOCRATS AND BLUE HILLARY STATES?

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    REALLY…

    Support Affordable Housing today! | Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator

    https://www.cantwell.com/action/support-affordable-housing-today

    Sign on to call on Congress to to encourage, support, and accelerate the construction of affordable housing.

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    AUG 2, 2017  REALLY,  SENATOR CANTWELL GO BACK TO WA DC

     GET YOUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES TOGETHER, SENATOR MURRAY AND REP. KILMER  AND  DO AN AFFORDABLE FIX ON OBAMACARE

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    JUNE 26, 2017 FREE THE OBAMACARE 15 MILLION  THE CBO DOESN’T BELIEVE THAT MILLIONS WILL “LOSE” THEIR INSURANCE IN 2018. INSTEAD, THE AGENCY THINKS THAT MILLIONS WILL HAPPILY CANCEL THEIR COVERAGE — EVEN THOSE WHO GET IT FOR FREE. THE REASON: THE SENATE BILL WOULD REPEAL THE OBAMACARE TAX PENALTY ON THE UNINSURED, KNOWN AS THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE.

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    Senate Health Care Bill Will Reduce Coverage by 15 Million. Good …

    www.nationalreview.com/article/448991/senate-health-care-bill-will-reduce-coverage-…

    Jun 26, 2017 – This week, the Senate will decide whether to end government … will lose medical coverage next year if the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill … 12.7 uninsured million people — more than twice as many … READ MORE: … Next Article ….. fewer preventable hospital deaths(2015) http://www.politifact.com/.
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    —– Original Message —–

    From: Office of Senator Maria Cantwell

    To: phew@wavecable.com

    Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 4:40 PM

    Subject: A Bipartisan Fix to Our Affordable Housing Crisis

     

    Fellow Washingtonians,

    An affordable housing crisis is happening across our country.

    If we don’t take action now, as many as 15 million Americans will be spending half their monthly income on rent by 2025.

    That’s why I requested today’s hearing, to address the worsening affordable housing shortage gripping our nation, and discuss my Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, that would expand the successful Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) – our most effective tool for addressing America’s affordable housing crisis.

    WATCH: Senate Finance Committee Hearing on the Affordable Housing Crisis

    Under my proposal, which is cosponsored by Finance Committee Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and 16 others, the expanded LIHTC would help create or preserve approximately 1,300,000 affordable homes over a 10-year period – an increase of 400,000 more units than is possible under the current program.

    Senators from both parties spoke in support of the LIHTC program, presenting an opportunity for bipartisan action as tax reform negotiations begin.

    “One reason I support the LIHTC is that it… allows decisions on housing to be made within the communities where the housing is needed while involving the private sector.” – Senator Hatch (R-UT)

    “The LIHTC is a critical tool.” – Senator Brown (D-OH)

    “I’m a big supporter of Ms. Cantwell’s program… It has passed the test of time” – Senator Isakson (R-GA)

    “The LIHTC is the major tool available and strengthening that tool is the most important thing I believe we can do.” – Senator Cardin (D-MD)

    If we don’t take action now, to bolster the program, it’s likely that almost $1 billion in investments will be lost in this year alone.

    According to the National Association of Home Builders, annual LIHTC development supports approximately 95,700 jobs and $9.1 billion in wages and business income.

    “America’s housing affordability crisis affects millions of families in urban, suburban, and rural areas nationwide, and the federal government must do everything in its power to help communities address it—beginning with expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. We commend Senator Cantwell and her colleagues for pursuing a bipartisan solution to this pressing issue and urge every member of Congress to reflect on today’s hearing and support the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2017.” – Anthony J. Alfieri, president, Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition.

    My bill would also allow the 58,000 homeless students in the U.S. to finally access the affordable housing units created with LIHTC, expanding development opportunities in rural and Native communities and providing flexibility and financial feasibility to developments so they can more deeply target their units to the neediest individuals, including the homeless.

    Over the past year, I’ve met with local communities and visited affordable housing developments in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Longview, Kent, Bremerton, Bellingham, Portland, New York City and Salt Lake City and they’ve all told me the same thing: we need more affordable housing.

    I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME AS I CONTINUE FIGHTING TO EXPAND THE LIHTC AND BUILD MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, FOR MORE AMERICANS.

    As always, you can contact me with your questions and concerns through my website. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on the issues. Let’s stay in touch!

    Sincerely,

    Maria

     

    Looking for assistance? Senator Cantwell’s office may be able to help.

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    https://www.cantwell.com/action/2017-priorities-poll

    2017 Priorities Poll. … WILL YOU TAKE 30 SECONDS TO TAKE MY 2017 PRIORITIES POLL? First Name. Email Address … Access to affordable housingSeattle, WA 98111.

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