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  • behindmyback.org WA State DOE SMA 1971

    IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME
    Based on this 1971 premise

    1971 Rod Mack:

    ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVE is one of many perspectives,

    MY OBSERVATION IS THAT IN AREAS WHERE ECONOMICS IS A PRIME
    CONSIDERATION—

    IN THE SMALLER, LESS AFFLUENT
    COMMUNITIES—

    THERE IS A HIGHER PRIORITY FOR JOBS AND TAX
    BASE THAN THERE IS PRIORITY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

    Rod Mack  My charge, when I joined ECOLOGY IN 1971, was developing the regulations related to the permit system of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) as well as the guidelines.

     Those GUIDELINES were basically instructions FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS’ preparation of their Master Programs as well as standards or criteria for evaluating developments that took place on the shorelines, AGAIN, BY LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

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    2017 Pearl Rains Hewett:

    ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVE is one of many perspectives,
    MY OBSERVATIONS FROM JAN 26, 2011 TO OCT 22, 2017  IS THAT IN AREAS WHERE ECONOMICS IS A PRIME CONSIDERATION—IN THE SMALLER, LESS AFFLUENT
    COMMUNITIES—THERE IS A HIGHER PRIORITY FOR JOBS AND TAX
    BASE THAN THERE IS PRIORITY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS.

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    President Trump was elected Nov 8, 2016 because

    FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS, THE VOTERS, IN AREAS WHERE ECONOMICS WAS A PRIME CONSIDERATION, THERE WAS A HIGHER PRIORITY FOR JOBS AND TAX BASE  FOR HARD WORKING MIDDLE CLASS CITIZENS IN THE USA,THAN THERE WAS A PRIORITY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS.

    INDEED, TRUMP’S PRIORITY ONE WAS ROLLING BACK THE FEDERAL JOB KILLING REGULATIONS, AND RETURNING POWER BACK TO THE PEOPLE.

    WHAT HAPPENED TO US BETWEEN 1971 AND OCT 22, 2017 ON THE CLALLAM COUNTY 2017 SMP UPDATE?

    TRICKLE DOWN FEDERAL JOB KILLING REGULATIONS. period

    ENACTED BY CONGRESS CONTROLLED AND MANDATED BY FEDERAL APPOINTED AGENCIES AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS placed exclusive, planning and regulatory authority with federal appointed government agencies EPA ETC….

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    Aug 13, 2013 I POSTED “SMP and Water 1970-2013” on behindmyback.org on and sent it to ZSMP as a public comment.

    SMP and Water 1970-2013

    Posted on August 13, 2013 11:22 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME?
    Based on this 1971 premise

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    NOV 17, 2014 I POSTED IT AGAIN…..

    Behind My Back | SMP a Good Idea? 1971-2014?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/11/17/smp-a-good-idea-1971-2014/

    NOV 17, 2014 – www.behindmyback.org/2013/10/06/ad–valorem–tax-dilemma/ … permit system of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) as well as the guidelines. … The FEDERAL road to WA State ECOLOGY’S SMP and WATER HELL was … it said, if a state wants to do a program, here’s some MONEY to do it; then, once …

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    NOW, WE ARE FACED WITH THE CLALLAM COUNTY 2017 SMP UPDATE

    WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT THAT…

    THE USUAL…

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    —– Original Message —–

    From: pearl hewett

    To: zSMP

    Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 1:09 PM

    Subject: SMP and Water 1970-2013

     

    This is my public comment on the

    Clallam County SMP Update

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    1971 Rod Mack: ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVE is one of many perspectives,
    my observation is that in areas where ECONOMICS is a prime
    consideration—in the smaller, less affluent
    communities—there is a higher priority for jobs and tax
    base than there is priority for environmental concerns

    IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME?
    Based on this 1971 premise

    Rod Mack: My charge, when I joined ECOLOGY IN 1971, was developing the regulations related to the permit system of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) as well as the guidelines. Those GUIDELINES were basically instructions FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS’ preparation of their Master Programs as well as standards or criteria for evaluating developments that took place on the shorelines, AGAIN, BY LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

    IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME?
    Both by premise and legislative intent

    IN 1971….

    In 1972 the SHORELINE MANAGEMENT ACT PASSED

    The FEDERAL road to SMP and WATER HELL was PAVED with good intentions?

    AND HOW MUCH FEDERAL MONEY?

    When the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act came along, it said, if a state wants to do a program, here’s some MONEY to do it; then, once it’s done, here’s some MORE MONEY to manage it.

    There’s a definite tie. The Federal Coastal Zone Management Act came about in ’72 at virtually the same time our Shoreline Management Act was finally approved.

    We were watching it very closely, because the federal law provides SUBSTANTIAL FUNDING to states that develop management programs. Here, we had the Shoreline Management Act.

    MORE FEDERAL MONEY AND MORE FEDERAL MONEY AND MORE FEDERAL  MONEY
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    BAIT AND SWITCHED TO FEDERAL CONTROL

    When? and how did we lose our right to local government?
    When? and how were the appointed given state RULE by WAC?
    When? and how were federally appointed agencies given ultimate power?

    WHEN INDEED..
    THE EXPLOSION OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION ENACTED
    BETWEEN 1970 AND 1980 TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT

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    HISTORY Shoreline Act 40, 263 From 1971-2005
    Washington State Department of Ecology
    Ecology Publication #05-01-006
    A 570 page report the first 35 years, 1970 – 2005
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    UPDATE 2013 STATE? SHORELINE MANAGEMENT ACT?
    HAS BECOME FEDERALLY ENACTED
    SHORELINE MANAGEMENT BY APPOINTED FEDERAL AGENCIES.
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    Shoreline Act 40, 263 From 1971-2005

    1971 The ENVIRONMENTALISTS proposed the state’s jurisdiction would include 500 feet back from the water’s edge, providing for a strip of land, 500 feet wide, that would be the jurisdiction of their bill.

    1971 They, the ENVIRONMENTALISTS also placed primary, almost exclusive, planning and REGULATORY AUTHORITY WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY, instead of LOCAL GOVERNMENT
    Resulting in a very STRONG ROLE by the STATE and a much lesser role by LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

    That initiative got enough signatures to go on to the ballot at the next general election. Seeing that, THE LEGISLATURE THEN DECIDED, as is allowed and provided for under the state’s constitution, to enact their version to put on the ballot, which was the 1972 SHORELINE MANAGEMENT ACT, which ultimately passed. The basic difference between the initiative and the act was that the act named a strip 200 feet from the water’s edge as the area of jurisdiction, and then set up the joint state/local approach.
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    2013 WA STATE SHORELINE MANAGEMENT ACT? AND WATER?

    A much lesser role of STATE AND LOCAL government?

    FEDERAL APPOINTED AGENCIES EDICTS MANDATING TO THE WA STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY

    WA STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY’S WAC’S, EDITICS, RULING, REGULATING AND ENFORCING OF LOCAL COUNTY AND CITY GOVERNMENT

    ENACTED BY CONGRESS CONTROLLED AND MANDATED BY FEDERAL APPOINTED AGENCIES AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS placed exclusive, planning and regulatory authority with federal appointed government agencies EPA ETC….

    RESULTING IN A VERY STRONG ROLE BY THE ACTS OF CONGRESS and AMENDMENTS TO THOSE ACTS and DELIGATING ALL POWER TO APPOINTED FEDERAL AGENCIES AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS.

    IF WILD OLYMPICS WAS FEDERALLY ENACTED jurisdiction would include 500 feet (or more) back from the water’s edge, providing for a strip of land, 500 feet (or more) wide, that would be the FEDERAL jurisdiction of that ACT.

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    Chapter Seven – Saving the Shorelines 2005
    The Plan to Protect the Coastlines
    An interview with Rodney Mack
    February 2, 2005
    Position held at time of interview:
    Retired, formerly Program Manager for the Shorelands and
    Environmental Assistance Program,
    Washington State Department of Ecology, 1983-1994

    From an environmental standpoint, given the two versions of the shorelines legislation, the environmentalist version talked about a jurisdictional area. In other words, what areas, what pieces of geography, the act applied to.

    Our Shoreline Management Act was probably, with maybe the exception of California, the strongest law of its kind in the country at the time. This was right at the beginning of the ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT, and what we were doing was groundbreaking. It wasn’t a case where we could pick up the phone and call some other state and say, hey, what did you guys
    do in dealing with this? Other states were calling us.

    When the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act came along, it said, if a state wants to do a program, here’s some MONEY to do it; then, once it’s done, here’s some more MONEY to manage it.

    There’s a definite tie. The Federal Coastal Zone Management Act came about in ’72 at virtually the same time our Shoreline Management Act was finally approved.

    We were watching it very closely, because the federal law provides SUBSTANTIAL FUNDING to states that develop management programs. Here, we had the Shoreline Management Act.

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    History is GOOD
    EXACTLY WHAT WAS WA STATE PLANNING IN 2005?

    shoreline development 259, 262, 264

    WA STATE WATER

    There’s an old saying, “In the Eastern United States, we take water forgranted. In the WEST, we take water from each other.

    My comment WHISKEY IS FOR DRINKING; WATER IS FOR FIGHTING OVER
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    Chapter 4, Troubled Waters: Rivers, Streams, and Salmon Recovery
    ……….117
    Habitat, Hydropower, Hatcheries and Harvest, Dick Wallace
    ………….117
    Protecting In-stream Flows, Ken Slattery
    ………………………..129
    The Problem of Pollutants in the Watershed, Dave Peeler
    ……………139
    Devising a Plan for the Dungeness and Elwha Rivers, Cynthia Nelson
    …..149

    Chapter 5, Shifting Standards:
    Treating Wastewater Discharges to Puget Sound
    ………………………165

    Chapter 7, Saving the Shorelines
    ………………………………….259
    A Plan to Protect the Coastlines, Rod Mack
    ………………………259
    Chapter 8, Dividing the Waters: Determining Yakima River Water Rights
    …..295

    Chapter 9, Environment 2010
    RANKING AIR AT THE TOP, Stu Clark
    ……………………………..344
    AT THE TABLE FOR EPA, Randy Smith
    …………………………….390
    History is GOOD
    EXACTLY WHAT WAS WA STATE PLANNING IN 2005?
    WA STATE ON WATER
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    Water Code of 1917 298
    water pollution 9, 41-42, 117
    Water Pollution Control Commission 6, 8-9, 11, 25,
    27, 92, 166, 180, 464
    Water Pollution Hearings Board 25
    Water Quality 11, 16, 18, 58, 60, 80, 113, 118, 122, 139,
    141, 160
    Water Quality Investigation Section 508
    Water Quality Program 11, 18, 80, 118, 139, 165-166,
    451, 494, 503, 508
    WATER RESOURCES ACT OF 1971 18, 131, 317
    Water Resources Program 18, 92, 118, 126, 129, 134,
    149, 295, 303, 305, 309, 318
    WATER RIGHT CLAIMS REGISTRATION ACT 310
    water rights 9, 14, 122, 124, 129-130, 132, 137, 143,
    146, 149-150, 152-153, 155-157, 160, 163, 186,
    295-304, 306-311, 313-314, 317-326
    Water rights 296
    Water Rights Claims Registration Act 300
    WATER STRATEGY 124
    water-dependent industrial uses 285
    Watershed Management Act 143, 145, 147
    Watershed planning 121, 159
    Watershed Planning 117, 122, 131-133, 144, 149,
    158-159
    Watershed Planning Act 122, 131-133, 144, 149,
    158-159
    watershed planning units 132, 14
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    2005 WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY AND CONGRESS
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    CONGRESS 2, 6, 70, 125, 130, 133, 186-187, 193,
    356-359, 372-373, 376, 378-379, 382, 387-388,
    391-392, 400, 462, 505, 524
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    2013 WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY AND CONGRESS

    CONGRESS PASSED THE ESA AS PART OF THE EXPLOSION OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION ENACTED BETWEEN 1970 AND 1980 TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.

    1966 CONGRESS ENACTS FEDERAL Endangered Species Act
    Congress passed the ESA as part of the explosion of federal … – Gale
    www.gale.cengage.com/pdf/samples/sp657497.pdf‎
    by ES ACT – ‎Related articles

    Congress passed the Endangered Species Preservation Act in 1966, … Congress enacted significant MORE amendments in 1978, AND MORE 1982, and MORE 1988,

    1969 The National Environmental Policy Act of | Department of Energy
    energy.gov/nepa/downloads/national-environmental-policy-act-1969‎

    Full text of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, available as a download. NEPA established a national policy for the environment …
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    1972 Coastal Zone Management Act – Office of Ocean and Coastal …
    coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/czm/czm_act.html‎
    Congressional Action to Help Manage Our Nation’s Coasts … growth in the coastal zone by passing the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) in 1972. The Act …
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    1972 CONGRESS ENACTS FEDERAL Clean water act
    CWA | Civil Enforcement | Compliance and Enforcement | U.S. EPA
    www.epa.gov/Compliance/civil/cwa/index.html‎
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    Congress passed the ESA as part of
    THE EXPLOSION OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION ENACTED
    BETWEEN 1970 AND 1980 TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.

    This entry was posted in APPOINTED FEDERAL AGENCIES, Clallam County SMP, Economic Impact, Intro to Deprived Of Our Water, Politically Motivated, Rubber Stamped, Shoreline Management Plan, The We’s who WANT, Tribal Right issues?, WA State Water Laws, WHAT A CONCEPT?, Wild Olympics.

    OCT 22, 2017


  • POTUS WOTUS EPA ACE and Justice Scalia

    POTUS WOTUS EPA ACE  and Justice Scalia

    President Trump signed an executive order on February 28, 2017, to roll back the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers ACE (Corps) promulgated in 2016.

    The Order is entitled, “Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.”

    It instructs EPA and the ACE Corps to begin the process of a rule-making to withdraw the WOTUS rule, id. at § 2(a), and to take appropriate actions in the courts where the rule is in litigation. Id. § 2(c).

    President Trump signed executive order on February 28, 2017 instructs EPA and the Corps to

    “CONSIDER” ADOPTING THE SCALIA TEST FROM RAPANOS V. UNITED STATES, 547 U.S. 715 (2006).

    ORDER § 3. SCALIA OPINED IN RAPANOS THAT, “THE PHRASE ‘THE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES’ includes only those relatively permanent, standing or continuously flowing bodies of water ‘forming geographic features’ that are described in ordinary parlance as ‘streams[,] . . . oceans, rivers, [and] lakes.’. . . . The phrase does not include channels through which water flows intermittently or ephemerally, or channels that periodically provide drainage for rainfall. . .” 547 U.S. at 739.

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    Notice that Trump signed the EO back at the end of February 2017, and the EPA is JUST NOW sending the information out. It looks like they have deliberately STALLED.

    These statements have to be in by June 19, 2017. Heads up!

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    THE FEDERAL DEFINITION OF NAVIGABLE WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES

    IS LOCATED AT 33 CFR 329.4

    • 329.4 General definition.

    Navigable waters of the United States are those waters that are subject to the ebb (the outgoing phase; when the tide drains away from the shore) and flow (the incoming phase; when water rises again) of the tide and/or are presently used, or have been used in the past, or may be susceptible for use to transport interstate or foreign commerce. A determination of  navigability, once made, applies laterally over the entire surface of the waterbody, and is not extinguished by later actions or events which impede or destroy navigable capacity.

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    The federal definition 40 CFR 230 .3 pertains to the Clean Water Act and waters of the United States.

    WOTUS BY OBAMA

    The definition of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) is very dangerous and overreaching. Under section (o), parts of the definition read as follows:
    o) The term waters of the United States means: …

    (ii) All interstate waters, including interstate wetlands;

    (iv) All impoundments of waters otherwise identified as waters of the United States under this section;

    (vi) All waters adjacent to a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (v) of this section, including  wetlands, ponds, lakes, oxbows, impoundments, and similar waters;

    (vii) All waters in paragraphs (o)(1)(vii)(A) through (E) of this section where they are determined, on a case-specific basis, to have a  significant nexus to a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section. The waters identified in each of paragraphs (o)(1)(vii)(A) through (E) of this section are similarly situated and shall be combined, for purposes of a significant nexus analysis, in the watershed that drains to the nearest water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section. Waters identified in this paragraph shall not be combined with waters identified in paragraph (o)(1)(vi) of this section when performing a significant nexus analysis. If waters identified in this paragraph are also an  adjacent water under paragraph (o)(1)(vi), they are an adjacent water and no case-specific significant nexus analysis is required.

    (A)Prairie potholes. Prairie potholes are a complex of glacially formed wetlands, usually occurring in depressions that lack permanent natural outlets, located in the upper Midwest.

    (viii) All waters located within the 100-year floodplain of a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section and all waters located within 4,000 feet of the high tideline or ordinary high water mark of a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (v) of this section where they are determined on a case-specific basis to have a significant nexus to a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section. For waters determined to have a  significant nexus, the entire water is a water of the United States if a portion is located within the 100-year floodplain of a water identified in paragraphs (o)(1)(i) through (iii) of this section or within 4,000 feet of the high tide line or ordinary high water mark. Waters identified in this paragraph shall not be combined with waters identified in paragraph (o)(1)(vi) of this section when performing a significant nexus analysis. If waters identified in this paragraph are also an adjacent water under paragraph (o)(1)(vi), they are an adjacent water and no case-specific  significant nexus analysis is required.

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    WRITING FOR THE COURT IN THE 2014 CLEAN AIR ACT CASE, UTILITY AIR REGULATORY GROUP V. EPA, JUSTICE SCALIA DECLARED EPA’S INTERPRETATION UNREASONABLE BECAUSE IT WOULD BRING ABOUT AN ENORMOUS AND TRANSFORMATIVE EXPANSION IN EPA’S REGULATORY AUTHORITY WITHOUT CLEAR CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION.

    JUSTICE SCALIA DECLARED “We expect Congress to speak clearly if it wishes to assign to an agency decisions of vast ‘economic and political significance,’” he wrote.
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    OBAMA VETOES GOP ATTEMPT TO BLOCK WOTUS WATER RULE

    By Timothy Cama – 01/19/16 07:22 PM EST

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    EPA ‘Waters of U.S.’ Rule Is a Power Grab | National Review

    www.nationalreview.com/article/431134/epa-waters-us-rule-power-grab

    by Rupert Darwall February 11, 2016 4:00 AM. Obama’s power-mad agency claims jurisdiction over land and water use almost everywhere in … EPA, under the Clean Water Act, a statute Congress passed two years after its clean-air sibling. … partially checked, in what has become known as the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS).

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    President Trump signed an executive order on February 28, 2017, to roll back the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) promulgated in 2016. The Order is entitled, “Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.” It instructs EPA and the Corps to begin the process of a rule-making to withdraw the WOTUS rule, id. at § 2(a), and to take appropriate actions in the courts where the rule is in litigation. Id. § 2(c).

    The Order raises a number of interesting issues. First, it instructs EPA and the Corps to “consider” adopting the Scalia test from Rapanos v. United States, 547 U.S. 715 (2006). Order § 3. Scalia opined in Rapanos that, “the phrase ‘the waters of the United States’ includes only those relatively permanent, standing or continuously flowing bodies of water ‘forming geographic features’ that are described in ordinary parlance as ‘streams[,] . . . oceans, rivers, [and] lakes.’. . . . The phrase does not include channels through which water flows intermittently or ephemerally, or channels that periodically provide drainage for rainfall. . .” 547 U.S. at 739.

    Because Rapanos was a split decision (4–1–4), there is no controlling opinion. The circuit courts, applying the Marks analysis, have concluded that Kennedy’s lone concurring opinion, which focused on the significant-nexus test, is the controlling standard from the case. (A couple of circuits have allowed Kennedy’s or Scalia’s opinion to be used to establish jurisdiction.) All of the circuit courts and almost all of the district courts have rejected the argument that Scalia’s test should be adopted as the sole jurisdictional test. The Supreme Court has denied certiorari numerous times since Rapanos on WOTUS issues, so we have no clarification from the Court on how to interpret the decision.

    IT IS CLEAR WHY THE ADMINISTRATION HAS CHOSEN SCALIA’S TEST—IT IS MORE RESTRICTIVE OF JURISDICTION.

     THAN THE KENNEDY TEST, WHICH EPA AND THE CORPS ADOPTED IN THE WOTUS RULE.

    UNDER THE SCALIA TEST, MOST HEADWATER SYSTEMS—ESPECIALLY IN THE ARID WEST—WOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO  THE CLEAN WATER ACT (CWA) BECAUSE MOST HEADWATER SYSTEMS ARE EPHEMERAL OR INTERMITTENT AND ARE THEREFORE NOT “RELATIVELY PERMANENT WATERS.” HEADWATER SYSTEMS COMPRISE A LARGE PART OF THE NATION’S TRIBUTARY SYSTEM. IN PLACES LIKE ARIZONA EVEN THE MAIN CHANNELS ARE DRY MOST OF THE YEAR AND, THEREFORE, MAY NOT MEET THE SCALIA TEST FOR JURISDICTION.

     

    THE SCALIA TEST WOULD LIKELY ALSO REMOVE MANY OF THE NATIONS’ WETLANDS FROM . EXPANSION IN EPA’S REGULATORY AUTHORITY WITHOUT CLEAR CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION.

     

    AS JUSTICE SCALIA SAID “WE EXPECT CONGRESS TO SPEAK CLEARLY IF IT WISHES TO ASSIGN TO AN AGENCY DECISIONS OF VAST ‘ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE,’”

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    President Trump Issues Executive Order Directing EPA to Review the WOTUS Rule

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    On February 28, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to review the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) definition of “Waters of the United States”(WOTUS) Rule (the Rule) (80 Fed. Reg. 37054, June 29, 2015). Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the United States” Rule, Executive Order (Feb. 28, 2017) (EO). The EO directs EPA and ACE to review the WOTUS Rule for consistency with the policies set forth in the EO which specifies that “It is in the national interest to ensure that the Nation’s navigable waters are kept free from pollution, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and showing due regard for the roles of the Congress and the States under the Constitution.” The EO also directs EPA and ACE to “publish for notice and comment a proposed rule rescinding or revising the [WOTUS] rule, as appropriate and consistent with law.”

    Pursuant to the EO, EPA and ACE submitted for publication in the Federal Register, a notification of intention to review and rescind or revise the Rule. Notice of Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule, Environmental Protection Agency and Dept. of Defense, Feb. 28, 2017. The notification will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days.

    THE EO ALSO DIRECTS EPA AND ACE TO CONSIDER INTERPRETING THE TERM “NAVIGABLE WATERS,”IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH THE OPINION OF JUSTICE SCALIA IN RAPANOS V. UNITED STATES, 547 U.S. 715 (2006). The Rapanos opinion set out two separate standards for CWA jurisdiction. See Rapanos at 715‑718. Justice Scalia, writing for a plurality, determined that the statute should only apply when there is a “continuous surface connection”between “relatively permanent”waters. Id. at 743. Justice Kennedy, on the other hand, determined that jurisdiction should be based on whether a water or wetland possesses “a significant nexus to waters that are or were navigable in fact or that could reasonably be so made.” Id. at 759. Neither standard was supported by a majority, so neither standard has become binding precedent. See Id. at 715-718. Regulators, however, have generally followed Justice Kennedy’s standard,

    AND THUS, A SWITCH TO JUSTICE SCALIA’S STANDARD WOULD REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN INTERPRETATION OF THE JURISDICTIONAL EXTENT OF THE CWA. SEE 80 FED. REG. 37054, 37056, 37060-37061 [WOTUS RULE].


  • WA State DOE Environmental Justice WAC

    WA State DOE Environmental Justice WAC

    Regarding proposed WA State  Chapter 173-321 WAC

    WHAT IS VAGUENESS AND OVERBREADTH?

    RELATED TO THE OVERBREADTH DOCTRINE IS THE DOCTRINE OF VAGUENESS. THE VAGUENESS DOCTRINE, AN ASPECT OF THE DUE PROCESS REQUIREMENT OF NOTICE, HOLDS THAT A LAW IS FACIALLY INVALID IF PERSONS OF “COMMON INTELLIGENCE MUST NECESSARILY GUESS AS AT ITS MEANING AND DIFFER AS TO ITS APPLICATION.”

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    SO WHAT ABOUT THIS WA STATE WAC?

     IS IT FACIALLY INVALID IF PERSONS OF “COMMON INTELLIGENCE MUST NECESSARILY GUESS AS AT ITS MEANING AND DIFFER AS TO ITS APPLICATION?

     AS USUAL YOU HAVE TO READ 173-321 WAC, PUBLIC PARTICIPATION GRANTS TO FIND OUT WHAT’S IN IT!

    MISLEADING TO SAY THE LEAST” I read it, the full text is below.

     For more information:

    http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/rules/wac173321/1613ov.html

    ECOLOGY’S Introduction

    Under Chapter 70.105D RCW, Ecology administers a program for GRANTS TO

     “PERSONS WHO MAY BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY A RELEASE OR THREATENED RELEASE OF A HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT PUBLIC INTEREST GROUPS”.

    Grants are used to “facilitate public participation in the investigation and remediation of a release OR THREATENED RELEASE OF A HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE and to implement the state’s solid and hazardous waste management priorities.”

    Scope of rulemaking
    WA STATE DEPT OF ECOLOGY (DOE) PROPOSES TO:

    • REVISE PROGRAM PRIORITIES TO INCLUDE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
    • Revise eligibility requirements
    • Clarify the criteria used to evaluate applications
    • Revise eligible costs
    • Develop a method for renewing grants annually per Chapter 70.105D RCW
    • Streamline the grant application and evaluation process to increase consistency, transparency, objectivity, and efficiency
    • Revise the grant application process to authorize electronic submittals
    • Update grant administration requirements
    • Align Chapter 173-321 WAC to current program needs.

    Added for clarity…

    CHAPTER 173-321 WAC

    PUBLIC PARTICIPATION GRANTS

    Complete Chapter

    WAC Sections

    173-321-010

    Purpose and authority.

    173-321-020

    Definitions.

    173-321-030

    Relationship to other legislation and administrative rules.

    173-321-040

    Applicant eligibility.

    173-321-050

    Application evaluation criteria.

    173-321-060

    Eligible project costs.

    173-321-070

    Grant funding.

    173-321-080

    Grant administration.

    WAC 173-321-060

    Eligible project costs.

    (1) ELIGIBLE PROJECT COSTS FOR SUBSTANCE RELEASE GRANTS SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:

    (A) HIRING TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS TO REVIEW AND INTERPRET DOCUMENTS;

    (b) PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT and public education activities;

    (C) REVIEWING SPECIFIC PLANS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING AND ANALYSIS, REVIEWING REPORTS SUMMARIZING THE RESULTS OF SUCH PLANS AND MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MODIFICATIONS TO SUCH PLANS.

    (D) EXPENDABLE PERSONAL PROPERTY;

    (E) OTHER PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ACTIVITIES AS DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.

    (2) ELIGIBLE PROJECT COSTS FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT

     PRIORITY GRANTS SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:

    (a) Assisting in DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING PROGRAMS that promote or improve state or local solid or hazardous waste management plans;

    (b) Assisting in developing programs or activities that promote and are consistent with the state solid or hazardous waste management priorities;

    (C) EXPENDABLE PERSONAL PROPERTY;

    (D) OTHER PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ACTIVITIES AS DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS.

    (3) Ineligible projects and grant costs shall include but not be limited to:

    (a) Independently collecting or analyzing samples at facility sites;

    (B) HIRING ATTORNEYS FOR LEGAL ACTIONS AGAINST POTENTIALLY LIABLE PERSONS, FACILITY OWNERS, OR THE DEPARTMENT. APPLICANTS WHO RECEIVE A GRANT AWARD SHALL NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT IF LEGAL ACTION IS INTENDED OR TAKEN ON THE SUBJECT OF THE GRANT PROJECT OR APPLICATION;

    (C) LEGISLATIVE LOBBYING ACTIVITIES;

    (d) Real property;

    (e) Nonexpendable personal property.

    [Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.105D RCW. WSR 01-05-024 (Order 97-09A), § 173-321-060, filed 2/12/01, effective 3/15/01. Statutory Authority: 1989 c 2. WSR 89-21-072 (Order 89-26), § 173-321-060, filed 10/17/89, effective 11/17/89.]

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

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

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    Why does WA State DOE need an Environmental Justice WAC?

    WAC, WAC, WAC, ECOLOGY’S HISTORIC POLICY OF REDUNDANT DUPLICITY

    Environmental Justice | US EPA

    https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice

    Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES.

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    Chapter 173-321 WAC
    Public Participation Grants

    Overview

    Introduction

    Under Chapter 70.105D RCW, Ecology administers a program for grants to “persons who may be adversely affected by a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance and not-for-profit public interest groups”. Grants are used to “facilitate public participation in the investigation and remediation of a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance and to implement the state’s solid and hazardous waste management priorities.”

    Why are we doing this rulemaking?
    In 2016, Ecology obtained an independent audit of our Public Participation Grants program. The current application process for the grants requires a significant amount of time and agency resources to establish applicant eligibility and award the grants. Changes Ecology is proposing are either specific audit recommendations or based on the agency’s experiences implementing the program.

    Input from past grant recipients and other stakeholders also indicated a need to increase the emphasis the PPG program places in reaching disadvantaged communities adversely affected by toxic contamination and cleanup work. Updating the rule now will allow us to apply these changes to grants awarded in the 2017-19 biennium.

    Scope of rulemaking
    Ecology proposes to:

    • Revise program priorities to include environmental justice
    • Revise eligibility requirements
    • Clarify the criteria used to evaluate applications
    • Revise eligible costs
    • Develop a method for renewing grants annually per Chapter 70.105D RCW
    • Streamline the grant application and evaluation process to increase consistency, transparency, objectivity, and efficiency
    • Revise the grant application process to authorize electronic submittals
    • Update grant administration requirements
    • Align Chapter 173-321 WAC to current program needs.

    Ecology will periodically update these web pages to provide up-to-date information about this rulemaking. We will notify interested parties through the agency email listserv (WAC Track), a Waste 2 Resources ListServ specifically established for the Public Participation Grants program. We will e-mail contacts identified in our grants-related database and those identified by grants staff. We will publish notice in the Washington State Register as we move through the process. To learn more about how to contact Ecology and participate in the process, please visit our public involvement page.

    ADDITIONAL RULE INFORMATION

     

     

    Regarding 173-321 WAC, PUBLIC PARTICIPATION GRANTS

    Granted, I have been publicly participating, criticizing, objecting, commenting and tracking Ecology’s, WA State DOE Environmental WAC-ING for years.  I do investigative documentation and reporting on my website. I have been signed up for Ecology’s WAC Track for years, receiving, reading hundreds of pages,  investigating and documenting, posting, commenting and disseminating information on  one proposed WAC after another WAC….

    This was my published opinion on Apr 15, 2013,  and I’m sticking with it. period

    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 papers did report that I said it. WHAT THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS DID NOT REPORT …

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    Behind My Back | Ecology’s Expedited Rule Making?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/06/26/ecologys-expedited-rule-making/

    JUN 26, 2014 – Washington Department of Ecology AO #14-01 NOTICE THIS RULE REPEAL IS BEING PROPOSED UNDER AN EXPEDITED RULE- MAKING …

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    MY ONE RIGHT TO OBJECT TO ECOLOGY’S EXPEDITED RULE MAKING

    Behind My Back | A Thousand Wrongs? One Right?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/09/17/2757/

    SEP 17, 2014 – OK, so what’s WRONG with that? We the people, have every RIGHT to make a THOUSAND public objections and comments. So what’s …

     “One right doesn’t remedy a thousand wrongs.’

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    WHAT IS VAGUENESS AND OVERBREADTH?

     BEST GUESS OBAMACARE….

     RELATED TO THE OVERBREADTH DOCTRINE IS THE DOCTRINE OF VAGUENESS. THE VAGUENESS DOCTRINE, AN ASPECT OF THE DUE PROCESS REQUIREMENT OF NOTICE, HOLDS THAT A LAW IS FACIALLY INVALID IF PERSONS OF “COMMON INTELLIGENCE MUST NECESSARILY GUESS AS AT ITS MEANING AND DIFFER AS TO ITS APPLICATION.”

    The bottom line….

    WHAT IS VAGUENESS AND OVERBREADTH, deserves another posting on my website.


  • Pruitt Draining the EPA Swamp?

    Feb 19, 2017 The good news is….  PRUITT HAS BEEN SWORN IN

    (And according to Reuters)    THE REAL FRENZY WILL BEGIN.

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    BY DEFINITION THE REAL FRENZY STARTED THE DAY DONALD J. TRUMP ANNOUNCED HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT … AND HAS INTENSIFIED EVERYDAY SINCE JUNE 16, 2015

    A REAL FRENZY INDEED…..

    A temporary madness, in a rage amounting to a FRENZY

    A violent mental or emotional agitation

    Almost weeping in a FRENZY of anxiety …

    Intense usually wild and often disorderly compulsive or agitated activity

    The mob chanted itself into a FRENZY extreme mental agitation

    Wild excitement or derangement.

    A fit or spell of violent mental excitement

     A paroxysm characteristic of or resulting from a mania

    According to Reuters? NEXT WEEK THE REAL FRENZY WILL BEGIN?

    But next week, once Pruitt is sworn in, the real frenzy will begin. According to Reuters, President Donald Trump plans to sign between two and five environmental executive orders aimed at the EPA and possibly the State Department.

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    Fox News, Sen. John Barrasoso, January 17, 2017

    Sen. Barrasso: For 8 years the EPA has made life hard for too many Americans. That’s about to change
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    Sen. John Barrasso penned an op-ed noting how the outgoing administration’s EPA “THE  EPA HAS ABUSED AND ATTACKED FAR TOO MANY HARD-WORKING AMERICAN FAMILIES According to Barrasso, “President-elect Trump has vowed that his administration will overturn two federal regulations for every new one it proposes.

    The administrator of the EPA Scott Pruitt, will play a vital role in keeping that promise

    ABUSE AND ATTACK,  PART AND PARCEL, OF THE EPA REIGN OF TERROR AND TYRANNY

    Scott Pruitt Will End Obama’s EPA Tyranny – The PolitiStick

    politistick.com/pruitt-heads-epa-leftist-slavery-ended/

    Jan 16, 2017 – Obama used the EPA as his personal hit squad. … Ending leftist government bullying will spark a new era of American prosperity – investors risking …. disasters that have plagued america during Ojackasses reign of terror.

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    Behind My Back | End the EPA Reign of Terror?

    www.behindmyback.org/category/end-the-epareign-of-terror/

    TRUMP FREEZES EPA Grants and Contracts. Trump moved to block implementation of at least 30 environmental rules finalized in the closing months of …

    WHY WOULD ANY AMERICA CITIZEN CONSIDER CRUCIFIXION BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) TO BE TERROR? 

    This kind of bullying and intimidation of Americans by a federal agency must be shut down.

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    CRUCIFIXION BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
    JUN 29, 2012 – TWO MONTHS AFTER (OBAMA’S APPOINTED) EPA’S “WE CRUCIFY THEM” AL ARMENDARIZ REGION VI ADMINISTRATOR RESIGNED THE SIERRA CLUB HIRED HIM.  TAKING AL ARMENDARIZ’S  SAME EPA “PHILOSOPHY OF CRUCIFIXION ENFORCEMENT” BY  TO THE SIERRA CLUB.

    Ken Kramer, Director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, emailed the following statement “The resignation of Dr. Al Armendariz as Region 6 EPA administrator is a major loss for Texas. He brought a breath of fresh air – literally and figuratively – to Texas in his vigorous enforcement of the federal Clean Air Act. . Dr. Armendariz was one of the best Region 6 EPA administrators who have served since the post was created in the 1970s.

    YEP, EPA ENFORCEMENT BY CRUCIFIXION  IS LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY A VIGOROUS TERROR BULLYING AND INTIMIDATION OF AMERICANS BY A FEDERAL AGENCY.

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    Feb 19, 2017 

    Scott Pruitt Confirmed and Sworn in as EPA Administrator | U.S. EPA …

    https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/scottpruitt-confirmed-and-swornepaadministrator

    AL ARMENDARIZ WAS THE EPA REGION 6 ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED BY OBAMA.

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Draining the EPA Swamp?

    A huge task considering how many Obama appointed EPA leftovers are still in place, according to their personal biography’s, below.

    Check them out….. You decided

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    Current EPA Leadership

    EPA is headed by an Administrator, who is supported by a Deputy, five Associate, twelve Assistant, and ten Regional Administrators. You can find information below about key EPA leaders in these offices:


    EPA Administrator

    Deputy Administrator

    Mike Flynn

    Acting Deputy Administrator Mike Flynn

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    Assistant Administrators

    Office of Administration and Resource Management (OARM)

    Donna Vizian

    Acting Assistant Administrator Donna Vizian

    Office of Air and Radiation (OAR)

    Sarah Dunham

    Acting Assistant Administrator Sarah Dunham

    Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP)

    Wendy Cleland-Hamnett

    Acting Assistant Administator Wendy Cleland-Hamnett

    Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)

    David Bloom

    Acting Chief Financial Officer David Bloom

    Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA)

    Larry Starfield

    Acting Assistant Administrator Lawrence Starfield

    Office of Environmental Information (OEI)

    Steve Fine

    Steven Fine, Acting Chief Information Officer

    Office of General Counsel (OGC)

    Kevin Minoli

    Acting General Counsel Kevin S. Minoli

    Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

    Arthur Elkins

    Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins, Jr.

    Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA)

    Jane Nishida

    Acting Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida

    Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM)

    Barry Breen

    Acting Assistant Administrator Barry Breen

    Office of Research and Development (ORD)

    Robert Kavlock

    Acting Assistant Administrator Robert Kavlock

    Office of Water (OW)

    Mike Shapiro

    Acting Assistant Administrator Michael Shapiro

    Regional Administrators

    Region 1 (Boston, MA – Serving CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT)

    Deborah Szaro

    Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Szaro

    Region 2 (New York, NY – Serving NJ, NY, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)

    Walter Mugdan

    Acting Regional Administrator Walter Mugdan

    Region 3 (Philadelphia, PA – Serving DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, and WV)

    Cecil Rodrigues

    Acting Regional Administrator Cecil A. Rodrigues

    Region 4 (Atlanta, GA – Serving AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN)

    Anne Heard

    Acting Regional Administrator Anne Heard

    Region 5 (Chicago, IL – Serving IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI)

    Robert A. Kaplan

    Acting Regional Administrator Robert A. Kaplan

    Region 6 (Dallas, TX – Serving AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX)

    Samuel Coleman

    Acting Regional Administrator Samuel Coleman

    Region 7 (Kansas City, KS – Serving IA, KS, MO, and NE)

    Edward Chu

    Acting Regional Administrator Edward H. Chu

    Region 8 (Denver, CO – Serving CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY)

    Deb Thomas

    Acting Regional Administrator Debra Thomas

    Region 9 (San Francisco, CA – Serving AZ, CA, HI, NV, Pacific islands, and 148 tribes)

    Alexis Strauss

    Acting Regional Administrator Alexis Strauss

    Region 10 (Seattle, WA – Serving AK, ID, OR, WA and 271 native tribes)

    Michelle Pirzadeh

    Acting Regional Administrator Michelle Pirzadeh

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    Associate Administrators

    Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations (OCIR)

    Robin Richardson

    Acting Associate Administrator Robin Richardson

    Office of Homeland Security (OHS)

    David Kling

    Associate Adminstrator David J. Kling

    Office of Policy (OP)

    Shannon Kenny

    Acting Associate Administrator Shannon Kenny

    Office of Public Affairs (OPA)

    George Hull

    Acting Associate Administrator George Hull

    Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education (OPEEE)

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    Key Staff in the Office of the Administrator

    Acting Chief of Staff John Reeder

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    Director of the Office of Administrative and

    Executive Services Reginald E. Allen

    Ruth Etzel

    Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection

    Dr. Ruth A. Etzel, M.D., Ph.D.

    Photo Not Available

    Acting Director of the Office of Civil Rights Lilian Dorka

    Photo Not Available

    Director of the Office of the Executive Secretariat Brian Hope

    Chris Zarba

    Director of the Science Advisory Board

    Staff Office Christopher Zarba

    Picture of Denise Benjamin Sirmons

    Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged

    Business Utilization Denise Benjamin-Sirmons

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  • EPA Grants and Contracts

    TRUMP FREEZES EPA Grants and Contracts

    Trump moved to block implementation of at least 30 environmental rules finalized in the closing months of President Barack Obama’s term.

    Trump freezes EPA Grants and Contracts.

    THE EPA’S FY 2016 BUDGET REQUEST OF $8,600,000.00 BILLION, IN ADDITION $5,000,000.00 MILLION IN STATE GRANT FUNDING IS PROVIDED IN THE WETLANDS

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    THE EPA’S ACTIVE CONTRACTS LIST 10/26/2016
    DATA PROVIDED BY US EPA OFFICE OF ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT

    NUMBER OF CONTRACTS: 629

    TOTAL CONTRACT OBLIGATION: $6,398,369,335.21

    ACTIVE CONTRACTS BY CONTRACT NUMBER AS OF 10/26/2016

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    Here how the EPA grants worked with and through the DOE at a state level.
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    The EPA granted to WA State DOE $100,000.00 for the Shoreline Management Update  (SMP) in a pass through grant)
    EVERY SMP UPDATE IN EVERY COUNTY, IN THE USA WAS GRANTED $$$$ ( AS A PASS THROUGH GRANT)   BY THE EPA, TO  EVERY STATE DOE, TO BE GRANTED TO EVERY COUNTY.
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    Fiscal Year 2016 – US EPA

    https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/…/epa_fy_2016_congressional_justification.pdf

    The agency’s FY 2016 budget request of $8.6 billion enables us to ..Many communities are facing multiple pollution problems and are looking for integrated or holistic …. In addition, $5 million in state grant funding is provided in the wetlands.

    EPA Active Contracts Listing | Contracting with EPA | US EPA

    https://www.epa.gov/contracts/epa-active-contractslisting

    Oct 31, 2016 – Listed below, you will find the EPA Active Contracts Listing, which lists of all currently active EPA Contracts. The listing is available by Contract …


  • The Human Toll of WA DC Edicts 2012-2016

    2012 TWO COUNTIES – same problem – water and land use REGULATIONS

    SISKIYOU COUNTY CALIF –  CLALLAM COUNTY WASHINGTON

    WHAT HAVE OUR COUNTY’S GOT IN COMMON?

     WATER AND LAND USE REGULATIONS AND LITIGATION ARE DESTROYING US.

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    2016  THREE  COUNTIES – same problem – water and land use REGULATIONS

    FEBRUARY 26, 2016  THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE CAUSED BY (WA DC Edicts) FEDERAL CONTROL, THREE COUNTIES,  THREE STATE, SISKIYOU COUNTY CALIF –  CLALLAM COUNTY WASHINGTON And JOSEPHINE COUNTY OREGON CAUSED BY THE….

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    THIS IS A MUST READ FIRST

    BLM Bureau of Land Mismanagement

    Posted on February 29, 2016 9:33 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    February 26, 2016 Toni Webb’s  story is here… OREGON CANDIDATE EXPOSES SOCIAL, ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE CAUSED BY FEDERAL CONTROL IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY OREGON

    Liz and I both saw this … As the history of our three counties in three different states. Washington State, Oregon and Calif. Liz Bowen is from Siskiyou County, Calif. Pie N Politics Pearl Rains Hewett is from Clallam County WA

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    JUNE 10, 2016

    The Bottom line….

    Pearl Rains Hewett,  LET ME ASK AMERICA A QUESTION

    HOW HAS THE ‘SYSTEM’ BEEN WORKING OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

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    By Donald J. Trump April 14, 2016 7:18 p.m. ET

    (unedited full text)

     LET ME ASK AMERICA A QUESTION

    HOW HAS THE ‘SYSTEM’ BEEN WORKING OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

    Behind My Back | Let Me Ask America a Question

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/04/26/letmeaskamerica-a-question/

    Apr 26, 2016 – Let Me Ask America a Question. How has the ‘system’ been working out for you and your family? No wonder voters demand change.

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    MAY 9, 2016 DONALD J. TRUMP SAID ” AS A BUSINESSMAN I THINK REGULATIONS ARE EVEN WORSE THAN TAXES”.

    WOW, GETTING RID OF THE EPA?  Environmental Protection Agency

    THE ESA THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT?

    May 27, 2016 – Trump accused state officials of denying water to Central Valley farmers so they can send it … so they can send it out to sea ‘to protect a certain kind of threeinch fish‘. The theory that California’s water shortage is all the fault of the Environmental Protection Agency is, like most conspiracy.

    GO FIGURE? WATER FOR PEOPLE NOT A THREE INCH ENDANGERED SMELT.

    The Human Toll of WA DC Edicts 2012-2016

    Apr 26, 2016 – Let Me Ask America a Question. How has the ‘system’ been working out for you and your family? No wonder voters demand change.

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    DONALD J. TRUMP, AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, A BUSINESS MAN, WILL BE TRANSFERRING THE CONTROL OF OUR PRIVATE AND PUBLIC LANDS BACK TO WESTERN STATES, LIKE OREGON, BACK TO WE THE PEOPLE, BECAUSE IT IS SO CRITICAL TO OUR SURVIVAL.

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     The Human Toll in Siskiyou County – KARE

    www.klamathalliance.org/information/the-humantoll-in-siskiyoucounty/

    Siskiyou County has been hard hit by the environmental movement during the past twenty years. Time and again, we are promised that tourism will rise and …

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    Nov 18, 2012- June 10, 2016

    CLALLAM COUNTY WASHINGTON- SISKIYOU COUNTY CALIF-  

    OUR TIMBER INDUSTRIES  HAVE BEEN HARD HIT BY THE “ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT” DURING THE PAST TWENTY YEARS.

    TIME AND AGAIN, WE ARE PROMISED THAT TOURISM WILL RISE AND …

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    from Pearl Rains-Hewett

    Posted 11/18/2012

    WHAT HAVE OUR COUNTY’S GOT IN COMMON?

    OUR TIMBER INDUSTRIES AND,

    How Water and Land Use REGULATIONS and Litigation Are DESTROYING Us

    2012 “The hand writing on the wall” is an idiom for “imminent doom or misfortune” and for “the future is predetermined”.

    CLALLAM COUNTY

    Timber harvesting is the dominant land use in the County with 285,842 acres in large commercial timber holdings. Widespread timber harvesting in the area began in the 1920’s and continued intensively through the 1980’s, when the rate slowed significantly due in part to federal listings of the northern SPOTTED OWL AND MARBLED MURRELET.

    At one time, it was the largest timber production area in the state.

    However, OUR FOREST INDUSTRIES HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED BY FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATIONS.

    How many sawmills and wood processing facilities are gone?

    There is no doubt that the restrictions on timber harvest from public lands under the Northwest Forest Plan have played a significant role in this decline.

    Eighty- one % (81%) of the land base in Clallam County proper is in Federal (or state) ownership.

    Olympic National Forest Is over 1 million acres.

    There are more than ? miles of wild and scenic rivers in Clallam County.

    What is the unemployment rate? 9.1% of the labor force Sep 2012

    One aspect of this is land conversion from private to Federal lands.

    acquisition or conservation easements

    new wildlife refuge

    convert acres of farmland to wetlands

    There are many forest-dependent communities in our county where local unemployment is estimated from?

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    SISKIYOU COUNTY

    Siskiyou County accounts for 15% of the timber harvested in California.

    At one time, it was the second largest timber production area in the state.

    However, our forest industries have been devastated by Federal and State regulations.

    There are many forest-dependent communities in our county where local unemployment is estimated from 30-40%.

    There is no doubt that the restrictions on timber harvest from public lands under the Northwest Forest Plan have played a significant role in this decline.

    all 17 sawmills were gone and wood processing facilities

    Sixty-three % (63%) of the land base in Siskiyou County is in Federal (or state) ownership.

    There are more than 152 miles of wild and scenic rivers in the County.

    National Forest’s 1.7 million acres alone comprises 42% of Siskiyou County’s land base.

    In March of 2012, the unemployment rate was 18.7%, ranking Siskiyou 50th out of 56 counties in the state.

    The AP Economic Stress Index ranks Siskiyou County as the 14th most economically stressed county in the United States.

    One aspect of this is land conversion from private to Federal lands.

    Since 1999, 8,625.71 acres valued at $3,922,179 have been converted to Federal land.

    Another 11,236 acres of ranch land in the Shasta Valley is currently proposed for conversion to a new wildlife refuge.

    In addition, the proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement seeks to convert 44,479 acres of farmland in the Upper Klamath Basin to wetlands, (some of which may be in Siskiyou County.)

    It also proposes to secure 21,800 acres of farmland by acquisition or conservation easements in the Scott and Shasta Valleys of Siskiyou County.

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    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Please read on if you are concerned

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    Siskiyou County Supervisor Marcia Armstrong 5/31/12

    “I have completed part I of my report on (Integrated Water Resources Management) IWRM. http://users.sisqtel.net/armstrng/IRWM%20siskiyou%20part1.htm This includes an economic and social impact study, a briefing on each of Siskiyou County’s Agricultural areas in the Klamath, a briefing on water rights and a chronology of the major actions (legal, regulatory) in the Klamath River/Siskiyou County over the past 15 years.”

    Part 1 – Siskiyou County

    How Water and Land Use Regulations and Litigation Are Destroying Us

    By Marcia H. Armstrong © 2012
    armsrtrng@sisqtel.net
    (reprint granted with attribution)

    Background on Siskiyou County and its Economy

     

    GENERAL:

    Sixty-three % (63%) of the land base in Siskiyou County is in Federal (or state) ownership. There are portions of the Klamath National Forest; Shasta-Trinity National Forest; Six Rivers National Forest;Modoc National Forest; and Rogue Siskiyou National Forest in Siskiyou County. The Klamath National Forest’s 1.7 million acres alone comprises 42% of Siskiyou County’s land base. The county also includes the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges, as well as the Lava Beds National Monument. There are various BLM lands administered by the Redding, Medford, Ashland and Susanville BLM offices. There are more than 152 miles of wild and scenic rivers in the County. There are lands held in tribal trust for the Karuk and Quartz Valley Indian tribes.

    The entire land base of Siskiyou County is 4,038,843 acres or 6,287 square miles. Of this, 1,153,246 acres (29%) is in farmland, however only 138,000 acres (3% of tot. county acres) are irrigated. 2,525,216 acres is considered rangeland/woodland/ forest (inc. National Forest.) Our relatively sparse population of 44,301 classifies the county as “frontier.” There are nine small incorporated cities that date back to the California Gold Rush. Eight tenths of one percent of private land is urban.

    In the year 2000, the average unemployment rate for the year was 7.5%. By 2008, it had risen to 10.2%, rising again to 15.8% in 2009. In March of 2012, the unemployment rate was 18.7%, ranking Siskiyou 50th out of 56 counties in the state. There are many forest-dependent communities in our county where local unemployment is estimated from 30-40%. The average wage per job in 2008 was $32,707. That was only 63% of the state average. The median household income was $36,823 — or 60% of the state median. Non-household median income is currently $27,718 — a ranking of 47th in the state. The AP Economic Stress Index ranks Siskiyou County as the 14th most economically stressed county in the United States.

    Siskiyou County has a substantial low income population. In 2010, 18.6% of all residents in Siskiyou County, 26.6% of children under the age of 18 and 7.3% of those 65 years or older lived below the poverty line. In 2010, the economic impact of jobs at Human Services and entitlement benefits to County residents was $71,581,874. This includes: $11.6 million in annual “assistance costs” (CalWorks/welfare, Foster Care;) $8.8 million in annual food stamps; $4.7 million in In-Home-Support-Services for the elderly and disabled; and $36.7 million in Medical Assistance/Medi-Cal.

    Social statistics indicate that Siskiyou County has the second highest child abuse/neglect rate in the state – (3 times the state average.) Compared to Los Angeles County, Siskiyou County has higher rates of all forms of violent crime except homicide. [aggravated assaults, forcible rape, and robbery.] Often these crimes have similar underlying causes, namely, social strain combined with the selective disinhibition fueled by alcohol and drug use (read Robert Nash Parker; Robin Room; and Jeffery A Roth). The premature death rate for the general population is almost twice that of the national average.

    According to Indicators of Alcohol and Other Drug Risk and Consequences for California Counties Siskiyou County 2007, the number of local fatalities in alcohol-involved motor vehicle accidents was three times that of the statewide average; the death rate due to alcohol and drug use was 32.5 deaths per 100,000 persons (compared to a state average of 20.9/1000.) Methamphetamine accounted for 44% of admissions for alcohol and drug treatment. Admissions for alcohol use accounted for 31 percent of admissions in 2004. The death rate for cirrhosis if the liver was three times the Healthy People 2010 goal. Drug-induced deaths were 19 times higher than the Healthy People 2010 goal per 1,000. About 85% of child abuse cases involve methamphetamine.

    THE ECONOMY OF SISKIYOU COUNTY IS BASED ON SMALL BUSINESS. In 2008, there were 6,857 non-farm proprietors in Siskiyou County. According to 2007 data, 61% of non-farming establishments in Siskiyou County had less than 4 employees; 82% had less than 10 employees and 93% had less than 20.

    Agriculture is a major economic sector of the county. Our 2010 Siskiyou County Annual Crop and Livestock Report indicates that the agricultural valuation in the county was $195,711,956 (gross and excluding timber.) According to the USDA Ag Census, in 1992 Siskiyou County had 647,446 acres in farms. By 2007, this had been reduced to 597,534 acres. The 1996-2008 Land Use Summary, Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program indicates that during the span of the report, Siskiyou County lost 15,164 acres of prime farmland; 3,036 acres of farmland of statewide importance; 40,456 acres of farmland of local importance. With an addition of 16,126 acres of grazing land and 2,390 acres of unique farmland, this mean a total loss of 40,140 acres of farmland. In 2000, there were 895 farm proprietors in Siskiyou County. This declined to only 730 in 2008. The county lost 81 livestock ranches from 1992 to 2007, with an accompanying loss of 20,882 fewer cattle and calves in inventory. According to the CA D.O.T. Siskiyou County Economic Forecast, since 1995, Siskiyou County’s agriculture industries have experienced substantial job loss of about 586 jobs, declining almost 45%.

    During the past 20 years, there has also been a restructuring of size and sales in agricultural operations. Since 1992 to 2007, there has been an increase in the number of small farms: farms under 10 acres doubled to 80. Farms under 50 acres increased 59% to 229. Farms 50-179 acres increased 27% to 228. Farms from 180-449 acres remained about the same at 79. However, there was a 19% reduction in farms 1000 acres or more to 100 farms in 2007. One aspect of this is land conversion from private to Federal lands. Since 1999, 8,625.71 acres valued at $3,922,179 have been converted to Federal land. Another 11,236 acres of ranch land in the Shasta Valley is currently proposed for conversion to a new wildlife refuge. In addition, the proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement seeks to convert 44,479 acres of farmland in the Upper Klamath Basin to wetlands, (some of which may be in Siskiyou County.) It also proposes to secure 21,800 acres of farmland by acquisition or conservation easements in the Scott and Shasta Valleys of Siskiyou County.

    At the same time, farms having less than $2,500 in sales increased 105% to 359. Farms selling $2,500-9,999 stayed about the same at 151. Farms selling $10-$24,999 decreased 10% to 95. Farms selling $25,000-$49,999 decreased about 18% to 60. Farms selling $50,000 to $99,999 decreased 45% to 44 and farms with sales in excess of $100,000 increased by 28% to 137.

    Siskiyou County accounts for 15% of the timber harvested in California. At one time, it was the second largest timber production area in the state. However, our forest industries have been devastated by Federal and State regulations. For instance, the forestry section of Siskiyou County’s 1972 Conservation Element of the General Plan indicated that there were 17 sawmills in the county (employing 2,055 people or 24% of the employment base) and 8 wood processing facilities (employing 294 people or 3% of the employment base). There were 46 logging contractors and support establishments employing 501 people or 5% of the employment base. By 2007, ALL 17 SAWMILLS WERE GONE. The census indicates that there were a total of 6 wood products manufacturing establishments (including veneer mills) employing 380 people (one mill has subsequently closed in Butte Valley). There were 38 Logging, Forestry and Support Establishments employing 157 employees.

    There is no doubt that the restrictions on timber harvest from public lands under the Northwest Forest Plan have played a significant role in this decline. In 1978, 239 MMBF of timber was harvested from the Klamath National Forest (KNF), 274 MMBF from the Shasta Trinity National Forest (STNF) and 73 MMBF from the Six Rivers National Forest (SRNF.) In 2008, 20 MMBF was harvested from the KNF, 22 MMBF from the STNF and 8 MMBF from the SRNF. [Seehttp://users.sisqtel.net/armstrng/regulatory%20impacts.htm for links to tables and reports]

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    The Human Toll in Siskiyou County – KARE

    The Human Toll in Siskiyou County

    SISKIYOU COUNTY HAS BEEN HARD HIT BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT DURING THE PAST TWENTY YEARS. TIME AND AGAIN,

    WE ARE PROMISED THAT TOURISM WILL RISE AND OFFSET ANY DAMAGE TO OUR RESOURCE DRIVEN ECONOMY, AND YET THOSE DOLLARS REFUSE TO MATERIALIZE.

    For 20 years, timber has been excluded from our national forests (see this shocking graph) which consume nearly two thirds of our entire county. Mining has been all but eliminated, agriculture (the largest remaining industry in this county)

    AND NOW KS WILD HAS THE TEMERITY TO CLAIM THAT OUR COUNTY WILL BE BETTER OFF WITH ANOTHER 200,000 ACRES (OF 600,000 TOTAL) OF TIMBERLAND LOCKED UP IN SOME “CLIMATE REFUGE?” Next time somebody trots out that line, give them some of these demographic statistics:

    Unemployment, July 2011

    (State wide data by county: PDF file)

    • California: 12.4%
    • Siskiyou Co: 16.6%
    • Shasta Co: 15.0%
    • Modoc Co: 13.9%
    • Humboldt Co: 11.9%
    • LA Co: 13.3%
    • Sacramento Co: 12.9%
    • San Franscsco Co: 9.0%

    Siskiyou County 2010 Snapshot

    (PDF file)

    • Population: around 48,000
    • The median age of the population is 43
    • 36% of the population is employed
    • Unemployment is 18.5%
    • Median Household Income $35,692 ($59,928 for CA)
    • 28% of households have children under 18 (46% USA)
    • 18% of the population lives below the poverty line (13% CA)
    • 27% of children live below the poverty line (18.5% CA)
    • 18% of the population is eligible for food stamps
    • 22% are eligible for Medi-Cal programs (18% CA)
    • Substantiation of Child Abuse and Neglect 31.7 per 1,000 ( 9/1,000 for CA)
    • Siskiyou Co. has higher rates of all violent crime (aggravated assaults, forcible rape and robbery) except homicide than Los Angeles Co. 11% of Seniors aged 60 and above have been abused.
    • Methamphetamine accounts for 44% of substance abuse treatment admissions. Roughly 11.9 percent of adolescents under 18 reported binge drinking over the past month (CA 6.6 percent.)
    • Of youth between age 10-17 admitted for treatment, 72% were for marijuana, 17% methamphetamine, and 11% alcohol. 83% were male. This age group also accounts for 13% of drug-related arrests.
    • Individuals between 25 and 34 years account for 25 percent of admissions to alcohol and drug treatment. This age group also accounts for 22 percent of drug related arrests
    • Individuals between 35 and 44 years accounts for 27 percent of alcohol-related arrests

    Twenty Year Trends

    (PDF file)

    • Demographic Trends — Age distribution: The census indicates that between 1990 and 2008, Siskiyou County experienced a 25% loss in the population of children under the age of 18. The County saw a 45% increase in the population age 45-64 and an 18% increase of those age 65 and older. This shows that our population is aging dramatically, and younger family wage earners are migrating elsewhere.
    • Income Trends; The BEA (Bureau of Economic Analysis) indicates that in 1987, the average wage for jobs in Siskiyou County were 73% of the California average. There was a steady decline down to as low as 57% in the year 2000, then the percentage stabilized at 61 % with an increase to 63% in 2008. This shows that our wages are depressed, not keeping pace with inflation and the rest of the state.
    • Unemployment — The EDD statistics indicate that from 1990-2009, the highest rates of unemployment occurred in individual months in 1991-1993 (19.3-21.1%.) The average rate of unemployment for 1991 was 13.2, for 1992 — 15.8 and for 1993 -15.6. This high rate likely reflects the closure of the four timber mills in Siskiyou County between 1989-1999. The rate of unemployment then very gradually decreased each year until it plateaued around 2001 -2007 at 8-9.5% It climbed to an average of 10.2% in 2008 and was at 15.8% average in 2009.
    • Median Household Income The census (SAIPE) reports that in 1989, the median household income of Siskiyou County residents was $22,077. This was 66% of the California median, (down $11,000 from the CA median.) In 2008, the Siskiyou County median was $36,823. It had decreasedto 60% of the California median, (down $24,000 from the CA median household income.) Siskiyou County ranks 51 out of 58 California Counties in median income.
    • Poverty Rates — The census (SAIPE) reports that in 1989, 14.4% of Siskiyou County residents lived below the poverty line. This was 1.7% higher than the poverty rate for California in general. In 1989, 23.5% of children under 18 in Siskiyou County lived in poverty. This was 2.2% higher than the California rate. In 2008, 16.4% of all residents in Siskiyou County lived in poverty. This is a 2 percent increase in the rate over that of 1989 and is 3.1% higher than the California rate. In 2008, 25.4% of children under the age of 18 in Siskiyou County lived in poverty. That is a 2 percent increase in the rate over that of 1989 and is 6.9% greater than the California rate.

    Summary Comment: Siskiyou County is an aging county. A large percentage of children in the county live in poverty and this is getting worse. Average wages are poor compared to the rest of California and getting worse. The household median income in the County has historically lagged far behind that of California and is getting worse. Unemployment has always been substantially higher than California in general. After stabilizing from high employment in the aftermath of mill closures and Forest Service layoffs, unemployment has substantially increased in the past two years and is climbing. It is currently 15.6% (May 2010.) The well-being of a substantial number of Siskiyou County residents is depressed and trending downward.

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    JUNE 10, 2016

    The Bottom line….

    Pearl Rains Hewett,  LET ME ASK AMERICA A QUESTION

    HOW HAS THE ‘SYSTEM’ BEEN WORKING OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

     


  • The Federal Fault of Land Grabbing

    GIVE US BACK OUR STATE LAND

    LET OUR PEOPLE GROW and farm, and sow,, and reap, and ranch, and mow, and harvest, and log, and mill, and mine, and build, and manufacture, and create jobs.

    It is our heritage, it is who we are and what we do, it is our way of life, it is our source of employment and income, it provides our shelter, the roof over our heads, food on our tables and heat from our hearth, indeed it has been  the  lot of our lives for many generations of American  families.

    We are American citizens. We had sovereign enabling state land. We were and are public and private property owners. We the people were and are the best stewards and caretakers of our state and private land.

    So we saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil. We know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live

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    February 26, 2016 Toni Webb is a candidate for Commissioner of Josephine County, Oregon

    THIS IS SNIPPET OF HER STORY… Oregon candidate exposes social, economic catastrophe caused by federal control in Josephine County

    TO: Candidates running for President of the United States

    This letter is to inform you of the struggles faced by the people of Josephine County, Oregon, due to ongoing problems with the federal government’s control of our public land, including our once-productive forests. Bad policies and misguided management by federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, have left our rural county economically and socially devastated.

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    How can  the American people prosper and gain from their toil?

    When Obama’s executive orders, his anointed appointed and  non-government agencies including appointed judges, use every trick in the book, by hook or by crook to grab, control, restrict, regulate and prohibit  all private and state public land use?

    How can  the American people prosper and gain from their toil?

    START HERE

    American Lands Council – A Constitutional Means To Financial …

    www.freedomworks.org/…/americanlandscouncil-consti…

    FreedomWorks

    Nov 29, 2013 – Federal Lands Map The American Lands Council recently came to Oregon to discuss the dichotomy … There is a Federal Fault Line between states that had their lands granted to them after statehood and those that didn’t;.

    States that had their lands granted to them after statehood?

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    Read this…

    The ENABLING ACT February 22, 1889

    Posted on March 9, 2014 11:10 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Way back then, the Federal Government  and the elected representative gave to and enabled American citizens,  they made  donations of public lands to such states.

    Moving forward 125 years, “We the People” of Washington State (the Western United States), are in a battle with the Federal  and state Governments  and our elected representative struggling to preserve, protect,  maintain the use of,  intent and purpose of the  public lands that were given to us in TRUST.

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    How can the American people prosper and gain from their toil?

    JUST GIVE US BACK OUR STATE LAND?

    IF ONLY IT WAS THAT EASY….. REMEMBER THIS PART?

    Obama’s  executive orders, his executive land grabs, his federally anointed appointed and  NON-GOVERNMENT agencies including appointed judges, use every trick in the book, by hook or by crook to grab, control, restrict, regulate and prohibit all private and state public land use?

    Executive Orders Matter

    Posted on October 5, 2015 6:22 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
    EXECUTIVE ORDER 13514, CLIMATE CHANGE Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, establishes an integrated strategy for sustainability within the Federal Government. Under the Executive Order, each agency is required to evaluate their climate change risks and vulnerabilities to manage the effects of climate

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    CLIMATE CHANGE: OBAMA EXECUTIVE ORDER 13514
    Things that matter TRUTH AND POLITICS
    IT’S AS EASY AS ONE, TWO THREE…
    (1) FEDERAL Planning Steps Set a Mandate
    The Obama administration estimated the emissions limits will cost $8.4 billion annually by 2030.
    OBAMA’S RULE ASSIGNS CUSTOMIZED TARGETS TO EACH STATE
    “CLIMATE CHANGE WILL NOT BE SOLVED BY GRABBING POWER FROM STATES or slowly hollowing out our economy,” Bush said.
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    (2) STATE Planning Steps Set a Mandate
    THE ACTUAL PRICE WON’T BE CLEAR UNTIL STATES DECIDE HOW THEY’LL REACH THEIR TARGETS THEN LEAVES IT UP TO THE STATE TO DETERMINE HOW TO MEET THEM.
    IF STATES REFUSE TO SUBMIT PLANS, THE EPA HAS THE AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE ITS OWN PLAN

    (3) 2015 COUNTY Planning Steps Set a Mandate

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    BLM Bureau of Land Mismanagement

    Posted on February 29, 2016 9:33 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    February 26, 2016 Toni Webb’s  story is here… OREGON CANDIDATE EXPOSES SOCIAL, ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE CAUSED BY FEDERAL CONTROL IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY

    Liz and I both saw this … As the history of our three counties in three different states. Washington State, Oregon and Calif. Liz Bowen is from Siskiyou County, Calif. Pie N Politics Pearl Rains Hewett is from Clallam County WA

    I hope that you, as candidates for President of the United States, will seriously consider why the effort to transfer the ownership and control of public lands back to western states, like Oregon, IS SO CRITICAL TO OUR SURVIVAL.

    Dept. of Interior Deterioration

    Posted on May 4, 2014 10:32 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

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    Our Public Land Heritage: From the GLO to the BLM

    The document is only 27 pages of how the federal government turned
    The GLOW of the Act Establishing Yellowstone National Park (1872) – Our ..

    AS A PUBLIC PARK OR PLEASURING GROUND FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE. INTO A OBAMA’S PERSONAL AGENDA. grabbing of our public land for conservation and protection under federal lands.

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    SHALL I GO ON….

    Behind My Back | High, Dry and Destitute

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/01/highdry-and-destitute/

    Feb 1, 2015 – High, Dry and Destitute WA State citizens, private property owners and farmers, in Skagit and Clallam County have been left HIGH, DRY AND …

    Calif. Farmers High Dry and Destitute

    Posted on February 29, 2016 8:52 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Calif. Farmers HIGH, DRY AND DESTITUTE

    Obama admin allocates water for endangered fish, leaves …

    m.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/24/obam

    The Washington Times

    Logo: The Washington Times · Home · NewsObama admin allocates water for endangered fish, leaves California farmers high and dry … Wednesday, February 24, 2016 … some farmers are looking at another year of a zero federal water … “We’ve got to not only take a look at providing project [water] yield, we’ve also got …

    Washington State citizens, private property owners and farmers, in Skagit and Clallam County have been left HIGH, DRY AND DESTITUTE by WA State DOE WATER RULES.

    SO WHAT’S NEW? ENDANGERED FISH BEFORE FARMERS, FOOD AND THE ECONOMY.

    YEP… AGAIN AND STILL, FLUSHING TRILLIONS OF GALLONS PEOPLE WATER DOWN THE ENDANGERED SPECIES TOILET.

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    Behind My Back | WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotus-water-runs-down-hill/

    Sep 4, 2015 – WOTUS rule – Pacific Legal Foundation https://www.pacificlegal.org/wotus. Pacific Legal Foundation PLF Principal Attorney M. Reed Hopper, …

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      Category Archives Public Access to Public land

      WOW Stop the 2016 WILD OLYMPICS

    Posted on April 23, 2016 8:08 am by Pearl Rains Hewett

     

    ENUF… ONE LAST QUESTION

    Behind My Back | Are You A Normal Person?

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

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


  • Volkswagen’s Partners in Pollution?

    Volkswagen’s Partners in Pollution?

    October 8, 2015 C-SPAN
    VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS INVESTIGATION
    Hosting Organization
    • House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
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    ALMOST THREE WEEKS AFTER IT CONFESSED PUBLICLY TO CHEATING U.S. EMISSIONS TESTS, Europe’s largest carmaker is under pressure to identify those responsible, fix affected vehicles and clarify EXACTLY HOW AND WHERE THE CHEATING HAPPENED.

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    House slams regulators for not catching VW for years
    LAWMAKERS SLAMMED AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (EPA) AGENCY OFFICIAL WHO TESTIFIED AFTER HORN FOR NOT CATCHING VOLKSWAGEN.

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    Representative Michael Burgess, a Texas Republican, questioned the size of EPA’s annual budget, noting THAT THE CHEATING WAS UNCOVERED BY A WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY STUDY THAT HAD A BUDGET OF LESS THAN $70,000.
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    INDEED WE MUST GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

    FIRST PUBLISHED MAY 2014

    WVU study found elevated levels of emissions from …

    wvutoday.wvu.edu/…/wvustudyfoundelevate
    West Virginia University

    Sep 24, 2015 – WVU study found elevated levels of emissions from Volkswagen vehicles … college/school/department in the Experts Database at WVU Today..
    West Virginia University
    Sep 24, 2015 – WVU study found elevated levels of emissions from Volkswagen vehicles … first published May 2014 IN A STUDY COMMISSIONED BY the International Council on Clean Transportation .
    In 2014, the International Council on Clean Transportation contracted West Virginia University WVU to perform on-road emissions testing in order to study off-cycle emissions performance and fuel economy from three diesel light-duty vehicles under typical driving conditions in the U.S. –

    Arvind Thiruvengadam, research assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, carried out the real-world emissions testing. – See more at: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2015/09/24/wvu-study-found-elevated-levels-of-emissions-from-volkswagen-vehicles#sthash.quUbcSRe.dpuf

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    “I’M NOT GOING TO BLAME OUR BUDGET FOR THE FACT THAT WE MISSED THIS CHEATING,”
    REPLIED THE EPA’S CHRISTOPHER GRUNDLER, WHO SAID HIS TRANSPORTATION AND AIR QUALITY OFFICE HAS AN ANNUAL BUDGET OF ROUGHLY $100 MILLION. “I do think we do a very good job of setting priorities.”

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    BURGESS REPLIED: “WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, JUST LOOKING AT THE SITUATION, I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OUGHT TO ASK THAT WE FIRE YOU AND HIRE WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY TO DO OUR WORK.”
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    More is better, Documentation from several global sources, $$$,  history and background

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    BERLIN/WASHINGTON, Oct 8, 2015 (Reuters) – Volkswagen’s rigging of diesel emissions tests was not a company decision but the result of actions by a small number of engineers, its top U.S. executive said on Thursday.
    “TO MY UNDERSTANDING, THIS WAS NOT A CORPORATE DECISION; THIS WAS SOMETHING INDIVIDUALS DID,” Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, told a panel of U.S. lawmakers investigating the German carmaker’s wrongdoing.
    “I AGREE IT’S VERY HARD TO BELIEVE, AND I PERSONALLY FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE,” HE ADDED.
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    Representative Chris Collins, a Republican from New York, said at the House hearing he categorically rejected Horn’s statement that USING DEFEAT DEVICES was not a corporate decision.
    “EITHER YOUR ENTIRE ORGANIZATION IS INCOMPETENT when it comes to trying to come up with intellectual property, AND I DON’T BELIEVE THAT FOR A SECOND, or they are complicit at the highest levels in a massive cover-up that continues today,” Collins said.
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    WOW, AND THE REALLY HARD PART FOR ME, IS THE FACT, THAT EPA MISSED IT?

    I MUST COMMENT….

    “I AGREE IT’S VERY HARD TO BELIEVE, AND I PERSONALLY FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE” AND I DON’T BELIEVE THAT FOR A SECOND, THAT VOLKSWAGEN, THE LARGEST CAR MANUFACTURER IN THE WORLD COULD HAVE GOTTEN AWAY WITH USING EMISSIONS DEFEAT DEVICES from 2009-2015 on up to

    11 Million Cars Worldwide Have Emissions ‘Defeat Device …

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    I MUST QUESTION..
    REALLY? ELEVEN MILLION DIESEL VEHICLES MADE IN GERMANY FROM 2009-2015 WITH EMISSIONS DEFEAT DEVICES?
    AND, THE DEVICES WENT UNDETECTED BY ANY GLOBAL GOVERNMENT CLEAN AIR AGENCY, INCLUDING THE EPA ….
    UNTIL THE CHEATING WAS UNCOVERED BY A WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY STUDY THAT HAD A BUDGET OF LESS THAN $70,000.
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    I MUST QUESTION..
    All things considered, American Citizens, as voters and taxpayers, that are subject to, and must live with, the ECONOMIC IMPACT of the EPA CLEAN ENERGY ACT… …. must ask more of this sub-committee….
    • House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
    • VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS INVESTIGATION

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    American Citizens must ask and we are entitled to answers from our elected representative on the following
    EXACTLY WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE AND WHY DID THE GLOBAL CLEAN AIR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES INCLUDING THE EPA …COLLABORATE WITH, SHOW INCOMPETENCE, ENCOURAGE CHEATING, ACT IN COLLUSION WITH AND BE COMPLICIT? IN THE VW CHEATING DEFEAT DEVICES?

    “Either the entire global government clean air organization are incompetent? Or global government clean air agencies have been complicit and or in collusion with VW at the highest levels in this massive cover-up?
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    Notice of Violation – Environmental Protection Agency

    A 6 page EPA document
    www3.epa.gov/…/vw-no…
    United States Environmental Protection Agency
    Sep 18, 2015 – Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. Thru: … for each test group of vehicles that it intends to enter into United States commerce. 40 CPR.
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    Volkswagen emissions scandal – as it happened on Tuesday

    www.telegraph.co.uk › … › News by Sector › Industry

    The Daily Telegraph

    Sep 22, 2015 – The revelation at VW raises new “trust” issues for global automakers in the … The implications for the auto sector both in the US and Europe are grim. ….. to put aside more money to cover the costs of the emissions disaster, …

    Sep 22, 2015 – The revelation at VW raises new “trust” issues for global automakers in the … The implications for the auto sector both in the US and Europe are grim. ….. to put aside more money to cover the costs of the emissions disaster, …

    If America’s Environmental Protection Agency pushes for the maximum penalty for Violating the Clean Air Act, VW could face a fine of $37,500 for each vehicle affected, potentially opening it up to an $18bn hit.
    22.45
    Steve Huntingford, the Telegraph’s cars editor, argues that up until now European authorities have been guilty of encouraging manufacturers to cheat.
    The biggest business crisis in Volkswagen’s 78-year history has wiped more than a third off its share price, forced out its long-time chief executive, prompted investigations across the world and rocked both the car industry and German establishment.
    VW is in mortal danger
    Ben Wright, Group Business Editor at The Telegraph, believes Volkswagen is now in mortal danger.
    THIS IS A CORPORATE CATASTROPHE. IT IS NO EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT VW, THE LARGEST CAR MANUFACTURER IN THE WORLD, IS NOW IN MORTAL DANGER. It may well survive as it can almost certainly manage the immediate financial hit; whether it can recover from the reputational damage it has suffered remains to be seen.
    “There’s certainly plenty more mileage left in this scandal. VW claimed it was trying to help save the planet by developing greener diesel engines while deliberately swerving rules so that its engines could pump out 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxides. IT IS NOW FACING A CRIMINAL PROBE IN THE US AND INVESTIGATIONS ALL AROUND THE WORLD that could, in turn, open the door to civil cases.”

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    House slams regulators for not catching VW for years
    www.reuters.com/…/us-volkswagen-emissions-idUSKCN0S217M…
    Reuters
    1 hour ago – Volkswagen said it was supporting the investigation and had handed over … Volkswagen CEO apologizes to Congress for emissions problems.
    Volkswagen AG’s (VOWG_p.DE) U.S. chief executive blamed “individuals” for using software to cheat on diesel emissions at a House hearing on Thursday as lawmakers attacked federal environmental regulators for failing to catch the fraud for years.
    Michael Horn, head of Volkswagen Americas, testified before a House of Representatives oversight and investigations panel about the emissions scandal that has chopped more than a third of the company’s market value and sent tremors through the global auto industry.
    Volkswagen’s use of defeat devices, software that evaded U.S. tests for emissions harmful to human health, was not a corporate decision, but something a few employees engineered, Horn said under oath.
    “This was a couple of software engineers who put this in for whatever reason,” Horn said about the software code inserted into diesel cars since 2009. Volkswagen used different defeat devices in Europe and the United States, Horn said, as emissions standards are different in the two regions.
    “Some people have made the wrong decisions in order to get away with something,” Horn said when asked by lawmakers if Volkswagen cheated with defeat devices because it was cheaper than using special injection systems to cut emissions.
    Lawmakers slammed an Environmental Protection Agency official who testified after Horn for not catching Volkswagen. Representative Michael Burgess, a Texas Republican, questioned the size of EPA’s annual budget, noting that the cheating was uncovered by a West Virginia University study that had a budget of less than $70,000.
    “I’m not going to blame our budget for the fact that we missed this cheating,” replied the EPA’s Christopher Grundler, who said his transportation and air quality office has an annual budget of roughly $100 million. “I do think we do a very good job of setting priorities.”
    Burgess replied: “With all due respect, just looking at the situation, I think the American people ought to ask that we fire you and hire West Virginia University to do our work.”
    Volkswagen is expected next week to provide U.S. and California regulators with a preliminary attempt at a software fix for the defeat devices it installed in 2012-2014 Passats, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.
    Related Coverage

    3.6M Cars In Europe Require Hardware Changes

    www.ibtimes.com/volkswagen-emissions-sca
    International Business Times

    8 hours ago – Los Angeles Drops Discrimination Lawsuit Against Citigroup … Germany’s transport ministry said Friday that nearly 3.6 million 1.6-liter engine cars of Volkswagen AG in Europe will require hardware changes in the wake of the … The news comes just a day after police and prosecutors raided the carmaker’s …
    • › Germany says 3.6 million VW cars will require hardware changes
    SUED IN TEXAS, RAIDED IN GERMANY
    The German automaker has suspended 10 senior managers, including three top engineers, as part of its internal investigation. The scandal, the biggest business crisis in Volkswagen’s 78-year history, has also forced the ouster of long-time CEO Martin Winterkorn.
    German prosecutors raided Volkswagen’s headquarters and other offices earlier on Thursday, as part of their investigation into whether the company also cheated tests in Europe.
    Volkswagen said it was supporting the investigation and had handed over a “comprehensive” range of documents.
    The internal inquiry has found employees began to install defeat devices after realizing a costly new engine would fail U.S. emissions standards, according to sources. Company investigators have found no evidence against the engineers.
    Also on Thursday, the state of Texas sued Volkswagen over the marketing of supposedly clean diesel vehicles, alleging the company violated a state law prohibiting deceptive trade practices.
    Representative Chris Collins, a Republican from New York, said at the House hearing he categorically rejected Horn’s statement that using defeat devices was not a corporate decision.
    “Either your entire organization is incompetent when it comes to trying to come up with intellectual property, and I don’t believe that for a second, or they are complicit at the highest levels in a massive cover-up that continues today,” Collins said.
    Volkswagen, even after hearing in the spring of 2014 about an independent study that showed emissions irregularities in two of its diesel cars, told U.S. air regulators for about a year that the higher emissions data was the result of technical problems with the tests.
    Horn said the company told regulators only on Sept. 3 that it was using defeat devices and that before then he had no understanding of what they were.
    Horn, sitting alone before the committee with folded hands and a furrowed brow, apologized to lawmakers for Volkswagen’s using defeat devices, and pledged to cooperate with the committee. But he offered little new, saying the company’s external investigation remains at a preliminary stage.
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    THE FIX
    Owners of 2009 to 2015 Volkswagen diesel cars have more questions than answers about their vehicles and many have joined lawsuits against the company. Horn said fixing the vehicles will take years and require approval from regulators. A small number of cars are expected to need only a software fix.
    Most of the cars would require more extensive changes including possible installation of urea tanks that neutralize harmful emissions and particulates.
    Volkswagen is working to obtain conditional approval from EPA and California regulators to begin software fixes in January on some of the 482,000 cars that had defeat devices. Another group of the cars will require fixes that would begin no earlier than mid-2016. But there was no date for fixing the 325,000 oldest “Generation One” cars that need the most repair.
    The EPA’s Grundler told lawmakers he expects Volkswagen to provide options for fixing the cars as early as next week.
    Representative Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, said Horn’s statements did not give him “much confidence that we’re going to see these vehicles get fixed.”
    Pallone pressed EPA air enforcement director Phillip Brooks on whether individuals at Volkswagen or the company itself could face criminal charges. “It would be unfair for me to say much more about what the end result might be,” Brooks said.
    “But it’s a possibility?” Pallone asked.
    “Certainly,” Brooks answered.
    (Additional reporting by Andreas Cremer in Berlin, Barbara Lewis in Brussels and David Ingram in New York; Editing by Matthew Lewis)
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    00:00:29
    Tim Murphy
    TO SAY ON CAPITOL HILL. [INDISCERNIBLE] >> COULD MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA MOVE OUT OF THE WAY? >> I COULD TAKE THAT THING APART AND PUT IT BACK TOGETHER….
    00:03:30
    Jan Schakowsky
    AS TO WHAT WAS DONE TO THE ENGINES. WAS IT DONE TO DELIBERATELY DECEIVE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS AND REGULATORS? AND WHAT IS FALSE WAGON DOING TO FIX THE…
    00:04:56
    Diana L. DeGette
    THIS DEFEAT DEVICE SETS WHEN THEY WERE UNDERGOING TESTING. AND INSERTED CONTROL SYSTEMS. AND WE KNOW THAT DURING NORMAL ROAD USE, THE CONTROLS WERE REDUCED….
    00:08:59
    Michael C. Burgess M.D.
    ASSURANCES WE CAN TRUST WHAT THEY SAY, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, REGULATORS AND COMERS ARE LEFT IN THE DARK. I HOPE YOU COME PREPARED TO ANSWER SOME OF THESE…
    00:10:54
    Frederick “Fred” S. Upton
    00:14:26
    Marsha Blackburn
    LEADERS NEED TO DEMONSTRATE COMMITMENT TO ANSWER THESE AND QUESTIONS HAUNTED BY THE ACTIONS. THIS REQUIRES TRANSPARENCY, COOPERATION, AND CLEAR COMMUNICATION…
    00:14:53
    Gene Green
    NATION, A NATION OF REGULATORS, LOYALISTS, AND INNOCENT CUSTOMERS. IT IS TIME TO
    00:16:27
    David B. McKinley
    CLEAN IT UP OR GET OFF THE ROAD. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. >> THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. MR. HORN, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. I THINK IT IS APPROPRIATE…
    00:16:34
    Michael Horn
    CHAIRMAN SAID, BASICALLY THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, HOW AND WHY. WHY YOU DID IT, HOW YOU DID IT, WHEN YOU DID IT, LENDING YOU — WHEN YOU KNEW, DID IT…
    00:17:35
    Frank Pallone Jr.
    CLARITY TO WHAT THIS IS. THANK YOU FOR HOLDING THIS AND THE — I LOOK FORWARD TO THE CONVERSATION. >> MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR HOLDING THIS HEARING….
    00:19:40
    H. “Morgan” Morgan Griffith
    THE OIL INDUSTRY IN GENERAL. LET ME REMIND YOU OF THE DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OIL INDUSTRY. IN 2010 THE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATED THE RECALL OF 9 MILLION…
    00:20:22
    Jan Schakowsky
    00:23:35
    Michael Horn
    DO YOU SWEAR THE TESTIMONY YOU ARE ABOUT TO GET IS THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH? >> THANK YOU. THE WITNESS ANSWERED YES. YOU ARE…
    00:25:16
    John Yarmuth
    00:28:02
    Chris Collins
    AND HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATIONS HAVE ALREADY BEGUN, THE ANY INFORMATION AND DEVELOPMENT IS PRELIMINARY. WE ASK YOU ARE UNDERSTANDING HERE…
    00:30:32
    Tim Murphy
    MODELS — KNOWLEDGE, DID PW STALL SOFTWARE FOR THE EXPRESS PURPOSE OF DEFEATING EMISSIONS CONTROLS? MR. HORN: TO OUR UNDERSTANDING, IT WAS INSTALLED TO…
    00:33:06
    Peter Welch
    NOT KNOW SOMETHING WAS AMISS. I’M SURE WE WILL HAVE MORE QUESTIONS. I WANT TO ASK, IN TERMS OF THE STATUS FOR REMEDYING THESE DEVICES, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE…
    00:36:57
    Diana L. DeGette
    00:37:48
    Michael Horn
    HARDWARE ENGINEERING IS COMPLEX AND TAKES TIME TO DEVELOP. THE GENERATION TO VEHICLES, — TWO VEHICLES, THE PASSAT, 90,000 CARS HERE IN THE U.S., THIS WOULD…
    00:38:21
    William “Bill” Flores
    00:39:26
    Michael Horn
    00:43:47
    Yvette D. Clarke
    THESE ARE FOR THE CARS THAT THE SOFTWARE WILL NOT WORK. MR. HORN: WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE GENERATION ONE CAR, THE 430,000 CARS. THE PICTURE YOU HAVE…
    00:44:19
    Frederick “Fred” S. Upton
    00:45:12
    Michael Horn
    95,000 GENERATION TO AND AROUND 70,000 GENERATION ONE VEHICLES. — ALL OF THESE ARE OUT OF THE LEAGUE OF COMPLIANCE. AS THE EPA IS THAT ALL OF THESE CARS…
    00:49:15
    Paul Tonko
    PROFITABILITY UP THERE. BUT I WILL PAY YOU, ON FRIDAY THE 18TH, THE VIOLATION NOTICE WAS COMMUNICATED. SOME OF THE PEOPLE SITTING BEHIND ME, WE ISSUED…
    00:50:30
    Frank Pallone Jr.
    THE CONCERN I HAVE IS WHEN YOU BUY ONE OF THESE CARS, YOU ARE RELYING ON THE EMISSIONS STANDARDS, AND ALSO THE FUEL ECONOMY AND PERFORMANCE IS GOOD. YOU…
    00:54:32
    Diana L. DeGette
    STANDARDS, THE IMPACT MAY HAVE A SLIGHT IMPACT — ON PERFORMANCE. THIS IS A DISCUSSION FOR THE AGENCIES, BUT OF COURSE WE WILL LOOK INTO COMPENSATING CUSTOMERS….
    00:55:21
    Marsha Blackburn
    00:56:02
    Michael Horn
    MY UNDERSTANDING IS ADMISSIONS ARE UP TO 40 TON — 40 TIMES THE ALLOWABLE LIMIT. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH REGARD TO THE POLLUTION AND THE IMPACT…
    00:56:32
    Recess
    VEHICLES WHOLE, TO MAKE THE DEALERS THAT HAVE TRUSTED IN YOU WHOLE? ALSO THE INDIVIDUALS EMPLOYED BY YOUR FACILITIES, WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO HAVE CERTAINTY…
    01:00:35
    Kathy Anne Castor
    01:06:09
    Michael Horn
    01:06:31
    Joe Barton
    01:12:04
    Joseph “Joe” P. Kennedy III
    01:17:58
    David B. McKinley
    01:18:34
    Michael Horn
    01:22:43
    Jan Schakowsky
    01:28:12
    Michael C. Burgess M.D.
    01:34:06
    Gene Green
    01:35:47
    Michael Horn
    01:38:53
    H. “Morgan” Morgan Griffith
    01:44:29
    John Yarmuth
    01:47:15
    Chris Collins
    01:52:19
    Peter Welch
    01:57:34
    William “Bill” Flores
    01:58:39
    Michael Horn
    02:03:00
    Yvette D. Clarke
    02:08:28
    Paul Tonko
    02:13:45
    Diana L. DeGette
    02:15:45
    Recess
    OATH. WE’LL NOW ALLOW YOU TO EACH GIVE A FIVE MINUTE SUMMARY OF YOUR OPENING STATEMENT. >> OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE. WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY…
    02:19:30
    Christopher Grundler
    02:23:49
    Tim Murphy
    02:24:15
    Christopher Grundler
    02:28:58
    Diana L. DeGette
    02:34:08
    Phillip Brooks
    02:34:45
    H. “Morgan” Morgan Griffith
    02:38:00
    Christopher Grundler
    02:41:27
    Frank Pallone Jr.
    02:43:18
    Phillip Brooks
    02:46:40
    Michael C. Burgess M.D.
    02:52:40
    Kathy Anne Castor
    02:53:31
    Christopher Grundler
    02:58:28
    Larry D. Bucshon M.D.
    03:00:16
    Jan Schakowsky
    03:04:24
    Yvette D. Clarke
    03:06:11
    Christopher Grundler
    03:09:39
    Tim Murphy
    03:10:19
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  • Port Angeles Sky Turns Yellow?

    Port Angeles Sky Turns Yellow?

    WHAT’S THE LATEST? START HERE…

    B.C. wildfire smoke hangs over the Northwest

    KING5.com‎ – 7 hours ago

    Susan Wyatt, KING 5 News 8:35 a.m. PDT July 6, 2015

    YELLOW SKY  INTERVIEWS WITH PA LOCAL PEOPLE

    HUNDREDS OF CALLS TO 911 TIE UP EMERGENCY LINES

    PORT ANGELES IS NOT IN THE PATH OF A FOREST  FIRE.

    HOWEVER, BE WARNED, THE PATH OF SMOKE IS SO INTENSE IN CERTAIN AREAS, IT’S CONSIDERED A  HEALTH RISK.

    Picture of the big orange sun on our grey sky

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    SMOKE FROM CANADA WILDFIRES STREAMING OVER PORT ANGELES

    By Associated Press Published: Jul 5, 2015 at 4:04 PM PDT Last Updated: Jul 5, 2015 at 9:50 PM PDT

    »Play Video

    PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) – Fire officials in Washington state say smoke from wildfires in Canada, not Washington, is casting a haze over the Port Angeles area.

    Meteorologist Mike McFarland with the National Weather Service in Seattle winds are blowing smoke from wildfires burning on Vancouver Island southward, over British Columbia and into the Port Angeles area.  He says the HAZE? could hang over the area through Sunday evening.

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    MY FIRST COMMENT

    If you want to be misinformed…. read the LOCAL Peninsula Daily News

    The PDN said the Olympics, near Queets on Friday  and also Brinnon, as of Saturday..

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    My email

    —– Original Message —–

    From: pearl hewett

    To:

    Sent: Sunday, July 05, 2015 2:36 PM

    Subject: Smoke from ONP? Canadian wildfires ?

    Our sky is yellowish pinkish gray..

    It burns your nose when you go outside, where is it coming from?

    ONP? Canada??

    Air quality now? moderate???

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    CLIMATE CHANGED BY WILDFIRE POLICY?

     CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED BY CANADA’S WILDFIRE POLICY?

     According to the Environment Ministry, fires near communities get the highest priority, but the ministry DOESN’T EXTINGUISH THEM UNTIL THEY’RE WITHIN 20 KILOMETRES.

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    CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK WILDFIRE POLICY

    PARADISE WILDFIRE LET IT SMOKE, SMOLDER AND BURN  UNTIL OCTOBER?

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    Sask. government’s 20 km firefighting policy criticized … – CBC

    www.cbc.ca/…/canada/…/sask-government-s-20km-firefighting-pol

    CBC.ca

    4 days ago – With wildfires threatening towns and villages across northern … CBC News Canada … Sask. government’s 20 km firefighting policy criticized … people to leave their homes due to heavy smoke and the proximity of the fires.

    There have been more than 520 forest fires so far this year, about three times as many the same time last year.

    They have forced more 5,000 people to leave their homes due to heavy smoke and the proximity of the fires.

    The communities themselves haven’t burned, although THE SMOKE IS SO INTENSE IN CERTAIN AREAS, IT’S CONSIDERED A MAJOR HEALTH RISK.

    Meanwhile, La Loche Mayor Georgina Jolibois says a long-running government policy is putting the communities at risk.

    ACCORDING TO THE ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY, FIRES NEAR COMMUNITIES GET THE HIGHEST PRIORITY, BUT THE MINISTRY DOESN’T EXTINGUISH THEM UNTIL THEY’RE WITHIN 20 KILOMETRES.

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    Thousands more evacuated as wildfires spread in Western …

    www.ctvnews.ca/canada/thousands-more-evacuated-as-wildfires-…

    CTV News

    Thousands more evacuated as wildfires spread in Western Canada. CTVNews.ca Staff Published Saturday, July 4, 2015 4:31PM EDT Last Updated Saturday …

    CBC News Posted: Jun 28, 2015 5:25 PM MT Last Updated: Jun 28, 2015 5:25 PM MT. Firefighters … WHILE THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE FIRES ARE CAUSED BY LIGHTNING…

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    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK POLICY
    Officials handling the Paradise Fire, which has been burning in a remote part of the Olympic National Park, say local 911 dispatchers in the area have been swamped with calls. They say there is no increased danger from that blaze, which has been burning for several weeks.

    Some of the smoke is traveling down the west side of the Olympic Peninsula.

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    Satellite image of fires in B.C., courtesy of NASA

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    You want to see something amazing.  Here is a picture from Scott Sistek’s (KOMO TV!) father’s home in Port Angeles today.  THE WORLD HAS TURNED YELLOW.  Surreal.

     

    Cliff Mass Weather Blog

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    8 hours ago – And a very dense area of smoke over Vancouver Island. … father’s home in Port Angeles today. THE WORLD HAS TURNED YELLOW. …. (differences from a 30-year normal) for Washington through May 2015. …. The signs in the sky are subtle, but if you can read the clouds they … And now the really serious news.

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    CLIMATE CHANGED BY WILDFIRE POLICY?

    WA STATE DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCE POLICY ON WILDFIRES?

    LIGHTENING CAUSED the Carlton Complex wildfire.

    LIGHTENING CAUSED The largest wildfire in WA State history.

    Images for carlton complex wildfire caused by lightning …

    More images for carlton complex wildfire caused by lightning strikes

    Carlton Complex | Wildfire Today

    wildfiretoday.com/tag/carltoncomplex/

    Dec 12, 2014 – Washington DNR demotes their Resource Protection Manager … Following the CARLTON COMPLEX OF FIRES THAT BURNED 300 HOMES AND 256,108 ACRES IN NORTH-CENTRAL WASHINGTON this summer, there have been calls …. Carlton Complex as seen from the Incident Base, July 17, 2014. …. Click here for the rules.

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    Property owners file claims against state for losses in …

    methowvalleynews.com/2014/…/property-owners-f…

    Methow Valley News

    Oct 23, 2014 – … indicated the intention to file a claim but have not returned their forms to him yet. … DNR has not completed its standard after-incident review for the fire, which will … They include a map of the Carlton Complex Fire to show the location of … related to the Carlton Complex Fire (as of Oct. 27, 2014) (PDF file).

    Photo: Rick Sistek


  • John Stossel EPA – “The Green Monster”

     John Stossel’s  EPA the “GREEN MONSTER”  

    August 31,  2014  John’s Fox News show  on the EPA “GREEN MONSTER” aired  in my area on 

    EPA should mean “Enough Protection Already”

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    Stossel: End the EPA

    Its responsibilities should be handed over to the states

    which are both closer to the problems and more immediately responsible to their electorates

    GIVE “STATE’S SOVEREIGNTY” BACK TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

    AMEN…

    Let American’s citizens VOTE on it.   ALL IN FAVOR  SAY “”AYE”

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    Wyoming welder faces $75,000 a day in EPA fines for building pond on his property.

    GET OFF MY LAWN: The EPA cares very little for what is “private property.” They said a farmer in Wyoming violated the Clean Water Act simply because he built a pond on his land. He even had a permit from the state! Why don’t they pick on someone their own size?

     August 31,  2014 UPDATE… John’s Fox News show

    EPA FINE JUMPS TO $186,000 a day for building pond on his property.

    Is this what it takes to get MEDIA ATTENTION on the EPA?

    Or? does it just take John over two years to DOCUMENT and dig up the DIRT ON THE EPA?

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    I was delighted with John Stossel for going after the EPA “GREEN MONSTER“!

    BUT? After listening to the show and reading tons of related reports?

    Andy Johnson, the Wyoming welder, had  LEGAL PERMITS FROM THE STATE OF WYOMING TO BUILD HIS POND?

    WHY IS “STATE SOVEREIGNTY” LEFT OUT OF FOX NEWS  REPORTS?

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    Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency

    THIS IS AS CLOSE AS IT GETS TO MENTIONING  CONGRESSIONAL  REENACTMENT OF   “STATE SOVEREIGNTY” .

    TO ALLOW THE STATES? WOULD GIVE THE  STATES?

    WOULD GIVE STATES ATTITUDE TO ACT?- EACH STATE WOULD BE FUNDED?

    NICE LITTLE WORDS, ALLOW, WOULD, WOULD, WOULD….

    http://heartland.org/policy-documents/replacing-environmental-protection-agency

    A relatively small (EPA) administrative structure would be needed to allow THE STATES  to refine existing environmental laws in a manner more suitable to the primary requirement of protecting our environment without thwarting national progress in industry and the development of our natural resources and energy supplies.

    Many regulations would give STATES atitude to act, and others would be required of all states by a two-thirds vote of the Committee of the Whole. Each STATE  would be funded sufficiently to increase its staff to include people whose primary jobs would be to serve on subcommittees of the Committee of the Whole overseeing the issues previously overseen by the current EPA.

    Thank God for John Stossel…

    It took  him over two years

    BUT,  he finally went after the EPA!

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    Stossel: End the EPA

    Its responsibilities should be handed over to the states

    which are both closer to the problems and more immediately responsible to their electorates

    GIVE “STATE’S SOVEREIGNTY” BACK TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

    AMEN…

    Let American’s citizens VOTE on it.   ALL IN FAVOR  SAY “”AYE”

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    July 29, 2012  at 5:43 pm John Stossel Posted my EPA comment below.

    My question to John, Have you considered a program on the “EPA Controlled Everything”?

    The EPA controlled list A to Z is available on line.

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    PEARL RAINS HEWETT says:

    July 29, 2012  at 5:43 pm

    John,

    I loved your “Illegal Everything” and
    “EPA is killing people”

    Have you considered a program on the “EPA Controlled Everything”
    The EPA controlled list A to Z is available on line.

    You like to “Poke Fun” at ridiculous things! You could have a field day with things like, “Fugitive Road Dust” (better left to Homeland Security?)

    Have you done a show on the EPA affect on Logging and wood mills that EPA has shut down?

    The timber that is harvested in Clallam County WA goes to the Port Of Port Angeles and is exported to foreign countries for processing, manufacturing and then sent back to the USA as finished products for sale to American consumers.

    Have you done a show on the EPA affect of the Shoreline Management Act, that takes, restricts and controls all development of private property and business?

    The US economy will never recover under the control of the EPA.

    I look forward to your programs.

    Pearl Rains Hewett Trustee
    George. C. Rains Sr. Estate
    Member Clallam County WA
    SMP Advisory Committee

    to be continued…..