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    Volkswagen’s Partners in Pollution?

    October 8, 2015 C-SPAN
    VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS INVESTIGATION
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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.
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    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.
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    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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    • › VW brand faces full-year loss on scandal costs: sources
    • › EPA expects preliminary VW defeat device software fix next week
    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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    watch the full October 8, 2015 C-SPAN sub-committee meeting here

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    VOLKSWAGEN EMISSIONS INVESTIGATION
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    October 8, 2015
    Volkswagen Emissions Investigation
    Michael Horn, president and chief executive officer of Volkswagen Group of America, testified at a hearing investigating allegations of air quality standards cheating by the German automaker by purposefully deceiving emissions tests for some of its diesel-powered vehicles. Then Environmental Protection Agency officials Christopher Grundler and Phillip Brooks testified about the investigation. read more
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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.

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    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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    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).

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