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  • EPA – BLM We Crucify Them

    EPA – BLM We Crucify Them

    APR 25, 2012  EPA’S “PHILOSOPHY OF ENFORCEMENT,” SAID EPA’S REGION VI ADMINISTRATOR AL ARMENDARIZ,

     IS “KIND OF LIKE HOW THE ROMANS USED TO CONQUER LITTLE VILLAGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: THEY’D GO INTO LITTLE TURKISH TOWNS SOMEWHERE, THEY’D FIND THE FIRST FIVE GUYS THEY’D RUN INTO, AND THEY’D CRUCIFY THEM.”

    “THAT TOWN WAS REALLY EASY TO MANAGE FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS,” ARMENDARIZ ADDED.

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    A 2014-2017 A GLIMPSE OF THE OBAMA AGENDA EPA- BLM GOVERNMENT PHILOSOPHY OF ENFORCEMENT “POLICY” HAS TURNED INTO? THE GOVERNMENT RULE. IN LITTLE VILLAGES, IN LITTLE TOWNS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    INCLUDING THE BRUTAL TACTICS EMPLOYED BY THE EPA- BLM  TO INTIMIDATE ITS FOES INTO SUBMISSION.

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    THOSE ENTRUSTED WITH POWER HAVE, IN TIME, AND BY SLOW OPERATIONS, PERVERTED IT INTO TYRANNY….

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    Feb 19, 2017 The good news is….

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

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

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    Moving forward, with the Trump Agenda and Policy, American Citizens shall  not be crucified into submission by brutal tactics, by any U.S. government agency. period

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    ARMENDARIZ’S COMMENTS, APR 25, 2012 ,INHOFE SAID, “GIVE US A RARE GLIMPSE OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S TRUE AGENDA.

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    FOLLOWING THE EPA’S 2012  “PHILOSOPHY OF ENFORCEMENT” AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION POLICY AGENDA,

    THE  BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) WENT TO THE BUNDY RANCH IN 2014, THEY  FOUND THE FIRST SIX  GUYS THEY RAN INTO….

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    Just saying…EPA  down and one to go….

    The U.S. Senate goes on a week-long break starting this weekend, so a vote on/for DOI  (BLM) Zinke’s nomination likely won’t occur until the Senate returns, the week of Feb. 27.

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    AND THE (BLM) CREATED AN ARMED STANDOFF WITH AMERICAN CITIZENS.

    THEN, THE  BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) WENT TO THE MALHEUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE,

    WHERE THE “OREGON STATE POLICE ” EVENTUALLY SHOT LAVOY FINCUM THREE TIMES IN THE BACK

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    APR 25, 2012  IS “KIND OF LIKE HOW THE ROMANS USED TO CONQUER LITTLE VILLAGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN: THEY’D GO INTO LITTLE TURKISH TOWNS SOMEWHERE, THEY’D FIND THE FIRST FIVE GUYS THEY’D RUN INTO, AND THEY’D CRUCIFY THEM.”

    “THAT TOWN WAS REALLY EASY TO MANAGE FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS,” ARMENDARIZ ADDED.

    THE BRUTAL TACTICS EMPLOYED BY THE ANCIENT ROMAN ARMY TO INTIMIDATE ITS FOES INTO SUBMISSION.

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    THEIR LEADER THE MALHEUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE WAS AMMON BUNDY, WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2014 BUNDY STANDOFF AT HIS FATHER’S NEVADA RANCH

    A 2014-2017 GLIMPSE OF THE OBAMA AGENDA EPA- BLM GOVERNMENT PHILOSOPHY OF ENFORCEMENT Etal. “POLICY” HAS TURNED IN TO IS THE GOVERNMENT RULE.

    IN LITTLE VILLAGES IN LITTLE TOWNS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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    AND “THEY” ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF CRUCIFYING THE SIX GUYS THEY RAN INTO AT THE BUNDY RANCH IN 2014…..

    Las Vegas trial starts for 6 in Bundy ranch standoff | The Spokesman …

    www.spokesman.com/…/2017/feb/09/las-vegas-trial-starts-for-6-in-bundy-ranch-stan…

    Feb 9, 2017 – Trial opened Thursday in Las Vegas for six people accused of illegally … on trial at the federal courthouse gather Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. … for trial in May for Cliven Bundy, sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy and two …

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    VIDEO: EPA Official Compares Agency Enforcement to Roman …

    blog.heritage.org/…/video-epa-official-compares-agency-enforcement-to-roman-cruci…

    APR 25, 2012 – Armendariz’s comments, Inhofe said, “give us a rare glimpse of the Obama … is to go into the EPA offices, find the first five guys we run into, and crucify them. … How dare Obama AND HIS government side with ignorance and …

    A video surfaced on Wednesday showing a regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency comparing his agency’s philosophy with respect to regulation of oil and gas companies to brutal tactics employed by the ancient Roman army to intimidate its foes into submission.

    EPA’s “philosophy of enforcement,” said EPA’s Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz, is “kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean: they’d go into little Turkish towns somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they’d run into, and they’d crucify them.”

    “That town was really easy to manage for the next few years,” Armendariz added.

    His comments are indicative of the “EPA’s war on fossil fuels,” claimed Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) in a news release on Wednesday.

    Inhofe reiterated the remarks in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon. ARMENDARIZ’S COMMENTS, INHOFE SAID, “GIVE US A RARE GLIMPSE OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S TRUE AGENDA.” The region over which Armendariz has authority includes Inhofe’s home state of Oklahoma.

    “IT’S ONE THING TO CREATE REGULATORY CERTAINTY AND FINE OR PUNISH A COMPANY FOR BREAKING THE LAW,” NOTED HERITAGE’S NICK LORIS IN REACTION TO THE VIDEO, “BUT IT’S ANOTHER TO TARGET A SPECIFIC INDUSTRY AND CREATE A REGULATORY STRANGLEHOLD on America’s access to affordable and reliable energy.”

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    THOSE ENTRUSTED WITH POWER HAVE, IN TIME, AND BY SLOW OPERATIONS, PERVERTED IT INTO TYRANNY….

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    The bottom line…..

    Moving forward, with the Trump Agenda and Policy, American Citizens shall  not be crucified into submission by brutal tactics, by any U.S. government agency. period

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    to be continued…

     The 7000 Liberal SES Sabotaging  Pres. Trump

    THERE IS NO PLACE IN THEAMERICA GOVERNMENT FOR THE (SES) FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE AGENCY OR ITS UN-ELECTED EMPLOYEES THAT SABOTAGE, DELIBERATELY ATTEMPT TO DESTROY, DAMAGE, OR OBSTRUCT  THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION FOR POLITICAL ADVANTAGE.


  • 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 …


  • What’s Upstream? in Olympia and Bellingham

    EPA: What’s Upstream is a misuse of federal funds …

    www.capitalpress.com/…/epawhatsupstream-is-a-misuse-of…
    Capital Press

    3 days ago – In a turnaround, the Environmental Protection Agency says a media campaign to link farmers with water pollution has been a misuse of EPA …In a turnaround, the Environmental Protection Agency says a media campaign to link farmers with water pollution has been a misuse of EPA funds.

    Don Jenkins Capital Press Published on April 5, 2016 11:31AM

    Last changed on April 5, 2016 6:12PM

    Photo courtesy of Save Family Farming
A billboard near Bellingham, Wash., promotes a campaign funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, calls the billboards a disturbing and malicious attack on farmers. On Tuesday, the EPA said it was withdrawing its support for the campaign.

    Photo courtesy of Save Family Farming A billboard near Bellingham, Wash., promotes a campaign funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Kansas Republican Pat Roberts, calls the billboards a disturbing and malicious attack on farmers. On Tuesday, the EPA said it was withdrawing its support for the campaign.

    The Environmental Protection Agency today reversed course and said EPA funds should not have been used to finance What’s Upstream, a media campaign to arouse public support in Washington state for stricter regulations on agriculture.The campaign, a collaboration between a tribe and environmental groups, raised the ire of farm groups and drew a rebuke Monday from Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan…….. (read full text on link))

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    EPA’s reversal on What’s Upstream rings hollow to ag groups

    www.capitalpress.com/…/epas-reversal-on-whatsupstream-ri…
    Capital Press
    3 days ago – The Environmental Protection Agency says grant recipients misused federal funds in waging media campaign against farmers, but agriculture …
    The Environmental Protection Agency says grant recipients misused federal funds in waging media campaign against farmers, but agriculture groups say the agency needs to explain why the grant was awarded in the first place.
    Don Jenkins Capital Press Published on April 5, 2016 6:16PM

    Last changed on April 6, 2016 10:55AM

    Don Jenkins/Capital PressA billboard in Olympia advertises a website that advocates for stricter regulations on farmers. A tribe and environmental groups put up this billboard and one in Bellingham with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The billboard fails to dislcose the funding source, as required by the terms of the grant.

    Don Jenkins/Capital Press A billboard in Olympia advertises a website that advocates for stricter regulations on farmers. A tribe and environmental groups put up this billboard and one in Bellingham with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The billboard fails to disclose the funding source, as required by the terms of the grant.

     

    The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course Tuesday and said EPA funds should not have been used to finance What’s Upstream, a media campaign to arouse public support in Washington state for stricter regulations on agriculture.The change in position pleased farm advocates, but also left them asking why EPA allowed the campaign in the first place.

    “It’s nice EPA recognized what seems obvious,” said Washington State Dairy Federation policy director Jay Gordon. “But who … decided this was acceptable for federal funding?”

    What’s Upstream, a partnership between the Swinomish Indian tribe in northwestern Washington and environmental groups,

    has been funded with nearly $600,000 in EPA grants.

    The tribe used some of the money to hire a public relations firm, Strategies 360, and kept EPA informed as the firm crafted a campaign to influence a “malleable” public.

    Until Tuesday, the EPA had refrained from commenting on the campaign’s substance other than to say it did not violate prohibitions on using federal funds to lobby, even though What’s Upstream sought to organize a letter-writing campaign to state lawmakers.

    In a statement, the EPA took to task the grant’s original recipient, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and the Swinomish tribe.

    The commission, a consortium of 20 tribes, “sub-awarded” the money to the tribe.

    “The consortium made a sub-award for a campaign which should not be using EPA funds. We are in the process of correcting that,” an EPA spokesman said in a written statement.

    Efforts to reach the commission and tribe were unsuccessful.

    Two U.S. senators Tuesday sent a letter to EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. requesting an investigation into how the grant funds were used.

    “We are troubled to learn that EPA’s financial assistance appears to improperly fund an advocacy campaign in Washington state that unfairly targets and demonizes farmers and ranchers,” wrote Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts and Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, both Republicans.

    Roberts, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Inhofe, who chairs the Environment Committee, zeroed in on whether the letter-writing campaign amounted to illegally funded lobbying and political activities.

    “The fact that the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission campaign website fully or partially funded by the EPA enables the public to use a script criticizing agricultural producers in an effort to influence lawmakers deserves immediate legal scrutiny,” the senators wrote.

    An Inspector General spokesman Tuesday said the agency doesn’t confirm or deny the existence of any ongoing investigation.

    IG investigators have already had a preliminary telephone conference call with farm groups, though it’s unclear whether the office will conduct a full investigation.

    “Based on our conversations with the people from the inspector general’s office, we think it is a pretty significant issue for the EPA,” said Save Family Farming director Gerald Baron, who participated in the call.

    Save Family Farming, based in northwestern Washington, was recently formed to respond to critics of farming practices.

    Baron said EPA should be held accountable.

    “I think it’s dishonest for them to try to put the responsibility for this on the grantee,” he said. “The record shows they were very closely involved in the content.”

    The tribe submitted regular reports to EPA over several years as Strategies 360 polled voters and met with focus groups. The polling found that voters were largely unconcerned about water pollution and held farmers in high regard, though the public relations firm reported that opinions could be changed with the right message.

    EPA distanced itself from the campaign one day after Roberts rebuked EPA for funding it.

    “The tone and content of this outside campaign does not represent the views of the EPA,” the EPA spokesman said.

    In a statement issued Monday, Roberts directed his ire at What’s Upstream billboards put up in Olympia and Bellingham, Wash., calling them “disturbing” and “malicious.”

    The billboards, which advertise the campaign’s website, picture dairy cows standing in a stream. The words say: “Unregulated agriculture is putting our waterways at risk.”

    The billboards do not disclose that they were funded by the EPA, a standard requirement for all EPA-funded materials.

    Gordon, himself a dairy farmer in Western Washington, said he was especially pained to see the billboard on a busy street in Olympia.

    “Seeing that right in the middle of Olympia, knowing it was paid for by taxpayer dollars, that was the one that hit me the hardest,” he said. “When you see it, you just go, ‘It’s just not fair.’”

    The environmental groups involved in What’s Upstream defend the campaign as public education, a permissible use of the EPA grant.

    “I still contend its use was for public education and was not a misuse of funds,” said Trish Rolfe, director of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy. “It (whatsupstream.com) is an educational website. It doesn’t lobby for or against a particular piece of legislation.”

    The EPA did not elaborate on what its next step will be.

    The agency should act quickly, Baron said.

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    Two billboards that violate federal rules governing EPA funding, which appear to lobby for …

    By Rich Keller, Editor, Ag Professional

    Two billboards that violate federal rules governing EPA funding, which appear to lobby for new state legislation to limit farmers activities that environmental groups claim pollute waterways, has caused quite a stir in Washington state and Washington, D.C.

    A coalition of environmental groups in Washington state put up two billboards with the same photo and headline promote “What’s Upstream,” a campaign developed by a public relations firm to link agriculture with water pollution. It appears that a large amount of the money for the campaign and billboards are being financed by an EPA grant to the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and controlled by the Swinomish Indian tribe.

    According to regulations, the billboards should mention financial support from the EPA, but they don’t, and EPA officials have agreed it was a mistake. The second concern is that money is being used for political lobbying, which is also contrary to use of federal grant funds. Of course, the EPA says the What’s Upstream campaign isn’t strictly political lobbying. Third, farmers and legislators from agricultural districts see the EPA aligning itself with anti-agriculture forces of environmental activists, and this isn’t appropriate for an agency that should be unbiased before evaluating specific regulations.

    The billboards show three cows standing in a stream with the headline: “Unregulated agriculture is putting our waterways at risk.” The environmental groups along with the Indian tribe—Puget Soundkeeper, Western Environmental Law Center and Center for Environmental Law and Policy—say the What’s Upstream is simply of educational nature.

    This whole situation about the billboards and the EPA handing out of grant money was first uncovered by Capital Press, but this has grown into more than a state issue.

    The chairmen of two Senate committees are calling for an investigation into billboards in Washington state that blame agriculture for polluting waterways because they apparently were funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Agriculture Committee are requesting an audit and investigation of the EPA grant.

    Sen. Roberts released a statement regarding the anti-agriculture billboard. “This disturbing billboard is a bold example of exactly what America’s farmers and ranchers complain about all the time: the EPA has an agenda antagonistic to producers. Whether it’s overly burdensome and costly regulations or something as obvious as this malicious billboard, the EPA has much to answer for in maligning those that grow the food and fiber to feed the world. Our farmers and ranchers are stewards of the land and want to see our natural resources protected as much as any other American.

    “While there are legal concerns with the lack of disclosure of EPA’s involvement, the billboard is another example of EPA’s improper practice of encouraging the lobbying of legislators. How and why the EPA has allowed taxpayer dollars to be used to attack any industry, including our vital agriculture producers, demands answers.”


  • The Importance of Federal Water Control?

    Contact: Rosemarie Calabro Tully
    rct@energy.senate.gov
    (202) 224-7556

    Dear Rosemarie,

    I just called your office, left a message and now as instructed, I am emailing you.

    Re: Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

    THE IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL WATER CONTROL

    Congress is one  way  Executive Order  is another a presidential memorandum to institutionalize the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP)

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    Feb 5, 2013 WA STATE HAD THINGS UNDER CONTROL.

    6 (3) The provisions of this chapter apply only to waters of the
    7 Yakima river basin.

    It appears that the WA State Legislators can change WA State DOE Water Rules with a House Bill 1414 ?

    Behind My Back | Water Rules Not Etched In Stone

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/02/05/water-rules-not-etched-in-stone/

    Feb 5, 2013 – ARE WA STATE WATER RULES ETCHED IN STONE? PERHAPS NOT… 6 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF … WASHINGTON:
    7 Sec. 1. RCW 90.38.005 and 1989 c 429 s 1 are each amended to read
    8 as follows:
    9 (1) The legislature finds that:

    It appears that the WA State Legislators can change WA State DOE Water Rules with a House Bill 1414 ?
    36 to satisfy both existing rights, and other presently unmet as well as
    37 future needs of the basin;

    6 (3) The provisions of this chapter apply only to waters of the
    7 Yakima river basin.

    What do we need in Clallam County to change the Dungeness Water Rule?
    Elected officials that represent us, Van De Wege, Senator Hargrove and Tharinger, to do their job and propose legislation
    36 to satisfy both existing rights, and other presently unmet as well as
    37 future needs of the basin;

    What do they need in Skagit County to change the Skagit River Water Rule?
    Elected officials that represent them, do their job and propose legislation
    36 to satisfy both existing rights, and other presently unmet as well as
    37 future needs of the basin;

    Feb 5, 2013 WA STATE HAD THINGS UNDER CONTROL.

    GOD FORBID THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ALLOW ANYTHING BE UNDER STATE CONTROL

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    WOW in 2015? Last year, Sen. Cantwell introduced the Yakima Basin bill

    THE IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL WATER CONTROL

    Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

    DOUBLE WOW 2016, Sen. Cantwell said. “The Yakima water bill is a national model for watershed management. The federal government has a responsibility to act now to support these efforts.”

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    Indeed, step by step, one way or another, from WOTUS to Wetland Delineation, to Cantwell.

    First the Feds TAKE all of our water using WOTUS

    WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    Posted on September 4, 2015 8:52 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    WOTUS Water Runs Down Hill
    So, the LAW OF GRAVITY becomes the EPA WOTUS WATER LAW OF THE LAND?

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    I DON’T NEED AN APPLE TO FALL ON MY HEAD TO UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS)

    Last year the administration wrote new definitions that would have subjected all waters (running down hill) within 4,000 feet of a navigable water to EPA review and control.

    Behind My Back | Congress Must Act on Water Issues

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/12/04/congressmustact-on-water-issues/

    Dec 4, 2015 – Congress Must Act on Water Issues May 24, 2014 It takes an act of the U.S. … www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/01/high–dry-and-destitute/.

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    WA State Reform on Wetland Delineation?

    Posted on February 11, 2016 11:29 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Re: WA State Legislative reform ideas for SMPs and wetlands delineation update?

    Wetland delineation is also an element of a “jurisdictional determination. ... A WETLAND IS A WOTUS “water of the United States” and thus regulated under the federal Clean …

    Wetland delineation establishes the existence (location) and physical limits (size) of a wetland for the purposes of federal, state, and local regulations.

    Wetland delineation is also an element of a “jurisdictional determination.” This process identifies which water bodies within a project’s boundaries meet the definition of “waters of the United States.” For more information on this, see the Corps’ of Engineers (Corps) Regulatory Guidance Letter 08-02, Jurisdictional Determinations.

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    SO WHAT’S OLD?

    Behind My Back | “Ecology Sucks”

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/04/15/ecologysucks/

    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 …

    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 … category and have previously been posted on “behindmyback.org”.

    AND WHAT’S OLD?

    FEB 5, 2013, It appears that the WA State Legislators can change WA State DOE Water Rules with a House Bill 1414 ?

    behindmyback.org/2013/02/05/ The provisions of this chapter apply only to waters of the 7 Yakima river basin.

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    MARCH 25, 2016  SO WHAT’S REALLY NEW?

    BY HOOK OR BY CROOK, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER

    TOTAL FEDERAL CONTROL OF ALL WATER

    Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

    New white paper outlines a national policy framework for drought and water security

    Congress is one  way  Executive Order  is another a presidential memorandum to institutionalize the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP),

    National Drought Resilience Partnership – US Drought Portal

    www.drought.gov/drought/content/ndrp

    National Drought Resilience Partnership Fact Sheet: Learn more about the NDRP, the importance of drought preparedness, and THE IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL and …

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    Senator Cantwell Releases a Bold Vision for Water in the 21st Century

    New white paper outlines a national policy framework for drought and water security

    Read Sen. Cantwell’s white paper here.

    Washington, DC – Today, on World Water Day, Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) released a white paper to advance the development of a 21st century national framework for addressing drought and water security in the United States.  
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    An unprecedented drought last year and 15 years of drought across the American West have demonstrated the need to rethink U.S. water management in the 21st century. Since 1980, droughts have cost the United States more than $200 billion. The drought last year caused widespread and serious impacts for communities, agriculture, industry and the environment. As drought is predicted to continue in the coming years and as communities throughout the United States face significant water-security challenges, it is a crucial time to evaluate and develop new strategies at the national level.  

    Sen. Cantwell’s paper lays out a national framework to address water challenges through the modernization of federal programs to support and finance sustainable, watershed-scale solutions; advance science and technology; and promote partnerships with communities. The purpose of the paper is to foster a public dialogue and to develop a comprehensive policy agenda to address national drought and water security needs, as called for by states, tribes, local governments, utilities, agricultural producers and conservation groups.

    Modernizing federal programs is critical to supporting a more water-secure future,” Sen. Cantwell said. “The Yakima water bill is a national model for watershed management. The federal government has a responsibility to act now to support these efforts.”

    The framework document reflects lessons learned from Washington’s Yakima River Basin, where an extraordinary collaboration has led to a watershed planning effort that has become a national model. Last year, Sen. Cantwell introduced the Yakima Basin bill (S. 1694) to authorize federal participation in this effort, which will help usher in a new era in water management. The bill will help to restore ecosystems and endangered species, conserve water and provide water security for families, fish and farmers for years to come. Last month, Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior Michael Connor called the Yakima process a model not only for working through water challenges, but any natural resource management challenge.

    The white paper released today builds on that approach and outlines five policy principles as a national framework for drought and water security:

    1. Supporting collaborative watershed-scale solutions that are locally-driven. Governance solutions should support and incentivize collaborative, locally driven, watershed solutions by modernizing, coordinating, and streamlining federal programs to make them more effective.

    2. Financing solutions through partnerships and streamlined federal funding. Innovative water financing solutions should utilize an integrated watershed funding approach that streamlines federal funding and increases opportunities for public-private partnerships.

    3. Using and advancing the best science, technology and tools. Science and technology solutions should focus on accelerating innovation and the advancement of tipping points in science, technology and tools to transform water management.

    4. Advancing sustainable water supply solutions for people and the environment. Water supply solutions should take an integrated, portfolio approach that balances the needs of both people and the environment, including: (1) increased use of water markets, efficiency, conservation, recycling, reuse and desalination; (2) improvements in existing infrastructure, operations and low-impact infrastructure (such as aquifer storage and recovery); and (3) nature-based solutions and restoration of ecosystems and fisheries.

    5. Partnering with Tribal Nations, Arctic and Island Communities. The federal government should partner with and support Tribal Nations, Arctic and Island communities as they face unique challenges in responding to and addressing long-term water security needs.

    Addressing long-term drought is also a priority for the Obama administration. Ahead of today’s White House Water Summit, the administration released a presidential memorandum to institutionalize the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP), which seeks to reduce the vulnerability of communities to the impacts of drought.

    Download Sen. Cantwell’s white paper on drought here.
    Read the presidential memorandum on long-term drought resilience here.

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    Permalink: http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2016/3/senator-cantwell-releases-a-bold-vision-for-water-in-the-21st-century

    How does drought response relate to climate preparedness?

    • The President’s Climate Action Plan: In June 2013, President Obama released his Climate Action Plan to cut the carbon pollution that causes climate change and affects public health, including increased risk of drought wildfires.
    • Executive Order – Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change: On November 1, 2013, President Obama established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change, including drought and wildfires.
    • Fact Sheet: Executive Order on Climate Preparedness
    • National Drought Forum Report: In December 2012, Federal agencies and states held the  ational Drought Forum (NDF) to focus on improving government coordination to support the planning and preparedness needed for enhancing resilience to ongoing or reoccurring drought. The NDRP is one important outcome of this forum and continues the Obama Administration’s commitment to helping communities get the drought assistance they need.
    • Federal Actions to Assist the Drought Emergency: A list of recent Federal actions, programs, and funding opportunities to support communities currently facing drought and to prepare for future drought events
    • Drought Recovery Matrix (download): An “at a glance” overview of federal resources, programs, funding, and authorities available to policy experts, federal and state agencies, and other impacted sectors to navigate the numerous programs and opportunities available to assist in building greater drought resilience (Last Updated in 2012).

     


  • Volkswagen’s Partners in Pollution?

    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

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    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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    • › 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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    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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