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Thursday, February 26, 2015

CSKT Compact/ Deicer/ Bullying/ Open Internet/ Homeland Security

Missoulian: Regulators move to toughen Internet provider rules
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Open Internet
Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet
“The Federal Communications Commission initiates a rulemaking seeking public comment on how best to protect and promote an open Internet following the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' remand of portions of the Commission's 2010 Open Internet Order, 76 FR 59192(Sept. 23, 2011). In this document, among other things, we propose enhancements to the transparency rule, adopting the text of the no-blocking rule from the Open Internet Order with a revised rationale, and creating a separate screen that requires broadband providers to adhere to an enforceable legal standard of commercially reasonable practices. The proposed rules and the comment process that follows will help the Commission determine the right public policy to ensure that the Internet remains open.”

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oil Derailments

“The low end of the range of estimated benefits estimates risk from 2015 to 2034 based on the U.S. safety record for crude oil and ethanol from 2006 to 2013, adjusting for the projected increase in shipment volume over the next 20 years. Absent this proposed rule, we predict about 15 mainline derailments for 2015, falling to a prediction of about 5 mainline derailments annually by 2034. The high end of the range of estimated benefits includes the same estimate of 5 to 15 annual mainline derailments predicted, based on the U.S. safety record, plus an estimate that the U.S. would experience an additional 10 safety events of higher consequence—nine of which would have environmental damages and monetized injury and fatality costs exceeding $1.15 billion per event and one of which would have environmental damages and monetized injury and fatality costs exceeding $5.75 billion—over the next 20 years.”

Oil Pipeline Profile, DOT

Friday, February 20, 2015

White Pine Sash/ Abolishing Death Penalty/ Bike Laws/ Helping Minors

Missoulian: DEQ orders some residential-level cleanup at Missoula's White Pine Sash site
DEQ Releases Record of Decision for Final Cleanup of the Missoula White Pine Sash State Superfund Facility
Missoula White Pine Sash 
The Missoula White Pine Sash (MWPS) facility is an approximately 40-acre property located at 1301 Scott Street at the intersection of Scott and Stoddard Streets on Missoula’s north side. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) determined that Huttig Building Products, Inc. (Huttig) is liable for remediation of the MWPS Facility. MWPS was a precision wood, window and door component manufacturing facility which operated from the 1920s through 1996. From the mid-1930s until 1987, milled wood products were dipped into mixtures of pentachlorophenol (PCP) and petroleum products. Some of these mixtures were released into the environment, contaminating soil and groundwater with PCP, petroleum hydrocarbons, and dioxins/furans. The MWPS Facility has been the subject of many investigations, treatability studies, and interim cleanup efforts since 1993. The purpose of these activities has been to determine the nature and extent of contamination, cleanup portions of the facility to protect human health and the environment, and allow for redevelopment.