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Friday, September 4, 2015

Kerr Dam/ Colorado Coal Mine/ Employment/ Cellphone Surveillance

Missoulian: Late lawsuit seeks to stop tribes from acquiring Kerr Dam
Energy Keepers Overview
“1985 the Tribes successfully negotiate co-licensee status with the MPC and the option to acquire Kerr as the sole owner in 2015. New License issued to MPC and CSKT for a 50-year term through 2035.”

Missoulian: New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance
Justice Department Announces Enhanced Policy for Use of Cell-Site Simulators
“The policy, which goes into effect immediately and applies department-wide, will provide department components with standard guidance for the use of cell-site simulators in the department’s domestic criminal investigations and will establish new management controls for the use of the technology.”

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Proposed Fishing Regulations/ College Debt/ Health Insurance Bias and Transgender People

Missoulian: Students ask Education Department to discharge college debt
Debt Relief for Corinthian Colleges Students
“Too many of America’s large “career colleges” are failing to live up to the name. Rather than providing students with the opportunity for a solid education that leads to a good job, some of these institutions — often run by for-profit companies — have left students with lots of debt and few job prospects, putting both students and taxpayers at risk. This Administration is committed to changing that, through action to hold institutions accountable and to ensure Americans are protected from unscrupulous colleges that deny students meaningful educational opportunities and leave taxpayers holding the bag.”

Missoulian: Plan targets health care bias against transgender people
Fact Sheet: Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities Proposed Rule
“Individuals cannot be denied health care or health coverage based on their sex, including their gender identity.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

College Readiness Grant/ Mt. Denali/ Cutting Emissions

 View of Mt. Denali

Missoulian: North America's tallest mountain gets new name _ and height
Old Name Officially Returns to Nation’s Highest Peak
“This name change recognizes the sacred status of Denali to many Alaska Natives,” Secretary Jewell said. “The name Denali has been official for use by the State of Alaska since 1975, but even more importantly, the mountain has been known as Denali for generations. With our own sense of reverence for this place, we are officially renaming the mountain Denali in recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska.”

New Elevation for Nation’s Highest Peak
“A new, official height for Denali has been measured at 20,310 feet, just 10 feet less than the previous elevation of 20,320 feet which was established using 1950’s era technology.”
Denali National Park and Preserve

Missoulian: Nations' pledges to cut emissions called insufficient
The CAT emissions gap – How close are INDCs to 2 and 1.5°C pathways?
“Around 65% of global emissions are covered by the “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” (INDCs) submitted by 29 Parties as of 1 September 2015. The CAT has assessed 15 of these INDCs, covering 64.5% of global emissions, and has rated seven as “inadequate,” six “medium” and only two as “sufficient” ….”

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Big Mountain Jesus/ Oil Leasing/ Marriage Licenses

Missoulian: Court revives dispute over energy leasing's climate impacts
“The recreational and aesthetic interests asserted by Appellants’ members1 may establish actual injury to the extent such interests would be concretely harmed by the challenged governmental action. See Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Envtl. Servs. (TOC), Inc., 528 U.S. 167, 181–83 (2000). In analyzing these claims of injury, the district court erred by failing to consider surface harms caused by development of the challenged leases and instead focusing only on the climate change effects of such development.”

FEDERAL OIL AND GAS LEASES: Opportunities Exist to Capture Vented and Flared Natural Gas, Which Would Increase Royalty Payments and Reduce Greenhouse Gases
“Estimates of vented and flared natural gas for federal leases vary considerably, and GAO found that Data from EPA, supported by information obtained from technology vendors and GAO analysis, suggest that around 40 percent of natural gas estimated to be vented and flared on onshore federal leases could be economically captured with currently available control technologies. According to GAO analysis, such reductions could increase federal royalty payments by about $23 million annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to about 16.5 million metric tons of CO2--the annual emissions equivalent of 3.1 million cars. Venting and flaring reductions are also possible offshore, but data were not available for GAO to develop a complete estimate.”

Friday, August 28, 2015

Montana Still On Fire

Weather Story
“A strong cold front will move through the region this weekend, bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms to western Montana and central Idaho. The bigger story will probably be gusty southwest winds of 25 – 35 mph. This could help with thinning out the wildfire smoke from some areas, though could also help area fires to remain active. Sunday, will see below normal temperatures across the region.”

Fire Weather

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Child Abuse/ Sage Grouse/ Bear Creek Fire/ Smurfit Cleanup

Bear Creek Fire
“The Bear Creek Fire started on August 12, 2015 from a series of lightning storms that passed through the area. On Thursday, August 20th strong winds, high temperatures, and low relative humidity caused the Bear Fire to drastically increase in size from 465 acres to over 17,000 acres in less than 4 hours. With daily smoke inversions, fire behavior has moderated and the fire has seen minimal increase in acreage.”

Missoulian: County pushes EPA for Smurfit site cleanup; owner calls actions 'counterproductive'
Smurfit-Stone Mill
“EPA conducted a Preliminary Assessment/Site Inspection at the Smurfit-Stone Mill site in 2011 and 2012 that identified environmental contamination at the site. As a result of this limited investigation, EPA is pursuing a thorough environmental investigation of the site, known as a Remedial Investigation, to determine the nature and extent of contamination.”