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Timber Harvesting Safety
On June 26, a group of anti-truck pressure groups published a letter opposing the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (“SETA” - HR 763 / S 747), making unfounded allegations that SETA would compromise safety, damage roads, and increase truck traffic. The letter—signed not only by Public Citizen and other so-called “safety” groups and rail interests but also by several green group...
“Advancing the Obama Administration’s commitment to rapid and responsible development of large-scale renewable energy,” opens a July 14 news release from the Department of the Interior, “Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the approval of four new projects on public lands, the launch of environmental reviews on three others, and the next step in a comprehensive environmental analysis to identify ‘solar energy zones’ on public lands in six western states.”
The Department of Labor failed to meet its original April target for releasing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for its proposed “Plan / Prevent / Protect” regulation, which would be a major overhaul of DOL enforcement under several agencies, touching on health and safety, mining, and construction, among others. The one we are most concerned about is the “Right To Know” initiative, which proposes the introduction of new enforcement tools for DOL’s Wage and Hour Division.

On July 12, AbitibiBowater announced that its Coosa Pines, Alabama pulp mill had signed a five-year contract with Alabama Power to provide the utility with 15 megawatts of generating capacity, as an element in its ongoing reconfiguration. In February, the mill stated that it would cease paper manufacturing, to concentrate on fluff pulp.

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