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Timber Harvesting Safety
On July 29, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced the Commercial Truck Safety Act (S 1450), co-sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), which proposes a new remedy to the disjunction between state-approved truck weight tolerances and Interstate rules. Sen. Snowe’s bill proposes to give any state the right to petition the U.S. Department of Transportation to authorize a three-year “demonstration program” in that state that would enable a six-axle configuration weighing up to 100,000 pounds to access the Interstate system in that state.
The Wood Supply Research Institute has updated and revised Project information on its web site, to reflect its decision earlier this year to promote and release research results more extensively beyond its immediate membership.
The U.S. Forest Service has published a 14-page report, illustrated with photos, maps, and satellite imagery, demonstrating the effectiveness of a series of fuel treatment projects in protecting vulnerable communities threatened by this spring’s record-breaking Wallow Fire, which ultimately burned more than 733 square miles in Arizona and New Mexico.
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...
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