Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Mercury E.P.A. and Science

Back Before the E.P.A. ruined the prospecting in this state I did a lot of surfing the libraries around the state. And one of the things I ran across was a publication put out by the state shoeing mineral deposits. Western Washington's glacial fill
[ all this rock and gravel] we live on has cinnabar mixed all through it. Cinnabar is a reddish sponge celled rock containing mercury. Most of the mercury has leached out over the centuries and is sitting on the bed rock.
Not that this is particularly important, it is something I think about when fish have traces of mercury in them.


EPA rules aim to cut mercury emissions
By JOHN HEILPRIN

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration planned today to issue the nation's first regulations to cut mercury pollution from electric utilities, relying on a market-trading system that gives companies 15 years to reduce it nearly by half.

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations are aimed at reducing levels of mercury, a toxic chemical that can severely damage nervous systems, especially in fetuses and children. The rules are the result of a lawsuit brought by an environmental group 13 years ago.

The EPA expects to reduce the current 48 tons a year of mercury from smokestacks of coal-burning power plants to 31.3 tons in 2010, according to a copy of the rule provided yesterday by environmental groups. The regulation would further reduce that to 27.9 tons in 2015 and to 24.3 tons in 2020. EPA officials did not dispute those numbers.

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Family of protester killed by bulldozer suing Caterpillar

Life is tuff, and if you are stupid or attend Evergreen College it is really tuff.
Lets sue the manufacture of a bus if some one dies when they jay walk in front it.
Or the manufacture of a tank even a bomber.
And what is just as ridicules is the ambulance chaser that is taking on the case.


Tuesday, March 15, 2005 · Last updated 2:20 p.m. PT



By ELIZABETH M. GILLESPIE
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

SEATTLE -- The parents of a 23-year-old activist killed while trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home is suing Caterpillar Inc., the company that made the bulldozer that ran over her.

The federal lawsuit, which lawyers said would be filed here Tuesday, alleges that Caterpillar violated international and state law by providing specially designed bulldozers to Israeli Defense Forces that it knew would be used to demolish homes and endanger people.

Rachel Corrie, a student at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, was standing in front of a home in a refugee camp in Rafah, near the Egyptian border, on March 16, 2003, when a bulldozer plowed over her.

"The brutal death of my daughter should never have happened," Corrie's mother, Cindy Corrie, said in a statement released by the Center for Constitutional Rights, a law firm handling the case. "We believe Caterpillar and the (Israeli Defense Forces) must be held accountable for their role in the attack."

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Socialist democrat feeding frenzy

LIke pirona devouring a $25000.00 goat, the dem's are gutting every initiative, law and regulation on the books.

The same dem's that stoled the 2004 election.

The same dem's that refused to investigate any of the evidence presented in re: to the fraudulent election.

Now there out to steal your money.

It's time to take names and kick ca-REARS.

2362 Bills Introduced 1296 Amendments to date


SB 6078 would make other substantial changes to I-601 requirements

Bill would change rules on tax votes
By Andrew Garber

Seattle Times staff reporter

OLYMPIA — Senate Democrats have a bill in the wings that would let lawmakers raise taxes with a majority vote instead of the two-thirds vote now required.

The bill would overturn part of Initiative 601, the anti-tax measure approved by Washington voters in 1993, and effectively make it possible for Democratic majorities in the state House and Senate to raise taxes without Republicans going along.

The proposal comes in a year when lawmakers are facing a budget shortfall projected at more than $2 billion. Tax increases on everything from card rooms to cigarettes are being considered by the Legislature.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, said she's not sure when the measure, Senate Bill 6078, will come up for a vote, but that she's confident it can pass the Senate. "We just think that's good public policy," she said. The bill passed the Senate Ways and Means Committee earlier this month.

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