New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Twitter Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions The company, which has spent more than $5.4 billion to create emission reductions across its systems, said the Gallatin project reflects the company’s need for a balanced generation portfolio that uses a mixture of coal, nuclear, natural gas, hydro and other renewable generation. Facebook Twitter Linkedin The Tennessee Valley Authority announced it is moving forward with a $1 billion project to install additional environmental controls at the Gallatin Fossil Plant in Gallatin, Tenn. 4.2.2013 Linkedin Tennessee Valley Authority installing $1bn in emissions controls at coal-fired power plant TAGSTVA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Read more air pollution control equipment & services news EmissionsAir Pollution Control Equipment ServicesCoalRetrofits & UpgradesO&M Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Facebook Previous articleExelon shifts back to the right in opposition to wind energyNext articleCCA reports $10mn in boiler emission control orders chloecox The project will include installation of new flue gas desulfurization systems that will reduce SO2 emissions by 95 percent. The project also includes selective catalytic reduction equipment that will reduce nitrous oxide emissions by more than 90 percent. By chloecox – No posts to display
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by John Herrick vtdigger.org(link is external) A House version of a bill to regulate toxic chemicals in children’s products will not have an easy time in the Senate, the bill’s lead sponsor said. “I think we’ve budged as far as we can go,” said Senator Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden, who introduced the legislation. House lawmakers Wednesday voted to strike several Senate changes expanding the scope of S.239, including Lyons’ amendment allowing the health department to require manufacturers to label or remove chemicals it considers harmful from products that children come into contact with.Related storyHeavy-hitters fight bill.(link is external)Rep. David Deen, D-Westminster, chairman of the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources, worked with industry representatives this session to limit the program’s scope to products marketed to children 12 and under.“If it were my personal choice as opposed to making a public policy that affects all of the manufactures in Vermont … I would want anything a kid could possibly touch in the bill,” Deen said. “In order to facilitate manufacturing in the state of Vermont, that’s an incredible burden.”Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden. Photo by John Herrick/VTDiggerWith three days left before planned adjournment, Lyons said the House changes will not fly in the Senate. The changes return the bill to the original House version, she said, and were not part of an agreement ironed out over the weekend with House lawmakers.“If they are going to go back on that agreement that would be unfortunate,” Lyons said. “It would do exactly what people who are opposed to the bill want to have happened. And that would be to kill it.“Would you rather kill the bill or kill the children?” she said.The Shumlin administration does not want to create a program that burdens manufacturers and supports the more lenient House version of the bill.“It’s just not clear,” said Justin Johnson, deputy secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, referencing the Senate’s definition of children’s products.“It’s really important to use that as it goes forward … that it be clear,” Johnson said. “In order to protect kids and do what the bill wants to do, you don’t want to be caught all the time arguing back and forth about what it means.”He said a “workable” bill is one that achieves a maximum benefit to public health and a minimal cost to manufacturers and the state to administer the program. This means adopting legislation consistent with existing state programs, he said.“An out-of-state company, frankly, has the option to say ‘I’m not going to sell here,’ if they think the burden is too high,” Johnson said. “We’re not the biggest market in the world. An in-state company, on the other hand, is here, and what do they do?”Industry representatives, who have lobbied hard against the bill this session, support the House’s version of a program intended to “harmonize” with Washington state’s reporting program.“It’s easier to comply with,” said Bill Driscoll, vice president of the trade organization Associated Industries of Vermont. “We oppose setting up a statewide regulatory regime. But between the two, we prefer the House version.”Andy Hackman, a lobbyist for the Toy Industry Association, said he opposes a Senate amendment that requires manufacturers to report to the health department all chemicals “present in” products sold in the state. This is a change from only chemicals “intentionally added” to products.This would be a large departure from Washington state’s program and would require manufacturers to report a wider range of chemicals that may not pose a threat to human health, he said. The bill also sets up a biannual $200 reporting fee to support the program.The House voted Wednesday to return the bill’s language to “intentionally added.”Janet Doyle, a representative for IBM, said she opposes a Senate amendment that would give the health commissioner authority to determine whether certain chemicals are considered trade secrets and therefore exempt from the reporting requirement.“I would question the commissioner’s background and ability to make that judgment,” Doyle said.Lyons’ amendment this week gave the health commissioner full authority to regulate chemicals. The previous House version required a working group set up under the bill to first make a recommendation on whether to regulate chemicals. The House reinstated that clause Wednesday.House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources vice chair Rep. Jim McCullough, D-Williston, supports the Senate’s version. He warned the bill would “disappear into a black hole” if the House did not concur with its counterpart, which, he said, “has the greater wisdom” on the issue.In the latest version of the House bill, the working group is composed of scientists, a Vermont business and toy industry representative, two public health advocates and other members appointed by the governor. Both the House and the Senate agree the working group strikes a balance between industry and public health advocates.Lyons said it is a sad day when the state does not have the support that it needs to protect children from toxic chemicals.“There are more lobbyists in this building than we’ve ever seen before,” she said. “We know that the American Chemistry Council and the Toy (Industry) Association is working in 50 states to keep state from having any regulation on toxic chemicals on consumer products and apparently it’s working. And it’s working from the top down in our government.”
Casella Waste Systems Inc,Casella Resource Solutions and Grow Compost have both been awarded Clean Energy Development Fund grants ($139,000 and $131,549 respectively) from the Vermont Public Service Department (PSD) for two pilot projects to demonstrate the anaerobic digestion of food scraps. PSD collaborated with the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) and the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) to design the program and develop the agreements with the two companies. PSD also worked with Green Mountain Power who contributed $70,000 of refunded nuclear insurance monies to allow the PSD to make it possible to support the two projects to advance statewide renewable energy and recycling goals.Both projects will use funds to collect and process leftover food scraps from businesses and institutions and deliver them to farm-based anaerobic digesters where they will be used to produce heat and power. Casella will bring material to the digester at Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport and Grow Compost is delivering to Vermont Technical College’s digester in Randolph.“To meet our state’s energy needs we need to find sources of sustainable and environmentally sound power. The Public Service Department is pleased to be able to support not only renewable energy generation, but also on-farm anaerobic digestion and food scrap recycling,” said Christopher Recchia, Commissioner of the Public Service Department.“Vermont agriculture has led the nation in many ways. For instance, we have more on-farm manure digesters compared to our number of cows than any other state. These two pilot projects will help create a new model to guide how food scraps can be used as a safe and valuable resource for farmers who operate digesters, keeping Vermont’s farmers at the forefront of renewable energy,” said Chuck Ross, Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture.“These are two great projects,” stated Deborah Markowitz, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources. “Vermont’s Universal Recycling law sets the stage for Vermonters to take valuable materials – like food scraps – out of our waste stream. Anaerobic digestion will let us use these materials to produce heat and power. What a great way to demonstrate the multiple benefits from recycling our natural resources: projects like these not only produce renewable energy, but they save on our limited landfill space, they promote clean water and help us fight climate change through reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”For more information about Universal Recycling, visit www.recycle.vermont.gov(link is external) or contact your local solid waste management entity.Source: Vermont Public Service Department. January 21, 2015
“Anyone who tells you Social Security is going broke is lying,” Sanders said. “We can increase Social Security benefits for millions of Americans and extend the life of Social Security if we have the political will to tell the wealthiest Americans to pay the same rate as everyone else.”The bills would increase benefits by about $1,300 a year for seniors now making less than $16,000 annually. “At a time when more than half of older Americans over the age of 55 have no retirement savings, our job is to expand Social Security to make sure that every American can retire with the dignity and the respect that they have earned and deserve,” Sanders said.The legislation also would make the wealthiest Americans – those with incomes of more than $250,000 a year – pay the same share into the retirement system as everyone else already pays. Current law now caps the amount of income subject to payroll taxes $127,200. Under the proposal, only the top 1.6 percent of wage earners would pay more under the proposal, according to the Center for Economic Policy Research.Strengthening and expanding Social Security enjoys widespread support: 72 percent of Americans, including 51 percent of Republicans, “support increasing – not cutting – Social Security benefits by asking millionaires and billionaires to pay more into the system,” according to an October 2016 survey by Public Policy Polling,Senator Bernie Sanders, file photo, 2014.“This is not a radical idea. In fact, it is supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike,” Sanders said.The measure also would increase cost-of-living adjustments by more accurately measuring the spending patterns of seniors. Under current law, the consumer price index used to calculate annual benefit adjustments does not accurately reflect how inflation in health care costs and prescription drug prices impact seniors. Despite the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, seniors and disabled veterans received no cost-of-living-adjustment for three out of the last six years. Under the legislation, a typical Social Security recipient would see a $43 per month increase at age 80 and a $73 a month increase at age 90.To read Sanders’ bill, click here(link is external).Source: WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2017 – Sen. Bernie Sanders Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced legislation Thursday to expand Social Security benefits and strengthen the retirement program for generations to come. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced a companion bill in the House.The legislation would ensure that Social Security could pay every benefit owed to every eligible American for the next 61 years, according to a new analysis(link is external) Thursday by the retirement system’s chief actuary.“It is time to expand Social Security, not cut it,” Sanders told Social Security Works, The Alliance for Retired Americans and other organizations at a meeting on Capitol Hill.
German bike brand Focus, is expanding its sponsorships and partnerships in 2010, supporting athletes from the elite/pro level to the junior ranks as it pushes for wider recognition in the US and European markets.Boosting its profile in the triathlon marketplace, Focus is counting on another good season from German triathlete Steffen Justus, who will be on the road with a Focus tri bike, and who has a good shot at gaining a slot at the 2012 Olympics in London. In addition to Justus, Focus is sponsoring numerous young triathletes including Julia Tripke, Monika Stadlmann, Liz May, Konstantin Bachor, Tim Lange, Till Schramm and Marko Schlittchen.According to the company, the strategy of growing the Focus brand image among young athletes is paying off, as sales of Focus triathlon bikes are reportedly rising and sponsorship inquiries have soared. Another promising young squad riding Focus bikes is The K Related
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September 1, 2013 News and Notes September 1, 2013 News & Notes News and Notes Suzanne E. Gilbert of Holland and Knight in Orlando has been elected president of the board of directors of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Scott M. Solkoff of Solkoff Legal in Delray Beach spoke at the Florida Council on Aging Conference in Orlando on the “Affordable Care Act on Seniors and Persons with Disabilities.” Manuel Farach, of counsel with Richman Greer in West Palm Beach, has been elected president of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. Steven W. Zelkowitz of GrayRobinson was appointed by members of the Village Council to serve as a member of the Miami Shores Village Planning and Zoning Board. Laird A. Lile of Naples, has been reappointed to the Florida Courts Technology Commission by Chief Justice Ricky Polston. Rodney Max of Upchurch Watson White & Max recently traveled to San Francisco to give advocates and products liability litigators some insight into mediation. Bruce Jacob, dean emeritus and professor at Stetson University College of Law, will be presented the Champion of Indigent Defense Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Denise Bleau of Ward, Damon, Posner, Pheterson & Bleau in West Palm Beach has been named vice chair of the board of directors for the Center for Child Counseling. Michael R. Miller, John M. Hament, and Gail E. Farb of Kunkel Miller & Hament presented “Flight #2013: Journey Through the Fascinating World of Employment Law” to the Florida Health Care Association Annual Conference and Trade Show in Hollywood. Nancy La Vista of Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach has been named president of the Florida chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Julie Meadows-Keefe, of counsel at Grossman, Furlow & Bayo in Tallahassee, presented “Business Continuity Legal Issues and Industry Standards” at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Meadows-Keefe also was certified in health care privacy compliance by the Compliance Certification Board. Melissa C. Pallett-Vasquez of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod in Miami was appointed vice chair of the Canada Committee of the ABA Section of International Law. Richard E. “Rick” Mitchell of GrayRobinson in Orlando was appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal JNC. Eric D. Nowak of de la Parte & Gilbert in Tampa has been appointed to the Wheels of Success Board of Directors. Heather Tyndall-Best of Sniffen & Spellman in Tallahassee wrote “Don’t Get Caught in the Tip Pool Whirlpool,” featured in the August edition of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Magazine. Michael D. Lessne of GrayRobinson in Ft. Lauderdale was elected to the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida’s Board of Directors. David W. Singer of Hollywood served as host and moderator for a EyesOnNews.com panel discussion in the wake of the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case. Michael P. Spellman of Sniffen & Spellman in Tallahassee presented at the National School Board Association’s Regional Conference in Destin: “Navigating the Constitutional Minefield of Religious Freedom and Public Schools.” David N. Tolces of Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol in Ft. Lauderdale spoke on a municipality’s ability to regulate the use of public rights of way, including red light cameras, food trucks, parking, and solicitation at the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association Seminar on Amelia Island. David Steinfeld of the Law Office of David Steinfeld in Palm Beach Gardens has been elected a director of the North County Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. J. Alex Villalobos of Meyer Brooks Demma & Blohm in Tallahassee has joined the Justice at Stake’s Board of Directors. Rebecca M. Vaccariello of Salvatori, Wood & Buckel in Naples was admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. F. Gregory Barnhart of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley in West Palm Beach was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers at its midyear meeting in Chicago. Carlos A. Kelly of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt in Ft. Myers has been appointed to the Southwest Florida Museum of History Foundation Board. Theodore J. Leopold of Leopold Law in Palm Beach Gardens has been elected president of the Public Justice Foundation. John V. Tucker of Tucker & Ludin, with offices in Clearwater and Tampa, was elected chair of the ERISA Disability and Health Insurance Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice at its Annual Convention in San Francisco. Andrew R. Comiter of Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun in Palm Beach Gardens has been elected vice president of membership for the Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council. Edward V. Ricci of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley was selected to serve as a foundation liaison for the board of trustees of the Craig S. Barnard American Inn of Court. Ethan Wall of Richman Greer in Coral Gables has been installed as president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Dade County Bar Association. Kelly Hyman of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley in West Palm Beach was appointed chair of the Personal Injury Law CLE Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar. Barbara J. Leach of Barbara Leach Law in Orlando was sworn in as president of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Howard D. Rosen and Patricia Donlevy-Rosen wrote “A Review and Critique of the Asset Protection Aspects of the 2013 Ohio Legacy Trust Act” published by Bloomberg BNA in its Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal, July-August 2013. Leigh-Ann A. Buchanan of Berger Singerman in Miami has been elected president-elect of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Bar Association. Larry D. Smith of Southern Trial Counsel in Orlando received the Henry Latimer Diversity Award, presented by the Equal Opportunities Law Section, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and The Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, for his commitment to professionalism and diversity. Aislynn Thomas-McDonald of Hershoff, Lupino & Yagel in Miami was named to the Women’s Committee Board of Directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Miami. Joseph Hatchett of Akerman Senterfitt in Tallahassee was recently re-elected to serve on the Federal Statewide Judicial Nominating Commission. He also was the recipient of the NAACP’s William Robert Ming Advocacy Award. Scott Solkoff of Solkoff Legal in Delray Beach served on the Purple Ribbon Task Force detailing a state report and plan for dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Susan Healy of Vernon Healy in Naples was appointed by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers to serve as its representative to the National Association of Women’s Bar Associations. Frank P. Terzo of GrayRobinson has been invited to join the Advisory Board of the 38th Annual Alexander L. Paskay Bankruptcy Seminar. Leonard H. Johnson of Johnson, Auvil, Pratico & Chane in Dade City was elected vice chair of the Pasco Hernando Community College District Board of Trustees. Adam B. Cordover of Tampa has been nominated by the Collaborative Divorce Institute of Tampa Bay and selected by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals to attend the IACP Leadership Academy. Shari Gerson of GrayRobinson presented “ERISA Preemption: Making Strategic Arguments For and Against Preemption in an Era of Inconsistent and Evolving Legal Standards” at theAdvanced Forum on Managed Care Disputes and Litigation in Atlanta. Yolanda Strader of Carlton Fields in Miami was sworn in as president of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Bar Association. Keisha Bell of St. Petersburg was appointed to the Pinellas County Health Facilities Authority. Heather M. Kozlowski of Cole, Scott, & Kissane in Orlando was sworn in as treasurer-elect of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Kevin Patrick Flood of the Law Office of Kevin Patrick Flood in Jacksonville received the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel’s Distinguished Service Award. Dennis Wall of Winter Springs presented the webinar “Forensic Examination of Insurance Policies” to the Clearwater Bar Association. Jerome L. Wolf of Duane Morris in Boca Raton taught “Asset Protection Planning” to the Graduate Level I class of The Florida Trust School; and “Business Succession Planning” to the Graduate Level II class. Liza Smoker Faw of Rogers, Morris & Ziegler in Ft. Lauderdale became president-elect of the Young Lawyers Section of the Broward County Bar Association. Thomas Zeichman of Messana, P.A., in Ft. Lauderale has been named to the Florida Atlantic University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Arye P. Corbett of Law Offices of Guy Fronstin in Boca Raton presented a lecture to the South Palm Beach County Florida Association for Women Lawyers on the relevant Florida law as it pertained to State of Florida v. George Zimmerman. Christopher Benjamin of The Barrister Firm in Aventura served as a panelist on the topic of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the “Voter’s Rights Act — Where Do We Go from Here?” sponsored by the office of Florida State Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami.
June 15, 2015 Regular News G arcia-Riveiro seeks Bar reinstatementPursuant to Rule 3-7.10, Joseph Anthony Garcia-Riveiro has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Garcia-Riveiro was suspended for three years effective, nunc pro tunc, February 21, 2007, for failure to timely pay off a loan in a real estate transaction and for the misuse of trust account funds.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Garcia-Riveiro’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact William Mulligan, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, phone 305-377-4445. Garcia-Riveiro seeks Bar reinstatement
A few short years ago, when Arizona’s residential market was really cooking, Charles Miscio was getting his teeth cleaned when his dental hygienist made an ominous comment: She owned eight houses and was renting them out to investors, speculators and anyone in between.“It seems like everyone got caught up in that irrational thinking,” says Miscio, a senior vice president at Colliers International, who has more than 20 years of experience in the Arizona real estate market. “The train had left the station and no one thought it would stop. Well, it took some major missteps by Wall Street, but I think everyone can agree that money train has stopped.”Fortunately, Miscio adds, Arizona did learn some lessons from past real estate market cycles, and things, especially in the commercial sector, should begin to look better following another nine to 12 months of uncertainty.“Mid-2010 is what we as brokers are looking toward for recovery,” he says. Right now, real estate executives and economic experts concede, a credit crunch, plummeting home values and corporate uncertainty have consumer confidence at historic lows. Companies aren’t expanding, leasing or buying more office space or hiring workers. Consumers, in turn, are wary about their jobs and have resisted spending on everything from new cars to health care.It begs the question, though: Could anything have been done to prevent the current malaise?Miscio says perhaps those with business ties to real estate (finance, mortgage, brokers, developers, etc.) should have watched the indicators better and kept a skeptical eye on the ever-outreaching building patterns. Developments continually moved to the periphery of the desert, making long commutes a norm for many and impacting the quality of life for many more. Exotic financial structures, which seemed too good to be true, also emerged. As it turns out, reality eventually set in.“We just need to pinch ourselves once in a while,” the Colliers executive says. Pat Feeney joined CBRE in 1985, and has ridden many waves in the market. Today, he is a senior vice president dealing mostly with industrial projects. He says current action in all sectors is down, and like, Miscio, he believes any improvement is closely tied to the replenishment of consumer confidence. That could take a while, as the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, a widely watched gauge of consumer spending, continues to fall to all-time lows. Currently, confidence in the economy is the lowest on record.Feeney has seen these cyclical patterns before and believes, in the end, this too shall pass; it’s just a matter of time, although there are a few caveats in this current cycle.“Historically, cycles come and go — the wounds heal and everyone goes back into battle,” he says, adding that past cycles were always followed with an “oomph factor.” That “oomph” was the Internet and tech boom earlier this decade, and the housing boom of the mid-2000s.“Where is that next oomph?” Feeney asks, citing comments made by an economic analyst at a national economic strategy session.“…it took some major missteps by Wall Street, but I think everyone can agree that money train has stopped.” — Charles Miscio, Colliers International“This dramatic improvement also needs to be worldwide, since all of our economies are tied together. I agree with the cyclical thought process; I just think this one will take longer. I just don’t know how long.”Several things from past booms are playing a huge role in the current bust. A run-up in the cost of land over the past decade held the lid on the market, as did escalating construction and material costs. Some key zoning changes, mostly around Sky Harbor International Airport, have also equated to a real estate industry that could be much worse off.“This time around, there wasn’t unbridled and uncontrolled activity,” Feeney says. “This was more economically controlled and driven.”Like many, Feeney remains bullish on Phoenix. People will always want to escape the inclement areas of the U.S. and the congested and strange factor of California. Arizona is a great place to live and affordable housing, one way oranother, will return.Jerry Noble, a first vice president at CBRE agrees: “Phoenix continues to grow and be a leader in U.S. growth. We have always seen dynamic employers looking for space in quality locations with an affordable work force. Our fundamentals just need to stabilize and we’ll get back to where we need to be.”www.cbre.com www.colliers.com