FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Los Angeles Times:With the nation’s electricity production shifting to cleaner sources of power, U.S. coal consumption is declining. But here’s a problem: As major coal-mining companies watch their sales diminish domestically, they are struggling to find export markets in which they can continue to do business.And what have we really gained if coal that the U.S. doesn’t use just gets shipped to other countries for them to burn?That’s the question that needs to be answered as officials consider a proposal to build a new coal port in Oakland as part of the conversion of a decommissioned Army base. There are a lot of problems with the proposal, which we’ll get to, but just from an environmental standpoint, it is a bad idea.The proposal arises from the redevelopment of the decommissioned, 330-acre Oakland Army Base at the foot of the Bay Bridge. The California Capital and Investment Group, with which the city of Oakland contracted in 2012, proposed to build a 30-acre Oakland Bulk and Oversize Terminal to handle alfalfa, grain, potash, wind turbine parts and other products. Chief Executive Phil Tagami wrote in a December 2013 newsletter that the developers’ plans did not include “the pursuit of coal-related operations at the former Oakland Army Base.”Yet reports surfaced in early 2015 that coal was indeed part of the mix, which the developers had kept secret to avoid public opposition. How much coal? Estimates run as high as 10 million tons a year, which is about five times the combined volume of the state’s other coal docks in Long Beach, Stockton and Richmond. The coal could end up being shipped via open-top rail cars, a practice that, without mitigation (such as spraying the load with a chemical sealant), can spread more than 600 pounds of coal dust per rail car over the course of a 400-mile trip. Coal dust, which causes black lung disease among miners, contains lead, mercury and other elements that can be toxic even in light concentrations, and is linked to heart and respiratory diseases.The coal would come from mines in Utah, where four counties and the state government have concocted a scheme to take $53 million in federal mine lease-fees — money meant to support infrastructure and other public projects in communities affected by mining on public lands — and invest it in the Oakland port project. The goal is to provide a link to foreign markets for the Utah coal. Note that with the exception of port jobs in Oakland — which would exist no matter what products were to be shipped — the only thing California gains from this project is an environmental headache.The port developers say they will use covered rail cars and covered facilities in Oakland, but environmentalists are right to be skeptical given the lack of transparency so far, and the fact that open-top rail cars are the industry standard. The most likely path is through the Donner Pass north of Lake Tahoe to Sacramento, across the Central Valley to the port in West Oakland, where the overwhelmingly low-income residents already suffer from elevated cases of asthma and other pollution-related ailments.That’s just the kind of information that should be included in the project’s environmental impact report, but because coal was supposedly not being considered when the report was done, that impact was not assessed.That’s absurd. The city of Oakland should order a supplemental environmental report and, if the deleterious effects of the project are as bad as expected, the city should pull the plug.This is a project that would harm the local environment — and the global environment as well. If we need to wean the world from coal, why would Oakland build a dock to export it?Full item: If coal is too dirty for the U.S., why would Oakland build a dock to export it to Asia? Editorial: A Shady Utah-California Coal-Export Scheme
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 46-year-old ex-Freeport middle school principal was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail for having sex with a 16-year-old boy and omitting his criminal history when he applied for that job.Nassau County Judge Angelo Delligatti also sentenced John O’Mard to 10 years of probation. O’Mard additionally surrendered his certifications with the New York State Education Department and will have to register as a sex offender.O’Mard had pleaded guilty at county court in November to criminal sexual act, offering a false instrument for filing, perjury and official misconduct.Prosecutors have said O’Mard met the teen through Grindr, smartphone dating application for men, and took the victim to his Freeport home, where they engaged in oral and anal sexual conduct without the boy’s consent on Sept. 22, 2012.He had been the principal of the John W. Dodd Middle School from Sept. 1, 2003 until the School Board fired him on April 25, 2013, a month after his arrest.During the investigation, authorities found that a decade prior to the sex crimes, O’Mard failed to disclose having a felony and misdemeanor conviction, when he applied for certifications with the state education department in September 2004.O’Mard is due back in court on March 5, when the judge will determine O’Mard’s sex offender level under the Sex Offender Registration Act.
The provincial government announced its new action plan to improve the health of seniors today.The â€˜Healthy Living Frameworkâ€™ lays out the governmentâ€™s priorities for dealing with an aging population, including four cornerstones of creating age-friendly communities, supporting volunteerism, promoting healthy living, and supporting older workers. The plan also creates a seniors secretariat, which will lead the implementation of the framework across the government. – Advertisement -After rolling out the new 3 year plan, the minister responsible says our aging population needs more than housing. Mary Polak (Pole-Ack) says a government promise to create five-thousand longterm care beds is close to being fullfilled, but that isn’t the end of the story. [asset|aid=252|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Polak-seniors_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Polak says the 23-million dollar framework was developed with support from 13-ministries over the course of a year.
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