BLM director visits North Slope to cap wells, transfer lands

first_imgArctic | Environment | Federal GovernmentBLM director visits North Slope to cap wells, transfer landsMarch 15, 2016 by Emily Russell, KNOM Share:The welcome sign in Barrow, Alaska. (Creative Commons photo by Bob Johnston)The director of the Bureau of Land Management is visiting the North Slope this week. Over the next two days, Director Neil Kornze will meet with Native corporations, local government officials, and community leaders in the region.On Tuesday, Kornze helped cap two cores south of Barrow. The Simpson Core and Iko Bay were both drilled by the U.S. Navy in the 1950s. They’re among 18 legacy wells the BLM plans to clean up this year.The director will travel to Wainwright to finalize the transfer of 1,500 acres of federal land to the Olgoonik Corporation. According to the BLM, the land was used by the Department of Defense for national defense purposes. The land is being sold to Olgoonik to support future economic development.The trip is part of the BLM’s effort to focus on Arctic issues. This is Director Kornze’s fifth visit to Alaska’s North Slope.Share this story:last_img read more

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Sanders, other lawmakers seek NIH hearing to override drug patent

first_img About the Author Reprints Related: Related: John Locher/AP @Pharmalot Taxpayer money helped create this cancer drug. Should we be able to force the price down? An Astellas spokesman later wrote us to say that “the discussion of Xtandi’s price in the petition (filed by the consumer groups) fails to reflect what payers or patients actually pay for the medicine.” He contended that, last year, 81 percent of privately insured patients paid $25 or less out of pocket per month and 79 percent of Medicare patients paid nothing out of pocket per month.The HHS and NIH did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for Knowledge Ecology International, one of the advocacy groups, told us the NIH had not yet responded to its request.Among the lawmakers who signed the letter is US Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) who, along with Sanders, held hearings in late 2014 on rising generic drug prices, and  Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who last fall asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether drug makers are hiking prices, and then restricting distribution to prevent generic drug makers from making lower-cost versions of their medicines.Also signing the letter was Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) who earlier this month introduced legislation that would end the tax break that drug makers can take for advertising medicines to consumers. Another is Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who introduced a bill calling for a three-year moratorium on advertising newly approved prescription drugs to consumers. [email protected] Obama administration rejects congressional push to override drug patents PharmalotSanders, other lawmakers seek NIH hearing to override drug patent center_img By Ed Silverman March 28, 2016 Reprints Bernie Sanders wants a hearing on whether the NIH should override a prostate cancer drug patent. “New treatments are meaningless if patients cannot afford them … (and) the NIH has a powerful tool to hold drug companies accountable for barriers to access to drugs developed through support of US taxpayers, including price.”The lawmakers echoed the argument made by Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment and Knowledge Ecology International: the NIH has the ability to issue so-called march-in rights, which refers to overriding a patent.Under federal law, this allows an agency that funds private research to require a drug maker to license its patent to another party in order to “alleviate health and safety needs which are not being reasonably satisfied,” or when the benefits of a drug are not available on “reasonable terms.”Whether the administration will comply is unclear.Earlier this month, the administration rejected a request from dozens of congressional Democrats, who urged the HHS and NIH to develop guidelines that would require drug makers to license their patents and put a lid on “price gouging.” They maintain the NIH should be more aggressive about granting march-in rights when drug prices are high.Burwell responded to  Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) — who was one of the dozen lawmakers who wants a hearing — that she does not believe a new guidance for march-in rights is needed. She noted the law is already clear about when the NIH can use its authority.The NIH, she wrote, considers the use of a march-in right on a “case-by-case basis and is prepared to use its authority” if the law permits such a move and would “alleviate health or safety needs or address a situation where effective steps are not being taken to achieve practical application of the inventions.”Burwell noted that the NIH had previously considered using its march-in authority concerning drug pricing concerns in 2004 and 2013, but determined the statutory requirements were not met. One of those episodes involved a high-profile price hike on the Norvir AIDS medicine.The lawmakers noted that the NIH held a hearing in 2004 to consider a march-in request for Norvir, which at the time was marketed by Abbott Laboratories. The company later lowered the price for public payers, including AIDS Drug Assistance Programs and Medicaid, and expanded its patient-assistance programs. Ed Silverman Tags drug pricesNIHpatentspolicy The groups believe the Xtandi patent should be overridden because the drug was developed at the University of California, Los Angeles, with help from taxpayer dollars — specifically, NIH and US Department of Defense grants. The university later licensed the drug to Medivation, a biotech that eventually struck a marketing deal with Astellas.“When Americans pay for research (which) results in a safe and effective drug, an unreasonably high cost should not limit their access to it,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter today to theDepartment of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and to NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins.advertisement Senator Bernie Sanders and several other Democratic lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to hold a public hearing to determine whether the National Institutes of Health should override the patent on a prostate cancer drug in an effort to drive down prices.The move comes two months after consumer advocacy groups asked the NIH to override the price of Xtandi, because the medicine is much more expensive in the United States than elsewhere. Their rationale: Federally funded research was used to develop the drug, so federal authorities have a right to intervene.The medicine, which is sold by Astellas Pharma, has an average wholesale price in the US of more than $129,000, about three to four times more than what other high-income countries are paying, according to Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment and Knowledge Ecology International, the advocacy groups.advertisement Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry.last_img read more

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Laois student selected on NUIG team for European Debating Championship

first_img Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Electric Picnic Pinterest Electric Picnic WhatsApp A Laois student has been selected on NUIG’s team for the European Debating Championship.Anna Lee Dowling, who completed her Leaving Cert in Scoil Chriost Ri in 2020, has made the team.The Portlaoise native, who attended primary school in The Heath, is one of only two 1st year students selected to be on the team.The European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC) is an annual debating tournament for teams from universities in Europe, being the most important Talent Youth Event in Europe.The competition uses the British Parliamentary Debate format – the same debate format used at the World Universities Debating Championship.The first edition of the European Universities Debating Championship took place in Rotterdam in 1999.Back then, debating was very different activity: just 32 teams participated.EUDC Madrid 202, over ten times larger, will be the 23th edition of Euros, with a cap team between 260 – 320 teams, being the definitive tournament to crown Europe’s Talent Youth Competition. By Alan Hartnett – 9th February 2021 Twitter Facebook TAGSAnna Lee DowlingDebatingEuropean Universities Debating ChampionshipsScoil Chriost Ri center_img Laois student selected on NUIG team for European Debating Championship WhatsApp Previous articleNew Laois GAA hurling chairman confirmed for 2021 seasonNext article‘The primary producer … always seems to take the smallest portion’ Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Council Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Home News Education Laois student selected on NUIG team for European Debating Championship NewsEducation Twitter Anna Lee’s former school, Scoil Chriost Ri, congratulated her on her selection.They said: “Anna Lee was a stalwart of our Debating Committee and a student who was exceptionally generous with her time in mentoring our juniors.“Huge congratulations Anna Lee – we have no doubt of your future success.”SEE ALSO – ‘Potential for considerable disruption on Thursday’ as widespread snowfall possible Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

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El ministro norcoreano Ri Su Yong visita Cuba

first_img News News By Daily NK – 2015.03.19 8:49am North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Image: Yonhap News Agency News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store El ministro norcoreano Ri Su Yong visita Cuba Durante su visita a Cuba, el ministro derelaciones exteriores de Corea del Norte Ri Su Yong, destacó la amistad entreambos países. La agencia estatal de noticias PrensaLatina informó el día 16 que el ministro Ri se reunió con su contraparte, elministro Bruno Rodríguez, ocasión en la que destacaron “las excelentesrelaciones entre los dos países”, y que “Kim Jong Eun, Primer Secretario delPartido del Trabajo, espera que se amplíen y fortalezcan aún más los nexosbilaterales”. La agencia añadió además que el ministroRodríguez afirmó que Cuba apoyará activamente la reunificación de ambas Coreas,libre de influencias de poderes extranjeros. Por otra parte, el ministro Ri señalódurante la entrevista que “tanto Cuba como Corea del Norte comparten unahistoria de luchar juntos en la misma trinchera contra el imperalismonorteamericano, que sigue hasta hoy día ejerciendo presiones económicas contranuestros países”. La visita del ministro Ri coincidió con elmomento en que Cuba y Estados Unidos terminaron de sostener la tercera ronda denegociaciones para normalizar las relaciones diplomáticas entre ambos países,después de 53 años de distanciamiento. Es la primera visita de un oficialnorcoreano de alto rango desde que el presidente Barack Obama y el presidentedel Consejo de Estado de Cuba, Raúl Castro, comenzaran a llevar a cabo accionesorientadas al restablecimiento de las relaciones entre los dos países. Facebook Twitter Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April SHARElast_img read more

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New Energy Policy Tabled in Parliament

first_imgRelatedNew Energy Policy Tabled in Parliament Story HighlightsA new energy policy document, based on national consultations and comments from a wide cross-section of society as well as current realities facing Jamaica, has been tabled in Parliament by Minister of Mining and Energy, the Hon Jams Robertson.According to the Minister the document represents a revision of the Energy Policy Green Paper 2006-2020, which had been tabled by the previous Government in 2006 but was never debated. The new document was tabled on Tuesday, December 22.Mr. Robertson noted that the older document has been revised in keeping with the country’s long term plan to achieve developed country status by 2030, as articulated in Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan. New Energy Policy Tabled in Parliament EnergyDecember 31, 2009 A new energy policy document, based on national consultations and comments from a wide cross-section of society as well as current realities facing Jamaica, has been tabled in Parliament by Minister of Mining and Energy, the Hon Jams Robertson.According to the Minister the document represents a revision of the Energy Policy Green Paper 2006-2020, which had been tabled by the previous Government in 2006 but was never debated. The new document was tabled on Tuesday, December 22.Mr. Robertson noted that the older document has been revised in keeping with the country’s long term plan to achieve developed country status by 2030, as articulated in Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan.According to the Ministry Paper (Number 124/09), the Strategic Framework- the goals and strategies underpinning the new National Energy Policy – is comprehensive and is expected to be durable to 2030 and beyond, yet be flexible and adaptable to meet new challenges and opportunities as they arise.“This Strategic Framework also addresses both supply and demand energy issues the country faces and, as such, places priority attention on seven key areas,” the Ministry Paper added:It listed the seven key areas as:Security of Energy Supply through diversification of fuels as well as development of renewables Modernizing the country’s energy infrastructure Development of renewable energy sources such as solar and hydroEnergy conservation and efficiency Development of a comprehensive governance/regulatory framework Enabling government ministries, departments and agencies to be model/leader for the rest of society in terms of energy management Eco-efficiency in industries“By focusing on the seven priority areas listed above, the National Energy Policy will ensure that the country minimizes the effects of volatile and rising crude oil prices, takes advantage of renewable resources and promotes conservation and efficiency in the use of energy resources amongst all sectors of the society,” the Ministry Paper stated.It also said that the ultimate outcome of achieving the seven goals of the policy will be the provision of more affordable energy supplies to Jamaican consumers, an improved competitive base for the country, as well as sustainable growth and development of the nation. RelatedNew Energy Policy Tabled in Parliamentcenter_img RelatedNew Energy Policy Tabled in Parliament FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

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Thomas Woodley Joins Avennia as National Sales Director to Drive National,…

first_imgEmail Linkedin Twitter TAGSAvenniapeopleThomas Woodley AdvertisementIndustry vet will lead sales, distribution initiatives for all of Avennia’s brandsWOODINVILLE, Wash. (Jan. 15, 2020) – Avennia, one of the most acclaimed wineries in Washington State, today announced that it has hired Thomas Woodley as national sales director.Woodley brings nearly 20 years of wine sales and distribution experience to Avennia. He spent 15 years with Woodward Canyon, where he led national and international distribution initiatives for the renowned Walla Walla winery.He was vice president of sales when he left Woodward Canyon in 2018, overseeing sales and distribution in 33 states and six countries.Woodley will lead all domestic and international sales distribution programs for Avennia, said Marty Taucher, the winery’s managing partner.“Thomas brings a great skill set and extensive industry distribution knowledge to Avennia,” Taucher said. “He will immediately strengthen our ability to more fully support our current distribution partners, extend our reach nationally and amplify the Washington wine story worldwide.”“I’m honored and humbled to be a part of the Avennia team,” Woodley said. “Chris Peterson is an innovative and exacting winemaker, and the opportunity to carry the torch for Avennia nationally is one I’m thrilled to undertake.”About AvenniaAvennia is inspired by the Roman name for the city of Avignon, the heart of Old World winemaking. With that in mind, the goal of Avennia is to make wines that evoke clarity: clarity of place, clarity of type, clarity of purpose.This is best expressed by using the classic French varieties and blends, with methods passed down over generations. Co-founders Marty Taucher and Chris Peterson work within this context to allow Washington vineyards and terroirs to distinguish themselves.Avennia will introduce two new brands in 2020: Lydian, a value-priced lineup of wines showcasing vineyards from across Washington State, and Liminal, a collection of premium wines produced with fruit sourced solely from the unique WeatherEye Vineyard located on Red Mountain. (For information, please see www.liminalwine.com).Since the winery’s first release in 2012, Avennia has received numerous accolades from wine critics and consumers alike. For information about Avennia, please see www.avennia.com.Advertisement Home Industry News Releases Thomas Woodley Joins Avennia as National Sales Director to Drive National, International…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessThomas Woodley Joins Avennia as National Sales Director to Drive National, International Growth of Its Award-Winning WinesBy Press Release – January 15, 2020 197 0 ReddIt Pinterest Facebook Share Previous articleAcquiring Customer Information – First ContactNext articleWomen for WineSense Winemaking & Viticulture Roundtable Presents Consulting Winemaker Heidi Barrett on January 16th at Foley Johnson Press Releaselast_img read more

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OFCA calls for bids for Hong Kong spectrum auction in December

first_img HKT ekes out 2020 profit despite revenue dip AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 23 SEP 2014 Asia HKT trials C-V2X on SA 5G Joseph Waring Hong Kong implements cell broadcast alert system Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Relatedcenter_img auctionCSLHKTHong KongHutchisonOFCASmarTone HomeAsiaNews OFCA calls for bids for Hong Kong spectrum auction in December Hong Kong’s telecoms regulator has called for mobile operators to participate in a December auction for 49.2MHz of paired spectrum in the 1.9-2.2GHz band.The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), which issued an invitation last Friday, said the reserve price is set at HKD48 million ($6.2 million) per megahertz and the minimum spectrum utilisation fee will be determined during the auction. The spectrum licence will be valid for 15 years starting in October 2016.The spectrum will be divided into five bands, each with a bandwidth of 9.8 or 10.0MHz. OFCA has set a spectrum cap for a bidder at 40MHz.Controversially, last November OFCA announced it would adopt a “hybrid administratively-assigned cum market-based approach” to re-assign 118.4 MHz of paired spectrum in the 1.9-2.2GHz band when the existing assignments expire in October 2016.Under the approach, each of the four spectrum holders at the time (HKT, CSL, Hutchison and SmarTone) would be offered right of first refusal to be re-assigned two-thirds of its existing holding. The remaining one-third (39.2 MHz), and any spectrum not taken up by the incumbent assignees, would be re-assigned through an auction.After HKT acquired CSL in April, it agreed to divest 29.6MHz of spectrum in the 1.9-2.1GHZ band and not to participate in the new auction. This increased the total spectrum available for re-assignment through auction in 49.2MHz.China Mobile, which doesn’t have any 2.1GHz spectrum in Hong Kong, is expected to participate in the auction. Tags Previous ArticleVideo Feature: Mobile 360 North America Day 1 highlightsNext ArticleIndia’s Reliance Jio gears up for nationwide 4G with Indus deal Authorlast_img read more

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Watching Egypt Erupt

first_imgTo say that Bob Phelps’ recent visit to Egypt didn’t turn out how he planned would be something of an understatement. Arriving in Cairo Jan. 24 with his wife Alita, the protests were just beginning to erupt. And though they failed to see many of the nation’s major archaeological landmarks, the two Whitefish residents bore witness to the beginnings of a massive protest – one that would eventually lead to the president’s ouster and which is now spreading across the Middle East. “We made a trip to Egypt and never saw the pyramids, never saw the sphinx, because it was too dangerous,” Phelps, a retired Methodist pastor, said. “But it was clear to us that the young adults that were in (Egyptian cities) Aswan and Luxor were very much caught up in this revolutionary hope of building a new nation.” “I’m no expert on Egypt; I’m just another American tourist,” he added. “My wife and I experienced something that opened our eyes and that the whole world is now watching.” The Phelps left Billings Jan. 17 for a weeklong trip to Israel and Palestine as part of a Christian travel program known as Educational Opportunities (EO). Though the first leg of the trip was pleasant, as they boarded a bus to head south through the Sinai Peninsula, the beginnings of the uprising in Egypt were commencing. On Jan. 25, thousands of Egyptians took to the streets calling for an end to the rule of President Hosni Mubarak. Phelps said their hotel was far enough from the center of Cairo to be mostly unaffected by the demonstrations. The next morning they left early for a short flight south to Aswan, where they planned to float along the Nile River on a cruise ship, stopping off at cities along the way for three days to explore archaeological sites. But as the demonstrations spread from Cairo, and they watched them develop along the shores of the Nile, Phelps and his wife realized they would not be stepping off the boat to see the sites. In Luxor, where 4,000-5,000-year-old archaeological exhibits are on display, they witnessed a tank sitting in the main square, the windows of a government building blasted out and police following demonstrators. Though scared at times, Phelps said they never felt physically threatened. “Even so, we didn’t feel that anybody was really interested in us,” Phelps said. “They were demonstrating for their rights as citizens of Egypt.” And Phelps said the Egyptians they met and conversed with about the protests were impressive: young, intelligent and able to speak articulately in English about the issues at hand. Those who were not in Cairo said they wished they could be there to participate in the demonstrations. “We’re very much identified with the cause that these folks are fighting for,” Phelps said last week, prior to Mubarak stepping down. “They have reasons to be demonstrating.” Other tourists, however, did encounter hostility. A separate group from Phelps that didn’t take the Nile cruise attempted to drive to Alexandria from Cairo, but a group blocked the bus, busting some of its windows. The passengers on board had to crouch below the windows to make the bus look empty, and some passengers suffered minor cuts from objects thrown through the windows. It’s unclear whether the group was pro-Mubarak or composed of protesters. The tourists spent the next three days confined in their hotel, watching CNN. Upon returning to Cairo, Phelps and Alita managed to get on a flight to Rome on Egypt Air, thanks to fast arrangements made by EO’s organizers. “We knew enough to heed the warnings of the EO personnel,” he said. Some airlines had stopped flying in and out of Cairo, and the scene at the airport was hectic. “When we got to the Cairo airport there was such a mob of people shouting at each other, jostling,” Phelps said. “We felt very fortunate to book passage.” The Phelps’s arrived back in Billings Feb. 4, and look back on their time in Egypt as a historic experience. “We came away with the feeling that the most important trip was what we experienced in Egypt, as hazardous as that was,” Phelps said. “I think we have an idea of what the revolution is about.” “I tried to think of any other parallel in modern history where this type of revolution is taking place, and for the life of me I can’t think of one,” he added. “It’s absolutely amazing.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

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‘Trust with Glenwood has deteriorated’

first_img DHS have provided the reasoning behind their decision to sever all sporting and cultural ties with Glenwood High School.READ: DHS cut ties with GlenwoodGlenwood confirmed in a letter from the principal, Dr Andri Barnes, that a resolution between the two schools could not be reached and that they had decided to sever all sporting and cultural ties with their fellow Durban school.A public statement by Paul Spencer, chairman of the Durban High School governing body, gives insight into their reasoning:‘This was not a decision that the School Governing Body has taken lightly, but is a result of a variety of situations that have been building for some time and which have culminated in recent incidents which we strongly feel cannot be condoned or overlooked.‘The DHS management team is of the opinion that the relationship and trust between the two schools has deteriorated to such an extent that holding sporting fixtures is no longer in the best interests of the two institutions, or beneficial to current and future learners of DHS.’The statement added that DHS will continue to endeavour to improve the relationship and would consider reinstating sporting fixtures once they ‘are afforded the respect [they] believe is due to [them].’ALSO READ: Schools Poaching – Breaking the codeSARugbymag.co.za understands the crux of the matter is the recruitment of DHS schoolboys in Grade 8 and 9 by Glenwood.The 1st XV derby between the two schools is a traditional fixture on the schoolboys rugby calendar and dates back to 1925. Recent results between the schools’ 1st XV teams have become slightly one-sided, with DHS winning only one match since 2007.Last year, SARugbymag.co.za reported that Eastern Cape-based schools Dale College and Queen’s College were unhappy that a number of their schoolboys were being targeted by the KwaZulu-Natal schools.*Have you signed up to our newsletter? Click here to join the thousands of readers who are part of our newsletter community.Photo: Tim Whitfield ‘Trust with Glenwood has deteriorated’ Posted in Schools rugby, Top headlines Tagged DHS, glenwood, Schools Rugby ‘ Datemyage.comThe Best Place To Meet Guys Your Own Age in Tsuen WanDatemyage.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero Wars|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDatemyage.comOver 40 And Single?Datemyage.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDental Care For Seniors On Medicare | Sponsored ListingsSee what full mouth dental implants may cost youDental Care For Seniors On Medicare | Sponsored Listings|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzSuperDetails About Meghan Markle’s Wedding Will Leave You SpeechlessBuzzSuper|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGrammarlyAvoid Grammatical Errors with This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarly|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on February 6, 2020  8966  217center_img BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by Dylan Jack ‘ ‘ Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo DHS and Glenwood 1st XV ‘last_img read more

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Georgia’s Forests’ Leftovers Becoming A Major Source Of Renewable Energy

first_img1:44 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List For Whom The Bell Rings After a timber company makes its plywood or paper, there’s leftover sawdust and wood shavings. These leftovers are called woody biomass and in Georgia, they’re becoming a big source of renewable energy.A Pew study ranked Georgia third in the country for converting this “woody biomass” into electricity. 1:44Trees are a big deal here.“We lead the nation in the production of telephone polls. We have the largest hardwood sawmill in the United States. We have the largest recycled paper mill in North America. We have the largest wood pellet plant in the world,” says Risher Willard with the Georgia Forestry Commission.Georgia has the most acres of forest available for commercial use in the country: almost 25 million acres. That’s more than two-thirds of the state and more and more of our forests are becoming commercialized. European DemandThat’s partly because Europeans want our wood. “You’re talking about big facilities creating these really dense pellets, because Europe has these huge incentives – government incentives – for woody biomass right now in their efforts to cut their greenhouse gas emissions,” says F.G. Beauregard with the National Wildlife Federation. In 2007, there were no wood pellet mills in Georgia. Today, there are 10. Beauregard’s hopeful this will become a bigger source of clean energy for the state. She says the forest industry has done a good job regulating itself, but … “At the same time we need to make sure we’re not mortgaging our natural systems and wildlife to do that,” Beauregard says. “We need to make sure we’re doing it sustainably.” Industry GrowthRisher Willard, with the Georgia Forestry Commission, says the industry is actually planting more trees than they’re chopping down. “Any time you have more forestry business that encourages landowners to maintain their forests rather than converting it to some other use, it is good, in my opinion,” Willard says. In 2012, the forest industry generated nearly $29 billion for the state. It’s currently the second largest industry in Georgia. Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

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