Letters to the Editor

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Tag: EPA


POINT RUSTON: Developers require supervision

I am a Ruston City Councilman, and despite what you read in this newspaper please don’t hold that against me.

I’ve read the online comments about how my little neighborhood village upon Puget Sound has everything to gain and nothing to lose from the Point Ruston development to occur unmolested. In the context of Ruston’s survival and the almighty buck, that’s true.

Tacoma has $31 million of the taxpayers’ money wrapped up in the Point Ruston development. Now the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission is investigating uninspected gas lines installed in Tacoma.

Point Ruston attempted to install a 30,000-gallon propane tank,

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POINT RUSTON: Why is Legislature intervening?

After reading the first comprehensive article about the City of Ruston v. Point Ruston developers, I wrote a letter pointing out some of the facts of the matter which ought to concern all our citizens (TNT, 2-5)

The Feb. 11 article (“Lawmakers add pressure in Ruston”) startled and upset me. Why should the state Legislature be brought in to settle what is essentially a local government dispute about issuing permits to a big money developer which is pushing the process?

The most obvious answer (to me) is that someone with a lot of clout (read, Point Ruston

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POINT RUSTON: Keep an eye on this developer

Full-page ads about the Point Ruston project, headlined “What is taking so long?” (TNT, 1-26 and 1-28), made me curious about the story.

According to a News Tribune article, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is “very concerned that Point Ruston is using the umbrella of permit exemption to potentially avoid complying with relevant laws” (2-3).

But should we blame the City of Ruston? According to the article:

• The developer lacked information about “plumbing and fire resistance” issues.

• The developer “planned to continue anyway without a permit.” Arrogance?

• The City of Ruston found out about “a liquid propane system being installed” only

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FORESTS: ‘Big Timber’ uses elk-friendly practices

Re: “Industry practices may harm elk and humans” (letter, 11-12).

I am a retired Weyerhaeuser forester and am insulted by the charge that “Big Timber” management is damaging to elk and humans.

From employment day one we are charged with using sustainable practices to protect the land, trees, vegetation and wildlife. We select harvesting and reforestation practices based on the soil, elevation and micro-climate.

Herbicides are chosen to control certain competitive species for the initial few years of replanting an area. The herbicides are applied so as not to enter any adjacent waters. Application considers weather, wildlife and nearby habitation.

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EMISSIONS: Revenue-neutral carbon fee needed

The Supreme Court has again upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (TNT, 6-24). These regulations will help curb the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but they are not enough.

We need to send a price signal that is felt around the world to combat global warming. A tax on carbon, most recently proposed by Hank Paulsen, Republican treasury secretary under President George W. Bush, would be a conservative solution.

Instead of using subsidies or regulations, market forces would work as a simple machine to move us away from fossil fuels. The higher

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ENERGY: State can lead the way to a low-carbon future

Recently, climate change has taken center stage in the national political debate. With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, Washington is poised to lead the country to a low-carbon future.

Washington has been a clean energy pioneer, and we are building on our hydropower legacy and leveraging our strong wind resource to continue the clean power trend. More than 1,600 wind turbines dot our landscape, supplying enough clean, affordable power for more than 645,000 homes and avoiding more than 3.7 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to taking 740,000 cars

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SALMON: Bristol Bay battle is far from over

I was happy to hear news of mining giant Anglo American’s plans to throw in in the towel and depart the Pebble Limited Partnership. I have spent many years commercial fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and I can say without doubt that the Pebble mine would be nothing but bad news for the Bristol Bay fishing industry.

Unfortunately, the fight to protect Bristol Bay’s $1.5 billion per year salmon fishery is far from over. At the same time Anglo American announced its departure, the remaining principal (Northern Dynasty Minerals) made clear that it intends to continue with the permitting

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SALMON: Alaska mine would hurt fish runs

I was excited to see The News Tribune cover the updates on the national debate over the Pebble Mine development in Bristol Bay, Alaska (thenewstribune.com, 4-26).

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency’s updated watershed assessment confirmed that the proposed large-scale mine is completely incompatible with the most abundant salmon fishery on Earth. The toxic Pebble project will destroy Lake Iliamna, the largest undeveloped lake in America. Leaching toxic wastes into Bristol Bay’s watersheds, this project will poison the viable habitat into perpetuity.

The EPA’s report found limitless science to prove this is the wrong place for a mine. The most

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