State Legislators Ask Federal Court For Leave To File ‘Friends Of The Court’ Brief

first_imgThe Air Force’s second argument is based on a provision in another federal law, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund. That law precludes a lawsuit that challenges an ongoing Superfund cleanup. The purpose of this provision is to expedite Superfund cleanups. However, in this case, the Air Force is not currently engaged in an ongoing cleanup; it has effectively placed the cleanup “on hold” for years. The Air Force is seeking to use this provision to delay cleanup, contrary to congressional intent. PFAS have been used in many industries since the 1940s and contamination typically results from releases at manufacturing and industrial facilities and industrial waste sites, and from their use in fire-fighting chemicals at fire and crash training areas, such as at Air Force bases across the country. There is substantial scientific evidence that PFAS pose significant human health and ecological risks, such as developmental problems, low birth weight, decreased fertility, hormone disruption, immune system damage, and increased cancer risk. The Amiciare addressing two of the issues raised by the Air Force in its Sept. 17 Motion to Dismiss. The Air Force’s first argument is based on the “sovereign immunity” of the Federal government, which says the United States cannot be sued without its consent. However, the United States has explicitly waived its sovereign immunity from the New Mexico lawsuit in two federal statutes. Although the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not set enforceable regulatory drinking water standards for PFAS, the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission has listed several of the most common types of PFAS – including those at issue in this case – as “toxic pollutants” under the New Mexico Water Quality Regulations. The Brief would support the legal action by the New Mexico Attorney General and the New Mexico Environment Department to compel the United States Air Force to conduct prompt investigation and cleanup of toxic pollutants at Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, New Mexico, and Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico. New Mexico brought this action under the analogous provisions of two statutes, one Federal and one State, designed to address the problem of hazardous waste disposal and cleanup. The Federal statute is the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), signed into law in 1976). The State statute is the New Mexico Hazardous Waste Act, enacted in 1983. Both statutes contain “imminent hazard” provisions, which provide for court orders to mitigate an endangerment to the public health or the environment. center_img NMELC News: The soil, groundwater, and surface water at the two bases is contaminated with a class of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). SANTA FE ― Three State Legislators, Sen. Mimi Stewart, Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Rep. Andrés Romero have asked the United States District Court for permission to file an Amici Curiae – “Friends of the Court” – Brief in a lawsuit involving toxic pollutants from two Air Force bases. “We want to support the Attorney General and the Environment Department in their commendable efforts to hold the Air Force accountable for polluting the State’s groundwater. It is very unfortunate that the Air Force would attempt to avoid its cleanup obligations under New Mexico law by invoking a legal doctrine – sovereign immunity of the United States government – that derives from the ancient English common law maxim that ‘the King can do no wrong.’ As Mark Twain once put it through one of his characters, ‘All kings is mostly rapscallions.’” ―Charles de Saillan, Staff Attorney, New Mexico Environmental Law Center.last_img read more

Governor Commemorates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

first_imgFrom the Office of the Governor:SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement this morning in commemoration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day: “Indigenous Peoples’ Day is an important opportunity to honor the culture and traditions of New Mexico’s first citizens, our tribal brothers and sisters who make up such an important part of our state’s beautiful multicultural identity.“Tribal nations and their peoples have made incredible and unique contributions to not only our state but this country we all love. This year, the tribal nations of New Mexico have suffered and persevered amid the pandemic and economic crisis, showing incredible resilience and strength in the face of challenging circumstances, demonstrating that we are all stronger when we look out for each other together.“The state of New Mexico has not hesitated – and will never hesitate – to help protect and provide for the sovereign nations within our borders. On this Indigenous Peoples’ Day I join all New Mexicans in celebrating the indigenous nations and peoples of New Mexico and around the country and world, in lifting up the diverse traditions, cultures, languages and heritage and in committing to support the health, well-being and prosperity of indigenous people, today and every day.”Indian Affairs Department Secretary Lynn Trujillo, a member of Sandia Pueblo, issued the following statement:“Today we celebrate the enduring history of indigenous people in our state. As New Mexico’s first citizens, indigenous people have contributed to a diverse cultural tapestry. Our legacy of strength and resilience stands as a testament to the rich and enduring culture of our ancestors. It is these teachings that will ensure that our future-ancestors, our young people, will continue to thrive and preserve our traditions well into the future.”In April 2019, Gov. Lujan Grisham established in law that the second Monday in October shall be celebrated as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an official state holiday.last_img read more

Drivers Jonas opens in Germany

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Meet Your Winemaker: Roman Roth

first_imgWölffer Estate is a family owned and operated, sustainably farmed vineyard in Sagaponack led by the curious mind of winemaker and partner Roman Roth. As the vineyard’s first winemaker, this career was more than a desire for the German native, it was a calling.Roth was raised around fine wine. His father was a winemaker in Germany and created a home filled with creativity and passion, said Roth. During holidays and birthdays, his parents would host elaborate parties. On such occasions, an almost comedic competition would arise between Roth’s mother, his brother, who inherited the family wine merchant business, and himself — a trinity of wine collectors.Each would go to their section of the family wine cellar and choose a bottle of higher quality and price. Round after round, glass after glass, a bigger name and older vintage ushered a riveting rivalry surrounding the dinner table with good food and laughter, all culminating in singing old songs into the night.Roman draws inspiration for his work from wineries throughout the globe that he’s visited. At the young age of 16, Roth began his three-year apprenticeship at the Kaiserstuhl Wine Cooperative in Oberrotweil, while attending technical school in Heilbron.During the summer of 1986, he traveled to Carneros, CA, where he began working at Saintsbury Estate and soon fell in love with his future wife, Dushy, in Hollywood. His travels then took him to New South Wales, Australia and back to Germany to work as a winemaker at Winzerkeller Wiesloch in Baden.“It would be boring to taste only wine from one region. That would be like listening to only one type of music,” said Roth.In 1992, he received a Master Winemaker and Cellar Master Degree from the College of Oenology and Viticulture in Weinsberg. It was that same year that he joined Christian Wölffer in New York as the premier winemaker at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Roth recalled, “He told me that I can buy whatever I need and do whatever I want . . . Well, it worked. It’s been 27 vintages now!”Defined at “the East End appellation,” the maritime climate of the North and South Forks remains moderate year-round, allowing the fruit to ripen into the fall months without jeopardizing the delicate sugar/acid balance, and creating food-friendly wines. Wölffer’s team aims to do most of the work by hand.“Of course, we do have the special Bridgehampton loam here on the South Fork, which is a fantastic foundation for our high end Perle Chardonnay and the Christian Wölffer Cuvee Merlot. The elegant, yet concentrated style that we are able to make separates us completely from the more alcoholic wines of California and makes us stand up to the best wines from France,” Roth explained.The busy season for a winemaker is mid-September through Thanksgiving. Roth recalled when Christian Wölffer would invite the entire cellar crew to a celebratory dinner at his house which, Roth said, “turned into a bacchanalian feast.” Though tradition has changed, Roth still takes his team out to dinner, followed by bowling, to toast the conclusion of another successful year.“Don’t go into the wine business if you don’t love people. You have to love pouring wine, talking about wine, and thinking about wine morning, noon, and night, seven days a week, in order to become successful,” Roth noted.This season, try pairing a Wölffer Perle Chardonnay with striped bass, roasted local potatoes, fresh corn, and an heirloom tomato salad.Wölffer Estate Vineyard is located at 139 Sag Road in Sagaponack. Call 631-537-506, visit, or follow @wolfferwine for more Share Roman with Wine Glass and Barrels. Wölffer Estate. Roman Smiling in the Vinescenter_img Roman with Wine Thief and Barrels in Cellarlast_img read more

East Hampton Town Gets Grant

first_imgEast Hampton Town will get a state grant for $9.7 million to help pay for bringing public water to Wainscott. The water in the hamlet is laced with contaminates that officials believe emanated from East Hampton Airport. Scores of the private wells tested have turned up water that tested above safe limits.The grant is part of an initiative from Governor Andrew Cuomo to address drinking water statewide after concerns voiced in numerous communities. In all, $200 million has been set aside.The money does not ease the burden for Wainscott residents who must still pay to have the water main run from the street to their houses and for filter upgrades recommended for their wells.But it will lessen the burden on taxpayers who have to repay the town for the price of the public water hookup. Though the town laid out the money for the Suffolk County Water Authority, Wainscott residents and East Hampton Town taxpayers will split the cost of the payback over 10 years.According to Tim Motz of the Suffolk County Water Authority, as of October 4, about 56 percent of the water mains needed to supply Wainscott with public water had been installed. So far, 298 of the 520 residents eligible for hook-up have signed on to the program.The health effects of the contaminants, PFOS and PFOA, have been found increasingly in communities around the country, especially those near airports and U.S. Air Force facilities. One of the chemicals’ main uses is to put out engine fires in jet aircraft.So far, the contaminants have been found in Westhampton Beach near Gabreski Airport, and Hampton Bays and Yaphank near firefighting training centers.Wainscott residents affected by the tainted wells have been given bottled water and had charcoal filters installed, but await a permanent fix public water from SCWA that will replace individual wells throughout the hamlet. The total cost will be about $24 million, officials estimate.Some Wainscott residents have filed a Class Action lawsuit against the town and others are looking into the possibility of making Wainscott an incorporated village.“Wainscott residents will now have a drinking water supply that will be safe and reliable,” said SCWA chairman James Gaughran of the New York State grant. “This is a big plus for East Hampton taxpayers. It’s the right thing to do for the state to step in,” said East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Sharelast_img read more

Structural flaws

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FITs: Happy Anniversary, Mr Barker

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

Let the cosmos flowers bloom!

first_imgNORTH KOREA: Railways feature in a number of slogans which were published by the Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea to celebrate its 70th anniversary: Railways are the arteries of the country. Let the rail transport sector establish rigid discipline as the army does and fully satisfy the demands by the national economy for transport! Accelerate the work to make the railways heavy-duty, high-speed and IT-based! Bring to completion the rehabilitation of the northern railways as early as possible! Let us improve the appearance of the railway stations and the areas adjacent to railways by the concerted efforts of the service personnel and people! Let the cosmos flowers bloom all along the roads and railways!Posters intended to ‘inspire the army and people in the drive for carrying out the tasks set forth by supreme leader Kim Jong Un’ have been produced by organisations including the Ministry of Railways’ Art Studio, while an agitation campaign has seen art troupes visit the Kim Jong Thae Electric Locomotive Complex ‘to give strength and courage to the working people through art performances of various forms.’last_img read more

Diana Shipping announces Time Charter Contract with Oldendorff

first_img(Image Courtesy: Diana Shipping) This employment is anticipated to generate approximately US$2.76 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter. Sea News, March 10 The “Sideris GS” is a 174,186 dwt Capesize dry bulk vessel built in 2006. The gross charter rate is US$12,700 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period until minimum October 15, 2020 up to maximum December 31, 2020. The charter is expected to commence on March 8, 2020. Upon completion of the previously announced sale of one Capesize dry bulk vessel, the m/v Norfolk, Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet will consist of 41 dry bulk vessels (4 Newcastlemax, 13 Capesize, 5 Post-Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 14 Panamax). As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the Company’s fleet, including the m/v Norfolk, is approximately 5.2 million dwt with a weighted average age of 9.72 years. Diana Shipping Inc. has entered into a time charter contract with Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG, Lübeck, Germany, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Sideris GS. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Data visualization shows winter tourist upswing

first_img Share RelatedHurricane Harvey impacts still being feltBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Advisory (CVA) Board considered an event funding request, heard post event reports, and discussed economic data related to Island tourism during a meeting held Wednesday, Oct. 25. Mike Flores and Marissa Amaya of the Convention and Visitors…November 3, 2017In “News”Island approves marketing firm hireBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island City Council met last week for a special meeting regarding approval of a new marketing contract for the City. Mayor Pro tem Alex Avalos led the meeting in the absence of Mayor Barry Patel. Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)…September 25, 2015In “News”High-tech analytics get CVB nodBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Advisory Board held a special meeting on Tuesday, March 6 to consider the approval of a $67,500 contract with a company called Arrivalist, which specializes in providing technology on how media exposure impacts visitation. Convention and Visitors…March 9, 2018In “News” By KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSThe SPI Convention and Visitors Advisory Board received a comprehensive productivity report regarding the activities of the City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) during their Wednesday, Feb. 28 meeting.CVB Director Keith Arnold led off with a demonstration of the CVB’s new web-based dashboard. “It’s evolving, in part, because we’re fine tuning things,” Arnold said. He explained the CVB is adding and compiling data with the tool in order to provide metrics to enhance performance.Arnold provided a graphic representation of the progress being made in the development of the site. “This is a real deep drill. It is very, very deep on how we’re doing in an attempt to fall in line with everything that is going on related with this, but also for this organization to be more effective, and also be able to better report to the public how well we’re doing, and to keep them on track with our progression.”Arnold provided additional graphic representation of economic data, including mixed beverage taxes, hotel occupancy tax revenues, sales tax, and occupancy.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more