Proposed Changes To US Regulations Covering Pesticide Use

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMEvery year, between 1,200 and 1,400 pesticide related incidents are reported in the US and the number of unreported incidents could be just as high. The victims are usually farm workers, who are afflicted with stinging eyes, vomiting, long term respiratory problems, autism, lower IQ’s,  Parkinson’s Disease and in extreme cases even death. The Environmental Protection Agency hopes to change that. On February 20, they introduced a number of proposals to tighten up the pesticide regulations in the Worker Protection Standard that applies to the nation’s 2 million farm workers. Though farmworker advocates are pleased to see that the rules are finally being revised, after 22 years, some feel the EPA did not go far enough.
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Port Metro Vancouver still Waiting on Information from Surrey Fraser Docks

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMPort Metro Vancouver (PMV) is not ready to make a decision regarding Surrey Fraser Dock’s application to build a Direct Transfer Facility to handle up to 4 million metric tonnes of coal at their facility in Surrey, B.C.
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Looking Beyond the Official Figures: The Arlington Wind Farms

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMIt seems only fitting that Wind Turbines overlook Arlington, in the picture above. This little “city” sits on the South Bank of the Columbia River, in the center of one of the World’s principal wind energy areas. Four wind farms –  “Rattlesnake Road,” “Wheatfield,” “Leaning Juniper” and “Pebble Springs” ring Arlington to the West and South. The world famous “Shepherd’s Flat Wind Project” lies to the east.
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BC at the Razor’s Edge: LNG & Climate Change

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMWhen Finance Minister Mike de Jong said “We continue to balance on a razor’s edge,” he was referring to the new budget – but this is a suitable description of the Liberal Government’s economic policy.
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