Tag Archives: EPA

Saturday Morning Live for Nov. 11, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Enoch J. Ledet, about the issues facing Whatcom County to comply with the Dept. of Ecology’s mandates regarding TMDL (total maximum daily load), phosphorus loading, how the county is currently treating pollutants, and how best these issues can best be addressed. Correction: I repeatedly used the word turbidity which should have been turbulence. I wish to apologize for any confusion this might have caused. Abbreviated Vitae for EJ Ledet: BA in Biology (70 -UNO), and MS in Biochemistry (72- UNO), and Over 30hrs towards a PhD in Biochemistry (72-74). I worked as a graduate assistant from 1970-74 for the College of Sciences, University of New Orleans in Biochemistry.      Whatcom County Flood Zone Financial Data:     

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Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 23, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses the recently released Whatcom County Wildlife Advisory Report with Ed Kilduff. How does this report and its recommendations benefit or threaten the already precarious property rights of Whatcom County residents?    

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Dear Mr. President…Please Exit Paris

The G7 summit is in full swing – and President Trump is under intense pressure to Remain in Paris – to force the United States to bow to global demands contained in the treaty that former President Obama insisted is not a treaty, but will nevertheless be made binding on the USA. Many G7 leaders want him to ignore his repeated promises to the Americans who voted for him and continue to support him – by locking the United States into the extensive constraints of the Paris climate agreement. Mark Carr and I have written an open letter to the President, urging him to Exit Paris … and giving him multiple reasons for doing so. We want to bring our letter to his attention … to the attention of White House, State Department, EPA and other Administration officials … and to Americans everywhere – to help them understand why the United States must Exit Paris. Thank you for posting our letter, quoting from it, and forwarding it to your friends and colleagues. Best regards, Paul Driessen Dear Mr. President: Please Exit Paris Are you are still wondering whether to Exit Paris? Overseas and US officials, environmentalists and bureaucrats urge you …

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 22, 2017

Host Kris Halterman interviews Paul Driessen, co-author of “Cracking Big Green,” on Earth Day and Science Week. What is Earth Day really about? What’s behind the March for Science, Peoples Climate Movement, and Green Energy Poverty? The EPA has recently added the Rusty Patched Bumblebee to the endangered species list. What does that mean for plans to Making America Great Again? And, was this a positive move for America and the Rusty Patched Bumblebee?

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It’s Earth Day! WWYD?

  So here comes another “Earth Day” or for those of us who remember “Arbor Day.” What are you going to do for this roundish ball we live on that floats in the galaxy? Plant a tree? Weed your flower bed? Pick up trash? Or, take a walk through a forested park? On the farms and ranches of the USA we celebrate Earth Day 24/7, 365 days a year, and have been for centuries. From our indigenous people who cross-pollinated to create sturdier and healthier crops, to the farmers and ranchers who sustain us today; it is a full-time effort to treat our environment kindly with a look towards feeding people in the future. Here are just some of the developments that have happened during my life in the agriculture industry. Crop rotation has been a concept on small irrigated farm land since I was a wee girl. Many days were spent rolling, wet hay bales so that they could dry out after a rain. While that hay crop was never a big money-maker, it put nitrogen back in the soil for our beet and corn crops. Each year the landscape changed with each rotation of crop sites, which then …

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Another Breach of Trust from a Government Agency.

I would like to say I am shocked and surprised, but in the current government agency environment, the old adage of why ask for permission when you can just say you are sorry later seems to have taken a good hold on our federal agencies. For years I have heard farmers and ranchers speculate about answering Census questions and filing reports with government agencies. Because 75% of farming is still small (less than $50,000 in gross sales) and family owned, government reporting contains personal information about the individuals involved. It appears their concerns were justified. Now that the cow is out of the barn, EPA will not be able to undo the damage of private information already released but hopefully due to a recent ruling from the 8th Circuit Court, they will not continue to release private information. ~ Lorraine Newman Below is a report from Ag News Wire concerning CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) reports filed with EPA and the Circuit Court decision: “The Environmental Protection Agency has violated the personal privacy of tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers, according to a unanimous ruling issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The ruling …

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Saturday Morning Live June 4, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Ed Kilduff about the pending lawsuit to restore property rights and uphold the Supreme Courts recent decision that the government cannot require action by a property owner that affects the value of the property and their ability to use it, without a direct nexus between the action being required and its relation to the property. This week Pacific Legal Foundation filed this petition in the Supreme Court of the United States, asking it to decide whether the government can make shoreline property owners give up part of their land to serve as water quality buffers for the surrounding community. This case,Common Sense Alliance v. San Juan County, deals with a perennial problem that property owners face. Government jurisdictions require permits to develop property, and use that authority as leverage to take property which they would otherwise have to pay for. The Supreme Court has aptly described this as an “out-and-out plan of extortion.“ Previously, in limited circumstances where an adjudicative land use permitting decision required a dedication of property to offset impacts on the public from a particular project, reviewing courts would apply the Nollan/Dolan standard to ensure that the requisite property dedication had a reasonable nexus …

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Good News for Owners of Puddles, Ditches and Plows

The Supreme Court does not always offer unanimous decisions, but here is one that supporters of property rights will like in the case titled United States v. the Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc.   Today they ruled that landowners may challenge  the Army Corps of Engineers, a federal agency,  when they attempt to improperly regulate land with regulations designed to protect water. To give a little background, in the past the Army Corps of Engineers could write a “determination”  that your property could be regulated because it impacts water.  But a “determination”  was not considered as a “final agency action.”   As a result property owners who received a “determination” that a landscape feature was a “water of the United States” from the Army Corp of Engineers had two options,  continue what they were doing and face civil fines up to $37,500 a day, or attempt to comply.  The compliance process would take several years and require tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars to apply for a permit, only to have the permit ultimately denied.   Only after a permit was denied could they seek remedy in the courts. Now property owners will have the right to challenge the …

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Saturday Morning Live for May 28, 2016

Host Kris Halterman first talks to Tom Westergreen about the upcoming, 2016 Whatcom Woods Tour. Next up is Gerald Baron, speaking about the organization, Save Family Farming and their work to educate the public about the reality of farms, family farms, and the bad science and lies that threaten local farming. Gerald Baron will update the listeners about how the What’s Up Stream political media campaign was illegal, and what’s being done to prevent this from happening in the future.

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Fish vs the Pacific Northwest

This post was written prior to learning of the Army Corp of Engineers decision to deny consideration of the permit for the Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point. Coming from an agricultural background I have been watching with interest the “What’s Upstream” story. If your only source of news is the McClatchy Group or TV news from Seattle you may have missed it. But most savvy people interested in real news now have other sources, like the KGMI morning news of which Liberty Road is a volunteer part. So imagine my surprise when a recent Bellingham Herald story on the closure of salmon fishing had two things in common with one of our reports: (1) the NW Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) and (2) shutting down economic drivers in our state. In a nutshell: The NW Indian Fisheries Commission has been spreading a false scenario across our state about purported damage from agriculture on their fisheries. In the state of Washington the agricultural industry represents $51 Billion of our economy and employs more than Microsoft and Boeing combined. As far as I can tell from the NWIFC sponsored campaign they would like to see the agriculture industry eliminated from our state. …

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