Waste Shipment Halted & Climate Change Falters. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.
Trash that has become a political hot potato on Oahu as garbage awaiting shipment has stacked up since October. It was scheduled to be shipped up the Columbia River Gorge to a dump site in Washington but environmentalists and farmers' feared new invasive species could be released. According to Michael Lang, Conservation Director for Friends of the Gorge, a judge has stopped the shipment.
LANG: There was a hearing on a temporary restraining order at 11 o'clock in Richland, Judge Shea presiding and he has orally issued a temporary restraining order that will be in effect until at least August 30th. And on August 30th he has said he'd like to schedule a hearing for a preliminary injunction. That's just a longer term restraining order.
Even though climate change legislation appears dead for this Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promises to – continue to work to find bipartisan agreement on a comprehensive bill to help reduce pollution and deal with the very real threat that global warming poses. Meanwhile, legislation released by the House Ways and Means Committee Chair would extend federal support for ethanol through 2011. However, the volumetric ethanol excise tax credit would be reduced 9 cents to 45 cents per gallon and the bill would lower the small producer credit to 8 cents from 10.
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That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.