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HART violating FTA funding agreement?

Never too late to ‘Audit the rail’

Special Ed: DoE Loses Class Action Suit Filed for 495 Students

Kauai Man Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Manufacturing Child Pornography

PUC: Geothermal Shutdown Means Higher Rates, Dirtier Air

OHA to host flood relief outreach events on Kauai

Chief Justice Appoints Shimozono, Yoo, Hiatt, and DeWeese as District Court Judges

Ige: Ban Construction in Lava Zone 1 – Hanabusa not so Sure

WHT: …“I don’t believe we should allow construction of new facilities in lava zone 1,” said Gov. David Ige. “I really think the risk involved is too great.”

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Ige’s staunchest Democratic primary challenger in the 2018 bid for the statehouse, echoed her opponent’s apprehension on the matter.

However, she implied a different sort of apprehension when noting various land rights. In other words, she suggested she would proceed with a halt on building in high-risk lava zones but would do so with caution.

“First of all, we have to be sure the designation is correct,” Hanabusa said. “But I would not support the continuation of building within that district.”…

Related: HRS 171-93: Law Allows Swap of Lava-Covered Lots for State Property in Zone 3

read … Kilauea eruption, management dominate gubernatorial forum in Kona

Big Island residents line up at Disaster Recovery Center seeking assistance

HNN: …Residents whose primary homes were destroyed or whose homes are inaccessible due to the lava flow, should register at the newly established FEMA Disaster Relief Center for possible assistance.

On Friday, a steady stream of eruption evacuees made their way to Keaau High School where the Disaster Relief Center has been set up.

Inside the gymnasium dozens of people sat in the bleachers waiting to tell a FEMA workers who they are, where they lived, and what they lost.

"It's really designed to be a one stop shop for disaster survivors," said David Mace, FEMA spokespesren.

Homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profits are allowed to apply for the federal aid.

Each household is eligible for a maximum of $34,000 in FEMA grants.

"It can pay for a variety of things including the repair or replacement of the destroyed home," Mace added that the funds can pay for rent, replacing lost personal property….

Residents can also register online at disasterassistance.gov or by phone at 1-800-621-3362.

The disaster center is open daily from 8am-8pm and will remain that way until it's no longer needed…..

read … Big Island residents line up at Disaster Recovery Center seeking assistance

Electric Car Plan Will Cost Ratepayers

SA: …So much is on the horizon, and on the line, as Hawaii moves into a new energy frontier. HECO’s filing includes such aspects as increasing electric vehicle usage by helping to lower costs and educating customers (giving money to Elon Musk); accelerating buildout of EV charging infrastructure (giving money to Elon Musk); and supporting electrification of buses (giving money to Al Gore).

As with all new technology, research and development won’t come cheap (guess who is paying). There will be a constant need to balance the investment costs of new technology against the costs and benefits to the consumer (Translation: We need a good sales pitch to sucker these fools). That’s why it’s essential, ratepayers, to stay plugged in (keep paying) throughout this process, en route to 2045 (for the rest of your natural life)….

SA: Conference offers glimpses into Hawaii’s clean energy future

read … Revving up the EV campaign

Your Outdated U.S. Sunscreen Exposes You to Needless Cancer Risk

B …The oily stuff Americans are slathering on before heading to the beach this summer probably won’t give them as much protection as the products sold in other countries. Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada: All have sunscreens that do a better job shielding against cancer-causing skin damage, and feel better on the skin, too.

Meanwhile, stricter approval standards in the U.S. have brought innovation to a standstill and limited options to defend against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. That means Americans don’t have access to more-effective filters developed by chemicals makers such as BASF SE and cosmetics companies like L’Oreal SA, which have been widely used for years in sunscreens outside the U.S.

“I don’t know why this is being held up,” said Wang, who has researched and published his findings on the inferiority of U.S. versions. “If you had a better sunscreen, perhaps more people would want to use it.”

And that would “theoretically prevent more skin cancers,” he said….

The $1.2 billion sunscreen industry has turned to Congress for help in clearing the way for better sunscreens. Pending legislation aimed at speeding approvals took on even more urgency this month when Hawaiian lawmakers voted to ban two of the ingredients most relied on in the U.S. because the chemicals may harm coral reefs.

“With Hawaii, we are going in the wrong direction,” said Michael Kaplan, president of the Melanoma Research Alliance. “It’s a real concern from my perspective, because over 9,000 people die every year from melanoma.”

read … Your Outdated U.S. Sunscreen Exposes You to Needless Cancer Risk

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