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Inland Journal, Nov. 16, 2017

Nov 16, 2017

Inland Journal for November 16, 2017

This week on Inland Journal...

    ▪    Steve Jackson reports on the debate in Newport over a proposed silicon smelter. An Alberta company proposes to build a facility that would take silica shipped from the company’s mine in British Columbia and turn it into a material used to build solar panels. Opponents say the smelter will endanger the air quality in the region.
    ▪    We’ll talk about climate change with two volunteer members of a bipartisan group holding a series of public meetings this week around the Inland Northwest. We’ll talk with a climate scientist from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Steve Ghan) and with a member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Conservative Caucus (John Sandvig). They’ll talk about their proposal for what they call a “Carbon Fee and Dividend.”

The Oregon Senate Republican caucus chose a new leader for the first time in more than a decade Wednesday. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, won a closed-door election to lead the 13-member Senate GOP delegation.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is one of the government watchdogs monitoring the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation. But recently the EPA’s Hanford office has shrunk in half.

The statewide unemployment rate in Washington again touched a record low of 4.5 percent in October. That's according to the Washington Employment Security Department, which has been tracking the number since the mid-1970s.

In response to recent reports about sexual harassment at the Washington state Capitol, a state Senate committee voted Tuesday night to require all senators and staff to take annual sexual harassment training.

The vote by the Senate’s Facilities and Operations Committee was unanimous.