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Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

* EPA’s request for comments on regulatory reform – “on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification” – has been hijacked by the legions of apparatchiks who cannot abide any prospect that their familiar little enclaves, so desperately spun and fearfully held together, are really just … Whoa… Too much for Monday morning…?  At any rate, so far this docket has 2,149 public comments. Here’s a common, and frequently complete, sentiment: “Please maintain ALL EXISTING REGULATIONS, even if redundant.” Now that’s a helpful reply to EPA’s request for comments to “be as specific as possible, include any supporting data…and provide specific suggestions regarding repeal, replacement or modification.” And who knew there were so many peeps in the US named Anonymous Anonymous? Fearless!

* DOE’s State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB) holds its next meeting in May. STEAB reports to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The agenda includes Task Force updates and objectives for FY 2017. There will also be discussions on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and initiatives, and updates on member activities within the states. The Board publishes an annual report, to be presented to the Secretary and Congress. The latest such report on the website is dated 2012. Uh…somebody hasn’t been doing her job… and I guess neither the Secretary nor anyone in Congress has missed the Report for the last five years. But at least they held a lot of meetings!

* Oregon is one state keeping a focus on energy and climate issues. Beaver State lawmakers and agencies are as busy as well, you know what, regarding efforts to limit CO2 and generate non-fossil electricity to extend Portland’s light-rail lines (double-tracked, of course) from the Gresham station, up-and-down Mt. Hood and all through the Malheur National Forest. One new House bill, for example, would require the State Department of Energy to develop a “climate test” to conduct reviews for proposed “fossil fuel infrastructure projects.” The Portland suburb of Milwaukie supports; its Resolution advises that “the future of the fossil fuel industry is questionable.” But there is also legislative push-back. Another bill would require gas station receipts to include the cost per gallon of low carbon fuel standards. Of course there’s push-back to the push-back: the American Lung Association in OR writes that pollution and climate change impacts cost Oregonians $18.42 per fill up.

Small Machines. Big Impact: Share Your Dream Project to Win a New John Deere G-Series Skid Steer or Compact Track Loader

Small Machines. Big Impact: Share Your Dream Project to Win a New John Deere G-Series Skid Steer or Compact Track Loader

OCT Equipment of Oklahoma Donates CTL and Excavator to Home Demolition for Korean War Veteran

OCT Equipment of Oklahoma Donates CTL and Excavator to Home Demolition for Korean War Veteran

Donated equipment supports veterans groups and the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity in demolishing an uninhabitable home for Oklahoma City veteran.  

CASE Construction Equipment dealer OCT Equipment donated the use of a compact track loader and excavator to Team Rubicon for the free demolition of a Korean War veteran’s house that was deemed uninhabitable. The initiative is led by Honoring America’s Warriors and will lead to the construction of a brand new home for Harold Edwards and his wife, Minnie, through a partnership with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.

Edwards served in Korea from 1950 to 1953 in the 1st Marine Division. Scotty Deatherage, the director of Honoring America’s Warriors, became aware of Edwards’ situation and assembled a coalition of veteran organizations and construction companies to do the work. Midwest Wrecking, Northeast Landfill and McRoof OKC have provided additional support for the project.

“This reflects the work we do in disaster zones,” says Anthony Lawson, state administrator for Oklahoma, Team Rubicon – Region VI. “Our goal in these operations is to demolish the remaining structure, clear the lot and get the homeowner in a position to rebuild as quickly as possible. While this wasn’t a disaster, the home belongs to a man who gave selflessly to this country – helping him clear the lot and get into position to rebuild was the least we could do.”

Team Rubicon heavy equipment operators have been trained as part of a partnership with CASE. Service projects like this house demolition give the operators valuable operating time in preparation for actual disaster response deployments.

“The partnership with Team Rubicon allows our dealers to make a real and lasting impact in their local communities,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “OCT Equipment did just that by donating the equipment that helped this great coalition of groups make a real difference in the life of Harold Edwards and his wife.”

For more information on Team Rubicon, visit TeamRubiconUSA.org. For more information on the partnership between CASE and Team Rubicon, visit CaseCE.com/TeamRubicon.

DEWALT® Announced TOUGHBoxTM Job Site Storage Chests for Industrial Strength and Security

DEWALT announced TOUGHBox™ Job Site Storage Chests, an industrial strength solution made in the USA with global materials and engineered to combine storage and innovation with security and organization. Available in four sizes (36”, 42”, 48” and 60”), DEWALT® TOUGHBox™ Job Site Storage Chests have a 2,500 lb. static weight capacity and can be configured to meet industrial job site organization needs.

The DEWALT® TOUGHBox™Job Site Storage is the result of field testing and research at industrial jobsites where security of tools, organization and additional workspace were primary productivity challenges.

Key DEWALT® TOUGHBox™ Job Site Storage features and accessories include:

Reinforced Steel and Durable Finish: From the 16-gauge steel body and14-gauge Steel Floor to the reinforced 11-gauge vertical “ribs,” the DEWALT® TOUGHBox™ Job Site Storage provides strength and rigidity. A powder coat finish in DEWALT’s signature high visibility yellow ensures industrial durability against harsh outdoor elements.

Locking and Security: A stacked and welded full-length piano hinge, recessed lock and locking mechanism help protect high-asset valuables from theft and prevent lock cutting. The 36” DEWALT® TOUGHBox™ Job Site Storage has a 2-point locking mechanism and the larger sizes feature a 3-point mechanism.

Lid Operation: Heavy-duty gas struts and a finger groove lid provide controlled and easy lid opening/closing.

Pre-Drilled Caster Holes: To accommodate industrial-strength, non-marking DEWALT® TOUGHBox™ Job Site Storage Casters. Sold separately, casters are available in swivel or rigid and each has a 900 lb weight capacity per caster and 11 gauge reinforcement plate.

Skid Access: Each box includes four-way skid access points for easy positioning and movement on the job site.

Electrical Pass Through: A rear rubber grommet can accommodate electrical cords.

DEWALT® DEWALT® TOUGHBox™ Job Site Storage accessories include:

Under-Lid Soft Storage: Perfect for easy access to small, loose items including safety glasses, gloves and vests while maximizing every square inch of possible storage space in the DEWALT® TOUGHBox™ Job Site Storage Chest, the optional Soft Storage (DWMT80432) measures 25.5” W x 20” high and features mounting brackets and hardware. (Sold Separately).

ToughSystem® Unit Integration: Storage in the top portion of the box is compatible with the mobile modular storage DEWALT® ToughSystem units including the DS150 Small Case (DWST08201), ToughSystem DS300 Large Case (DWST08203), ToughSystem DS400 XL Case (DWST08204), ToughSystem Tote (DWST08205) and ToughSystem DS130 (DWST08130), which supports easy storage, access and transport of tools. (Sold Separately)

Product Specs:

WIDTH 36” 42” 48” 60”
HEIGHT 34.50” 34.50” 34.50” 34.50”
OPEN HEIGHT 59.50” 59.50” 59.50” 59.50”
DEPTH 28” 28” 28” 28”
SHIPMENT WEIGHT 197 lbs 229 lbs 242 lbs 306 lbs
CU. FT. PER UNIT 16.70 Cu. Ft. 19.30 Cu. Ft. 22.10 Cu. Ft. 27.60 Cu Ft.
MSRP $549.00 $559.00 $559.00 $699.00


DEWALT® TOUGHBox™ Job Site Storage is available on DEWALT.com and where DEWALT® products are sold. DEWALT® products are Guaranteed Tough® with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information visit www.Dewalt.com/ToughBox


CASE Extends Dire States Equipment Grant Submission Deadline to May 18

CASE Extends Dire States Equipment Grant Submission Deadline to May 18

Heavy equipment OEM will provide $25,000 in free equipment use to one community to repair and/or build local infrastructure.

CASE Construction Equipment has extended the submission deadline for the Dire States Equipment Grant – first announced at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017 – to May 18, 2017. The grant will provide one winning community with $25,000 in free equipment use to help offset the costs of building or repairing a critical piece of local infrastructure. Representatives of municipal, county and other local governments are eligible to apply for the grant. Entrants will be asked to describe the project and provide a detailed assessment of how that local piece of infrastructure will benefit the community.

Entries can be submitted at DireStates.com/Grant. The first Dire States grant, awarded in 2016, went to the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Examples of suitable infrastructure projects include: road/bridge repair or construction, utility pipe replacement, erosion control along lakes and rivers, wastewater system improvements and park/recreational construction. All projects that fall within the 16 core categories of infrastructure, as identified by ASCE in its Infrastructure Report Card, will be considered.

For more information on Dire States, visit DireStates.com. For more information on CASE, visit CaseCE.com.