Month: June 2014

Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bill Enhancing Stream, Lake Management

Also signs game salvage, hazardous waste, teacher evaluation bills LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today signed legislation allowing for better management of invasive and native nuisance plants in lakes, ponds and streams. “Our lakes and streams are some of Michigan’s greatest resources,” Snyder said. “This legislation will help ensure we are keeping them healthy and well-managed in the most efficient way possible.” Senate Bill 444, sponsored by state Sen. Tom Casperson, improves the Aquatic Nuisance Control permit process. The bill streamlines the permitting process by making control permits valid for three years instead of one year, and providing for electronic permit submittal and payments. The bills moves the yearly application deadline from May 1 to April 15 allowing more time for property owners to effectively treat lakes, ponds and streams in time for summer. Importantly, the legislation establishes registry of water bodies infested by aquatic invasive species and which species are in those lakes. This allows for better monitoring and management of aquatic invasive species. The bill is now Public Act 253 of 2014. The governor also signed five other bills: SB 20, sponsored by state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, updates requirements to obtain hazardous waste management facility operating licenses. Currently an applicant must provide a list of environmental law violations. The bill expands the list of criminal convictions that must be reported to include any misdemeanors that occur...

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NASA Exercises Option on Engineering Support Contract

NASA has exercised the third option of its Technology, Engineering, and Aerospace Mission Support (TEAMS) 2 contract with Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc. (AMA) of Hampton, Virginia. Read more here: NASA Exercises Option on Engineering Support Contract Bookmark It Hide...

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NASA’s Commercial Crew Partners Focus on Testing, Analysis to Advance Designs

NASA’s aerospace industry partners are taking their designs and operational plans for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) through a series of comprehensive tests, evaluations and review boards this summer as they move through important milestones – all with an eye on launching people into orbit from American soil by 2017. Read more here: NASA’s Commercial Crew Partners Focus on Testing, Analysis to Advance Designs Bookmark It Hide...

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Senator Stabenow Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in the Hobby Lobby Case

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today made the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case: ‘Today’s stunning decision joins a long list of misguided and disappointing rulings by the Supreme Court’s activist conservative majority. Your health care decisions should be made by you and your doctor, not by your employer. Corporations should not be given the legal status of ‘people.’ And they should not be allowed to deny their employees access to essential health care services – including birth control.’ Read more here: Senator Stabenow Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in the Hobby Lobby Case Bookmark It Hide...

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