The Grays Harbor County Department of Emergency Management is upgrading on a daily basis, our capabilities for Tsunami warning, preparedness, disaster mitigation and citizen safety. A new AHAB warning siren has been approved by the County Commissioners and was installed in Moclips this week.
Archive for September 2009
The appeal asks for new controls on carbon dioxide and mercury emissions at the plant, as well as stronger controls for the haze it produces. TransAlta says the company is looking into new pollution control technology, but calls it a distant and expensive option.
In June, some of the same groups that filed the appeal – including the Sierra Club and the National Parks Conservation Association – asked the U.S. government to get involved, too. They said the haze from the plant hampers visibility and affects air quality in several national parks.
Osborn-Klein says the plant has to get a permit every five years; he thinks the time is right for stricter controls.
"Washington is taking important steps toward protecting public health, but it’s just missed the ball on this one. TransAlta is a big facility. It’s the number one source of mercury emissions in the state, a major source of nitrogen oxide emissions in the state, and the number one single source of global warming pollution in the state."
The Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency issued the permit, which must be reviewed by the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board. The appeal was filed with the board. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will also review the permit.
On radio stations across the state, the Department of Health is airing two public service announcements (PSAs) promoting seasonal flu vaccine through October. Both English and Spanish PSAs are airing. They can also be heard on the agency’s H1N1 Resources and Materials Web site (http://www.doh.wa.gov/h1n1/h1n1_resources.htm). Flu immunization rates are very low (about 25 percent) for young children in Washington. Older adults get vaccinated at a higher rate — 71 percent for adults in Washington over age 65. National data show that just 44 percent of physicians and other health care workers get vaccinated, even though the vaccine helps protect them and their patients.
Everyone can benefit from an annual seasonal flu vaccine. For many people, it’s crucial — especially young children, pregnant women, anyone over age 50, and anyone with a chronic condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or asthma. Residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities should also be vaccinated, as should people living with or caring for a high-risk person. All health care providers should be vaccinated against seasonal flu.
H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine should be available in October and vaccination will be voluntary. Supply may be limited at first, so it will be targeted to high-risk groups, including young children, pregnant women, and health care workers.
“I already got my seasonal flu shot,” says Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “I encourage everyone else to get theirs, too.”
The Department of Health supplies health care providers with seasonal flu vaccine for children under 19. It’s especially important for children less than age 19 who are high risk or who are household contacts of a high-risk person to be vaccinated. The state vaccine is provided to the patient at no cost; however, health care providers usually charge an office visit or administration fee. Adults should consult with their insurance carriers to check on coverage for seasonal flu vaccine.
People are urged to use their regular health care providers for immunizations. For help finding an immunization clinic, call the Family Healthy Hotline at 1-800-322-2588, or your local health agency (www.doh.wa.gov/LHJMap/LHJMap.htm). Adults can also check the American Lung Association Flu Shot Locator (http://flucliniclocator.org).