first_imgCamden County, Georgia, is proposing to build a commercial spaceport that would launch orbital and sub-orbital rockets eastward over populated areas, including the Intercostal Waterway, Little Cumberland Island, and Cumberland Island National Seashore.But according to litigation filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) on October 17, 2018, the risks of the project have not been fully disclosed to the public.Every other spaceport in the United States launches directly over the ocean. But the proposed Spaceport Camden site would launch over dozens of private residences and a national park that hosts tens of thousands of visitors each year. This would jeopardize hikers and force closures of the national park for weeks at a time.It’s also located on a toxic site that has already experienced deadly explosions. Morton Thiokol, Inc. manufactured booster rockets on the site for NASA, including the space shuttle Challenger in the 1980s. Those Thiokol-built rockets failed and caused the infamous shuttle to explode just 73 seconds into flight in 1986. Fifteen years earlier, Thiokol was involved in another tragedy in Camden County on the banks of Todd Creek: an industrial fire and explosion killed 29 and injured 50, with shock waves shattering windows up to 11 miles away. Later, Union Carbide produced highly toxic methyl isocyanate gas on the site. The gas is famous for a 1984 tragedy in Bhopal, India, where it spilled at the city’s Union Carbide plant and was eventually held responsible for more than 20,000 deaths.“It’s the worst possible site for a commercial spaceport,” said Kevin Lang, whose family owns property on Little Cumberland Island. “It endangers people, wildlife, property, and public lands.”With all of this contamination on a site surrounded by water, environmentalists worry the construction and rocket launches will cause severe water contamination.“There have been no studies on vibrations, extreme heat, fuel spills, and other potential impacts that happen regularly at rocket launch facilities,” says Megan Derosiers, executive director of the nonprofit 100 Miles. “How will construction affect the existing contamination on that site? None of these concerns are addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement, and Camden County isn’t talking about them. These are huge concerns—especially because of the hazardous waste landfill that is on the site now, that sits right on the bank of Todd Creek. And that bank is eroding. And so with vibrations, and continued disruption, thanks to the spaceport, that site will continue to get worse over time.”‘This dispute is really about documents’In order for Camden County to acquire a Launch Site Operator License from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Camden County is required to submit both a risk analysis, called a Hazard Analysis, and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to the FAA.Through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), in March 2018, SELC submitted two requests to the FAA asking for the disclosure of documents that relate to the DEIS and the Hazard Analysis for Spaceport Camden.When the SELC filed the FOIA requests back in March, the FAA acknowledged receipt of the requests but did not provide a determination—acknowledgement that responsive documents exist, claims that certain exemptions may apply, and a timeline for when those documents will be produced.By law, FOIA requests should receive a response within twenty days. After six months with no response from the FAA, the SELC filed suit.“This dispute is really about documents,” says SELC attorney Brian Gist. “This litigation doesn’t impact the environmental review process and the permitting for the facility. This is solely about whether, when, and how FAA will provide the requested documents.”Line in the sand“They’re going to be shooting rockets over us,” says Lang. “If a rocket explodes, it’s kind of unclear how we’re supposed to get off the island.”According to the DEIS, the probability of a launch failure at the proposed spaceport is approximately one to three explosions every two years. The DEIS says that launch failures typically occur at the launch pad soon after ignition, after the rocket is in flight, during the return flight, or at the landing site for first-stage landings.As stated in the DEIS, debris from explosions at the launch pad “would be expected to impact within the launch site boundary or on land or in water within the hazard area.” But the DEIS does not identify the geographic limits of this hazard area.According to SELC’s lawsuit, the Hazard Analysis also likely contains other critical information currently unavailable to the public such as potential damage to fisheries, saltmarshes, and waterways and estimates of human fatalities.Steve Weinkle is a concerned Camden County resident and lives about six miles from the site of the proposed spaceport. Weinkle says he has seven outstanding FOIA requests with the FAA and that his concern with the spaceport is primarily an economic one. “I’m a retiree,” says Weinkle. “I’m on a fixed income. I have seen my property taxes increase because of this proposed spaceport.”Weinkle says that after two years without response from the FAA regarding his FOIA requests, he received a call from the FAA on October 18, 2018 and believes that the FAA is anxious to correct their prior failures to follow FOIA.According to the FAA, the FAA does not comment on pending litigation.last_img read more

first_img Press Association Wenger confirmed he had a direct conversation with the England boss concerning how to best manage Walcott, who was sidelined for almost a year following a knee injury which ruled him out of the 2014 World Cup. “I cannot call every national coach after every game to ask them not to play the players,” said Wenger, who was frustrated as Aaron Ramsey did double duty for Wales and then suffered an injury after his return to Arsenal. “We had a conversation about Theo, because England were playing on an artificial pitch. In the end the decision was left to Roy Hodgson, but I didn’t speak to (Wales manager Chris) Coleman. “We asked him (Hodgson) to consider being cautious, and to speak to Theo to ask him how he felt…. b ecause they (England) played on an artificial pitch, Theo had come back from a long-term injury and basically nobody wants to play on artificial pitches, as we know.” Ramsey, who played in Wales’ match against Andorra despite qualification for Euro 2016 already having been secured, faces at least a month out with a hamstring injury. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he asked England boss Roy Hodgson to be cautious with Theo Walcott in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania as he feared the artificial pitch in Vilnius could cause an injury.center_img Walcott scored against Estonia at Wembley on October 9, and he then travelled with the rest of the squad to Lithuania ahead of the Three Lions’ final qualifier tie on the 3G surface at the LFF Stadium. However, the 26-year-old, who had been in good form for both club and country, was an unused substitute as Hodgson’s somewhat experimental side coasted to a 3-0 victory. last_img read more

first_imgJalen Hurts is “stronger” because of everything he went through at Alabama.The quarterback left the Crimson Tide program after three seasons and joined Oklahoma in mid-January. Hurts discussed his transfer for the first time when he met with reporters Wednesday. Hurts was Alabama’s starter for most of his freshman and sophomore seasons. But he was replaced by Tua Tagovailoa in the 2018 national championship game and served as his backup as a junior.“I’m wiser,” Hurts said. “I’m better. I’m stronger for it with everything that happened last year and over the last three years. Obviously, I didn’t get the snaps. I had limited time there, but I’m at a new place now. New opportunity. I think it’s a different team on the same mission.”Hurts has completed 62.9 percent of his passes and thrown for 48 touchdowns, along with 12 interceptions, during his collegiate career. He has also added 23 scores on the ground.“My past success — the things I have done and achieved — those don’t help us win any games (at Oklahoma) in the fall,” Hurts said. “I think the biggest thing for us is creating an identity for ourselves, finding out who we are as a team and then, ultimately, playing ball and getting things done in all phases of the organization this year.” “The whole situation is unique and it’s happening to a unique person,” Hurts said, via AL.com. “I’m not your average Joe. I’m kind of built for these kinds of situations. There’s never been anything in my way that I couldn’t overcome or see through.“I clearly understand what I got myself into, but I also know I have expectations for myself.” Related News Two Georgia players arrested, charged after alleged bar fightcenter_img Clemson WR Amari Rodgers suffers torn ACL, report says Hurts said he has learned to see things from a “different perspective” in the process.“There are a number of variables in going through my development,” Hurts said. “I think all of those experiences helped me for the better. I was able to see things differently. … That has led up to me being the person I am standing before you.”Hurts led Alabama to a 26-2 record as a starter.last_img read more

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Top defender Dionisio rescues Stars with ‘chasedown’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss A goalless stalemate will not be enough for the Busmen, but a scoring draw with over two goals will send the Philippines Football League champions to the finals for the third straight season.“We can’t concede in Vietnam but we know we have to score there,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock, who delivered the cross that was finished off by Marañon for a tournament-leading 10th goal. “Hanoi may be getting some confidence scoring the away goal, but like I said, we can score anytime and we will score there. We have a good cohesion within the team and I believe in our strengths.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut the match was not without controversy as the Busmen insisted that Hanoi committed two infractions in the buildup to the goal.First, two players were in an offside position when Doan Van Hau delivered the ball over the top to Nguyen Van Quyet, who actually handled the ball as he controlled the pass in the area. Omani referee Yaqoob Abdul Baki all waived off appeals from the Busmen, before Faye slipped the ball past Roland Muller to make it 1-1. View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles BACOLOD CITY—Hanoi may have left Panaad Stadium with a precious away goal after a 1-1 draw with Ceres-Negros on Tuesday night at the AFC Cup Asean zone semifinal, but the Busmen feel they’re more than capable of claiming a victory in the Vietnamese capital in the second leg next week.Bienvenido Marañon handed the Busmen the advantage with a precise diving header in the 57th minute, but the visitors hit back—albeit in controversial fashion—through Omar Faye 10 minutes later, giving his side a slim lead heading into the return duel on Tuesday at Hang Day Stadium in Hanoi.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more