FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Salt Lake Tribune:Completing a shift to renewable energy, Kennecott Utah Copper will shut down its last coal-fired power plant in Magna, shrinking its carbon footprint by as much as 65% — a total of more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, according to its owners.Rio Tinto, Kennecott’s corporate parent, announced Wednesday that power to the copper producer will come from 1.5 million megawatt hours of renewable energy certificates purchased from Rocky Mountain Power, which will be primarily sourced from its Utah-allocated portfolio, including wind power generated in Wyoming.The move formalizes a transition that has been underway at Kennecott Utah Copper, which mines and processes copper ore at its vast industrial network on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley, for the past several years, according to spokesman Kyle Bennett.“This ensures we are offsetting the electrical demand we use across our Utah operations with certified renewable energy certificates,” Bennett said. “Rio Tinto wants to be carbon neutral by 2050. Every operation within the portfolio would have to look at ways to achieve that.”Kennecott’s 75-megawatt Unit 4, added in 1960 and idled for the past two years, is the last coal-fired power plant on Utah’s crowded Wasatch Front and perhaps the oldest in Utah.More: Good news for Salt Lake Valley’s air: Kennecott to close its last coal plant, shift to renewable energy Kennecott to close its last coal plant in Utah, switch to renewable energy
By Myriam Ortega/Diálogo December 18, 2018 In early November, the Colombian Armed Forces dealt a blow to illegal mining in the Colombian Amazon by dismantling a criminal gang that illegally exploited mining sites. Three simultaneous joint operations with the Colombian National Police’s Judicial Police resulted in the capture of six members of the criminal ring and a dredge boat. A year of intelligence work enabled the Colombian Army to follow the movements and actions of the criminal gang Los Mercurio and identify its members. According to the Army, the ring operated in Tarapacá, Amazonas department, on the banks of the Putumayo and Cotuhé rivers, which flow through Peru and Colombia. “The goal was to go after the leaders of this structure,” Colombian Army Colonel Carlos Ernesto Marmolejo Cumbe, commander of the 26th Brigade based in Leticia, Amazonas department, told Diálogo. “This is what we worked on this whole year .” Simultaneous operations The operations were carried out in the village of Tarapacá and in the city of Leticia at the same time. Troops of the 50th Jungle Infantry Battalion assigned to the 26th Army Brigade led the captures with the support of the Colombian Air Force’s (FAC) Amazonas Air Group, the National Police, and the Office of the Attorney General. “On the 8th [of November], the operations were carried out simultaneously. Soldiers arrived at these people’s houses and arrested the four individuals [in Tarapacá],” Col. Marmolejo said. “Likewise, in Leticia, the Judicial Police located the house of the other two persons, and captured them.” One of those arrested is the organization’s leader, Omar Verano, alias El Mechudo. The criminals are accused of illegal exploitation of mining sites and environmental pollution with dangerous solid waste, among other crimes. “The process included capturing them and transporting them to Leticia and then turning them over to the Prosecutor’s Office with all the evidence against them, so they could be charged,” FAC Colonel Osman Eucardo González Ortiz, commander of the Amazonas Air Group, told Diálogo. “Everything went as planned.” On the same day, units of the 50th Jungle Infantry Battalion and riverine elements of the Amazon Coast Guard Command carried out an operation on the Cotuhé river. The joint operation resulted in the seizure of a dredge boat that the criminal ring used to dredge the bottom of the river. “On the same morning, we did a riverine tactical maneuver toward the site and intervened the boat,” Col. Marmolejo said. “Only the infrastructure was there, but by seizing it, we reduced this criminal organization’s capabilities.” According to Col. Marmolejo, alias Mechudo’s capture weakens the criminal structure significantly and will prevent its reorganization. The officer said that the Army dealt blows to the organization on several occasions, but “they would come back and regroup.” “I think there are some remnants on the Peruvian side of the Cotuhé river,” Col. Marmolejo said. “Anyway, we are very alert [in the event] they try to cross to the Colombian side.” The operations were conducted as part of the Victoria Plus Plan—the Colombian Army’s strategic roadmap—and the Diamond Plan, an offensive at a national level against criminal groups. In the Diamond Plan’s first 100-day review on November 17th, the Colombian government reported that more than 57,000 criminals had been captured, over 300 of whom were members of organized armed groups and gangs. Protecting the environment Illegal gold mining in Colombia is the main cause of deforestation, with more than 24,000 hectares of forests destroyed in 2014, according to the latest report of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Colombia: Alluvial Gold Exploitation, published in June 2016. The results did not point to Amazonas department, but the eastern departments of Chocó and Antioquia as some of the most affected areas. However, the problem is regional and benefits transnational criminal organizations that pollute the environment and the population, exposing them to dangerous substances such as mercury. “These criminal organizations are indifferent to the environmental damage dumping mercury in the river basin causes,” said Col. González. “We counter crimes against the Amazon, crimes against the environment.” So far in 2018, the 26th Brigade was able to capture 19 dredges, 10 wooden boats, nine outboard engines, seven compressors, and five diving suits, among other material used for the illegal extraction of gold in combined and joint operations. Authorities also captured more than a dozen criminals. “Each one of us [institutions of the Armed Forces] has distinctive capabilities, since the only way to act decisively against individuals that generate violence, illegal groups, and organized criminal gangs is to integrate all our forces,” Col. González concluded. “We have to work together as a joint front so that criminal groups cannot escape.”
A Versailles man died and two others were injured early Sunday following a single vehicle accident on S.R. 129 just north of C.R. 300N, authorities said.According to the Indiana State Police, a 2001 Dodge mini van driven by Zachary Smith, 32, of Versailles was traveling north and “reportedly weaving all over the roadway” when the crash occurred around 3:30 a.m.“The van left the west side of S.R. 129 and entered a ditch where it overturned several times ejecting the driver and the front seat passenger, 54-year-old Jessie Windell of Versailles,” said ISP Public Information Officer Sgt. Noel Houze.Also in the vehicle was Casey Sentell, 23, of Versailles.Both passengers were transported to Margaret Mary Health and treated for back and neck pain. Smith was also transported to the hospital where he did en route.Houze reported, “Investigators believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash and the crash was not weather related.”
With its win against No. 21 UCLA in the rearview mirror, the No. 6 USC women’s swimming and diving team has begun preparations for the final stretch, traveling to Federal Way, Wash. for the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships, which begin today at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center.Finish strong · Sophomore Yumi So posted strong times in the 100-yard and 200-yard fly. She ranks in the top 25 nationally in both events and hopes to best those times to help lead USC to another dual meet win. – Anna Wierzbowska | Daily Trojan This year, the women’s championships, which end Saturday, will feature six top-25 teams: No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 California, No. 7 Arizona, No. 21 UCLA, No. 25 Arizona State and No. 6 USC.Going into the Pac-10s, USC (9-2, 4-2) has managed to obtain its most dual meet wins since going 9-1 in 1997. That was also the only year the Women of Troy won an NCAA title.There is hope history might repeat itself, but the team has remained adamant in not relying too much on historical record.“I don’t want to over-think it, because the past doesn’t predict what is going to happen. But our team is really excited, and I see really good things happening for us at the Pac-10 [championships] and NCAA [championships],” said senior co-captain Presley Bard.USC is going into the Pac-10 championships with 19 swimmers who have already clocked NCAA ‘A’ or ‘B’ cuts. Junior Katinka Hosszu leads the Women of Troy with top times in the nation in the 200-yard individual medley, 400-yard individual medley and 200-yard fly, and is ranked third in the 100-yard fly.Senior co-captain Lyndsay DePaul is No. 1 in the nation in the 100-yard fly, while sophomore Haley Anderson has the top national time in the 1650-yard free.In addition to their top-ranked positions, the three swimmers, along with other members of the team, hold records in their events as the third- fourth- or fifth-fastest in the country.This competition also has implications for the swimmers on the team who haven’t qualified for the NCAA competition.“This is our last chance for some of the girls to qualify for NCAAs,” DePaul said. “For about half the girls [who have already qualified] this isn’t our main focus for the rest of season.”The swimmers aren’t the only ones participating in the competition in Federal Way. Junior Victoria Ishimatsu will compete at the Pac-10 diving competition, beginning Thursday with the women’s 1-meter and men’s 3-meter events.USC has had a good history with the Pac-10 championships, and hopes to continue its winning traditions. It has won at least two Pac-10 titles (including diving) in three straight years and in nine of the last 10 seasons.With the pressure on for the swimmers who have not received NCAA cuts yet, USC will head into the Pac-10s today hoping to set the tone for the remainder of its season.