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SEIA Applauds Senate Energy Committee for Approving FERC Nominees

If approved by full Senate, Moeller and LaFleur will play key roles in future of transmission

WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch today applauded the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for approving the nominations of Philip Moeller and Cheryl LaFleur to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Moeller has been a commissioner since 2006 and was nominated for a second term. LaFleur will be serving her first term. The nominations now go before the full U.S. Senate.
“We applaud Chairman Bingaman, Ranking Member Murkowski and the rest of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for endorsing Commissioner Moeller for a second term and Cheryl LaFleur to join the Commission,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA. “We encourage the U.S. Senate to move quickly to confirm these nominations. Their leadership is essential to FERC’s important work:  moving the U.S. to a modern, reliable electricity grid.”
“We would also like to congratulate the two nominees. FERC faces many important issues and we’re confident they are the right choices to help meet those challenges. Expanding our nation’s transmission grid is vital to deploying renewable energy sources like solar. The pipeline of utility-scale solar power has reached 22 gigawatts, enough to power 4.4 million homes. We need to upgrade our national electric grid to ensure that clean solar energy can reliably be transmitted from the sun-baked Southwest to population centers across the U.S.,” added Resch.
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Shea-Porter Announces Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus

Urges Colleagues to Cosponsor  Asthma Management Plans in School Act


WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has announced that she has created a new caucus, the Congressional Asthma and Allergy Caucus.  The Caucus, which was introduced yesterday as part of the Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics’s (AANMA) Asthma Awareness Day, will work to educate Members of Congress about asthma and severe allergies, and to increase public awareness, and to advance research. Congresswoman Shea-Porter and Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA) will serve as Co-Chairs of the Caucus.

“Children and adult asthma sufferers in New Hampshire struggle with a dangerous and difficult disease,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “The costs of asthma-related emergency room visits in New Hampshire total more than four million dollars each year.  This Caucus will allow Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to work together to help find a cure for this disease.”  

In her remarks at AANMA’s press conference, Congresswoman Shea-Porter also urged her colleagues to support her bill, the Asthma Management Plans in School Act (H.R. 4836).  This bill was introduced by Congresswoman Shea-Porter on March 12, 2010.  It would provide grants to schools to develop asthma management plans and to purchase asthma inhalers and spacers for emergency use.

“Asthma is one of the most common childhood diseases, and it is crucial that schools have the tools they need to help children who have an asthma attack in the classroom,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.  “My legislation would provide grants to schools to purchase devices for asthma sufferers, and help teach school administrators and teachers how to help a child suffering from an asthma attack.”  

In New Hampshire, approximately 10.5% of adults (18 years and older) and 8.4% of children suffer from asthma.  Every year, nearly 4,000 adults and 3,000 children are newly diagnosed with asthma in the State.  Females in New Hampshire are more than twice as likely as males to have asthma, at 14.3% versus 6.4%.  Almost 70% of children with asthma in New Hampshire may not have their asthma under control and only 31.4% of children with asthma in New Hampshire receive what could be characterized as a minimum standard of asthma education.  Children with asthma are almost twice as likely to miss four or more days of school as those without asthma in the State.  In addition, New Hampshire emergency room costs total approximately $4.1 million per year for asthma-related issues. 


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El Toro Marine Goes Toe-to-Toe with VA
John Uldrich, an El Toro Marine veteran, has a 100 percent plus disability rating. But for all intents and purposes, it is as bogus as they come!  Former MCAS El Toro Marine comments on his experience with the VA and passes on important information to other veterans.   The VA knew he was closing in on them for TCE exposure and coming down hard on the issue of Coccidioyomicosis (Desert Fever) that comes with the Santa Ana Winds that sweep down the San Juaquin Valley and over MCAS El Toro on a seasonal basis - as these winds have for millenniums.

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Jim Bender Writes Letter to NH Dept. of Justice and NH Dept. of State 

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Michael A. Delaney                                                                                                                      

Attorney General

Department of Justice

33 Capitol Street

Concord, NH  03301


William M. Gardner

Secretary of State

Department of State

107 North Main Street, State House, Room 204

Concord, NH 03301


Dear Gentlemen,

Today’s New Hampshire Union Leader and Nashua Telegraph both reported, according to Associate Attorney General Ann Rice, that files pertaining to the official e-mails and scheduling records of former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte are missing and were “removed from the system.”   In light of this report and pursuant to Section 37 of Chapter 5 of the New Hampshire Statutes, I am requesting an investigation into the circumstances in which this information has been allegedly lost.  It is in the public interest of transparency in government and adherence to the law that I make this request.  Given that this is an election year, we hope you will act swiftly to uncover the truth.


Jim Bender

PO Box 1107

Hollis, NH  03049


NH DHHS - New Hampshire Injury Prevention Program Receives National Award

Concord, NH – New Hampshire’s Injury Prevention Program under the Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has received a national achievement award. The Prevention Program Achievement Award recognizes a state injury prevention program that has implemented an innovative approach in the field. The award was presented at the Safe States Alliance Conference to Program Manager Rhonda Siegel.

“New Hampshire has received this national recognition because of the strong leadership of the New Hampshire Falls Risk Reduction Task Force,” said Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “The Task Force is a statewide group of professionals in different disciplines that are all dedicated to reducing the risk and incidence of falls in older adults.”

Among older adults, falls consistently rank as the number one cause of injury related deaths, injury related hospitalizations and injury related emergency department visits for NH residents 65 years and older. Senior citizens can help decrease their risk of falling. The Falls Risk Reduction Task Force has a campaign entitled, “You CAN Reduce Your Risk of Falling.”
The campaign teaches older adults several steps to protect their independence while reducing their risk of falling. To learn more about the work the campaign and the Task Force contact 271-4700.