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Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Electronic Waste Disposal at Delta College, Sat April 12

Electronic Waste Disposal at Delta College, Sat April 12

Time for an "electronic spring cleaning." Want to FINALLY get rid of all those useless electronic items? From TVs to computers, printers, useless electronics of all sorts, even florescent bulbs, batteries, and more! OnSite Recycling visits Delta's Shima 2 Lot every 2nd Saturday of the month, 9am - 1pm. And guess what? This great service is FREE!
For more information on items OnSite will accept:
(209) 234-7994, or visit: http://bit.ly/Ql5L7u

City of Tracy Hosting Free E-Waste Collection Event

The City of Tracy wil be hosting an Electronic Waste Recyling Event on Saturday, Janaury 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works, Boyd Service Center at 520 Tracy Boulevard, Gate #1.

This event gives resident sa nd buisnessess an opportuntiy to dispose of unwanted elelctronic devcies. as well as styrofoam packaging and cardboard..

They wil be accepting electronics, fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, mercury items and holiday lights in addition to clean white polystyrene block foam packaging and cardboard.

They will NOT accept packing peanuts, bubble wrap, food or beverage containers, major appliances and automotive batteries.

For more information, please call 209-831-6300

Check Before You Burn begins 11th season

Check Before You Burn begins 11th season

The Valley’s most important regulation for wintertime air-pollution reduction begins its 11th season Nov. 1.

Check Before You Burn, which has resulted in historically clean wintertime air quality in the Valley, continues through February. This wood-burning curtailment program is a critical tool in minimizing harmful particulate pollution.

“The understanding and cooperation of the Valley’s residents has made this regulation the single-most cost-effective regulation on record in the air basin,” said Seyed Sadredin, the Air District’s executive director and air pollution control officer. “It’s a matter of public health.”

Expired Medication Safe Disposal Event, Oct. 26

Expired Medication Safe Disposal Event, Oct. 26
Expired Medication Safe Disposal Event, Oct. 26(Stockton)

Two San Joaquin USA landfills prepare to fire up power plants

Two San Joaquin USA landfills prepare to fire up power plants

Two major local landfills - one private, the other operated by the county - are within months of finishing new power plants that will take harmful methane gas created by the decomposition of garbage and convert it into electricity.

The plant at privately owned Forward Landfill, a San Joaquin Partnership Investor, southeast of Stockton will have a capacity of greater than 4.3 megawatts, enough to power about 4,380 average homes at any one time.

The other plant, at the county's Foothill Landfill near Linden, weighs in at 3.5 megawatts - roughly enough to power a city the size of Lathrop.

The projects were described as helping planet and pocketbook.

"Certainly, from an environmental perspective, we want to make sure we capture all the methane and use it in a resourceful way," said Kevin Basso, general manager of landfill owner Allied Waste. "And it makes sense economically."

Officials call Air Alert

Officials call Air Alert

Increasing ozone levels and possible smoke impacts from lingering wildfires have prompted local air officials to declare the air basin’s second Air Alert episode of 2013 beginning today (Monday, Sept. 9) and continuing through Wed., Sept. 11. The Air Alert is effective in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties.