2nd Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 06/19/2013 09:27 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press


RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) – New Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today makes his first visit to the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site since being confirmed by the Senate last month. His visit comes amid increasing criticism of the Energy Department’s management of the cleanup effort at the Hanford nuclear reservation along the Columbia River in south-central Washington.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board has accepted the resignation of its executive director Mary Claire Buckley and appointed an interim director. Buckley has been on paid leave since May 2 after Board chairwoman Kate Lieber requested a review of Buckley on April 25. The state Department of Administrative Services began an investigation, but the agency said it is being dropped in light of Buckley’s resignation. Lieber has declined to say why she asked for an investigation.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A U. S. Senate committee has endorsed legislation to extend federal subsidies for timber counties one more year, and to protect more wilderness and wild rivers in Oregon. Sen. Ron Wyden said the two bills are part of his effort to solve the funding crisis for Oregon timber counties, which are struggling in the wake of expired subsidies and voter reluctance to increase taxes. Still to come is some way to increase timber harvests in Western Oregon as a permanent funding solution for the counties.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon House has passed a bill to set up a public database to track 19 toxic chemicals used in children’s toys and products and would require manufactures to remove the chemicals from their products within five years. The bill would require companies with gross sales of more than $5 million per year to report the presence of the chemicals in their products.


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