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This Week at Interior May 17, 2013


May 17, 2013


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THIS WEEK... AT INTERIOR. SECRETARY JEWELL TOOK TO THE SKIES OVER IDAHO THIS WEEK WITH SOME OF THE NATION’S TOUGHEST 

FIREFIGHTERS… BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT *SMOKEJUMPERS* AT THE NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER IN BOISE. THE SECRETARY GOT A CLOSE 

UP VIEW AS THE JUMPERS COMPLETED TRAINING JUMPS... AND SAW FIRSTHAND HOW FORCES ARE DEPLOYED WHEN A FIRE IS FIRST REPORTED.

 

LATER JEWELL JOINED AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK TO EXPLAIN HOW FEDERAL AGENCIES ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM 

WILDFIRES… THE OUTLOOK FOR FIRE SEASON THIS YEAR IS SEVERE ACROSS MUCH OF THE WESTERN UNITED STATES.  JEWELL URGED HOMEOWNERS AND 

COMMUNITIES TO TAKE PROACTIVE STEPS *NOW* TO REDUCE FIRE RISK, LIKE CLEARING BRUSH AND FLAMMABLE MATERIALS AWAY FROM HOMES.

 

THIS WEEK INTERIOR RELEASED AN UPDATED DRAFT RULE FOR HYDRAULIC FRACTURING – OR FRACKING – ON PUBLIC AND INDIAN LANDS, AND WANTS FEEDBACK 

FROM THE PUBLIC. SECRETARY JEWELL CALLED THE UPDATES *COMMENSENSE MEASURES* THAT INCREASE SAFETY IN DOMESTIC OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION, 

WHILE PROVIDING FLEXIBILITY AND FOSTERING COORDINATION WITH STATES AND TRIBES.

 

Despite a lot of advances that have been made on the technology side we continue to use regulations that date back to the first days of the Sony Walkman and the 

Atari video game. In the meantime, industry has rapidly evolved and regulations need to keep pace and that’s what this is all about.”

 

 

THIS WEEK WAS NATIONAL POLICE WEEK, AND INTERIOR OFFICIALS TOOK TIME TO HONOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PROTECT AND SERVE. THIS YEAR’S NATIONAL THEME: HEROES LIVE FOREVER... AND AS 

ALWAYS, POLICE WEEK CEREMONIES HONOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO HAVE FALLEN IN THE LINE OF DUTY, AND THE FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN, WHO HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.

 

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR MILITARY VETERANS ARE TEAMING UP WITH GE AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO HONOR THE NATION’S FALLEN SERVICEMEMBERS… HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS WILL GATHER NEXT WEDNESDAY FOR A DAY OF SERVICE AT THE WORLD WAR TWO MEMORIAL, THE KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL, AND THE VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL… THEY’LL SPEND THE DAY SPRUCING UP THOSE MONUMENTS, JUST IN TIME FOR THE THOUSANDS OF VISITORS WHO’LL BE COMING TO THE NATION’S CAPITAL OVER THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY.

 

These are very special places that preserve and protect very special memories and very special events that happened in our past, and they deserve our respect, and they deserve look their best.

 

AND THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT IS WELL ON ITS WAY TO LOOKING ITS BEST ONCE AGAIN.. THIS WEEK WORKERS COMPLETED THE FIRST STAGE OF THE MASSIVE SCAFFOLDING PROJECT THAT’S BEEN UNDERWAY SINCE EARLY MARCH. IN THE COMING WEEKS FABRIC AND LIGHTS WILL BE ADDED TO THE STRUCTURE… IT’S ALL PART OF THE EFFORT TO REPAIR THE MONUMENT, WHICH WAS DAMAGED IN A FIVEPOINT-EIGHT MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE IN AUGUST OF 2011. OFFICIALS SAY THE REPAIR EFFORT WILL LAST 12 TO 18 MONTHS, AND THEY HOPE TO RE-OPEN THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT TO VISITORS SOMETIME NEXT YEAR. TO CHECK OUT A SPECIAL TIME LAPSE VIEW OF THE SCAFFOLDING’S CONSTRUCTION FROM MARCH TO MAY, CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK AND YOU TUBE PAGES. 

 

THAT’S THIS WEEK, AT INTERIOR.