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Skilling: Blast of Arctic Air to Hit Chicago Area

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A classic high wind set-up coming together later Tuesday in Wednesday.

Winter Weather Advisories go into effect at 9 p.m. Tuesday through 3 p.m. Wednesday for Kane, Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois. It was issued for potential blowing snow, most pronounced in wide open area such as those west of Chicago.


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Winds and falling temps set the stage for significant travel challenges in open areas where blowing and drifting snow threatens to reduce visibilities and producing drifting of the existing snow cover over open roads–likely most seriously impacting north/south thoroughfares in open areas west and north of Chicago.

A powerhouse winter storm, the second in less than a week—importantly, this one tracking north of Chicago with its heaviest snows–is to impact Chicago in differently than this past weekend’s storm.


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Rather than producing significant snow accumulations, this new storm is to act as a giant atmospheric “wind machine” and is to rake the Greater Chicago area with powerful winds gusting as high as 50 mph amid falling temps.

High winds will blow and drift snow in open areas as arctic air sends temps tumbling.

Full forecast details at the WGN Weather Center

Temps will tumble Wednesday starting around 30-deg at midnight tonight, then falling to 20 by daybreak, to around 13 at noon Wednesday and to 8-above by nightfall.

In combination with roaring westerly winds, winds chills are to dip from 19 at midnight to 3 at daybreak, 7-below midday Wed and 11-below toward nightfall.

Wind chills are headed toward sub-zero and the season’s coldest air yet on the way the rest of the week.

Original Post: wgntv.com

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A First As the World Warms: New Forecasts Could Help Predict Marine Heat Waves

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Scientists have developed a new system to predict when and where marine heatwave is likely to develop.

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Collisions Cause Major Traffic Backups in Bothell and Arlington

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Traffic in the Puget Sound region came to a stop Wednesday morning due to two separate incidents, one in Bothell and the other near Arlington. On southbound Interstate 405 in Bothell, a collision near Highway 527 closed the two right lanes, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced on Twitter. The resulting traffic backup is […]

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DISH Network to Pay $5.5M Settlement Over Alleged Hazardous Waste Disposal Violations

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OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Satellite TV provider DISH Network will pay $5.5 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of illegally disposing of hazardous waste in Alameda County and elsewhere in the state.

DISH Network is alleged to have violated California environmental laws by sending hazardous waste to local landfills that are not equipped or authorized to receive the waste.

According to state Attorney General Rob Bonta, audits of DISH facilities in California found that DISH repeatedly disposed of hazardous waste since 2005 in violation of the Hazardous Waste Control Law and Unfair Competition Law.

“If you break the rules, we will hold you accountable,” said Bonta in a press release. “For years, DISH carelessly disposed of and sent hazardous waste to local landfills, ignoring the consequences for our communities and our environment. From there, hazardous chemical elements from electronic devices, batteries, aerosols, and more could seep into soil and contaminate our environment. Today’s settlement is critical. Large corporations like DISH have a responsibility to respect our environmental laws and do their part to protect our state’s precious resources.”

“My Office is committed to holding corporate polluters accountable for violations of state environmental laws,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in a statement. “Hazardous electronic waste is ubiquitous, and everyone must do their part to keep these items out of the landfill, especially large corporations who handle high volumes of electronic waste.”

As a provider of TV and video services to residential and business customers, DISH employees manage large volumes of electronic equipment, such as remote controls, transformers, and power adapters, various batteries, aerosol cans, and other items classified as hazardous waste.

The Colorado-based company will pay for penalties, costs, and supplemental environmental project to benefit the community while making significant changes to its operations and practices to come into compliance with state law.

Specifically, DISH must:

• Pay $5.5 million, including $3.32 million in civil penalties, $835,500 in litigation costs, and $845,000 for supplemental environmental projects. DISH must also spend $500,000 to implement enhanced environmental compliance measures to ensure proper management of hazardous waste at its California facilities.

• Hire an independent third-party auditor to perform environmental compliance audits at DISH’s 25 facilities across the state;

• Conduct regular inspections of facility trash dumpsters and roll-off containers to ensure the containers do not contain hazardous waste; and

• Provide training to employees to ensure compliance with California’s hazardous waste laws.

According to the attorney general’s and Alameda DA’s offices, the DISH settlement is the fifth case of a telecom industry giant addressing unlawful disposal and management of hazardous waste. The two offices have also successfully prosecuted AT&T, Comcast, DirecTV, and Cox Communications for similar environmental violations related to illegal disposals of large volumes of electronic waste from their cable and satellite video services.

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