From the desk of Senator Joyce Waddellmore
By FRAN FARREROn January 5, 2018 Attorney General Stein took action to stop EPA from opening the dirty truck loophole. He stood in strong opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to allow more high polluting trucks on the roads by repealing protections on “glider trucks.” In 2016, the EPA required that gliders – new heavy duty truck bodies without engines or drive trains – be installed with clean engines that meet present-day emission standards. Now, the EPA wants to repeal its own 2016 rule, opening a loophole that will exempt these new trucks installed with older, dirtier engines.
“Protecting the air we breathe means keeping our families healthier and happier,” said Attorney General Stein. “That is why I oppose the EPA’s dirty truck loophole. It will not only make our air dirtier, it also will be unfair to the truck manufacturers, like Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks in Greensboro, and trucking companies that play by the rules and use up-to-date, cleaner truck engines.”
Gliders that do not comply with the 2016 Glider Rule produce 20 to 40 times more emissions of hazardous pollutants that are linked to asthma, low birth weight, infant mortality, and lung cancer. more
By LAURIE D. WILLISGREENSBORO, NC – A state-of-the-art TV and photography studio that will put Bennett College journalism students on the cutting edge of media production will be unveiled on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
During the Journalism and Media Studies Department’s unveiling, attendees will be allowed to tour the new set that will be used for classroom activities and programs produced by the student-run Belle Media Group.
Lighting design for the new studio was completed by a company whose clients include CNN, ESPN and CNBC. The studio includes a modular, Bennett-branded news set that can be configured for anchored news programs, talk shows or stand-up presentations. It also houses a professional lighting grid and space for photography and green-screen video shoots.
“There is so much potential here,” says Tamara Jeffries, interim chair of the Journalism and Media Studies Department. “Our students are always coming up with innovative program concepts, and this is going to give them a great space to get those concepts piloted and produced.” more