FMPA Weekly | July 30, 2012 | Member Edition

FMPA Weekly


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June 30, 2012





FMPA Reunion Records Public Power History

Founders and early leaders of FMPA re-united last week to share their stories about the history of FMPA. The 24 reunion participants were interviewed on videotape last Wednesday. The resulting footage was transformed into a video that premiered at the conference and on Vince” rel=”nofollow”>>Vince R. Ruano, City Manager of Bushnell, as Chairman, 2) elected Lou” rel=”nofollow”>>Lou Heandez, Chairman of the Utility Board of the city of Key West, as Secretary, and 4) elected Howard” rel=”nofollow”>>Howard McKinnon, Town Manager of the Town of Havana, was re-elected as Chairman. register>register; for the Electrical Safety workshop on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. in FMPA’s Board room. The training, presented in conjunction with Carlyle Consulting Group, will discuss safety methods that utility workers can use while working with energized equipment. The training is $125 and includes lunch. Contact: Sharon Samuels


Dog Bite Prevention Training

FMPA will host Dog Bite Prevention training Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. in the Board room. The training, presented in conjunction with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Central Florida, will help utility personnel recognize and respond to situations with dangerous or potentially dangerous animals. The cost is $75 and includes lunch. The deadline to>register; is Aug. 23. Contact: Sharon Samuels





EPA to Reconsider Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for New Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced July 20 that it will conduct a review of its monitoring requirements and emissions limits for new coal-fired power plants under its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The MATS rule, which was published in February, will require coal- and oil-fired power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic substances. The review will not change the expected costs or public health benefits of the rule, according to the agency. The move was seen by some industry observers as an acknowledgement by EPA that the limits it set in the MATS rule (also known as the utility MACT rule) are not achievable. The agency’s review “will not change the types of state-of-the-art pollution controls new power plants are expected to use to reduce this harmful pollution, the EPA said July 20. EPA plans to complete the rulemaking by March 2013. The agency will use its authority under the Clean Air Act to stay the final standards for new power plants for three months during the review. The EPA said its decision to reconsider the MATS rule affects only the standards for new power plants, not the standards for existing plants.


FMEA 2012-2013 Membership Directory

FMEA published its 2012-2013 Membership Directory last Friday. The purpose of the Directory is to make communication easier and allow organizations to work together. The Directory features: 1) municipal member listings, 2) associate members by individual representative, 3) associate members by service category, and 4) links to vendor websites. The full;


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