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by Ellis Burrussenvision Frederick County
September 19th, 2013
The proposed and approved regional incinerator planned for Frederick County is also referred to as a “Waste to Energy” facility. But the evidence reveals that, rather than producing what might be considered bonus energy, converting the typical municipal waste stream to ash and energy is actually a waste OF energy.
Recycling Food Scraps Could Transform How NYC Deals With Its Trash
by Sarah CreanGotham Gazettee
September 15th, 2013
In the eleventh hour of his administration, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving a transformative mark on a part of city life that is often overlooked — the waste we produce every day.
Markham Ontario shines as a model city for waste diversion
by Royson
Markham residents are diverting 81 per cent of their waste from the landfill — an astonishing achievement and a symbol of what can be accomplished with inspired leadership.
Erin Brokovich joins Stericycle fight
by Rebecca PalmerThe Davis Clipper
August 16th, 2013
Neighbors in south Davis County, Utah, joined together to sere an “eviction” notice to Stericycle, the embattled medical waste incinerator near Foxboro.
Financial Woes Cause Wheelabrator Incinerator to Close
A well-deserved victory in Claremont, NH won by a group who diligently fought this incinerator for over 25 years.
by Ananda Lee Tan, Gary Liss and Matt LeonardResource Recycling
Community recycling efforts around the country are getting burned by incineration. Despite financial numbers that don’t add up, why is incineration of solid waste – and recoverable materials – for energy recovery on the rise? What policies and incentives need to change to turn down the heat?
A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think
by Jen
Two recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize are working to abolish the practice of sending trash to landfills and incinerators. And the idea is catching on.
Colombian activist's work earns environmental prize
by Chris
April 15th, 2013
Nohra Padilla spent her childhood at a garbage dump in Colombia’s capital before going on to organize the city’s poor recyclers. Now the activist, who travels the world giving talks about waste management, has won one of the world’s most prestigious environmental prizes.
Metro Vancouver should end garbage incineration: study
by Jeff NagelSurrey Leader
April 2nd, 2013
A new report urges Metro Vancouver not to build any new waste-to-energy plants and that its existing garbage incinerator in Burnaby be phased out
B.C. study advocates model of zero waste
by Carlito
March 28th, 2013
Marc Lee of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ imagines a post­consumerist society that emphasizes re-design and re-use before recycling.
Why Doesn't Your City Have Curbside Composting?
by Kate SheppardMother Jones Magazine
September 10th, 2012
Why don't more cities and states make it easier for us to compost? The answer: Big Trash.
Fly in the ashes
by Tom
July 5th, 2012
Waste from co-generation plant tests high for dioxins
EU is investing in toxic waste projects in developing world, GAIA claims
by Les RoopanarineThe Guardian
May 16th, 2012
The EU is threatening waste-pickers' livelihoods and backing projects that may actually increase emissions, says report
CT to industry: Stop throwing money in trash
by Brad KaneHartford Business Journal Online
In 2010, Connecticut produced 3.2 million tons of solid waste, of which 24 percent was recycled; 68 percent was burned at trash-to-energy plants; 7 percent was sent to out-of-state landfills and incinerators; and 1 percent was put in Connecticut landfills
Greens urge city to dump idea of waste-to-energy plant on Staten Island
by Judy L.
March 23rd, 2012
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Environmentalists are taking the Bloomberg administration to task over its plan to develop waste-to-energy plants -- including the controversial proposed siting of the city's first pilot project at Fresh Kills.
Group Protests Gasification Plant
by Heather Burkenbc26
March 20th, 2012
GREEN BAY-- "They have given false information about the project," said Clean Water Action Council President Dean Hoegger. "They've told many neighbor groups there would be no smoke stacks and no emissions. When it fact that was not true."
Indian NGO gets first US Innovation Award
IBN Live India
A prominent Indian NGO was on Friday presented the US' first Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls in recognition of its efforts in training and organising wastepickers and eliminating child labour from recycling.
Fire fighters: G’point environmentalists protest incineration plant plan
by Aaron ShortThe Booklyn Paper
March 8th, 2012
The city may install a kinder, gentler incinerator along the Newtown Creek - but Greenpoint residents say they're the ones who would get burned.
Toxics Action Center issues environmental leadership awards to local groups opposed to Springfield biomass plant
by Peter Goonan, The
March 4th, 2012
A statewide environmental organization has issued awards to two grassroots groups who were recognized for their efforts to fight a proposed wood-burning plant in East Springfield.
Durham sold a bill of false goods?
The Oshawa Express
February 29th, 2012
Covanta made assurances the “majority” of work will be done by local workers. However, there is no clause forcing Covanta to use local labour; any that they do use is at their discretion.
With Industry Objecting, EPA Sets Dioxin Exposure Limits for Acute Effects
ENews Park Forest
February 27th, 2012
Environmentalists said EPA's estimated average exposure, currently at 0.5–3 picograms per kilogram per day, puts a portion of the population above the EPA danger threshold.
Pratt Recycle Center helps keep household hazardous waste out of the Pratt County Landfill
by Gale RoseThe Pratt Tribune
February 22nd, 2012
Recycling household hazardous waste at the Pratt Recycle Center keeps dangerous polluting material out of the Pratt County Landfill. It requires special handling before it is moved from Pratt to disposal sites.
Michigan State University must move beyond harmful coal-fired power plant
by Mark
February 21st, 2012
The giant MSU smokestack, visible miles away from the East Lansing campus, emits 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year, heavy metals such as mercury and small particulate ash that damages the health of Michiganders.
EPA Publishes Long Awaited Dioxin Study
Waste Management World
February 21st, 2012
According to the report dioxins and DLCs are widely distributed throughout the environment and typically occur as chemical mixtures. They do not readily degrade. Therefore levels persist in the environment, build up in the food chain, and accumulate in the tissues of animals.
Newport incinerator ‘will hit wildlife’
Free Press
February 20th, 2012
A proposed waste incinerator in Newport would damage wildlife and rare species on the Gwent Levels.
Environmental Health Leaders Blast EPA for Failing to Release Dioxin Health Report
Center for Health, Environment & Justice
February 1st, 2012
Once Again American Public Denied Right to Know and Ability to Protect Families from Unnecessary Exposure. Advocates Urge EPA to Immediately Release Dioxin Health Report, Decry 27 Years of Delays Due to Chemical Industry Interference.
Factbox: EPA's looming clean air rules
by Timothy
January 11th, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency is introducing its most ambitious clean air rules in decades, though it is making some concessions to election-minded Republicans who oppose them.
Stanislaus garbage bills likely will increase
by Garth StapleyThe Modesto Bee
January 9th, 2012
Garbage bills throughout Stanislaus County would shoot higher in coming months to stop a sudden financial hemorrhage at the garbage-burning plant owned by the county and Modesto.
Ash pile raises concerns - DA’s Office links it to Oroville cogeneration plant
by Tom
A huge pile of fly ash recently discovered off Hicks Lane in north Chico has raised environmental concerns with the Butte County District Attorney's Office. The pile, which is larger in length and width than a football field and about 20 feet tall, sits on property owned by MGM Trucking and has been traced to the Pacific Oroville Power Inc. cogeneration plant in Oroville.
Covanta ends renewable-energy funds quest
by Ellen YanNewsday
Covanta Energy, which operates four "waste-to-energy" incinerators on Long Island, Thursday withdrew its petition asking state regulators to qualify such plants for renewable energy subsidies.
Trash-burn plant subsidy put off
by Brian Nearingtimes
November 18th, 2011
The Public Service Commission has put off a decision on whether burning residential trash to make electricity should qualify for renewable energy state subsidies.
Massachusetts Poised to Slash Biomass Power Subsidies
by Meg SheehanThe Biomass Monitor
November 4th, 2011
In the coming weeks, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is scheduled to issue Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) regulations that will require energy producers seeking "renewable energy credits" to meet strict standards.
Analyst: Waste-to-energy 'not clean'
A study released Thursday by an environmental group reported that waste-to-energy trash incinerators release lead and mercury at a greater rate than some coal-fired plants.
Calif. laws expected to boost plastics recycling
by Mike VerespejPlastic News
October 7th, 2011
Two recycling bills signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown are expected to boost the amount of material collected and recycled, and bolster the plastics recycling infrastructure in the state.
Enviro groups say MA biomass regs weak
by Christine Lee22 News
September 19th, 2011
Massachusetts Governor receives ticket from "environment police"
Pat Costner honored as Peace and Justice Hero
Lovely County Citizen
September 8th, 2011
On Sept. 17, peace activists from around the state will gather at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville to honor Arkansans who will receive the 2011 OMNI Center Arkansas Peace and Justice Heroes Award.
Deval's Green Blues
by David S. BernsteinThe Boston Phoenix
August 31st, 2011
Long supported by the state's environmental organizations, Governor Patrick has started a war with them over biomass.
Trash And Burn
by Jon LentzThe Capitol
August 19th, 2011
Covanta seeks funds for waste-to-energy plants as environmentalists push back
Protesters Want Trash Plant Out of Hartford [VIDEO]
by David MoranNorth Branford Patch
August 18th, 2011
A group of protesters converged on Connecticut's capitol city Wednesday to advocate for a policy of "reuse, repair and recycle" when it comes to trash disposal.
Angry protesters disrupt Durham incinerator groundbreaking
by Carola VyhnakThe Toronto Star
August 17th, 2011
Behind the barricades at Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony for Durham Region's much-maligned incinerator, almost as many protesters as invited guests.
Lawsuit targets carbon-pollution exemption for wood-burning power plants
by Sue SturgisFacing South
August 16th, 2011
Conservation groups filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's exemption of wood-fired power plants and other biomass incinerators burners from carbon-dioxide pollution limits under the Clean Air Act for the next three years while it studies the issue.
Environmental groups appeal permit for Wash. biomass cogen plant
Cogeneration and On-Site Power Production
An environmental group opposed to biomass incineration said July 21 that it is appealing the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency's decision to issue an air permit for Nippon Paper Industries USA's 20-MW cogeneration plant at a mill in Port Angeles, Wash.
Province approves Metro Vancouver's plans to build waste incinerator
by Kelly SinoskiVancouver Sun
July 26th, 2011
But region required to work with Fraser Valley to address air quality concerns if it builds facility in the Lower Mainland
Incinerator suit launched
July 24th, 2011
Durham environmental group launches legal action
Bill From Sens. Collins and Wyden to Delay Clean Air Act Protections Creates Permanent Exemption for Industrial Waste Burning
Earth Justice
July 20th, 2011
Bill permits uncontrolled industrial waste burning and will lead to thousands of premature, preventable deaths
How did Harrisburg get millions in debt?: From the archives
This story originally ran in The Patriot-News Oct. 28, 2007. On July 19 2011, the Harrisburg City Council rejected a state-created Act 47 debt-recovery plan linked to the incinerator debt.
State orders Covanta to pay fine, test more frequently after dioxin spike
by Robert CyrMy Record
July 15th, 2011
After two violations, Covanta was sued by the state Attorney General's Office on behalf of the Department of Environmental Protection in August.
German radioactive waste to be incinerated in Tennessee
June 9th, 2011
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved licenses that will allow up to 1,000 tons of Germany's low-level radioactive waste to be brought to the U.S. for incineration.
Burlington to Receive Funds from State Settlement with Wheelabrator
by Richard HosfordBurlingtonPatch
June 8th, 2011
According to the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, Burlington to receive $47,890 of $7.5 million settlement.
City group seeks ban on trash-to-energy plants
by George W. RhodesThe Sun Chronicle
June 7th, 2011
After running a trash-to-energy gasification plant out of town, an environmental group wants to enact a permanent ban on similar operations.
Burning Issue Put To Rest
by David RodockValdosta Daily Times
June 1st, 2011
After a recent drought of news regarding the proposed Wiregrass Power, LLC biomass facility, Industrial Authority chairman, Jerry Jennett, believes the facility will miss the deadline today for construction as part of the Economic Development Agreement between the company and Industrial Authority.
Ze-gen withdraws plans for Attleboro gasification plant
by George W. RhodesThe Sun Chronicle
May 24th, 2011
Ze-gen, a cutting edge waste-to-energy company that hoped to build its first commercial operation in the city but met strong opposition has dropped it plans and will build elsewhere.
Springfield revokes biomass permit
by Shane SymolonWWLP-22News
May 23rd, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mass - Win for opposition could bring lawsuit.
Matthews med-waste incinerator shut down
by Bruce
May 16th, 2011
A controversial medical waste incinerator in Matthews has shut down, apparently as its owner seeks a buyer.
'Green' biowaste isn't always so clean
by Ronnie Greeniwatch
Toxic plumes and dust spew from an unlikely source: renewable energy plants.
Wheelabrator OK’s settlement of $7.5 million
by Jenna
May 3rd, 2011
The operator of three municipal waste incinerators in Massachusetts, has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a state lawsuit alleging that it broke environmental laws, more than a year and a half after the complaints of employee whistleblowers triggered a state investigation of the incinerators.
Plant permit at center of controversy
April 24th, 2011
SPRINGFIELD - The City Council has scheduled a hearing in May to consider amending or revoking a special permit for a proposed wood-burning plant in East Springfield, but faces the threat of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit from the developer.
Environmental Groups Oppose Waste To Energy Bill
by Sandy PhaneufWoonsocket Patch
Renewable energy advocates and environmental organizations today denounced legislation introduced by Rep. Jon Brien (D-Woonsocket) that would overturn the state ban on municipal waste incineration and would define trash burning as renewable energy.
Four GOP lawmakers oppose Walker's plan to end recycling mandate
by Lee BergquistJournal Sentinel Online
March 20th, 2011
Four Republican lawmakers, including two in leadership positions, have criticized Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate the requirement that local governments run recycling programs.
Biomass opponents launch petition drive
by Barry
March 14th, 2011
A Coalition of public health, social justice and environmental groups has launched a campaign to oppose biomass incineration plants in Massachusetts.
Gov. Quinn vetoes coal-to-gas bills
by Julie WernauChicago Breaking Business
In vetoing two bills Monday that would have paved the way for two coal-to-gas plants to be built in the state, Gov. Pat Quinn signaled his support for cleaner uses of Illinois coal but said he would not support the technology at the expense of consumers.
ADAGE Pulling Out of Mason County
by Dedrick AllanMason County Daily News
March 14th, 2011
ADAGE, the joint venture of AREVA and Duke Energy, is dropping plans to develop a biomass plant in Mason County.
Going green benefits bottom line
by Vanessa LuThe
March 11th, 2011
TORONTO - The maintenance administrator at Ontario Place has spearheaded the waterfront park’s greening efforts that have led to a zero-waste target for this summer.
Maine Voices: Strengthen Maine's product stewardship laws
by Travis P. Wagner and Rachel BouvierThe Portland Press Herald
PORTLAND - Gov. LePage has sought a repeal of Maine's product stewardship laws.
Today’s Clean Tech Could Power the World by 2050
by Lisa
Using existing technologies, the world could convert almost entirely to green power by mid-century — and it wouldn’t cost much more than people now spend on energy, says a new analysis of global energy use.
Mass. power plant to stay closed
SOMERSET, Mass.—The owners of a deactivated Somerset power plant have abandoned plans to reopen it using a new production process.
Incinerator phone calls spark heated response
Lynn News
February 22nd, 2011
CAMPAIGNERS have attacked a phone survey funded by the consortium behind Lynn’s incinerator plans, which they say is misleading.
CA Biomass Plants Fined for Air Violations
by Robert CroweRenewable
February 17th, 2011
EPA action comes as industry awaits MACT boiler ruling.
Cement Manufacturer To Pay $1.4 M For Clean Air Act Violations
Pollution Online
February 13th, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Justice Department announced today that Cemex, Inc., one of the largest producers of Portland cement in the United States, has agreed to pay a $1.4 million penalty for Clean Air Act violations at its cement plant in Fairborn, Ohio.
Direct Action Strategy for Community-Led Change
by Ananda Lee Tan
An article about the 2010 Detroit Incinerator Action in the Center for Health & Environmental Justice Winter Newsletter. The article highlights some key goals and guidelines for community-based direct action strategy.
Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated
by Abrahm
January 25th, 2011
The United States is poised to bet its energy future on natural gas as a clean, plentiful fuel that can supplant coal and oil. But new research by the Environmental Protection Agency—and a growing understanding of the pollution associated with the full “life cycle” of gas production—is casting doubt on the assumption that gas offers a quick and easy solution to climate change.
State cancels plans for UW biomass plant
by Thomas ContentThe Journal Sentinel
January 20th, 2011
The Walker administration has canceled plans to build a biomass power plant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Fire burns at storage pit at Tulsa's trash-to-energy plant
by Jerry WoffordTulsa World
January 11th, 2011
Smoke from a fire at Tulsa’s trash-to-energy plant was seen across the city Tuesday evening.
“Detroit Shall Burn No More!” Incinerator Fight Heats Up
by By Jeff ConantRace, Poverty, and the Environment
On the final day of the 2010 United States Social Forum scores of local activists and several hundred of their allies from across the country held a series of rallies targeted at the city’s municipal waste incinerator. The Social Forum had chosen Detroit because the city represents all the vast failures of corporate industrialism and immense possibilities for renewal. The closure of the incinerator four months later, temporary though it may be, showed the prescience of the Forum in its choice of target.
AG investigating waste incinerator
by Jenna RussellThe Boston Globe
January 4th, 2011
Attorney General Martha Coakley is investigating Wheelabrator Saugus, the waste incinerator responsible for burning trash from 15 North Shore cities and towns, for alleged environmental violations including the discharge of hazardous chemicals into the air and water, according to several people who said they were interviewed by state officials.
Waste to Energy Incinerator Dropped in Georgia
Waste Management World
December 9th, 2010
Plans to build a Waste to Energy incinerator in Elbert County, Georgia have been dropped by GreenFirst LLC.
Harrisburg's Failed Infrastructure Project
by John BuntinGoverning
November, 2010 - A new incinerator was supposed to earn Harrisburg, Pa., $1 billion. Instead, it’s a cautionary tale for what happens when an infrastructure project goes bad.
TEDx: Plastic Is the New Smoking
by Jennifer SchwabThe Huffington Post
November 16th, 2010
Think of the Gulf oil spill only a couple thousand miles longer. A loosely formed mass of plastic paraphernalia stretches from the beaches of Santa Monica, all the way across the Pacific Ocean, the other end of this unwieldy but deadly man made monster reaching the eastern Chinese coast. Thus the subject of a one-day conference at the Annenberg House entitled "The TED Great Pacific Garbage Patch" put on by the folks at the Plastic Pollution Coalition.
New Jersey Pulls Plug on Camden Trash Authority Debt Support
by Dunstan McNicholBloomberg
November 12th, 2010
New Jersey won’t pick up a $26.1 million payment due Dec. 1 on the Camden County Pollution Control Financing Authority’s incinerator bonds after covering payments since 1999, a spokesman for Treasurer Andrew Sidamon- Eristoff said.
(Bio)Mass Confusion
by Jim CarltonThe Wall Street Journal
October 18th, 2010
In the U.S., biomass power—generated mainly by burning wood and other plant debris—has run into roadblocks that have stymied its growth.
San Francisco watches its waste line
by Matt
October 12th, 2010
In San Francisco, garbage is treated like a resource that shouldn't be wasted. And that means formulating a plan to reduce the city's garbage output to zero. Yes, that's right: zero.
Energy-from-Waste Facility Agrees to Clean Up its Act
by Tom JohnsonNJ SPOTLIGHT
October 4th, 2010
Covanta Energy has agreed to install new air pollution control equipment to limit nitrogen oxide emissions from the plant, a type of pollution that contributes to the formation of smog during summer months. The agreement tarnishes somewhat the reputation of Covanta at a time when it is trying to convince the Christie administration its energy-from-waste plants, which convert trash into electricity, should play a bigger role in New Jersey’s energy future.
Fairfield-based Covanta sued for pollution by Connecticut attorney general
by Abby Gruen/The Star
August 24th, 2010
Covanta Energy, the operator of three waste-to-energy plants in New Jersey, is being sued by the Connecticut State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal for emitting excessive levels of a carcinogen for the second time in three years at its waste-to-energy plant in Wallingford, Conn.
Environmentalists march in protest of Detroit incinerator
by Christine FerrettiThe Detroit News
June 26th, 2010
Close to a thousand of Detroit residents as well as local and national environmental advocates assembled this morning for a peaceful march near Detroit's incinerator to urge city leaders to put an end to "dirty energy" and go green.
The Half-Life of Phones
by Editorial staffThe New York Times
June 18th, 2010
June comes, and a new iPhone is introduced to the world, creating a shock wave of obsolescence.
Wood burning power plants may hurt global warming fight
by Beth DaleyThe Boston Globe
Burning wood to generate electricity can be worse for global warming than burning coal, according to a Massachusetts-sponsored study released yesterday. That surprising conclusion immediately prompted state officials to reconsider substantial financial incentives provided to wood-burning plants.
In a World of Throwaways, Making a Dent in Medical Waste
by INGFEI CHENThe New York Times
June 5th, 2010
Hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics and other health facilities generate several billion pounds of garbage each year, and buried in that mountain of trash are untold numbers of unused disposable medical devices as well as used but recyclable supplies and equipment, from excess syringes and gauze to surgical instruments.
Waste Not, Want Not
by Carroll McCormickrecycling today
May 31st, 2010
Nova Scotians have shown they are adept at diverting material from the solid waste stream.
The Hope Inside Canada's Garbage Cans
In Canada, redefining the word trash may send engineers back to their drawing boards -- and keep dioxins out of the food chain.
Exhaust fumes stall Plasco project
by Kate JaimetThe Ottawa Citizen
May 25th, 2010
Garbage-to-energy demonstration plant struggles to reduce the pollutants in its emissions.
An Incinerator Becomes Harrisburg’s Money Pit
by Michael CooperThe New York Times
May 20th, 2010
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Officials here decided seven years ago to borrow $125 million to rebuild and expand the city’s enormous trash incinerator, which the federal government had shut down because of toxic air pollution.
Incinerator project burns up Pa. capital's cash
by Marc LevyAssociated Press
April 11th, 2010
Harrisburg leaders thought they could transform their aging, debt-laden trash incinerator into a clean, efficient moneymaker. But costs exploded and massive debt payments due this year on the incinerator threaten to drag the city into bankruptcy.
Viewpoints: Don't talk trash – compost, recycle, create jobs instead
by Gavin Newsom and Robert
December 20th, 2009
On balance, reuse, recycling and composting make the most of our resources and create good, green jobs along the way.
Nudging Recycling From Less Waste to None
by LESLIE KAUFMANThe New York Times
October 19th, 2009
Though born of idealism, the zero-waste philosophy is now propelled by sobering realities, like the growing difficulty of securing permits for new landfills and an awareness that organic decay in landfills releases methane that helps warm the earth’s atmosphere.
Pro-incinerator expert testified for tobacco companies
by By Neal HallVancouver Sun
October 4th, 2009
A pro-incineration expert brought in by Metro Vancouver to speak at a series of public forums once testified as a tobacco industry witness that there was insufficient evidence to link smoking to lung cancer.
E.P.A. Report Suggests Waste Reduction and Recycling Reduces CO2 Emissions
by John Collins RudolphThe New York Times
September 21st, 2009
A new report from the United States Environmental Protection Agency suggests that way Americans procure, produce, deliver and dispose of goods and services — what the agency refers to as “materials and land management” — accounts for 42 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Concerned Citizens Launch Zero Waste BC after Kamloops Victory
Western Canada Wilderness Committee
September 10th, 2009
A network of citizens groups and public interest organizations will hold the inaugural meeting of the new Zero Waste BC Network in order to coordinate efforts to fight waste incinerators that have been proposed throughout BC.

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