As the 2020 campaign kicks off, Democrats scramble to prove their leadership on lowering drug costs

first_img WASHINGTON — As they jostle to position themselves for 2020, many Democratic presidential hopefuls have suddenly zeroed in on a narrow policy target: prescription drug prices.Sen. Bernie Sanders called his first press conference since the midterms not to discuss President Trump’s quest for a wall or tout universalized health coverage, but to unveil a proposal to lower drug prices that mirrors one of Trump’s own. Sen. Cory Booker dialed up his own rhetoric to campaign-trail levels, decrying high drug prices as “a stain on the very idea of America.” The House Oversight Committee, too, set drug prices atop its own agenda, scheduling a hearing on that issue that will occur more than a week before it calls former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to testify. Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Tags Congressdrug pricingpolicy What’s included? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Scott Olson/Getty Images Log In | Learn More What is it? Lev Facher STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.center_img @levfacher As the 2020 campaign kicks off, Democrats scramble to prove their leadership on lowering drug costs Politics About the Author Reprints Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. [email protected] GET STARTED By Lev Facher Jan. 11, 2019 Reprintslast_img read more

Kim Jong Eun Adding to NKHR Woe

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak The Kim Jong Il era keynote ‘military-first politics’ have been embraced without alteration by the regime of Kim Jong Eun, and the human rights situation in the country is getting worse not better, according to the analysis of a law professor from Chungang University, Jei Seong Ho. Speaking at a debate event yesterday, ‘Core Issues in North Korean Human Rights and the Response of the International Community’, Jei explained his conclusion, asserting, “Immediately following Kim Jong Il’s death on December 17th, 2011, ‘military-first politics’ was swapped for ‘rule of the last instructions’ and thus they are clearly continuing with his ‘military-first’ political inheritance.”Not only that, Jei went on, “For the purposes of maintaining the socialist system and securing the regime of Kim Jong Eun, North Korea is strengthening ideological controls and civilian surveillance. In reality, since the end of last year North Korea has been implementing the rule of fear and despotism; suppressing farmers’ and ordinary markets, actively pursuing defectors, banning the use of illegal cell phones and so on.”Therefore, he concluded, “The government of South Korea must closely analyze the Kim Jong Eun regime’s civilian controls and repressive line to promote a short- and long-term, all-encompassing and systematic human rights policy,” calling such a policy one that divides the North Korean regime from its people while also dividing South Korean government, NGO and international community roles to best effect. There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE AvatarPark Seong Guk Facebook Twitter By Park Seong Guk – 2012.04.27 10:31am center_img Kim Jong Eun Adding to NKHR Woe News News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News News last_img read more

NK’s Leader to Attend Russia’s V-Day Event, Kremlin Reports

first_img SHARE AvatarCho Jong Ik RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News By Cho Jong Ik – 2015.01.28 4:27pm News News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China center_img Facebook Twitter Moscow announced on Wednesday that NorthKorea’s leader Kim Jong Eun has confirmed hisattendance at an event scheduled for May in Russia, marking the country’s 70th anniversary of defeating Germany in World War Two. The Kremlin verified this through awritten statement from spokesman Dmitry Peskov, issued in response toa request from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. “Roughly 20 state leaders have confirmed their attendance, and NorthKorea’s leader is one of them,”the statement read, though it did not explicitly refer to Kim Jong Eun by name. This is the first time a high-levelofficial from Moscow has confirmed Kim Jong Eun’s plansto attend the May festivities in Russia.“We are still in the process of confirmingwho will be attending, so the list has not been finalized,” the Kremlin press office added. It did not elaborate further onwhich countries had confirmed their attendance. Just like the 60th anniversary, thecountries invited encompass the Allies against Nazi Germany during World War Two,close partners and allies of Russia, and BRICS countries, according to theKremlin. During a press conference on the 21st, Russia’s ForeignMinister Sergei Lavrov said thatMoscow had received the “first sign of a positiveresponse” for Kim Jong Eun’s attendance. At the time, he also stated that roughly 20 other headsof state, including China’s Xi Jinping, had confirmed theirparticipation in the event. This announcement from Russia lends weight to the likelihood that Kim’s trip will materialize, but much time remains until the May event, and conditions surrounding theKorean Peninsula could shift abruptly, which is why some warn it is too earlyto tell whether he truly make the trip.Russia holds its V-Day event celebratingvictory against Nazi Germany on May 9th each year, and invites heads of stateto larger celebrations held every ten years. For the 60th anniversary, North Korea’s former leader Kim Jong Il was also invited but did not attend, while South Korea’s late president Roh Moo Hyun did.Leaders of 53 countries, including the then-President of the United States, George W. Bush, China’s Hu Jintao, and Japan’s Prime MinisterJunichiro Koizumi, attended at the time. News Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April NK’s Leader to Attend Russia’s V-Day Event, Kremlin Reports Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department storelast_img read more

Washougal man charged with rape, exploitation of young children

first_img Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). guestLabel I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Washougal man charged with rape, exploitation of young childrenPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, October 17, 2019in: Newsshare 0 Stephen Rian Price was arrested Wednesday night in WashougalVANCOUVER — A 26-year-old from Washougal is facing disturbing charges, thanks to cybertip received on Wednesday by the Vancouver Police Department’s Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit (DECU), which includes VPD officers, as well as a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations. Stephen Rian Price, 26, is accused of sexually abusing two young children and distributing videos of the abuse online. Photo courtesy Vancouver Police DepartmentStephen Rian Price, 26, is accused of sexually abusing two young children and distributing videos of the abuse online. Photo courtesy Vancouver Police DepartmentVancouver Police indicated the tip was labeled a Priority-1, which is rare and most often indicates an immediate danger to the child. The tip was generated by the app Discord, which is used as an online chat and media distribution service, primarily for online gamers. “Discord had found communications and video being shared on one of their channels that detailed the sexual assault of an infant by an adult male,” Vancouver Police said in a press release. “These graphic child sexual abuse videos had never before been seen by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which is a strong indicator that the abuse was recent and likely being conducted by the person uploading the content.”The Internet Protocol (IP) address reported by Discord returned to a location in Washougal. DECU investigators utilized exigent information requests, due to the grave concern for the safety of the infant seen in the video, to obtain information from various internet service providers, along with Discord, to assist detectives in identifying Stephen Rian Price as the suspect. DECU Detectives served a search warrant at Pierce’s address at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The infant was taken to an area hospital for immediate medical attention and taken into protective custody. Price is in the Clark County Jail on the following charges:Rape of a Child, RCW 9A.44.073 (x 5)Child Molestation 1st Degree, (RCW 9A.44.083) (x1)Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, RCW 9.68A.040 (x3)Possession of Child Pornography First Degree, RCW 9.68A.070 (x4)Distribution of Child Pornography First Degree, RCW 9.68A.050 (x3)The investigation revealed that in addition to the sexual abuse and production of child pornography of an infant child, evidence was obtained of the rape and production of child pornography involving a second infant. DECU detectives will continue to investigate this case to locate other potential victims and identify other persons involved in the sharing of child sexual abuse content in the Discord chat room.Due to circumstances involving the suspect abusing and creating child pornography with local victims, detectives believe there are likely additional victims who have yet to be identified or located. Anyone with information related to this case, or of the existence of other potential victims is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department Tip Line at (360) 487-7399.The arrest of this suspect and the rescue of this infant would not have been possible without the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the cooperation of Discord. Also, thanks to the Washougal Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security for their assistance.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestWashougalshare 0 Previous : Nov. 5 general election voter registration deadlines set Next : Your Week in Review – Episode 82 • October 18, 2019AdvertisementThis is placeholder text 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentscenter_img guestLabel Name*Email*Website Name*Email*Websitelast_img read more

Ontario tow truck driver charged in hit-and-run

first_imgLorraine Complains: As tow truck operators go to war, who can you trust? ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Dangerous driving charges laid by #CaledonOPP after tow truck driver strikes another tow at a collision scene in @YourCaledon. Criminal driving behaviour by professional drivers is unacceptable. #KnowYourTow ^in. pic.twitter.com/muLYvjjkmN— OPP Central Region (@OPP_CR) April 8, 2021 Police say the collision caused “substantial damage.”Domenico Tozzo, 52, is charged with dangerous operation and failing to stop.He’s expected to appear in court in June. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos advertisementcenter_img Trending Videos First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSGMCSierra HDPickup TruckFlexCrash, Bang, WowNew VehiclesOntarioToronto & GTACaledonCrimeFlexlocalOntarioOntario Provincial Policetow trucks We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. One car, three tow trucks? Let’s fightThe verbal altercation allegedly came to a head when one of the drivers returned to their truck and backed into his adversary before fleeing. A suspected road rage incident involving two tow truck drivers has landed a New Tecumseth man in hot water.Just before noon on Wednesday, Caledon OPP allege two two truck drivers entered into a disagreement in the area of Mayfield Rd. and Coleraine Dr., just south of Bolton.RELATEDlast_img read more

Continuing Education Offers Summer Credit Courses

first_imgRegistration is under way for summer credit courses in the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The program is offering both five-week and eight-week evening classes so students will have time to enjoy other summer activities. The more intense five-week course session on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights begins on June 3 and ends on July 3. The eight-week course session for Monday and Wednesday night classes begins on June 2 and ends on July 23. Tuesday and Thursday night classes for the eight-week session begin June 3 and end July 24. The cost for Colorado residents is $90 per credit hour. Nonresidents pay $170 per credit hour, and nonresident tuition rises for courses totaling four or more credit hours. Most summer session courses are three to four credit hours. New courses offered this summer include “Special Topics: Creativity,” “American Political Thought” and “Economics In Action: The Telecommunications and Internet Industry.” Classes are offered in the evening to accommodate students who have full-time day jobs. Many courses fulfill core requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Continuing Education catalog lists all classes offered for summer and is free at the Continuing Education Registration Office, 1221 University Ave. For information or to register call (303) 492-5148. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 14, 1997 last_img read more

CU Family Weekend to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2

first_img Published: Sept. 26, 2011 Family Weekend at the University of Colorado Boulder begins Friday, Sept. 30, and includes a slate of on-campus events to showcase the university’s programs, resources and faculty.More than 1,600 families are registered for the event hosted by the CU-Boulder Parents Association and the Office of Parent Relations. There are a limited number of tickets remaining for walk-up registrations.Registrants will have many opportunities to explore campus life, including a golf tournament and the fifth annual Buffalo Family Stampede 5K run, as well as the CU football matchup and Pac-12 home opener against Washington State University. Campus and community tours also will be offered. Participants can attend numerous on-campus events including faculty presentations on “The Future of Journalism in the Age of Twitter and Murdoch” and “U.S. Human Space Missions: Beyond the Space Shuttle Era.” Visitors also are invited to a welcome brunch with CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano.For more information on Family Weekend and the Office of Parent Relations visit parents.colorado.edu. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

JACC publishes 10 year safety and efficacy data on VIVO ISAR

first_img Cardiac Care News The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) has recently published 10-year follow-up data on Translumina’s dual-drug polymer-free drug eluting stent (DES) VIVO ISAR.Many studies have proven that polymers are pro-inflammatory and may cause stent thrombosis. However, the use of polymers has been necessary in current generation DES as they control the release kinetics of the drug by acting as a carrier for drug loading and release. As per a release, VIVO ISAR is the first technology that uses Probucol, an antioxidant and lipid lowering drug, as a carrier for releasing Sirolimus (an anti-restenotic drug) and thus creates for a polymer free DES platform.“The 10-year result of VIVO ISAR is a major breakthrough in DES technology as it proves that synthetic polymers can be removed from a DES without compromising the efficacy of the DES. The excellent safety profile proven over 10 years also reassures the cardiologist for the longevity of the clinical results for treating complex coronary artery disease in high-risk patient subsets. This DES technology carries the great potential of significantly shortening the duration of dual-antiplatelet therapy,” said Dr Adnan Kastrati, Director, Cardiac Cath Lab, German Heart Centre, Munich and also the lead investigator of ISAR TEST 5, the trial that compared VIVO ISAR to Endeavour Resolute (Medtronic Inc. USA).“It is a proud moment for Translumina as we become the first company in the world to present 10 year data for two breakthrough DES technologies which have redefined the paradigms of safety and efficacy. With polymer-free VIVO ISAR, we are pioneers of third-generation DES where doctors will not be required to prescribe long anti-platelet therapies to patients undergoing PCI to overcome the ill effects of polymers as seen in first and second-generation DES,” said Gurmit Singh Chugh, MD and Co-founder, Translumina.In 2018, Translumina became the first company in world to present 10-year follow-up data on its biodegradable polymer DES, Yukon Choice PC, in a head-to-head study against Xience (Abbott Inc. USA). The study, called ISAR-TEST 4 trial, was presented at the 2018 American Heart Association meeting and was simultaneously published in circulation. Everstone Capital invested in Translumina in 2019 to further strengthen its R&D pipeline, scale its manufacturing operations and expand its global footprint. Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app By EH News Bureau on August 17, 2020 DESdrug eluting stentJournal of the American College of CardiologyTransluminaVIVO ISAR JACC publishes 10 year safety and efficacy data on VIVO ISAR WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Comments (0) Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Read Article Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Add Comment Related Postslast_img read more

CIMB repeat next step for Thomas

first_imgSometimes with athletes, the growth happens all at once. A single performance, a solitary breakthrough, can serve as a divergent moment and lead to an overhaul of expectations. For most, though, that transition happens a bit more slowly. There are high water marks, and then the levels recede a bit before the next wave. Consider Justin Thomas among the latter group – for now. Thomas fired a bogey-free 64 to rally for victory at the CIMB Classic, successfully defending the only PGA Tour title he’s ever held. It’s simply the next step in the evolution of a player who, at age 23, holds plenty of promise. Thomas completed a standout college career at the University of Alabama in 2013, and he reached the Tour one year later. As a rookie, he showed flashes of form at several events, but never enough to win and ultimately fell short of Daniel Berger when the Rookie of the Year votes were tallied. He earned his first win in Kuala Lumpur last fall, but he failed to remain consistent over the summer and narrowly missed out on a Ryder Cup captain’s selection. This time around, it seems his Malaysian win could serve as a further stepping stone to a season that includes multiple victories, contending in a major or a spot on the Presidents Cup team at Liberty National. Or perhaps all of the above. While Thomas was shaky down the stretch at this event last year, clinging to a lead and barely holding off a hard-charging Adam Scott, the script was flipped on Sunday. This time it was Anirban Lahiri who played the part of the nerve-wracked leader in search of his first win, and Thomas was the cool, even-keeled player trying to chase him down. Thomas didn’t need much of an opening, but Lahiri offered a sizeable one with his quadruple bogey of the third hole, allowing Thomas to take a lead he would never relinquish. While Derek Fathauer and Hideki Matsuyama eventually got within striking distance, Thomas never wavered. He followed birdies on six of his first 10 holes with a string of steady pars, then added birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 to effectively put the trophy on ice. It was a stirring performance, and one that Thomas credited to his third-round rally when he closed with five straight birdies after playing Nos. 10-12 in 4 over to fade briefly from contention. “I felt like that was maybe the biggest five holes of my life, even moreso than last year, because it gave me a chance,” Thomas told reporters. “If I’m going into today eight or nine back, I have no chance, or at least I don’t think. It was huge.” CIMB Classic: Articles, photos and videos Thomas’ third-round comeback underscores the amount of growth he has made as a player, even since first getting his hands on the CIMB trophy a year ago. To jump from playing three holes in 4 over at a critical juncture to playing the next 16 holes in 11 under is the mark not only of a seasoned veteran, but a player who does not shirk from pressure. “I was behind the 8-ball big time,” Thomas said. “I knew that I was better than that. I knew that I had a lead and I had not played with the lead really too many times. I think here last year was the only other time, maybe a couple times I was tied for 36 holes, and I just didn’t handle it very well.” He had no trouble handling the elements this time around, further confirming that he is prepared to take the next step in an already promising career. It’s a natural progression, but not one that always plays out with the steps so clearly delineated. Thomas first learned to contend, then he learned how to win. This weekend in Malaysia he displayed a veteran’s vision when things started to unravel, then unleashed a rally with surgical precision. There aren’t many untouched rungs left on the ladder for Thomas, but expect him to get to next one – winning twice in a PGA Tour season – before he returns to Malaysia for the three-peat.last_img read more

Fueling a New Biomass Industry

first_imgphoto by Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon It’s a common sight throughout logged forests everywhere — leftover piles of wood debris littered across the landscape. For more than a century this throwaway slash has been an inconvenient and expensive byproduct of harvesting timber as well as a contributor to wildfires. But recent innovations in science are changing the way excess wood debris is valued.“This is basically a gold pile that nobody is utilizing right now,” said Peter F. Kolb, an associate professor of forest ecology and management at Montana State University.Nowhere else in the West is there a larger pile of “gold” than Northwest Montana.A broad collective of scientists and professors like Kolb from regional universities and private industry is conducting a first-of-its-kind research project centered on creating a new biofuel industry for waste wood that could breathe life into the existing timber industry. The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), encompassing more than 150 people, is exploring the scientific, economic and environmental realities of developing an industry built around turning excess wood debris into jet fuel.In the new age of biomass research and technology, science has shown slash can be made into biofuel powerful enough for jet airplanes. As oil prices continue to fluctuate, researchers believe the timing is right for an alternative fuel source in the U.S. The market demand certainly exists; the four-state region of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana burns through three-quarters of a billion gallons of jet fuel every year, according to NARA.NARA’s five-year, $40 million project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, began in August 2011. NARA administrators presented a one-year review in Missoula on Sept. 13-14. The project remains in the early stages and few definite answers have emerged, but one aspect seems cemented in certainty. Northwest Montana, specifically the Flathead Valley and Libby, has been identified as the best possible inception point for an upstart biofuel industry that could “complement” the existing timber industry.“The Flathead Valley has a good combination of high amounts of biomass nearby and a good enough transportation network,” NARA Co-Director Mike Wolcott told the Beacon.Feasibility, of course, is the key aspect of making this biofuel industry a reality. Researchers surveyed the Northern Rockies looking for places with existing infrastructure suitable to logging, like roads and sawmills, in close proximity to bountiful slash assets.Initially, Kalispell, Columbia Falls and Whitefish have been ranked highest because of existing railroad, logging roads and sawmills near forested land, Wolcott said. Libby ranked high because of biomass availability but has less infrastructure than the Flathead Valley. Missoula was also tabbed as another strong suitor.“This would be really good because we would have another market for byproducts and it would help us manage the forests more. We just don’t have a lot of outlets for that waste wood right now,” said Chuck Roady, vice president at F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company in Columbia Falls.“I want it to succeed but it needs to be able to pay for itself. Nothing subsidized by the government can last long term. It needs to cover itself.”What would this new industry look like? In many ways it would look similar to the traditional timber industry, but with modern science incorporated. Wolcott said research has identified two types of possible facilities that could exist in Northwest Montana. One facility would be a conversion site where chemical and mechanical pretreatment of wood debris would occur. He compared this larger facility to the former Smurfit-Stone site outside Missoula.A second facility, being called a “depot,” could be developed at existing or former sawmills and would be the first stop for debris collected in the forest and prepared for pretreatment. After being pretreated at the conversion sites, the products would continue up the supply chain to one of the two fuel refineries in the state, either in Great Falls or Billings.“There are a number of assets (in Northwest Montana).” Wolcott said. “We’re here to really understand what kind of shape are these assets in; how available would they be and how suitable would they be for a new biomass industry?”NARA is studying every characteristic of an area where an industry could be founded, from the political and social climate to the availability and skill of the possible workforce. There are also environmental questions, like how much excess wood debris should be left behind in the forest for regrowth and regeneration? Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. “We have a large team of folks assessing every aspect of sustainability and feasibility,” Wolcott said, adding, “We have to make sure these systems we move forward with provide environmental and ecological benefit to the forests.”An obvious aspect is the availability of the product, and Montana appears to have no shortage of biofuel.“Montana is unique compared to anywhere else in the world. We have this vast resource of which a tiny fraction is being utilized,” Kolb said last summer at a two-day event with regional stakeholders and those interested in NARA’s project. “And I’m not talking about going and logging wilderness areas or anything like. In the existing forests that are under management, it gets logged and a lot of it is not utilized.”Slash piles from logging sites are typically burned afterward.Other biofuels exist in areas where fire suppression has improved over the last century and left large sections of forest overgrown, Kolb said.“We have vast amounts of biomass, better known as fuel, where nothing else will happen except it will support some very severe fires,” he said.Also there are five million acres of dead tree stands from pine beetle across the state that could be utilized.Challenges certainly exist. For one, the scientific process of turning debris into jet fuel has not been exacted. Certain aspects of the process remain slow, perhaps too slow for its viability on a large production scale. There’s also the concern that costs could override benefits, which is why finding places like Northwest Montana, where depots and conversion sites could be developed near forests and reduce transportation costs, is integral.The USDA has identified NARA’s project as “high risk, high reward,” Wolcott said. But private airlines like United and Alaska Air and the U.S. Department of Defense have emerged showing strong support.“We are cognizant that this is a big challenge and we are respecting those challenges,” Wolcott said.“But if we didn’t think we had a shot at this we wouldn’t be pouring our efforts at this like we are. We have a very strong team and good partnerships to head up these problems. I think we have a decent chance, but it’s not going to be easy.”For more information about NARA, visit www.nararenewables.org.last_img read more