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Oregon may join nine other states in banning a plastic hardener commonly known as BPA. Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that would ban the potentially harmful plastic additive from baby bottles, Sippy cups and reusable water bottles, beginning January of 2012.  The bill passed by 20 votes to 9. State Senator Chris Telfer of Bend was one of the "no" votes; mostly because the science and data is inconclusive: “A lot of products now are BPA free, and it’s right on the label.  I think everything in Wal-Mart is like BPA free, so its a choice now: people can buy it or not."  KBND’s Lori Raab: “So you don't think the government needs to be involved in this debate?” CT: “I don't. At least the state, the federal government is still having the debate,  having the studies. So I think we've kind of jumped the gun on this.” The bill now moves to the House. The Governor also backs the ban and if passed, Oregon would become the 10th state, including Washington, with some form of a ban on BPA.

 

 

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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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