Pope Resources makes $4.6 million conservation land sale
Pope Resources is selling $4.6 million worth of land to Seattle-based conservation organization Forterra, including 535 acres of forestland and 1.5 miles of shoreline in Kistap County, Wash.
"This land sale that preserves forests, beaches and trails for future generations is the culmination of nearly a decade of efforts by the local community," said David L. Nunes, president and CEO. "We are pleased to have played a role in creating this win-win outcome with additional help from our neighboring landowners and government agency representatives at the county, state and federal levels."
Forterra acquired the land with the aid of various state and federal grants. Kitsap County now owns the forestland, with ownership of the tidelands in the hands of Washington State’s Department of Natural Resources.
The sale plays into the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project’s 6,700-acre conservation goal, which has been a long-term coordinated effort between Pope Resources, the Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes, Kitsap County, the Great Peninsula Conservancy and the Kitsap Forest & Bay Coalition.
MAT Industries recalls air compressors
MAT Industries is recalling its HDX and Powermate two-gallon air compressors due to reports of a shock hazard.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the terminals of the pressure switch have demonstrated a tendency to come into contact with the motor housing and electrify the air compressors. No reports of injuries or incidents have been received.
The recall affects about 100,000 units in the U.S. and 7,000 in Canada.
The air compressors have a pair of one-gallon tanks stacked upon each other that are 120 volts, have an operating pressure maximum of 100 PSI and air delivery of .4 SCFM at 90 psi. They were sold at Home Depot, Menards and other stores between June 2010 and October 2013 for between $80 and $120.
The CPSC is urging consumers to discontinue use immediately and to contact MAT Industries for a free repair.
Millions of Graco child car seats recalled
Graco, which is owned by Newell Rubbermaid, is recalling 3.8 million child car seats after some were found to possess faulty latches that can trap children inside. However, federal safety regulators are calling on the company to recall an additional 1.8 million infant car seats, which have been the subject of similar complaints.
Graco is resisting the agency’s orders, stating that only a tiny fraction of customers had trouble with the buckles, and that those cases were the result of spilled foods and liquid making the buckles sticky over time. The infant seats would not be subject to these effects, said the company, which has been offering customers replacement buckles and cleaning tips for their child seats.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a letter to the company Tuesday, stating that the defect could make it "difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a vehicle crash, fire or other emergency." Moreover, "some of these consumers have had no choice but to resort to the extreme measure of cutting the harness straps to remove their child from the car seat."
The recall includes 11 models of car seats manufactured between 2009 and 2013. The agency has been investigating the matter since October 2012, during which time it has received a total of 80 complaints, and is considering holding a public hearing.
"NHTSA strongly disagrees with the language and content of Graco’s Part 573 Report, which is incomplete and misleading, to both the agency and consumers," said the statement.
According to the NHTSA, this is the fourth-largest child seat recall in U.S. history.