The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a table about the road and bridge conditions for each state. Indiana takes top honors for the best road conditions, while Illinois and Connecticut are tied for the last place. The nation's poor road and bridge conditions cost each motorist an average of $300 annually. Nearly half the country's roads and more than 25% of its bridges are in "poor" condition.
The American Chemistry Council welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency's revisions in the Chemical Manufacturing Area Sources rule that narrowed the scope of emission sources. "While we continue to believe that it is not necessary for certain synthetic minor sources to obtain Title V [CAA] permits, given they already operate under protective state permits, we welcome EPA's clarification. ... Likewise, we are appreciative that EPA highlighted certain Title V provisions that could allow for greater operational flexibility needed for chemical manufacturing," ACC said in a statement.
The combination of New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's defeat by GOP challenger Chris Christie, the overturning of a marriage law by Maine voters and strong lobbying on the part of the Catholic Church may end up derailing marriage-equality legislation, even though the bill probably has major support among lawmakers, according to this blog post. "What we have on our hands today in Trenton is a bunch of scared herd animals. And it's not a pretty thing to watch," Tom Moran writes.