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Daily Archives: March 25, 2015

Business & Politics

Cook leaves Canfor for BID group

Prince George Citizen
March 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

One major Prince George industrial powerhouse and another local industrial giant have had a personnel transaction. Alistair Cook was senior vice-president of operations for Canfor, a company he has been with for about 23 years. It was announced on Tuesday that Cook would be moving into the CEO position of BID Group of Companies, one of Canfor’s closest partner companies.

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Jack Knox: Harsh political landscape has B.C. charities on defensive

TimesColonist
March 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Political lobbying by the Canadian Cancer Society resulted in public-smoking bans. The “political” agitation of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving forced lawmakers to get serious about that cause, too. Same goes for the cleanup of the Great Lakes, the end of leaded gasoline and — a local favourite — the banning of pulp mill dioxins. “If you can eat the crabs in Cowichan Bay today, you can thank the political activities of environmental groups,” Calvin Sandborn says. But if those groups lobbied like that today, they would risk being destroyed by the federal crackdown on political activity by Canadian charities, a campaign that has some non-profits terrified to raise their voices above a whimper, says Sandborn.

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Northern Pulp denies closure rumour

Chronicle Herald
March 24, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Northern Pulp mill is here for the long haul. “Rumours that our mill is closing any time soon are simply not true,” said Bruce Chapman, general manager of the Pictou County kraft pulp mill. Emphatically denying that the Abercrombie Point mill is considering such a drastic step, Chapman said it is rumour mongers who are tainting the air. “There are people who take rumours and embellish them in a way that hurts our business. This type of pollution should be eradicated as best we can. This rumour has no basis in fact.”

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Domtar Welcomes Investment By Schlumberger in CelluForce

Benzinga.com
March 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

Domtar announced today an investment by Schlumberger in CelluForce, a joint venture between Domtar and FPInnovations that manufactures wood-derived nanocrystalline cellulose (NCCTM)… Schlumberger is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to the oil and gas industry. NCC is manufactured using a patented process in the world’s first facility of its kind, located at Domtar’s pulp mill in Windsor, Quebec. NCC (also referred to as Cellulose Nanocrystals, or CNC) is the primary component that provides structural strength to trees. NCC is a renewable, biodegradable, nontoxic material.

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Plum Creek Timber names appoints Laura Clise as director, sustainability

Lesprom Network
March 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. appoints Laura Clise as director, sustainability effective March 30, 2015. Clise will be responsible for implementing and enhancing the company’s sustainability program. “At Plum Creek, we see opportunities for working forests and wood products to help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges – particularly around renewable energy and carbon sequestration – while also creating shareholder value,” said Rick Holley, CEO.

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What are they building? Weyerhaeuser headquarters underway in Pioneer Square

My Northwest.com
March 25, 2015
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

An office building that will house an estimated 800 employees is under construction in Pioneer Square… Construction crews broke ground at 200 Occidental Ave. earlier this month. The project is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2016, according to Weyerhaeuser… The company’s current 430-acre campus is costly and too large for the company, President and CEO Doyle Simons told the Associated Press in 2014.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Building Richard III’s coffin a ‘unique privilege’, says Canadian-born relative

Vancouver Sun
March 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

A Canadian-born cabinetmaker whose DNA helped identify the remains of King Richard III after they were excavated from under a British parking lot is now helping to ensure his famous ancestor has a resting place fit for royalty. Michael Ibsen, 57, has personally designed and built the coffin in which the controversial 15th-century monarch will be reinterred later this week….Ibsen said he had never built a coffin over his 25-year career as a furniture maker, but said his personal ties to the oft-maligned monarch made this project feel very appropriate. …After consulting with a historian specializing in royal burial practices, he decided to build the casket out of both English oak and English yew.

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From skyscraper to ‘plyscraper’: The tower blocks made from wood

CNN
March 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

If the 20th century was the century of the skyscraper, then the 21st century is shaping up as the century of the “plyscaper.” Despite its historical reputation for great city fires — London in 1666, the Great Chicago fire of 1871 and San Francisco in 1906 — wood is making a comeback as a construction material. Next year in Vienna, construction will begin on a 275-foot building made almost entirely of wood, while Stockholm may build a 34-story wooden apartment by 2023. Others are in the pipeline from Canada to Australia to Europe… Vancouver-based architect Michael Green says the momentum is gaining as new engineered woods allow for greater strength and heights in buildings. His firm MGA recently completed a 29.5m (97 feet) wooden building, the Wood Innovation and Design Center in Prince George, Northern British Columbia.

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Nampa business gives new purpose to old wood

Idaho Press-Tribune
March 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Reclaimed Lumber Products in Nampa … turns old wood that would otherwise go to waste into flooring, doors, cabinets and wall paneling. …Titus Gilliam started making reclaimed wood doors as a side business when he was a custom home builder, but it grew into its own successful company. Reclaimed Lumber is slowly transitioning from a shop it outgrew on Can-Ada Road to a new one in Emmett to keep up with demand. One product flying out the door these days is the company’s wood paneling. The paneling is made from reclaimed wood and has the look that people want, but it’s designed to be easy to install and hang flush on the wall, said Wendi Gilliam.

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Boston Public Market Partners With New England Forestry Foundation, Will Use Locally Harvested Wood Inside Market

Marketwired – New England Forestry Foundation
March 24, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

The Boston Public Market and the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) today announced a partnership to conduct public education and showcase locally harvested wood inside the new permanent, year-round market … The 28,000-square-foot Market will house over 40 permanent, year-round vendors selling locally produced items …NEFF is working with their network of New England forest product companies, environmental organizations, individual woodworkers, and forest gatherers to identify sources of locally harvested wood to be used for architectural elements in the Boston Public Market.

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Forestry and wood-based energy highlights at LIGNA 2015

May 11 to 15 in Hannover, Germany.
Fordaq
March 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

LIGNA is the world’s premier trade show for providers of plant and machinery for primary and secondary wood processing and woodworking. It … spans the entire wood value chain, from forestry and forestry technology, right through to wood processing, woodworking and wood bioenergy. Another standout feature is LIGNA’s high level of international participation, with more than 50 percent of the exhibitor pool coming from beyond Germany. …LIGNA is so much more than a presentation platform for state-of-the-art machines and solutions for the wood processing and woodworking industries. … it [is] the world’s number one networking, communication and information hub for the forestry and wood industries – a showcase that is without equal in its ability to bring together industry professionals from around the world.

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20-story Wooden Highrise Apartments Planned for Stockholm

WoodWorking Network
March 25, 2015
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

Tham & Videgård have designed a new mixed use development with 240 apartments in Frihamnen, in Stockholm city. All built in massive wood technique for the specialized wood construction developer Folkhem. In line with the overall direction for this new development to achieve real long term sustainability, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter have developed a proposal for apartment blocks of solid wood. …The buildings are constructed entirely in one material, Swedish solid wood, from the load bearing structure to the facade, finishes and windows. Through consistent use of a renewable material like wood, the result is a sustainable, well insulated and robust house structure with good potential to perform well over time, and minimize the total energy consumption.

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Forestry

New Invasive Species Website Provides Information to Protect Canada’s Forests and Green Spaces

Marketwired – Invasive Species Centre
March 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON–The Invasive Species Centre has launched a comprehensive new website on invasive species in Canada’s forests. Forest Invasives Canada provides an easily-accessible portal for information regarding the invasive species that threaten Canada’s urban and working forests and green spaces. The website features profiles of target species, recent research and management strategies, and in-depth discussions on the overall ecological, social, and economic impacts of invasive species in our forests.

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WFP Donates Logs To VIU Totem Pole Project

Nanaimo Business News
March 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Two cedar trees harvested in the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations territory on Vancouver Island’s west coast have been donated by Western Forest Products (WFP) to Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) totem pole project. The donated cedars were delivered by WFP to VIU’s G.R. Paine Horticultural Training Centre on East Wellington Road, where they were blessed March 16 in traditional First Nations protocol by members of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, in whose territory the logs were harvested. …Totems are being carved with donations of trees by Western Forest Products, TimberWest and Island Timberlands.

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Squamish Nation conducts review

North Shore News
March 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Why does the Squamish Nation insist on conducting an independent assessment of the proposed Woodfibre LNG project?… The first reason is it has much to do with protecting the valuable marine resources of the Squamish estuary and Howe Sound, both within our traditional territory. We are working to bring Howe Sound back to a level of natural sustainability – before industrial pollution began to destroy marine life, starting with the Britannia copper mine in 1904. Then in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, mining effluent was joined by contamination and environmental degradation from chemical plants, logging and pulp mills. These turned the Sound into a dead and poisoned place where toxic mercury levels meant we could no longer eat the fish.

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Not the kind of thing you normally see in a rain forest

Campbell River Courier Islander
March 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It is a strange thing to think of this area of the world as having a water problem. Actually, it’s more a precipitation problem and in the last little while it’s either been too much too soon or not enough. It is no secret that the snow pack is at almost all time lows. And while the snow pack can be improved to as late as May, it doesn’t seem like there will be any relief to a problem that will only grow worse. As we enter spring, the forests in the area are dry. Already streams are low. 

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Urban forests save lives, analysis finds

Green space is essential to our health, according to David Suzuki Foundation report
Vancouver Sun
March 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Lawns, shrubs and trees cool and clean the air in urban environments, absorbing air pollutants and particulate matter and improving human health, according to an analysis released today by the David Suzuki Foundation. Urban forest is a particularly potent filter for airborne particulates, which is an aggravating factor in lung disease and asthma. Scientists estimated that urban forest in London, U.K., with a density of 20 per cent, removes between 852 and 2,121 tonnes of coarse particulates each year. Urban forests ­… also absorb ground-level ozone, nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide, all associated with increased illness, hospitalizations and death, according to the report.

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Birding and conservation groups call on Canada, U.S. to preserve boreal forest

Alaska Dispatch News
March 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Birding and conservation groups launched a campaign last week calling on the Canadian and U.S. governments to preserve at least half of the boreal forest. “The importance of boreal forest habitat for birds will only increase in the future; climate change has already begun pushing bird ranges further north, making the boreal forest an important refuge — a ‘Noah’s Ark’ for birds,” Jeff Wells, senior scientist for the Boreal Songbird Initiative and International Boreal Conservation Campaign, said in a news release. Besides preserving bird habitat, The Boreal Birds Need Half campaign is looking encourage sustainable development in the remaining areas.

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Resolute Stands with Northern Communities in Their Call for Government Working Group on FSC

Canada Newswire press release
March 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products Inc. today announced its strong endorsement of the Alliance forêt boréale call for a working group to address recent issues regarding some Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certificates in the Province of Quebec. Earlier today, Alliance forêt boréale held a press conference in Saguenay, Quebec, and issued a press release calling on the Government of Quebec to form a working group comprised of regional and provincial government officials and FSC representatives to better understand all aspects of FSC certification and the path to restoring recently suspended regional FSC certificates, as well as to address ongoing misinformation spread by certain activist groups.

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Opportunities at our new Community Forest

The Advance
March 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

Elliott Payzant, who sits on the board of the new Medway Community Forest Cooperative, grew up about half a kilometre from one of the gates marking the new pilot project lands of the province’s only community forest… When the idea of a community forest came up, he thought to himself that there is all that land there, and with a community forest, there are many things that can be happening along with the harvesting of wood. The harvesting needs to be done, he said, but much can be done in terms of recreation and other ways to utilize that forest land. “There are all kinds of opportunities to do all kinds of things there,” he said, “and that is why I got involved.”

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Opinions Differ on Suitable Timber in Flathead Forest

Flathead Beacon
March 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Local timber executives are generally supportive of the initial targets for logging that are proposed in the U.S. Forest Service’s revised management plan for the Flathead National Forest, while environmental groups are criticizing the agency’s increased levels. The agency earlier this month released a proposed revision of the Flathead National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, or forest plan. The current plan has not been formally revised since 1986 and this latest edition will guide management decisions for 15 years after it is officially adopted. The plan is open to public comment through May 5.

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Salem crews trying to stop spread of black walnut disease

Longview Daily News
March 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

SALEM, Ore. — Crews are cutting down 14 century-old black walnut trees at the Oregon State Hospital and are trying to save 38 more from an infestation that could threaten the species citywide. The infestation is called thousand cankers disease. It has broken out several times in the West since 2008 when it killed hundreds of trees in Boulder, Colorado. It’s caused by a fungus and spread by tiny twig beetles native to the Southwest that live on the Arizona walnut, which isn’t affected. It kills by causing cankers around every spot where the beetles attack. The cankers expand, girdling and killing branches.

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Greens Lose Tongass Timber Challenge

Courthouse News Service
March 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal judge denied a motion for summary judgment from environmentalists who claim logging in Tongass National Forest threatens wolf and deer habitat. Designated a National Forest by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907, the Tongass encompasses roughly 17 million square miles, most of southeast Alaska, which is home to the city of Juneau, the state capital. The forest is part of the Pacific temperate rain forest, includes several islands, fjords and glaciers, and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Several environmental groups, including the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Alaska Wilderness League, filed separate lawsuits against the Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

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Siuslaw National Forest transition from timber to ecology to be focus of April 2 public meeting

Oregon State University News
March 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Siuslaw National Forest has seen a transition from timber production to restoration ecology and has now hit a “sweet spot” that combines both, says Jim Furnish, former supervisor of the Siuslaw and retired deputy chief with the U.S. Forest Service. Furnish describes his own journey during the tumultuous decades of the Northwest timber wars in a new book, Toward a Natural Forest: The Forest Service in Transition, published this spring by the OSU Press. In the 1990s, the Forest Service took a “radical departure” from its emphasis on timber to other priorities, Furnish said. “My memoir relates the journey from despair to hope, building a new forestry paradigm based on restoring naturalness to a landscape,” he wrote on an OSU Press blog, “Future of the Forest.”

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The logging legacy unchained: In Serena, Rash lays bare the real story of the Smokies timber boom

Smoky Mountain News
March 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

It’s been nearly a century since the logging boom swept across Appalachia, but the story is timeless, forever engraved on the landscape and in the psyche of mountain people. “It permanently and irrevocably changed the entire face of Western North Carolina,” said Jason Brady, a special collections librarian at Western Carolina University. It was inevitable that Appalachian writer Ron Rash would eventually wade into the rich and sweeping storyline… The moneyed timber moguls from the North descend upon Appalachia, exploiting its massive forests and impoverished people for their own profit, destroying the landscape and exacting a human toll as well.

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Forest fires rage in Chile, made worse by strong winds, drought

Yahoo News
March 24, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

SANTIAGO – Strong winds and unusually hot weather in southern Chile are fueling out-of-control forest fires, which are consuming large swaths of national parks and ancient woodland parched by a prolonged drought. The fires have burnt over 6,000 hectares at the China Muerta and Nalca Lolco reserves, as well as the Conguillio national park, revered for its forests of thousand-year-old Araucarias, or monkey-puzzle trees. Strong winds, drought conditions and striking firefighters have hindered efforts to fight the blazes. Worried residents have complained that authorities have been slow to react.

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Sustainability: Five steps for managing Europe’s forests

Nature
March 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Europe’s varied climates support some of the most biodiverse woodlands on Earth. …Woodlands in Europe have been harvested for timber for thousands of years, but today their roles are multiplying. Wood can substitute for fossil fuels and carbon-intensive materials such as steel. …But European forests face an uncertain future. More frequent heat waves, droughts and fires are reducing their health and productivity, with the region warming faster than the global average. …We outline five key issues that European forestry managers should address …Policies and plans must account for the trade-offs between forests’ capacity to store carbon, adapt to climate change and yield wood products and other ecosystem services.

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Chile Declares Emergency as Wildfires Rage in Ancient Forest

teleSUR English
March 25, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Authorities said firefighters have been battling the flames for more than a week in the drought-stricken Araucania region. The Chilean government has declared a red alert in three national parks and reserves as massive wildfires are threatening ancient forests, officials said Tuesday. The National Emergency Office (ONEMI) said that firefighters have been battling the flames for more than a week in the drought-stricken southern region of Araucania. The government agency also warned the flames would likely spread and intensify. Authorities said the fires have burnt over 6,000 hectares of reserves, among them the Conguillio national park, which is famous for its thousand-year-old pines known as monkey puzzle trees.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Ontario investing in wood pellet manufacturing facilities in Wawa and Atikokan

Lesprom
March 24, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

Ontario is investing in two projects to help Rentech Inc., a Northern Ontario fibre company, to convert two idle wood product mills into facilities that manufacture wood pellets, a sustainable energy source. The two facilities have created over 60 jobs in Northern Ontario, as the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

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Insects now helping cause climate change

The Daily Cardinal
March 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Trees grow by taking in carbon dioxide, converting it to a sugar and making that into a biomass. This process, therefore, is carbon driven, meaning that when more carbon dioxide is introduced into the atmosphere, the trees are able to grow larger. This data is then put into global vegetation productivity models which show how plant productivity will change with changes in climate, giving scientists, like Couture, an idea of what forests will look like in the future. …The missing piece? The impact of insects. The hope is that forests will offset the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. However, recent discoveries have found that insects play a role in the amount of carbon dioxide trees can take up.

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STOBART GROUP IN NEW WOOD SUPPLY DEAL

In-cumbria
March 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Stobart Group has secured its fourth major biomass supply contract in as many months. The 15-year index-linked contract with Tilbury Green Power will see Stobart supply more than 4m tonnes of waste wood to a new biomass power plant at Tilbury in Essex, starting in 2017. The plant will generate enough electricity to supply 70,000 homes. Added to previous agreements, it means Stobart will be supplying 2m tonnes of biomass a year by 2017-18. As part of the project at Tilbury, Stobart is building a £7.5m processing facility next to the 40MW power station, enabling on-site processing of its material.

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The World’s First Carbon-Negative Data Center Heats Up Swedish Homes In The Winter

And in the summer, the local EcoDataCenter pipes air conditioning into local buildings.
Fast Coexist.com
March 25, 2015
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Energy-guzzling data centers pump out an estimated 200 million tons of CO2 emissions every year around the world—more than 42 million cars create in the same amount of time. While companies like Google are starting to use wind and solar power to tackle the challenge, a Swedish startup is going a step further: The new EcoDataCenter will be “climate positive,” generating extra-clean energy it shares with nearby houses.Located north of Stockholm in Falun, a small town once known for mining, the data center—which begins construction next year—will run on a mix of solar, wind, hydropower, and wood chips and sawdust from local forestry.

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General

Inquest into Prince George sawmill explosion to hear evidence from post-blast probe

Vancouver Sun
March 24, 2015
Category: Uncategorised

A coroner’s inquest into a deadly blast at a Prince George sawmill will hear evidence from an investigation ordered by the facility’s lawyers. The BC Coroners Service says the post-explosion probe was done by a forensic engineering firm on behalf of Lakeland Mills and was recently revealed during witness questioning. Coroner Lisa Lapointe asked the mill’s lawyers last week to allow jurors to hear the evidence. The Ministry of Justice says Lakeland’s counsel has now agreed, so the inquest will see the documents and possibly hear witness testimony from the firm commissioned in the investigation.

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