The BEAT News

Western Mass pipeline fighters win legal battle over
Clean Water Act

An arcane legal battle over the role of states in natural gas pipeline permitting concluded last week with a win by Western Massachusetts activists. A March 15 ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the right of state environmental regulators to hear certain pipeline-related challenges under the U.S. Clean Water Act. Tennessee Gas, a Kinder Morgan subsidiary, had argued in favor of immediate judicial review in the case of the Connecticut Expansion, a delayed project which would traverse the Otis State Forest in Berkshire County. The First Circuit ruled that it has no jurisdiction to hear an appeal of a conditional Section 401 Water Quality Certification issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection on June 29. The court affirmed the right of MassDEP to conduct its own permitting process — from beginning to end — when it comes to applications from gas pipeline firms to alter streams, ponds, and other water resources under its jurisdiction. By Mary Serreze, The Republican, March 20, 2017 <more>

Berkshire businesses oppose ‘pipeline tax’

Environmental activists from three separate organizations gathered at Holiday Brook Farm on Tuesday to express their opposition to Gov. Charlie Baker’s support of new gas infrastructure. Jane Winn, the executive director of the Pittsfield-based Berkshire Environmental Action Team, called on the governor to drop his plan to place a “pipeline tax” on every state electric ratepayer. “BEAT sees the pipeline tax as a way to shift the cost and risk of building pipelines from the big gas companies onto the ratepayers, while all the potential profits from selling that fracked natural gas overseas will go back to the heads of the big gas companies,” Winn said. By Tony Dobrowolski, The Berkshire Eagle, March 21, 2017 <more>

Eversource Rate Case in MA: Issues and Solutions

On January 17th, 2017, Eversource filed a comprehensive electric rate case in Massachusetts, (D.P.U. 17-05), proposing significant revenue increases, new rate structures, and an array of investments. At a time when the distributed energy resources present new opportunities and challenges for utilities, Eversource includes some proposals that advance consumer and clean energy interests, including revenue decoupling to eliminate the utility incentive to increase electricity consumption, and potentially beneficial investments in grid modernization, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging. However, other components of the rate case would unnecessarily increase consumer costs and inhibit distributed clean energy, particularly large automatic annual revenue increases, high returns on traditional utility infrastructure, and unfair and inefficient rate designs. The Acadia Center, March 22, 2017 <more>

Hinds opposes Eversource rate hike request

State Sen. Adams Hinds has publicly joined the voices opposing Eversource Energy’s recent rate hike request on Tuesday, referring to the proposal as “unacceptable” and “an absolute potential killer.” In a meeting with The Eagle’s editorial board, the Pittsfield Democrat said the requested rate hike, which could raise electric bills for Eversource’s Western Massachusetts customers by 10 percent next year, exposes the “deep concern of inequality” between the eastern and western parts of the state. By Tony Dobrowolski, The Berkshire EagleMar 7, 2017. <more>

The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) seeks volunteers to complete river assessments for the Southwest Branch of the Housatonic River (Pittsfield) and the Green River (Austerlitz, NY to Great Barrington) Volunteers will walk or paddle a 1 – 2 mile segment of the river and record observations. Trainings are scheduled for Tuesday, April 4th in Great Barrington and Saturday, April 8th in Pittsfield. Call HVA at 413-298-7024 to register <more>

March for Science Pittsfield supports BEAT

March for Science Pittsfield has designated BEAT as the recipient organization for proceeds from the sale of the March for Pittsfield t-shirts! The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.  <more>

350Mass Berkshires Coordinating Transportation to People’s Climate March on April 29th

From our friends at 350Mass Berkshires: To change everything, we need everyone. March with us in Washington DC, in Boston, or Springfield! Join a massive wave of action for jobs, justice, and the climate. If you are interested in participating in the People’s Climate March, reach out to 350Mass Berkshires organizers at [email protected] for help with transportation from the Berkshires. We have vans to .C. and buses to Boston! #climatemarch Visit www.peoplesclimate.org for more info. <more>

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Jobs

Farm Apprentices and Trail Crew Members – Greenagers – Great Barrington

Stream Team and Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers – Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) – Rivers and Streams

Aquatic Habitat Technician – Vermont Fish and Wildlife Dept. – Roxbury, VT

Stewardship Coordinator – Berkshire Natural Resources Council – Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Stream and Pond Sampling Volunteers Needed – Acid Rain Monitoring Project – Various sites

Experienced Solar Technician – BPVS, Berkshire Photovoltaic Services – Adams, MA

Advocacy Center Director – Conservation Law FoundationBoston

Recruitment Director – The Public Interest Network – Boston

Caretaker – Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary – Otis, MA

Streamflow Restoration Specialist (Environmental Analyst II) – Boston


March for Science Pittsfield supports BEAT

NOTE: BEAT is very grateful for this support of our programs! Thank you!

March for Science Pittsfield has designated BEAT as the recipient organization for proceeds from the sale of the March for Pittsfield t-shirts!

People can buy the t-shirts on line here, and pick up at Peacetrain Tees at the Berkshire Mall in Lanesboro on April 20 & 21: http://peacetrainteesdesignstudio.com/mfsp

March for Science Pittsfield will join supporters of science around the world on Earth Day, April 22, 2017.

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

And here is the March for Science Pittsfield Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mforsPittsfield/

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350Mass Berkshires Coordinating Transportation to People’s Climate March on April 29th

From our friends at 350Mass Berkshires:

To change everything, we need everyone.

March with us in Washington DC, in Boston, or Springfield! Join a massive wave of action for jobs, justice, and the climate.

If you are interested in participating in the People’s Climate March, reach out to 350Mass Berkshires organizers at [email protected] for help with transportation from the Berkshires. We have vans to .C. and buses to Boston! #climatemarch

Visit www.peoplesclimate.org for more info.


Jobs

Great Summer Jobs with Greenagers!

Apply now.

Greenagers employs 50 youth each year for work on local trails and farms, through our trail crews (3 in Berkshire County and 2 in Columbia County) and our Farm Apprenticeships.

Our new and improved Farm Apprenticeships program is the result of an exciting collaboration with Jen Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm in Tyringham, MA. Jen is the new Farm Apprenticeship Coordinator and she has designed a thorough farm/soil/food curriculum to bolster the paid apprenticeship experience. The program runs from April through November. Apprentices are matched with area farms and are expected to work a minimum of four hours per week on that farm. Apprentices will also participate in the Young Farmer Education Series, bi-monthly farm education workshops and farm tours led by Jen on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Workshops are held at Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham, MA and Greenagers, Housatonic, MA. Farm visits will take place throughout Central and South County.

Participant Requirements: 15-22 years old • Able to manage own transportation • Prepared to work outdoors for a minimum of 4 hours/week • Willing to commit to workshop and farm visit schedule • Ready to engage in community dialogue and discovery

Workshop Topics Include • The Soil Food Web • Food Systems • Food Literacy • Food Diversity • Food Justice • Sustainability • Wholesome Food Preparation

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jen Salinetti, Program Coordinator.

Apply for a Farm Apprenticeship.

Trail Crews consist of 6-8 youth aged 15-24 and one skilled leader with a minimum of 3 years field experience. Our 2017 Trail Crew options are:

~ Appalachian Trail Crew – runs for 4 weeks in July, Mondays to Fridays. This crew camps on-site during the week, returning home for weekends.

~ Community Crews (2 in Berkshire County) run 6 weeks in July and August, Mondays to Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Community Crews build and maintain trails for local land trusts and organizations and begin and end each workday at the Greenagers office in Great Barrington.

~ Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) Trail Crews – 2 crews based in Columbia County that build and maintain trails on CLC-owned land.

For more information, please contact Elia Del Molino, Trails Coordinator.

Apply for a trail crew member position.

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Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers – HVA – Rivers and Streams

Training

Saturday, April 1         10am – Noon              Bill Laston Memorial Park, Rte 7,  Lanesborough, MA

To prepare for collecting water samples at designated locations on Wahconah Falls Brook and the Southwest Branch of the Housatonic River. Volunteers will need to be available for one morning, once a month, from April through October. We are aiming to collect the second week each month, but collection must follow a dry weather period, therefore an exact date each month will need to be determined. Volunteers will need transportation to their water sampling site(s) and must be physically able to collect the sample(s). All equipment will be provided.

Stream Team Volunteers – HVA – Rivers and Streams

Training

Tuesday, April 4th        5:30 – 7pm                  Mason Library, 231 Main Street, Great Barrington  AND

Saturday, April 8th         2:30 – 4:30pm            Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield

This spring (mid April until the end of May) volunteers will help complete river assessments on the Southwest Branch of the Housatonic River (Pittsfield) and the Green River (Austerlitz, NY to Great Barrington) Volunteers will walk or paddle a 1 – 2 mile segment of the river and record observations.

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Aquatic Habitat Technician – Vermont Fish and Wildlife Dept. – Roxbury, VT

Category: Temporary

Start date: May 1, 2017 (flexible)  End Date: Oct. 30, 2017 (flexible)

Responsibilities: This seasonal position will assist with field assessments of stream crossing structures (culverts and bridges) to assess aquatic organism passage and geomorphic compatibility, and with assessments of state owned riparian lands. The technician will assist with measurements and data recording in the field, and data entry and analysis on a computer. The technician will be expected to lift 50 lbs. and work outdoors under adverse weather conditions. The position may involve some overnight travel.

Qualifications: Associates Degree or higher in biological-life, or physical sciences, math or natural resources field, OR high school diploma or equivalent and two years of work experience in engineering, a biological-life or physical science, math, or natural resources field. The successful candidate will possess excellent organizational skills, be self-motivated, familiar with the collection and entry of data and interact courteously with the general public.

Contact: Will Eldridge [[email protected]]

To apply: Send a cover letter describing experience, interest in the position and career goals; resume; and name and contact information for two references to Will Eldridge by April 3, 2017.

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Stewardship Coordinator – Berkshire Natural Resources Council – Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Take your next career step as stewardship coordinator at Berkshire Natural Resources Council, a dynamic, growing organization in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. The Stewardship Coordinator monitors (and manages aspects of) BNRC’s fee simple lands, conservation restrictions and trail easements―over 20,000 acres all told, and increasing each year. You’ll be part of a team of landkeepers that is building and caring for the Berkshire High Road, a countywide trail network linking towns to nature. This is a great opportunity for professional growth and leadership in a beautiful locale just 2.5 hours from Boston and New York. Visit http://www.bnrc.org/contact-us-2/employment/ for full job description. Anticipated salary range of +/- $40,000-$45,000, plus generous benefits. Send cover letter and resume to Tad Ames, President, BNRC, 20 Bank Row, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Position will be advertised until filled.

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Stream and Pond Sampling Volunteers Needed – Acid Rain Monitoring Project – Various sites

The Acid Rain Monitoring Project is seeking volunteers to sample streams and ponds across Massachusetts. Currently, we have over 80% of the 150 sites covered, but we still need volunteers at 24 sites. Most of these sites are southwest of Boston from Quincy down through Attleboro, Taunton, Fall River, and Westport. There are also two sites available near Pittsfield. To view all of the available sites, please see the map on our website that indicates which sites still need volunteers:
https://wrrc.umass.edu/research/projects/acid-rain-monitoring-project/information-volunteers

Please contact Travis Drury, below, if you are interested in sampling these sites on Sunday, April 2nd. Also, please forward this email to anyone in those areas who may be interested in volunteering for this project.

Thank you,
Travis Drury, ARM Statewide Coordinator
Mass. Water Resources Research Center
203 Ag Engineering Building
250 Natural Resources Rd
Amherst, MA 01003
413-545-5979 or [email protected]

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Experienced Solar Technician
BPVS, Berkshire Photovoltaic Services – Adams, MA

BPVS, Berkshire Photovoltaic Services, Inc is seeking a full time experienced solar technician. Minimum requirements are a High School Diploma, valid drivers license, 1 year experience in solar design and installation is required. NABCEP certification and a valid Massachusetts Construction Supervisors License is a plus. Competitive compensation based on experience and excellent benefits.

Please send resume & cover letter to Becca Martin at [email protected].

BPVS, Berkshire Photovoltaic Services, Inc
46 Howland Ave
Adams, MA 01220
HIC MA 131996
Tel.: 413-743-0152
Fax: 413-743-4827

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Advocacy Center Director – Conservation Law Foundation –
Boston MA

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking an experienced and innovative advocate on energy and the environment to lead its Massachusetts Advocacy Center, the largest of its five Advocacy Centers in New England. Working with the President, the Executive Vice President, and CLF senior staff, the Massachusetts Advocacy Center Director (ACD) will be responsible for developing and implementing an advocacy program for Massachusetts with the potential to impact law and policy throughout New England and nationally. Responsibilities include managing the Massachusetts Advocacy Center staff, working with the Massachusetts Advisory Board, and establishing and deepening relationships with members, partner organizations, businesses, government agencies, supporters, media, and the public.

This position is based in CLF’s Boston, Massachusetts office.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be:

 A highly motivated individual with 7 or more years of advocacy experience in environment, energy, or related public interest fields.

 Able to devise effective strategies for achieving advocacy goals and objectives;

 Able to coordinate among diverse partners and understand how advocacy campaigns function;

 Experienced in law, policy and politics at the federal, state, and local levels;

 Able to take complicated issues and communicate them in a way that is accessible to new audiences

Experienced writing blogs and opinion pieces, and using social media platforms for advocacy and social change;

 Able to create and implement strategic advocacy campaigns;

 Experienced as a media spokesperson (print and broadcast);

 Experienced in fundraising including identifying prospects and cultivating major donors and grant funders;

 An individual possessing excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, having respect for a diversity of opinions, and able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment;

 Accustomed to articulating and meeting measurable goals; and

 Experienced managing an operating budget and professional staff.

Responsibilities

The Massachusetts ACD:

 Manages the Massachusetts Advocacy Center and reports directly to the President and the Executive Vice President (EVP);

 Works with program directors (PDs), the managing director of CLF Ventures and the EVP, to develop and implement advocacy goals and strategies in the state;

 Serves as the hiring manager for, supervises and mentors staff advocates, legal assistants, legal interns and fellows, office managers and volunteers in her/his state, in coordination with PDs where appropriate;

 Works closely with senior staff colleagues and CLF constituencies to develop and execute fundraising strategies in her/his state, manage operations and expenses of her/his state office and develop and execute media strategy in the state;

 Manages and works closely with the CLF Massachusetts Advisory Board to maximize relevance, visibility and effectiveness of advocacy in Massachusetts, and to develop and execute fundraising strategies;

 Represents CLF at the Massachusetts state legislature, in legal and regulatory proceedings at the state and federal level, at public forums, media events and conferences;

 Develops, directs and stewards relationships with relevant NGOs, government agencies, political and legislative representatives, the business community and other stakeholders in her/his state;

 Manages the Massachusetts office, including its operating budget, administrative matters, a staff of professionals, and an office manager;

 Collaborates with other CLF staff at all levels on interdisciplinary matters; and

 Contributes to the strategic direction and stewardship of the organization throughout the region.

Experience in a nonprofit public interest advocacy setting is highly desirable. A law degree and litigation experience at the state court, federal district court, and/or appellate court levels are preferred, but would not be required for an appropriate candidate.

Salary and Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.

To Apply

Send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”) and a detailed cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to [email protected] Please make “MA ACD” the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls please.

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Recruitment Director at The Public Interest Network

We have organizers currently work in 25 states working with national campaigns to get our country to 100 percent renewable energy, ban the use of bee-killing pesticides, and end the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

Right now, we’re looking for a Recruitment director to help leverage our strong field presence, team of 30+ staff and our track record of results to help identify and hire our next leaders.

WHAT YOU’LL DO WITH IMPACT
The Recruitment Director is responsible for recruiting talented entry-level staff to run campaigns on some of our country’s biggest issues. Specific responsibilities include:

Recruitment strategy: The Recruitment Director works with staff across the country to coordinate messaging and carry out comprehensive plans to meet our overall staffing goals.
Candidate outreach: The Recruitment Director identifies top potential candidates, conducts interviews and makes hiring decisions.
Networking: The Recruitment Director develops strategic relationships with partner organizations, universities and serves as the public face for our recruitment efforts at conferences, career panels and job forums.
Tracking and data analysis: The Recruitment Director oversees our tracking and data analysis to identify trends and opportunities.
Operations management: The Recruitment Director oversees daily operations of the department, including creating and managing the department’s budget and overseeing systems and candidate communications.
During the summer, you’ll run a canvass office, building the organization by canvassing and training others to canvass.

PAY AND BENEFITS
Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. We value experience with project management, networking and running grassroots campaigns. Impact offers a competitive benefits package.

LOCATIONS
Denver CO, Boston MA, or Washington DC

TO APPLY
http://bit.ly/2kGkuNm

APPLY by March 1, 2017

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Caretaker – Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary – Otis, MA

Contact Person: Stephen Hutchinson
Contact Email: [email protected]

Job Description:The Resident Caretaker serves as a friendly and professional representative of Mass Audubon to wildlife sanctuary visitors, as well as within nearby communities of the property. The caretaker provides ongoing security and monitoring of the property and responds quickly to emergency issues as they arise. He/she performs facility and/or property management duties on the property for a specified number of hours each week, often in conjunction with Mass Audubon staff and/or volunteers. Residing in a Mass Audubon residence on the premises is a requirement, which includes signing and abiding by all the provisions of a housing license. Housing provided in exchange for 8 hours/week work. Caretaker responsible for utilities. This position runs from February 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017 with a possible extension after that initial time period.

Responsibilities: Property Management 1. Ensure the maintenance and security of the properties by regularly monitoring and patrolling the premises, as well as responding to emergencies as they arise. Arrange for alternative security if absent from property for more than 24 hours. 2. Maintain grounds, buildings, and property as needed by: assisting in developing and maintaining a schedule of tasks to be completed, keeping records and reporting monthly to supervisor on tasks planned and completed; supervising contracted services, as well as volunteers; assisting with purchasing supplies and equipment;assisting with equipment and building repair and maintenance; and providing support for ecological management activities. Work independently at times as well as identify and resolve facility and property maintenance issues. 3. Assist Mass Audubon staff and volunteers with tasks related to the sanctuary or other Mass Audubon properties as directed. Visitor and Community Relations Ensure positive visitor experiences; promote membership in Mass Audubon; assist visitors with orientation and admission; install and maintain interpretative signage and exhibits; and establish and maintain positive community relations.

Qualifications: Demonstrated interest and support for the mission and goals Mass Audubon. Mature, responsible, and organized; experience in buildings and grounds maintenance, including proficiency in using hand tools, operating power tools, vehicles, and landscaping equipment, Must be at least 21 years old with a valid driver’s license. Must have at least two years related experience. Strong ability and willingness to communicate well with staff, volunteers. and thepublic.

Physical Demands: The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the caretaker to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodation maybe made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this position, the caretaker is required to talk, hear, sit,stand, and walk. The caretaker is required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull,walk over uneven terrain, and operate power tools and equipment, climb ladders, and lift up to 50 lbs. The caretaker is required to apply limited manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination, such as basic keyboarding, basic hand tools and equipment, filing, operating office equipment, and operating a motor vehicle. The caretaker must have good vision to read documents for general understanding and for analytical purposes. Occasionally, the caretaker is required to review non-written materials for general observation purposes and for analytical,detailed purposes. Occasionally it is necessary for the caretaker to differentiate between colors.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that the caretaker encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Routinely work is performed outdoors or in unheated building spaces.Work may require performing responsibilities on evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Tools and Equipment Used: The employee is required to use a personal computer and general office equipment (e.g., telephone, calculator, adding machine, copier, facsimile, etc.) as well as hand tools, ladders, power equipment, and vehicles. May require the use of two-way radios for communication with staff. Requires a valid driver’s license.

Compensation and Benefits: Housing provided in exchange for 8 hours/week work. Caretaker responsible for utilities. This position runs from February 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017 with a possible extension after initial time period.

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Streamflow Restoration Specialist (Environmental Analyst II) – Boston

Date of posting: 1/26/17

Closing: The position will remain open until filled. However, first consideration will be given to those candidates who apply within the first 14 days.

The Streamflow Restoration Specialist works w​ith partners to gather and assess high quality data on streamflow and to promote and support restoration of more natural streamflow regimes and aquatic ecosystem health. This position will support the collection and analysis of streamflow data to inform sustainable water management and ecological restoration actions. Work will involve monitoring equipment installation and maintenance, field measurements, local outreach and education, volunteer coordination, technical and policy support, and data analysis and modeling. The Streamflow Restoration Specialist will also coordinate and manage holistic streamflow restoration projects, and provide technical assistance, such as monitoring support, to the Division of Ecological Restoration’s river and wetland restoration projects. ​This is anticipated to be a one-year contract position. Interested candidates can learn more about DER and view the full job announcement here: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/der/.

To apply online, please visit the MassCareers website at

https://massanf.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=160008O5

For more information about the position, please contact Michelle Craddock at [email protected] or 617-626-1544.

Michelle Craddock
Watershed Ecologist
Division of Ecological Restoration
Department of Fish and Game
251 Causeway Street Boston, MA 02114
617-626-1544

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