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July 11, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Water-quality standards: Public has important duty to stay informed

Lynda Mapes gives a thorough assessment of proposed new water-quality thresholds [“Getting tougher on water pollution standards … but will the water really be cleaner?” Local News, July 7]. Contamination measured in the fish we eat turns out to be the canary in this political coal mine. More fish in our diet contributes unhealthful…


Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Art James, environment, pollution

November 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Leaf blowers contribute to greenhouse gases

The noise is annoying, the emitted pollution is even worse

Leaf blowers have been a concern of mine for quite some time. Yes, the noise is very annoying, but the amount of greenhouse gases they emit is truly staggering [“Noisy leaf blowers get a hearing,” NWFriday, Nov. 22].

Here is a quote from, which ran a comprehensive test on one of the biggest pickup trucks available today and a leaf blower

“The two-stroke leaf blower was worse still, generating 23 times the CO and nearly 300 times more non-methane hydrocarbons than the crew cab pickup. Let’s put that in perspective. To equal the hydrocarbon emissions of about a half hour of yard work with this two-stroke leaf blower, you’d have to drive a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor for 3,887 miles, or the distance from Northern Texas to Anchorage, Alaska.”


Comments | More in Environment | Topics: environment, Leaf blowers, pollution

September 19, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Keeping Puget Sound clean

Small boats not at fault Peter Goldmark’s highlighting of sewage discharge from recreational boats in Puget Sound misses the mark. [“Guest column: We must keep boat sewage out of Puget Sound,” Opinion, Sept. 18.] There is almost no place in Puget Sound that is the required three miles from shore to allow any such discharge…


Comments | More in Environment, Seattle | Topics: boating, pollution, puget sound

August 10, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Cherry Point coal terminal faces opposition

Lummi letter is admirable The Lummi’s July 30 letter to the Army Corps of Engineers voicing their “unconditional and unequivocal” opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal project at Cherry Point is significant and laudable. [“State plans sweeping review of coal port,” page one, Aug. 1.] The tribe’s opposition has a strong legal basis to stop…


Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: Army Corps of Engineers, coal port, environment

July 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Government action on climate change

Good news For climate activists, the last few weeks have been exciting. President Obama finally laid out a plan to address climate change. [“Obama rallies faithful ahead of August recess,”, July 22.] Another bit of good news is the confirmation of Gina McCarthy as the new administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency. As an air-pollution…


Comments | More in Environment, Politics | Topics: climate change, environmental protection agency, EPA

July 15, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Solar power in Washington

It’s the energy wave of the future It’s time for Washington to step up in the U.S. and be an example. In a country depending on oil and coal for energy, we are literally trashing the world to live with electricity. Global-warming increases, polluted waters and smog aren’t worth it, especially when there is a better alternative….


Comments | More in Environment | Topics: energy, pollution, solar power

July 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

How your U.S. lawmaker voted

Republicans ignore environmental problems The report in Sunday’s paper [“How Your U.S. Lawmaker Voted,” NW Sunday, June 30] shows what little regard most Republican politicians have for our environment, ignoring the lessons from the BP Amoco PLC oil spill and voting for almost anything that profits the oil and gas industries. They will be reaping profits while…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: environment, lawmaker, laws

June 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Army Corps of Engineers has narrow scope for coal review

Carbon emissions must be considered My faith in The Seattle Times’ editorial balance has been boosted with Lance Dickie’s column on the Army Corps of Engineer’s review of the proposed coal export and mile-long trains through Western Washington. [“Corps should broaden coal review,” Opinion, June 21.] Disruption of our cities and coal dust littered along side…


Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: Army Corps of Engineers, carbon dioxide, coal