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Category: Environment
February 19, 2015 at 6:28 AM

Kirkland latest to ban disposable plastic bags

The Associated Press Kirkland has joined a growing number of Western Washington cities to ban single-use plastic carryout bags. The City Council approved a law on Tuesday that will take effect March 1, 2016. The new ordinance requires retailers to stop using disposable plastic bags and to charge customers 5 cents for every paper bag they provide. Seattle,…


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February 18, 2015 at 7:33 PM

Kirkland council OKs measure to curb plastic-bag use

The Kirkland City Council approved a plastic-bag reduction law this week that will be effective next year on March 1. The city will join Seattle, Shoreline, Issaquah, Mercer Island and Bellingham in instituting similar plastic-bag reduction policies. Kirkland’s new ordinance will require large retailers to stop using single-use plastic bags and to charge customers five cents for…


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February 17, 2015 at 6:07 AM

Coast Guard responds to pollution on Hoquiam River

The Daily World, Aberdeen (TNS) HOQUIAM — A Coast Guard incident management team has responded to the waters off of Hoquiam’s Harbor Paper Mill site after receiving reports of a sheen coming from the Hoquiam River. The sheen was caused by a light oil product, testing revealed. The report, which came into the National Response Center on…


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February 15, 2015 at 8:18 PM

Seattle Times wins Polk Award for Oso slide environmental coverage

The Seattle Times has won the prestigious George Polk Award for environmental reporting for stories linking the deadly mudslide in Oso, Wash., that killed 43 people to what the judges called “corners cut, safeguards disregarded and warnings ignored by” environmental regulators. The George Polk Awards are among the most prestigious in journalism, and have been…


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February 13, 2015 at 1:21 PM

Beachcombers beware of military flares near Sequim

The Associated Press SEQUIM — Authorities are warning Northwest beachcombers to watch out for smoke flares left over from military exercises. A unit from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was called Thursday to blow up devices that had washed ashore in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge on Dungeness Spit, near Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula. The Peninsula Daily News…


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February 10, 2015 at 10:22 PM

Iditarod committee votes to move start of race to Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Iditarod Trail Committee board of directors has voted to move the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the board unanimously voted to move the 1,000-mile competition because of low snow conditions in south-central Alaska. The event begins with a ceremonial start March 7 in…


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February 4, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Feds list orca Lolita held in Miami Seaquarium as endangered

The federal government has decided to list Lolita, an orca caught 44 years ago in Penn Cove and held at Miami Seaquarium, as protected under the Endangered Species Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday announced the listing decision of Lolita under the same law that now protects Puget Sound’s wild southern resident killer…


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January 28, 2015 at 1:52 PM

Chemical leak at Port of Olympia leads to evacuations

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A hydrogen peroxide leak in a water treatment plant at the Port of Olympia has led to evacuations at the port and surrounding businesses. KIRO-TV reports police and firefighters set up a quarter-mile evacuation perimeter after the leak happened around 12:15 Wednesday. The state Department of Ecology says some hydrogen peroxide entered storm drains…


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January 14, 2015 at 8:24 PM

Access to water closed at Magnuson Park dog off-leash area

Seattle Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed access to the water at Magnuson Park’s dogs off-leash area because of concerns about toxic algae. The algae has been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shore of the off-leash area, according to Parks and Recreation. Tests from the water samples collected by King County Department…


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January 14, 2015 at 6:01 PM

Illegal-dumping charges filed against owner of tank-removal company

The state Attorney General’s Office has filed charges against the owner of a Seattle tank removal and repair company for allegedly dumping at least 20,000 gallons of wastewater into the public sewer system. Thomas Wise, the owner of Tank Wise, a company located in South Seattle, was charged in King County Superior Court with first-degree defrauding…


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