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Category: Environment
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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January 13, 2015 at 7:20 AM

Compost confusion? We’ll answer your questions

UPDATE 11:58 am: Some of the easier questions are answered below (scroll down). The trickier ones will be answered in a new post. Original post: Mandatory composting rules took effect for Seattle on Jan. 1, but many of us aren’t sure exactly what those rules are. We know food scraps are compostable; so are pizza boxes,…


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January 6, 2015 at 1:26 PM

Federal judge clears way for Snake River dredging

The Associated Press LEWISTON, Idaho — A federal judge has ruled that dredging can start next week on the lower Snake River to aid barge traffic to and from Lewiston, Idaho. The Lewiston Tribune reports that U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle on Monday rejected a request by environmental groups and the Nez Perce Tribe to…


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January 2, 2015 at 7:24 PM

Bird flu found in backyard poultry flock in Southeast Washington

The Associated Press OLYMPIA— Washington state officials say avian influenza has been found in a backyard poultry flock in southeast Washington. The H5 avian influenza virus was previously found in wild birds in northwest Washington. Officials say there’s no immediate public-health concern. State Agriculture Department officials said Friday the virus has not been found in commercial poultry…


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January 2, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Snohomish, Pierce counties’ burn bans downgraded to Stage 1

The burn bans in Snohomish and Pierce counties have returned to a Stage 1 ban after being upgraded Thursday amid concern about rising pollution levels. Snohomish, Pierce and King counties are now all under a Stage 1 ban, effective until further notice, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The burn ban in Darrington has also…


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December 31, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Burn ban in effect on reservations; Darrington ban upgraded to Stage 2

A burn ban is in effect for several Washington Indian reservations and a burn ban in Darrington, Snohomish County, has been upgraded from Stage 1 to Stage 2 because of ongoing concerns about stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has called a burn ban for the Stillaguamish, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Tulalip,…


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December 31, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Slide on section of N. Cascades Hwy. closes it to winter sports

A portion of the North Cascades Highway that is normally accessible for winter sports will be closed for a month after a large rockslide covered the roadway. The slide covered about 300 feet of Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway, east of milepost 142, near the Whatcom-Skagit County line, the Washington State Department of Transportation said…


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