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July 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Milfoil treatment to close Bellevue swimming areas next week

Bellevue will close swimming areas at Meydenbauer, Clyde, and Newcastle beach parks one day each next week to control invasive milfoil blooms. Before herbicide is applied near the parks, the swimming areas will be closed at the following times: 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday at Meydenbauer Beach Park, 419 98th Ave. N.E….

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Comments | Topics: beaches, Bellevue, Department of Ecology

February 22, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Oil cleanup, fire investigation continue at La Conner marina

With the smell of diesel strong in the air, dive teams and salvage crews are working quickly at the scene of Shelter Bay Marina in La Conner this morning. After Friday’s fire that sunk seven boats and damaged at least seven more, officials estimate 100 gallons of diesel spilled into the harbor with a possible…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Department of Ecology, La Conner, oil cleanup

July 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Auditor: Ecology employee gave massages to co-workers on state time

A state Department of Ecology employee gave more than 85 hours of free massages to coworkers during workdays last year, according to an audit released Monday. Shannon Cline, who recently left the agency, was attending a massage-therapy school and was required to practice a certain number of hours to obtain a license, according to a state Auditor’s Office…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: Audit, Department of Ecology, massage

June 26, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Public comment period extended on Magnuson Park cleanup

Officials have extended the public comment period for a proposed cleanup of minor radiological contamination at Magnuson Park, state Rep. Gerry Pollet announced Wednesday afternoon. The U.S. Navy and state Department of Ecology will now take comments until July 26 and will hold a question-and-session session next month, Pollet wrote in a news release. Pollet, D-Seattle, has been…

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Comments | Topics: contamination, Department of Ecology, Gerry Pollet

May 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Open house Wednesday on contamination cleanup at Magnuson Park

The U.S. Navy and state environmental agencies will host an open house on Wednesday evening to discuss their plan to clean up radiological contamination near a popular gym at Seattle’s Warren G. Magnuson Park. The low-level contamination is apparently a result of glow-in-the-dark paint used on airplanes when the site served as a Naval Station. The lingering problem…

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March 18, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Seattle company faces $35,000 fine for alleged Duwamish Waterway pollution

A Seattle-based industrial firm that illegally poured polluted stormwater into the Duwamish Waterway for more than a year is facing a $35,000 fine, according to the Department of Ecology. The state required ConGlobal Industries to implement a stormwater-treatment system  in 2011 for four outfalls that flow into the waterway. But the company — which…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: ConGlobal, Department of Ecology, Duwamish Waterway

February 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Increase in debris reported on Washington beaches

The Associated Press An increase in marine debris has been reported on Washington’s coastal beaches, so the state is asking clam diggers to carry a trash bag and pick up any plastic foam or bottles they find. The state Marine Debris Task Force says it can’t say for sure whether the debris this winter…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: Department of Ecology, Ocean City, tsunami debris

December 7, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Public commenters at coal-export hearing to be selected by drawing

Those who want to make public comments at hearings next week about a proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point in Whatcom County and the trains that will carry coal to it will have to put their names into a drawing, the Washington Department of Ecology announced Friday. Allowing public commenters to speak in the order they…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: coal export terminal, Coal train, Department of Ecology

November 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Officials responding to gas spill in downtown Seattle

State officials are responding to a gasoline spill in downtown Seattle, although they don’t know how much gas leaked or how it happened. The gasoline apparently came from an underground storage tank at a former gas station on 9th Avenue and Madison Street, said Curt Hart, a spokesman for the state department of ecology. It got into…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Department of Ecology, gasoline spill, Seattle Public Utilities