Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Alaskan city settles EPA lawsuit for $192,000

The city of Palmer, Alaska, will pay a $192,162 fine and upgrade its wastewater treatment plant under a settlement agreement over its violations of the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency announced recently.
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Wilcox & Flegel Oil to pay $44,000 fine for Clean Water Act violations

Wilson Oil Inc. will pay a $44,069 civil penalty as part of a settlement for alleged spil prevention violations of the Clean Water Act at its Longview Terminal facility in Longview, Washington. the Environmental Protection Agency said in a recent release.
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Burn ban lifted at Yakama Reservation in Washington

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has lifted its ban on outdoor open burning on the Yakama Reservation in Washington state as a result of better weather conditions and less air pollution.
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Fairbanks gets push toward cleaner heating sources

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said recently that it plans to approve the Fairbanks North Star Borough fine particulate quality plan submitted by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, but with an eye toward other steps to help the city come into compliance with the Clean Air Act.
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Cleanup plan to improve 10 miles of Portland Harbor

The Environmental Protection Agency's final cleanup plan, known as a Record of Decision (ROD), covering 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River, part of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site that goes through the heart of Portland, Oregon, has been released, EPA said in a news release.
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EPA extends Yakama burn ban indefinitely

Continuing stagnant air conditions and elevated air pollution recently prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend a ban on all outdoor open burning on the Yakama Reservation in Washington state until further notice.
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$267,000 to aid environmental education in Pacific Northwest

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced environmental education grants totaling more than $267,000 that three Pacific Northwest organizations will use for environmental training and experiences for students from kindergarten to college.
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Two groups in Washington State receive Urban Waters grants

The Environmental Protection Agency recently selected two Washington organizations, the Lummi Indian Business Council in Bellingham and The Lands Council in Spokane, for grants to improve and protect local urban waters.
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$120,000 EPA grant to help fight noise issues in Seattle neighborhood

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a $120,000 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving grant for El Centro de la Raza, a Seattle-based community group seeking to reduce noise pollution in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.
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Washington regulation requires advance documentation of crude oil transport in state

Facilities receiving crude oil by rail in Washington are now required to notify the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) in advance, enabling emergency responders throughout the state to prepare for any potential incidents.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology seeking comment on EPA filling showing compliance with new ozone standards

In compliance with an Oct. 1 deadline from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) plans to submit a draft recommendation that that the EPA designate all Washington counties as compliant with new air quality standards for ozone.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology requests no-discharge zone designation for Puget Sound

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently requested that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declare Puget Sound a no-discharge zone for vessel sewage in an effort to further protect the Sound and advance restoration efforts.
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EPA approves Washington Dept. of Ecology plan to restore Lake Whatcom

A Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) plan to restore Lake Whatcom and protect the drinking water source for approximately 100,000 Washingtonians recently gained approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Two Washington Dept. of Ecology projects earn recognition during White House Water Summit

The White House Water Summit, run in conjunction with the United Nations World Water Day, recently highlighted two projects led by the Washington Department of Ecology’s Office of Columbia River, which impact the Yakima and Methow river basins.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology, University of Washington to study groundwater contamination

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently proposed a legal agreement with the University of Washington (UW) to investigate and study several plumes of groundwater contamination left from industrial use of the land.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology proposes changes to water quality permits for boatyards

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently proposed updating the water quality permit for boatyards that would update the requirements to better address toxic stormwater and wastewater discharges, which would impact approximately 70 boatyards in Western Washington.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology LightRecycle program recycles nearly 1 million lights in first year

The first year of the Washington Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) LightRecycle Washington program, which started on Jan. 1, 2015, saw state residents recycle more than 1 million lights containing mercury.
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Washington State surpasses 300 million pounds of recycled electronics

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently announced that E-Cycle Washington, the state’s electronics recycling program, has processed more than 300 million pounds of electronic waste, recycling metal glass and plastic and keeping harmful materials like lead out of landfills.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology seeks public comments for Port Gardner Bay cleanup project

The Washington Department of Ecology {Ecology) is now accepting public comments on documents related to a plan to remove contaminated sediments from Port Gardner Bay, which would be carried out in cooperation with the Port of Everett.
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Washington Dept. of Ecology updating proposed Clean Air Rule

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) recently withdrew its proposed Clean Air Rule, which it released in January to begin the process of capping and reducing the state’s carbon pollution, to update the regulation based on public feedback.
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