Stories tagged: Department of Ecology
UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 5:13 p.m.
New rule bans vessels from releasing sewage into Puget Sound
Recreational and commercial vessels will not be able to release treated or untreated sewage into Puget Sound waters under new rules approved by the state aimed at improving water quality.
UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 6:59 a.m.
Inland Empire Paper exceeded permit limits for Spokane River pollution in 2016
A Millwood company discharged more pollution into the Spokane River than its permits allowed on several days over the past two years.
Fri., March 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
Spokane River conservationists, state officials settle lawsuit over polluted Latah Creek
A 2015 federal lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Spokane Riverkeeper organization has led to a 10-year cleanup plan for Latah Creek, one of the major tributaries into the Spokane River. …
Sat., Dec. 23, 2017, 6 a.m.
Permit will limit use of treated sludge on Lincoln County farm
Compromise reached on the request to use treated sewage sludge as fertilizer on a Lincoln County farm above Mill Canyon.
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:38 p.m.
Mayor David Condon unveils stormwater exhibit during children’s storytime
While the tots’ attention was focused on the magnetic toy and Ribby the Redband trout, the city is moving toward the finish line on its massive stormwater tank project that …
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 3:55 p.m.
State could use VW diesel settlement to boost electric vehicles
A state agency wants to take some $113 million Washington will receive from Volkswagen for dirty diesel engines and use it to boost the use of vehicles that produce less …
Thu., Nov. 2, 2017
Bury Hanford mishaps for good
Most recently comes news that the state Department of Ecology is investigating the dumping of potentially contaminated liquid into the ground.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
Northeast Washington silicon smelter plans raise concerns
Last year, a Canadian company announced plans to build a $325 million silicon smelter in northeast Washington, which would bring about 150 permanent jobs to the area. But some local …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 8:39 p.m.
Coal-export terminal backer sues state over permit denial
A company proposing to build a terminal in Washington state to export U.S. coal to Asia sued the state Tuesday, arguing regulators unfairly denied the project a key permit.
Sat., Oct. 14, 2017
Guest Opinion: Morton Alexander and Chrys Ostrander: Keep sewage sludge off farmland
Old enabling legislation deemed biosolids a “beneficial resource” and mandated Ecology to promote its use, making the department a booster of this dubious practice rather than a credible regulator in …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 11:53 a.m.
Lincoln County residents fight biosolids on nearby farm
Fight over plans to use treated sewer sludge as fertilizer on a Lincoln County farm highlights the controversy over what to do with the left overs from the state’s waste …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 2:15 p.m.
Washington state deals blow to plan for Longview coal export terminal
The Department of Ecology rejected a water quality permit that Millennium Bulk Terminals sought because the proposed facility near the city of Longview would have caused “significant and unavoidable harm” …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 12:17 p.m.
Groundbreaking planned for $184 million Columbia Pulp plant that will turn straw-waste into pulp
Columbia Pulp will have a groundbreaking and community tour next week for its $184 million plant, which will use straw to make pulp for paper production.
Mon., Aug. 7, 2017
Kelli Scott: Gratitude, humility gained through fire
My family’s new house is just finished, still a mess of unpacked boxes and construction dust, but already buzzing like a good home should.
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:40 p.m.
New pulp mill planned for southeast Washington will turn straw into commercial product
A pulp mill planned for southeastern Washington will extract cellulose from wheat and alfalfa straw, turning a waste product into a commodity. Columbia Pulp expects to begin operations in late …
Wed., July 26, 2017
Lawmakers need firm water-well deal
Senate Republicans have a point: The Legislature needs to solve this problem now, because it will be too easy for urban-centric lawmakers to ignore it in the future.
Mon., July 17, 2017, 8:47 a.m.
DOE hiring 300 young adults, others, for Washington Conservation Corps
The Washington State Department of Ecology has grant money to hire 300 workers ages 18-25 for the Washington Conservation Corps.
Sat., May 27, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Plans for new northside Costco include Highway 2 roundabout
Costco is moving forward quickly with its plans to construct a new, 167,000 square foot retail warehouse near the site of the former Kaiser Aluminum smelter near Mead. Those plans …
Fri., May 5, 2017
Wells, internet privacy are unfinished business
With a special session or two ahead, the Legislature should resolve unfinished business regarding domestic water wells and internet privacy.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 6:17 p.m.
Oil trains moved 14 million barrels of crude through Washington in fourth quarter
Oil trains transported about 14 million barrels of crude through Washington during the fourth quarter of 2016.
Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 5:30 a.m.
Inmate cleanup crews target downtown Spokane viaducts, overpasses
Inmates at the Geiger Correctional Facility have cleaned up hundreds of thousands of pounds of garbage over the past three years as part of a county-run grant program. They’re working …
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 1:52 p.m.
Washington berry grower fined $102,000 for illegal water use
The Washington State Department of Ecology says it’s fining a Whatcom County berry grower more than $100,000 for years of illegal water use.
Mon., Dec. 26, 2016, 4 p.m.
Spokane’s recycled glass ends up in area landfill, due to lack of interested buyers
With traditional markets such as bottling companies and fiberglass manufacturers either inundated by product or going out of business, Spokane’s recycling collectors have turned to an area landfill to bed …
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 10:04 a.m.
Orchardist who watered illegally during the 2015 drought agrees to improve fish habitat
The owners of a southeast Washington orchard who irrigated illegally during the 2015 drought have agreed to make improvements to the Touchet River to improve habitat for threatened steelhead.
Tue., Nov. 15, 2016, 4:40 p.m.
Feds adopt Washington water rules to protect fish-eaters from pollution
Federal regulators have finalized water-quality rules for Washington state tied partly to how much fish people eat, approving many aspects of the state’s plan but also setting some stricter limits …
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 9:39 a.m.
Sewage dumping in Puget Sound could be halted under proposed regulation
A new rule proposed by the state Department of Ecology would prevent vessels from dumping raw or partially treated sewage in Puget Sound.
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 8:24 p.m.
City Council names Riverfront Park a ‘brownfield’ to assist soil cleanup efforts
To protect the remains of a $64 million bond passed by voters for the redesign of Riverfront Park, the City Council unanimously voted Monday to name the 100-acre downtown attraction …
Tue., Sept. 6, 2016, 5:32 p.m.
Board wants Riverfront Park designated a brownfield to help with cleanup costs
Members of the Spokane Park Board are asking the City Council to consider naming the 100-acre park in the downtown core a “brownfield” site, a designation reserved for polluted areas …
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 5:16 p.m.
Recycling company fined for illegal electronics disposal
One of the largest electronics recycling companies in Washington state has been fined $444,000 for illegally disposing of flat-screen televisions with fluorescent tubes containing toxic mercury.
Fri., Aug. 26, 2016, 11:46 a.m.
New oil train rule will give emergency responders advance notice of shipments
Emergency responders in Spokane and other Washington communities along oil train routes will start getting advance notice of shipments on Oct. 1.