Stories tagged: Department of Ecology
Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 5:30 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emergency responders in Spokane and other Washington communities along oil train routes will start getting advance notice of shipments on Oct. 1.
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, 11:07 a.m.
A Canadian company can’t be held responsible for air pollution that drifted across the border into Washington, members of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a recent ruling.
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, 9:26 a.m.
Ponderay Newsprint Co. was fined $24,000 for operating diesel engines at its Usk facility without permits since November 2015.
Tue., Aug. 9, 2016, 5:06 p.m.
State regulators have fined the federal government and one of its contractors $50,000 for mishandling hazardous waste at Hanford.
Fri., July 8, 2016, 4:13 p.m.
Permits that allow the city of Spokane, Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District and Kaiser Aluminum to discharge treated wastewater into the Spokane River are being updated by the Washington …
Sat., June 25, 2016, 9 p.m.
Environmental regulators in Washington are shifting through about 267,000 comments they received on a coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River near Longview.
Sun., June 12, 2016, 4 a.m.
Hangman Creek’s muddy water contributes to water-quality issues in the Spokane River; new efforts are underway to clean up the creek.
Wed., June 1, 2016, 6:04 p.m.
Kaiser Aluminum officials say they’re cautiously optimistic about Washington’s new proposal for reducing carbon emissions, which could give company’s Trentwood plant credit for previous efforts to reduce energy use.
Thu., May 26, 2016, 5:13 p.m.
A proposed coal-export terminal in Southwest Washington could eventually bring 16 more trains through Spokane each day.
Mon., May 23, 2016, 10:42 a.m.
Residents can weigh in on a coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in Southwest Washington during a Thursday hearing in Spokane.
Mon., May 16, 2016, 9:53 a.m.
The Washington Department of Ecology will hold two public hearings Tuesday in Spokane to take comments on proposed rules for oil shipments by rail and pipeline.
Thu., May 12, 2016, 7:01 p.m.
Recent tests have shown high concentrations of the toxic chemicals cyanide and flouride in groundwater near the proposed site of a new Costco wholesaler in Mead. But Spokane County officials …
Wed., April 27, 2016, 2:12 p.m.
The Washington Department of Ecology has affirmed its stream flow rule for the Spokane River, denying a petition for reconsideration from the American Whitewater and two environmental groups.
Mon., April 18, 2016, 5 p.m.
Nuclear waste material was leaking into the containment area of a Hanford tank, but doesn’t pose a risk to the public, a state agency said.
Sun., April 10, 2016, 4 a.m.
The health of the Spokane River is improving, say Washington state officials, who are touting declines in cancer-causing PCBs as a promising trend in efforts to reduce toxic pollution in …
Thu., April 7, 2016, 2:52 p.m.
The state Department of Ecology is proposing two new rules regulating the transportation of oil by rail in the state and wants public comment on both proposals.
Sun., April 3, 2016, 4 a.m.
State officials are holding a public meeting in Spokane Valley Wednesday to talk about how much fish and shellfish Washington residents eat. It’s a seemingly simple question, with far-reaching implications …
Tue., March 1, 2016, 5:12 p.m.
State officials must do more to protect summer flows in the Spokane River, which will face increased challenges from climate change and population growth in years to come, environmental groups …
Tue., March 1, 2016, 10:09 a.m.
An environmental specialist with the Washington state Department of Ecology is accused of stealing nearly $17,000 from an employee celebration fund.
Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, 12:32 p.m.
State environmental regulators have withdrawn a proposed rule aimed at limiting carbon emissions, saying they plan to refile another version with substantial changes.
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016, 3:14 p.m.
Local residents interested in shaping laws related to oil shipments through Washington can attend workshops Wednesday at the Department of Ecology’s Spokane office.