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Monday, February 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

Canadian smelter not responsible for air pollution in U.S., court rules

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.

Ponderay Newsprint fined for running diesel engines without permits

Ponderay Newsprint Co. was fined $24,000 for operating diesel engines at its Usk facility without permits since November 2015.

State fines feds, contractor for mishandling Hanford waste

State regulators have fined the federal government and one of its contractors $50,000 for mishandling hazardous waste at Hanford.

Spokane River discharge permits available for review

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 …

State shifting through comments on coal-export project

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.

Muddy waters: Hangman Creek cleanup essential to Spokane River health

Hangman Creek’s muddy water contributes to water-quality issues in the Spokane River; new efforts are underway to clean up the creek.

Kaiser Aluminum cautiously optimistic about new plan to tackle carbon pollution

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.

Longview coal-terminal plan draws hundreds to all-day hearing in Spokane

A proposed coal-export terminal in Southwest Washington could eventually bring 16 more trains through Spokane each day.

Hearing on coal-export terminal takes place Thursday in Spokane

Residents can weigh in on a coal-export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in Southwest Washington during a Thursday hearing in Spokane.

State hearings to focus on oil shipments by rail and pipeline

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.

Spokane County officials optimistic on Costco move, despite toxic chemicals near proposed site

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 …

State affirms stream flow rules for Spokane River

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.

Nuclear waste tank leak at Hanford not a risk, state says

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.

Spokane River getting healthier, but controversy over discharge limits remains

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 …

Ecology asking for comment on proposed oil-by-rail rules

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.

Workshop will cover tougher state fish consumption guidelines

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 …

Groups petition for higher summer flows in Spokane River

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 …

Department of Ecology employee accused of stealing from celebration fund

An environmental specialist with the Washington state Department of Ecology is accused of stealing nearly $17,000 from an employee celebration fund.

Ecology withdraws proposed carbon cap rule, plans changes

State environmental regulators have withdrawn a proposed rule aimed at limiting carbon emissions, saying they plan to refile another version with substantial changes.

Ecology department holding oil-by-rail workshops in Spokane

Local residents interested in shaping laws related to oil shipments through Washington can attend workshops Wednesday at the Department of Ecology’s Spokane office.