Stories tagged: Department of Ecology
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 7:59 a.m.
Spokane Transit Authority is getting its first fully electric bus, the first in what may be full electrification of its fleet, in the next one to three years, the agency …
Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 11:22 a.m.
Opponents of a proposed silicon smelter in Newport are hosting a Wednesday, Oct. 17 evening workshop at Gonzaga University to help members of the public submit comments.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 11:09 p.m.
About 100 people turned out for Tuesday’s public hearing on a silicon smelter proposed for the Newport area, with many raising concerns about the project.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 6:35 p.m.
A controversial silicon smelter proposed near Newport is the topic of four upcoming public meetings.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 6:05 p.m.
Spokane police arrested two people Monday morning suspected of manufacturing hash oil at their Logan neighborhood home.
Sun., Aug. 26, 2018
Rules affecting the amount of cancer-causing chemicals flowing into the Spokane River will be reviewed by the Trump administration. Business and industry groups petitioned for the review last year, urging …
UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
The measure, which passed as part of a larger spending package approved by the House of Representatives, prohibits the federal agency from enforcing its new water quality standards in Washington …
Sat., June 30, 2018, 10:11 a.m.
A soil sample taken from Cydney Gillis’ yard last year confirmed what she had long feared. High levels of arsenic pollute her property in Everett’s Delta neighborhood.
UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 9:41 a.m.
A Canadian company that wants to build a controversial silicon smelter near Newport says it’s ready to start the environmental review process. Meanwhile, citizens groups have challenge the sale of …
UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 5:13 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 transported about 14 million barrels of crude through Washington during the fourth quarter of 2016.
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 …