Stories tagged: Department of Ecology
Mon., May 16, 2016, 9:53 a.m.
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.
Thu., May 12, 2016, 7:01 p.m.
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 …
Wed., April 27, 2016, 2:12 p.m.
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.
Mon., April 18, 2016, 5 p.m.
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.
Sun., April 10, 2016, 4 a.m.
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 …
Thu., April 7, 2016, 2:52 p.m.
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.
Sun., April 3, 2016, 4 a.m.
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 …
Tue., March 1, 2016, 5:12 p.m.
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 …
Tue., March 1, 2016, 10:09 a.m.
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.
Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, 12:32 p.m.
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.
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016, 3:14 p.m.
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.
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016, 3:05 p.m.
Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant under scrutiny for greenhouse gas emissions
Spokane’s waste-to-energy plants ranks among Washington’s top emitters of greenhouse gases, releasing about 105,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Fri., Jan. 22, 2016
Editorial: No double standards on PCBs
Government regulators should listen to the struggles of its own agencies and take a more holistic and realistic approach to controlling PCBs in the Spokane River.
Wed., Jan. 6, 2016, 3:53 p.m.
Washington state working on new rules for major polluters
Washington’s largest polluters would have to start cutting their carbon emissions by 2017, but those who can’t meet the goals could buy “credits” from those who do better than required, …
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 10:47 a.m.
Orchardist fined $73,530 for illegal irrigation during drought
A Columbia County orchardist is being fined $73,530 for illegally irrigating a 100-acre apple and pear orchard after being ordered to stop during Washington’s historic drought, state officials said.
Mon., Nov. 16, 2015, 5:30 a.m.
Lingering drought seen in region’s low lakes, waterways
The Inland Northwest remains in the grip of a record-setting drought, with stream flows and lake levels far below normal. The deficit comes amid uncertainty about how one of the …
Wed., Nov. 11, 2015, 3:05 p.m.
TransCanada, Chewelah company fined for air quality violation
Two companies with operations in the Inland Northwest have been fined by the Washington Department of Ecology for air quality violations. TransCanada was fined $4,000 for emissions of haze forming …
Fri., Nov. 6, 2015
Editorial: Industry needs reasonable pollution rules
Closing smelters exports production to nations unconcerned about air quality.
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 11, 2015, 5:49 p.m.
Drought is conspicuous for those outside the aquifer
More rural residents are hauling water because of the drought. Because of the growth in demand, Whitworth Water District No. 2 has received a state grant to relocate a water …
Fri., Oct. 9, 2015, 4:23 p.m.
State plan to curb carbon pollution from 35 facilities, including Spokane’s trash incinerator, under consideration
Washington’s proposed rule to curb carbon pollution will be discussed at a Tuesday meeting in Spokane.
Tue., Sept. 22, 2015
Washington state rules target greenhouse gases
Some of Washington’s largest polluters will have to cut back greenhouse emissions under new rules state officials are developing. The rules would target about 35 industrial facilities jointly responsible for …
Mon., Sept. 21, 2015, 12:10 p.m.
New state rule would target largest greenhouse gas emitters
On the heels of a historic drought and the worst fire season in state history, the Washington Department of Ecology has begun writing a rule that would require the state’s …
Thu., Sept. 17, 2015
Lands Council plans restoration of Feryn Conservation Area
Wetlands that are home to a variety of waterfowl along the Little Spokane River will get a bevy of new foliage this fall. The Feryn Ranch conservation area east of …
Fri., Sept. 4, 2015, 1:25 p.m.
EPA proposes water quality rules to protect fish eaters
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is following through on its promise to propose a new clean-water rule for Washington, in case the state doesn’t come up with its own plan …
Thu., Aug. 13, 2015
Chlorine gas leak sickens workers
An accidental release of chlorine gas Wednesday morning from a cylinder at Pacific Steel and Recycling in east Spokane sickened more than a dozen people there and at a nearby …
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 12, 2015, 8:15 p.m.
3 still in critical condition after chlorine gas release at Pacific Steel and Recycling
Workers at Pacific Steel and Recycling in north Spokane accidentally punctured a barrel Wednesday morning, releasing a plume of chlorine gas that sickened workers there and at a nearby city …
Sat., Aug. 1, 2015
State’s clean water rules update postponed for reassessment
OLYMPIA – A major rewrite of the state’s clean water rules was put on hold Friday as Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the Department of Ecology to “reassess” the plan he …
Wed., July 29, 2015
Inslee to avoid ‘poison pill’ with tougher enforcement of existing laws
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee believes he’s found a way to cut carbon pollution without activating a “poison pill” that would cut state money for mass transit, bike and pedestrian …
Sat., June 27, 2015
Drought conditions drive water restrictions
It’s been nearly six weeks since Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency across Washington, and experts say conditions are getting worse. In its most recent forecast, the U.S. Drought …
Sat., April 18, 2015
B.C. smelter spewed heavy metals into Upper Columbia River valley
Smokestacks from a Canadian smelter deposited high levels of lead and arsenic into the Upper Columbia River valley, new soil testing has confirmed. To protect children from lead exposure, the …