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Authorities in Washington state say a road has been closed and some evacuations were recommended near a slow-moving landslide close to the site of a massive deadly slide northeast of Seattle in 2014.
A longtime employee of the Washington Attorney General’s Office has been let go after it came to light that he knew the state’s expert witnesses in litigation over the deadly Oso landslide were deleting emails that should have been preserved.
Attorneys for victims and family members in a deadly 2014 landslide in Washington have accused state lawyers of orchestrating a fraud by deleting emails between expert witnesses for the state.
A King County judge has ruled that a timber company that says its logging had nothing to do with the deadly landslide in Oso in 2014 will have to convince a jury.
OLYMPIA – The agency that manages state forest lands will ask if it’s legal to declare a moratorium on timber harvests near landslide areas in an effort to prevent tragedies like the March 22 slide that killed more than 40 people. The Forest Practices Board, which sets rules for harvesting timber, voted unanimously Tuesday to emphasize public safety as it reviews timber rules for areas near slides and locations where water is absorbed into the ground and recharges aquifers.
OLYMPIA – Washington needs to identify all potential landslide areas in the state quickly and ban logging near them until it can come up with better rules to avoid fatal mudslides like the one that devastated Oso, an environmental lawyer told the board that sets forest policy. “Oso was a wake-up call,” Peter Goldman, director of the Washington Forest Law Center, told the state Forest Practices Board on Monday. The state doesn’t even know where all the landslide formations are, he said.
OLYMPIA – President Obama will make a stop in Washington later this month to visit parts of Snohomish County devastated by the March 22 mudslide. Obama will visit on April 22 to get a first-hand look at the devastation and the communities’ reaction in Oso, Arlington and Darrington, the White House announced Tuesday. He plans to meet with families, first responders and recovery workers.
Officials say the death toll from the Oso mudslide has reached 21.