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The EPA says that levels of harmful chemicals once discovered in the groundwater beneath a city landfill northwest of Spokane have fallen to levels that no longer pose a threat to health or the environment. The landfill was designated as a Superfund site in 1986.
The city is offering free curbside pickup of discarded Christmas trees. Residents who celebrated the holiday with fresh-cut trees can leave them beside their trash and recycling bins on regularly scheduled pickup days.
On the concrete floor of Inland Empire Paper sat a 1,500-pound bale of waste paper ready to be recycled into new paper. The bale came from a modern single-stream recycling system that takes mixed-up recyclable materials collected at the curb and sorts them out by product.
The city and the Washington Department of Labor and Industries negotiated a settlement that lessens the fine to the city for safety violations found following the incident Oct. 4, 2016, that left two employees with serious burns.
A study expected to be finished by the end of the year will explore the possibility of incinerating the solid material left over at the city’s waste water treatment plant at the Waste-to-Energy facility on the West Plains. The material had been used as fertilizer on area farms, but concerns have sprouted about harmful chemicals in the sludge seeping into the water table.
The amount was the highest its been in the past five years, which city officials attributed to retirements, labor contract requirements and other demands of the job.
The city has been selling the extra energy produced at its Waste-to-Energy plant on the West Plains since it opened in 1991. A change in state law requiring utilities to invest in renewable energy has put a dent in how much Spokane earns from the plant, which incinerates garbage in a process that produces electricity.
The city has provided additional materials to the Department of Labor & Industries and hopes to receive a revised report by the end of next month, Public Works Director Scott Simmons told the City Council on Monday. Craig Law and Larry Pratt received severe steam burns during routine boiler cleaning Oct. 4.
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries released a report Friday citing Spokane with 10 serious safety code violations, including a failure to train and properly equip employees working inside a boiler at the plant.
Spokane County officials have proposed a 3.5 percent increase in rates to dispose of garbage at the county’s two transfer stations in Colbert and Spokane Valley.
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 down recycled glass. The Department of Ecology has said that glass shouldn’t count as part of the county’s inventory of recycled materials, but there’s no easy fix in sight.
Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy burns a variety of waste from all over the world. In addition to confiscated drugs and guns it’s the final resting place for recalled Ikea furniture, 50 old football helmets from Central Valley School District, a “semi load of mattresses” and Antarctic waste.
The same firm that investigated the death of a city maintenance worker at the wastewater treatment plant in 2004 will look into the events leading to a boiler accident at the Waste to Energy facility in October.
Public Works Director Scott Simmons told City Council members this week there’s no recording of what happened in a boiler at the Waste-to-Energy Plant. Two men were critically burned in what was called a “serious accident” that occurred during routine maintenance at the facility.
Craig Law, 39, an employee who was burned in an industrial accident at Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant on Tuesday has been upgraded to serious condition and is breathing on his own as of Friday. Larry Pratt, 48, remains in critical condition.
Two workers burned in an industrial accident Tuesday morning at Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant were still in critical condition Wednesday morning, a city spokeswoman said.
Two workers were taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center after they were burned in an incident at the city’s Waste to Energy plant on Geiger Boulevard.
Washington state adopted a new rule Thursday to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large carbon polluters, including potential impacts on Spokane’s Waste to Energy facility, joining a handful of other states in capping emissions to address climate change.
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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.