Stories tagged: department of ecology
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020
A state agency didn’t have the legal authority to order Washington utilities and oil refineries to come up with ways to reduce the pollution their products eventually emit when used …
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019
The Pend Oreille County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to shoot down the proposed comprehensive plan amendment, which would redesignate some 65% of land in the county from “public land” to …
Mon., Dec. 2, 2019
Washington Ecology Director Maia Bellon will resign at the end of the year, she announced Monday.
Sat., Nov. 16, 2019
State regulators hope to publish in the spring their proposed rules governing discharge of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into the Spokane River. Businesses and governments say the limit imposed by …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019
Water users in the Little Spokane River Basin may have to curb their consumption if water levels dip much lower, the state Department of Ecology has warned. The agency said …
UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019
State courts side with Spokane River advocates on summer minimum flow levels, protecting recreational use
Spokane River advocates say they got a major win in court Wednesday, assuaging some worries about summer flows dipping below adequate levels for recreational and business uses.
Tue., June 4, 2019
Ecology Department seeking comment on cleanup plan for oil-contaminated Black Tank Property in Hillyard
The public has until June 11 to submit comments on a cleanup plan for the oil-contaminated site known as the Black Tank Property in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood.
Sat., June 1, 2019
It’s not even summer, but it’ll soon smell like it: for the first time this year, Eastern Washington is forecast to be plagued with wildfire smoke.
UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019
The notice comes a month after the agency said it posted in error a request for comments on a change to allowable limits for polychlorinated biphenyls, a known carcinogen that …
Fri., April 5, 2019
A groundwater plume stretching from the smelter shuttered in 2000 on Hawthorne Road would be pumped to the surface and treated near the new northside Costco under a plan proposed …
UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019
The Washington Supreme Court hears arguments on greenhouse gas emissions rules adopted by the state Department of Ecology.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019
Spokane and Stevens counties will use $2 million in state grants to accommodate rural housing growth while keeping water in streams for fish and other wildlife.
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018
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
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
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
A controversial silicon smelter proposed near Newport is the topic of four upcoming public meetings.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.