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Proposed Regulation Would Stop Sewage Dumping in Puget Sound
SEATTLE (AP) — A new rule proposed by the state Department of Ecology would prevent vessels from dumping raw or partially treated sewage in Puget Sound.
The Seattle Times reports that the regulation would require any vessel with a permanent toilet to store its waste until it could be pumped ash…
Owner of Sunken Tug Must Pay Nearly $45,000 to State
PORT ORCHARD. (AP) — The Washington Attorney General's Office says the owner of a historic wooden tugboat that sank off Bainbridge Island in 2013 has been ordered to pay nearly $45,000 to the state for cleanup costs.
Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Jennifer Forbes on Monday ordered Anthony Smith t…
BNSF Railway to Pay $75,000 for Water Quality Violations
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — State officials say BNSF Railway will pay $75,000 to settle a 2015 penalty for water quality violations.
The Department of Ecology said Monday the railway agreed to the fine for placing creosote-treated railroad ties in water during maintenance projects in Whatcom and S…
State Fines Feds, Contractor for Mishandling Hanford Waste
HANFORD, Wash. (AP) — State regulators have fined the federal government and one of its contractors $50,000 for mishandling hazardous waste at Hanford.
The Department of Ecology said Tuesday it issued the penalty to the U.S. Department of Energy and CH2M Hill for violations at Hanford's T …
Washington State Aims to Limit Carbon Pollution
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's largest industrial polluters would be required to reduce carbon emissions gradually over time under a proposed rule.
The measure released Wednesday is a key piece in Gov. Jay Inslee's efforts to tackle climate change and reflects other efforts in Cali…
Selah Tables Plans for New Park After Arsenic Found in Soil
SELAH, Wash. (AP) — A Yakima County city's plans for a new park have been stalled after arsenic was found in the soil.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that Selah officials have put plans for a playground for people with disabilities on hold after state Department of Ecology tests found …
State Employee Accused of Stealing From Celebration Fund
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — An environmental specialist with the state Department of Ecology has pleaded not guilty to stealing more than $17,000 from an employee celebration fund.
The News Tribune reports that 48-year-old Mary Lynum, of Spanaway, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree theft. She...
State Proposes New Fish Consumption Rule
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Department of Ecology has released a new fish consumption rule that contains a more protective cancer risk rate.
The new draft rule released Wednesday provides a foundation for the state's efforts to reduce and control toxics in the environment.
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