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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 to pay most of the money to the state Department of Natural Resources for the cost of raising the tu
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 Skagit counties...
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 Plant...
State Adopts ‘Fish Consumption Rule’ After Years of Debate
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state regulators have adopted new clean-water rules tied partly to how much fish people eat, ending years of heated debate over how clean the state's waters should be. The Department of Ecology said Monday it adopted what's known as the "fish consumption rule" and sent those standards to federal regulators for approval...
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 California and the Northeast...
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 arsenic levels in the soil exceed legal limits. ...
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...

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