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Ecology and Whatcom County launch environmental review of proposed renewable fuels facility

We and Whatcom County are preparing to work on an environmental impact statement for a proposed renewable fuels facility in Ferndale. We're taking public comment on the scope of what this study should cover. (News release)

Tackling nitrate contamination

One of our top priorities this legislative session is to expand monitoring for nitrate contamination in drinking water in the Lower Yakima Valley.  Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget includes $378,000 to monitor 170 wells in the area where human activities contribute to high levels of nitrate in the groundwater.

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News stories

Keeping a landfill site on track for light rail

Jan. 24 blog – How do you build light rail and widen a freeway along the edge of a well-managed former municipal waste landfill? Very carefully! And, with plenty of cooperation among public agencies. We’re working to do exactly that along I-5 in Kent.

No-contact advisory issued for Port Washington Narrows and Sinclair Inlet in Kitsap County

Jan. 24 blog – Kitsap Public Health District issued a no-contact health advisory for Port Washington Narrows and Sinclair Inlet in effect through January 29th. This is due to an approximately 82,400 gallon sewage spill from Bremerton Public Works. Signs were posted at public access points and the public is advised to avoid contact with the water in those areas.

WCC members clean, pack, and plant to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 23 blog – From packing food bags to painting affordable housing units, our Washington Conservation Corps members spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day serving their local communities across the state.

Saltwater State Park in King County is now open to the public

Jan. 22 blog – Seattle and King County Health lifted the no-contact advisory to water contact at Saltwater State Park. Last month, heavy rains caused a sewage spill near the park. Recent water samples show that bacteria levels have dropped to safe levels.

Protecting human and environmental health with Safer Products for WA

Jan. 21 blog – Many of the products we use on a daily basis contain toxic chemicals that escape into homes and the environment when they're used and disposed. We’ve released a draft report that identifies nine consumer products for further evaluation.

Environmental review halted after applicant cancels renewable fuels project in Ferndale

Jan. 21 news release – We and Whatcom County are halting our joint environmental review of the proposed Green Apple renewable fuel facility near Ferndale. The company has announced it no longer plans to proceed with the project.

$215 million proposed for clean water projects across the state

Jan. 21 blog – We are proposing to award $215 million in grants and loans for clean water projects. 

Tackling nitrate contamination

Jan. 17 blog – One of our top priorities this legislative session is to expand monitoring for nitrate contamination in drinking water in the Lower Yakima Valley.  Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget includes $378,000 to monitor 170 wells in the area where human activities contribute to high levels of nitrate in the groundwater.

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