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Ecology chemist Meredith Jones wearing a lab coat, standing in front of a machine called a spectrometer

Women in Science: Meredith Jones works to keep toxic metals out of children's products

One of our chemists tested children’s school supplies for harmful levels of lead and cadmium in the Washington Attorney General’s case against Amazon. She is this month's #WomenInScience feature. 
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Wood stove roundup: helping to clear wintertime smoke​

June 21 blog – It may be hot outside, but that didn't deter folks in Okanogan County from taking advantage of a cashback incentive to recycle old, smoky wood stoves earlier this month. At $250 per stove, limited to two stoves per customer, each person could claim up to $500!

Water contact advisory issued for Bay View State Park, Skagit County​

June 20 blog – A no-contact advisory for water recreation was issued at Bay View State Park in Padilla Bay, due to high levels of fecal bacteria in the water. The beach will be re-sampled next week.

Ecology and Auburn wood finisher settle $20,000 penalty​

June 20 news release – Numatic Finishing of Auburn will pay $5,000 to settle its appeal of our $20,000 hazardous waste penalty from 2018, with $15,000 dismissed after two years if there are no more violations.

Latest health report on Washington beaches​

June 18 blog – Our recent assessment has good news about the majority of marine beaches. It also shares beaches that closed frequently because of fecal matter. See how your beach stacked up!

Legal victory holds Canadian company accountable for polluting the upper Columbia River 

June 14 blog – A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court leaves a Ninth Circuit ruling in place, awarding more than $8 million to the Colville Tribes. Teck  Metals, a Canadian mining company, is liable for nearly 10 million tons of toxic wastes they discharged into the Columbia River. The decision helps recover cleanup costs and natural resource damages. 

Soil cleanup planned for Duwamish shoreline site​

June 14 news release – The owner of an industrial site along Seattle's Duwamish Waterway has agreed to clean a portion of the site and prepare for a future final cleanup of the rest.

Summary of environmental penalties issued the first quarter of 2019​

June 14 news release – We issued $210,100 in 17 penalties of $1,000 or more in the first quarter of 2019.

Pursuing clean water for the Spokane River

June 12 blog – We're working toward water quality solutions in the Spokane River with community groups, regional tribes, and facilities that discharge into the river. We're working with the dischargers to meet water quality standards for PCBs through reductions via a variance.

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