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Federal court strikes down attempt to limit state, Tribal rights to protect water quality

Oct. 22 news – Director Laura Watson's comments on Oct. 21 court decision regarding federal Clean Water Act Section 401 rule.

PFAS “forever chemicals” now regulated under state’s environmental cleanup law 

Oct. 21 blog – Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have become a serious public health concern. Ecology now requires contaminated sites be cleaned up under MTCA.

Franklin County farm fined for illegal water use

Oct. 20 news – We issued a $304,000 penalty to Frank Tiegs LLC for illegally irrigating 250 acres of crops in Franklin County in 2021.

Better protections proposed for salmon spawning and habitat

Oct. 19 news – Proposed updates will help ensure salmon have enough oxygen and a healthy habitat for spawning.

Greenhouse gas reporting rules updated for new climate law

Oct. 13 news – Public input sought on more detailed emissions reporting requirements to support Washington’s Climate Commitment Act.

North Beach County Park is now open for water recreation in Jefferson County

Oct. 8 blog – Jefferson County Public Health lifted a no-contact advisory at North Beach County Park. The wastewater treatment outfall is repaired and sampling has revealed that bacteria levels are now safe for water contact.

Tackling Toxics: Aerospace Company transitions to safer vapor degreasing

Sept. 29 blog – We collaborated with the Pollution Prevention Resource Center to help Valence Services Technologies (also known as MAPSCO) stop using a toxic chemical in their vapor degreasing operation.

Statewide plastic bag ban begins Friday, Oct. 1

Sept. 27 news – Washington's statewide plastic bag ban begins Friday, Oct. 1. All Washington businesses providing single-use plastic bags to customers at checkout must comply with the new law.

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