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Green Billions Fertilize the U.S. Economic Stimulus Package

Green Billions Fertilize the U.S. Economic Stimulus Package

WASHINGTON, DC, February 20, 2009 (ENS) – The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama will not only create jobs, it will create green jobs, the new U.S. EPA administrator said today. “Through the President’s stimulus package, green initiatives will play a significant role in powering economic…

Hangman Creek Water Quality Tracked With Dye

Hangman Creek Water Quality Tracked With Dye

SPOKANE, Washington, September 8, 2008 (ENS) – This week, scientists from the Washington state Department of Ecology will begin using a fluorescent dye to study flows in Hangman Creek, also known as Latah Creek. The information is being gathered in an effort to understand how to improve water quality in the creek. The Hangman Creek…

Seattle Stormwater Problem Engages All Levels of Government

Seattle Stormwater Problem Engages All Levels of Government

BELLEVUE, Washington (ENS) – The City of Seattle, King County and the Boeing Company have signed an agreement with the state of Washington to investigate and propose solutions for cleanup of soil, stormwater, and groundwater contamination in the North Boeing Field/Georgetown Steam Plant area of south Seattle. Signed Thursday, the agreement will pave the way…

Contractor Fined for Violations on Washington State Highway

Contractor Fined for Violations on Washington State Highway

BELLINGHAM, Washington, June 26, 2008 (ENS) – The Department of Ecology has fined a construction company $8,000 for its repeated failure to prevent erosion and stop sediment from flowing off a state highway construction project into a nearby creek. Bellingham-based IMCO General Construction is the primary contractor working on improvements to State Route 539, or…

$12,000 Fine Flows From Muddy Runoff to Puget Sound

$12,000 Fine Flows From Muddy Runoff to Puget Sound

BELLEVUE, Washington, March 31, 2008 (ENS) – The Washington state Department of Ecology has fined developers of a Lynnwood residential construction site $12,000 for failing to prevent polluted runoff into Swamp Creek. Pacific Ridge Homes LLC of Bothell, Washington are the developers of the eight-acre project, Blackstone Residential Community at 15730 Manor Way. In announcing…

Kimberly-Clark Settlement Funds Will Clean Everett Air

Kimberly-Clark Settlement Funds Will Clean Everett Air

EVERETT, Washington, March 13, 2008 (ENS) – A settlement between the Washington state Department of Ecology and the Kimberly-Clark pulp mill in Everett will fund $125,000 in projects to reduce wood smoke and diesel vehicle pollution in the city. The agreement is part of a $165,000 package to settle a $235,000 penalty Ecology issued over…

Alcoa Will Dredge Columbia River for Toxic Sediments

Alcoa Will Dredge Columbia River for Toxic Sediments

OLYMPIA, Washington, December 10, 2007 (ENS) – The Washington State Department of Ecology Friday announced an agreement with Alcoa that has the aluminum giant cleaning up more than 95 percent of polluted sediments from the Columbia River next fall. The agreement will be finalized when the cleanup action plan, being developed this winter, is complete.…

Energy Department Fined $500,000 for Hanford Radioactive Spill

Energy Department Fined $500,000 for Hanford Radioactive Spill

RICHLAND, Washington, December 6, 2007 (ENS) – The Washington State Department of Ecology has issued a $500,000 penalty against the U.S. Department of Energy, DOE, for a release of radioactive hazardous tank waste to the soil at the Hanford Nuclear Site on the Columbia River in central Washington. The waste endangered workers and brought a…