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San Francisco Largest City to Ban Water Bottles

MARCH 5, 2014 San Francisco Examiner JOSHUA SABATINI

Chiu addressing the media

Plastic containers will be forbidden to be sold on public property in move toward zero-waste goal

San Francisco became the first major city Tuesday to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on public property, building on a nationwide effort to curb the billion-dollar industry.

The nine-months-in-the-making proposal by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu navigated through a number of challenging issues, from the city’s drinking [...]

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Seattle City Council Urges Gov To Stop Issuing Permits For Oil Trains

KPLU 88.5

March 10, 2014

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Seattle has joined Spokane and Bellingham in passing a resolution to restrict oil shipments by rail until further review.

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed the resolution co-sponsored by council member Mike O’Brien and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

File image Credit Matthew Brown / AP Photo

The resolution urges Gov. Jay Inslee and other state regulators to refrain from issuing permits for projects that would increase [...]

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Oil Trains Coming: Local Officials Prepare for the Worst

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

By Kimberly Cauvel | Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 11:30 pm

Colette Weeks

A train pulls tanks of crude oil toward the refineries in Anacortes in August.

Traffic is blocked at three major intersections in Mount Vernon, and a fire is burning downtown.

Mount Vernon and Burlington fire trucks and ambulances dispatched to the scene determine alternate routes because a 100-car oil train is blocking crossings at [...]

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The Bakken Oil Trains are Coming . . . IS SKAGIT READY?

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

Bakken crude oil deliveries raise safety questions

By Daniel DeMay | Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 11:40 pm

An oil tanker train sits on the rail line that parallels Highway 20 west of Burlington in this photo taken in November 2013. Scott Terrell / Skagit Valley Herald

OLYMPIA [Wash.] — The issue of shipping oil by rail has gone from the background to the front burner almost overnight.

There are no less [...]

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Proposed Shell/Equilon Oil Train Terminal, Anacortes

Tom Glade, President

Evergreen Islands, Anacortes, Wash.

PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINES (MONDAY IS PRESIDENTS DAY!):

BY HAND: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 3:30 PM BY MAIL (ANACORTES PO): SATURDAY,FEBRUARY 15, 1:30pm BY INTERNET: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 4:30PM BY FAX: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 4:30PM (FAX: 360-336-9416)

Since Skagit County’s environmental review is only about potential environmental impacts

that occur on Shell’s property, the environmental impacts of oil train disasters en route will not

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Oregon Could Lose Millions for Coastal Streams as Feds Target Logging Pollution

OregonLive Federal regulators are proposing to overturn the state of Oregon’s program for reducing polluted runoff into coastal streams like Flesher Slough, a coho salmon habitat near Yaquina Bay. (Matt Fehrenbacher/PFT) By Rob Davis | rdavis@oregonian.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter December 19, 2013 at 6:04 PM, updated December 20, 2013 at 6:05 AM

Federal regulators are proposing to overturn the state of Oregon’s program for reducing coastal pollution runoff, saying while they see [...]

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Study: New Water Quality Standards Would Cost Billions, Produce Little Benefit

Posted December 11th, 2013 ‘Fish consumption’ issue could mean $200-a-month sewer bills — business, local-government organizations sound alarm as Ecology seeks standards no one can meet.

By Erik Smith Washington State Wire

Boise Cascade’s Wallula mill: Pulp and paper industry would be sharply affected.

OLYMPIA, Dec. 10.—$200-a-month sewer bills, anyone? Business and local governments are sounding a new warning about a Department of Ecology plan to impose water-quality standards so tough no one can [...]

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Climate Task Force Cancels Final Meeting–No Recommendation for 2014 on Cap and Trade, Low Carbon Fuel Standards

Showdown postponed on sweeping carbon-pollution policies for State. Climate panel likely to continue next year. Dec. 19, 2013 By Erik Smith Washington State Wire

The Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup holds a public hearing last week. Left to right, state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, filling in for Shelley Short, R-Addy, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and Joe Fitzgibbon, R-Des Moines; non-member Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma is in second row.

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Wash. Dept. of Ecology Seeks to Ease Tensions at Water Meeting

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

By Rachel Lerman | Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 8:00 am

MOUNT VERNON — State officials urged Skagit landowners Tuesday to “start fresh” and not rehash the past fights over water rights as the state searches for solutions.

“We’ve lost 12 years. And now we’re back to where we started from,” said Tom Loranger, program manager of the water resources program at the state Department of Ecology. “My hope is that we can start…with [...]

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Tribal & Wash. State Pact Allows Some in Carpenter-Fisher Sub-Basin to Use Water

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

By Rachel Lerman | Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 8:00 am

Seven landowners in the Skagit River’s Carpenter-Fisher sub-basin have reached a settlement with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the state Department of Ecology that will allow them to get water to their properties.

Landowners in the Sun Peak Estates subdivision, located about one mile south of the Skagit County line and east of Interstate 5, will each be able to use 350 [...]

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