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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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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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