SEATTLE, WA – BNSF Railway (BNSF) will be forced to pay for the cleanup of Pacific Northwest waterways that were polluted for decades by coal or petroleum coke (“petcoke”) emitted from their open-topped train cars. Continue Reading BNSF required to clean up coal train pollution
On Feb. 17, 2017, a coalition of environmental groups filed an appeal with the Washington state Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) challenging the Department of Ecology’s waste discharge permits for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The appeal alleges the permits fail to include basic water quality monitoring requirements and fail to require best-available technology for CAFOs such as synthetic manure lagoon liners, which prevent pollution from manure leaking into groundwater. Continue Reading Environmental groups challenge Ecology’s new permits for industrial dairies
Puget Soundkeeper, Suquamish Tribe, and Washington Environmental Council announce plan to sue U.S. Navy
BREMERTON – Today the Washington Environmental Council, Suquamish Tribe, and Puget Soundkeeper issued a Notice of Intent to Sue the United States Navy for Clean Water Act violations. The Navy has been scraping the hull of a mothballed aircraft carrier in Sinclair Inlet just outside Bremerton, WA, disregarding pollution-control measures and without obtaining a discharge permit from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Continue Reading Puget Soundkeeper, Suquamish Tribe, and Washington Environmental Council announce plan to sue U.S. Navy
Faced with the opportunity to protect Washingtonians from industrial agriculture pollution, Ecology failed to address the four major sources of pollution from CAFOs: land application, lagoons, compost areas and animal pens. Instead, Ecology issued a problematic, two-tiered permit scheme that fails to protect our most fundamental natural resource–clean water. Continue Reading Ecology’s CAFO water permit sacrifices public health, drinking water, shellfish beds
In a major victory for clean water, the Washington State Supreme Court today unanimously rejected an effort by counties and developers to weaken a key permit designed to reduced toxic runoff and protect waterways including Puget Sound. Continue Reading WA Supreme Court: Developers can’t evade water pollution standards
A coalition of environmental organizations and BNSF Railway (BNSF) have reached an agreement in principle that will ensure that BNSF starts to clean up and prevent pollution from their coal trains.
The agreement, which is expected to be finalized as a legally enforceable consent decree court order in the next 60 days, will put on hold the ongoing trial until a final agreement is reached, and includes several requirements that will protect the health of Washington’s waterways. Continue Reading BNSF Railway required to address coal train pollution
Environmental groups applaud EPA’s preliminary affirmative decision regarding Puget Sound No Discharge Zone
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a proposal for a Puget Sound No Discharge Zone for public comment. Environmental groups have been advocating for many years for this important clean water protection.
The No Discharge Zone creates an area in which ships and boats are not allowed to discharge vessel sewage of any kind. Within No Discharge Zone boundaries, vessel operators are required to hold sewage on board their ships for disposal at onshore pump-out facilities or outside the zone’s boundaries. When finalized this No Discharge Zone will join more than 70 others around the country, including zones in the Great Lakes and the entire California coast. It will be the first one in Washington State. Continue Reading Environmental groups applaud EPA’s preliminary affirmative decision regarding Puget Sound No Discharge Zone
Clean Marina Washington announces the publication of Pollution Prevention for Washington State Marinas. This 72-page, full-color, interactive handbook provides a comprehensive guide for marina managers and staff to reduce water pollution from their facilities. Continue Reading Clean Marina Washington releases new handbook for reducing water pollution
A federal judge decided today that the citizens of Washington state will be able to present testimony about the environmental impact of coal dust from uncovered Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) coal trains on local waterways. The trial is scheduled to begin November 7 in Seattle. This is a win for those that work, live and recreate in the Columbia River, Puget Sound, Spokane River, and other Washington waterways that have been polluted by the dust of passing coal trains for decades. Continue Reading Court rules that coal dust case should go to trial
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2016 MEDIA CONTACT Kathryn Davis, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, (206) 297-7002 Seattle, WA – On September 17, hundreds of people in Puget Sound and along the Washington coast will participate in the 31st annual International Coastal Cleanup, the largest single day volunteer effort to clean up beaches, lakes and rivers worldwide.… Continue Reading Washington joins the world’s largest volunteer beach cleanup on September 17th