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Joint Statement on Washington CAFO Permit Appeal Settlement Negotiations

MEDIA CONTACTS: Evan Sheffels, Washington Farm Bureau, esheffels@wsfb.com Dan Wood, Washington State Dairy Federation, dan@wastatedairy.com Charlie Tebbutt, Law Offices of Charlie Tebbutt, charlie@tebbuttlaw.com Crina Hoyer, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, crinah@re-sources.org, (360) 223-8678 Chris Wilke, Puget Soundkeeper, chris@pugetsoundkeeper.org, (206) 297-7002   Joint Statement on Washington CAFO Permit Appeal Settlement Negotiations The parties to the appeal… Continue Reading Joint Statement on Washington CAFO Permit Appeal Settlement Negotiations

The Soundkeeper patrol boat passes in front of the decommissioned aircraft carrier at the naval shipyard in Bremerton.

Puget Soundkeeper, Washington Environmental Council, and Suquamish Tribe sue U.S. Navy over toxic release into Puget Sound

Navy conducted a hull scraping of decommissioned aircraft carrier without pollution controls or permits June 14, 2017, BREMERTON – Today Puget Soundkeeper, Washington Environmental Council, and the Suquamish Tribe sued the United States Navy for Clean Water Act violations. The Navy scraped the hull of the USS-Independence, a decommissioned aircraft carrier in Sinclair Inlet just outside… Continue Reading Puget Soundkeeper, Washington Environmental Council, and Suquamish Tribe sue U.S. Navy over toxic release into Puget Sound

Cows graze near and in a stream.

Environmental groups challenge Ecology’s new permits for industrial dairies

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

The Soundkeeper patrol boat passes in front of the decommissioned aircraft carrier at the naval shipyard in Bremerton.

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

An aerial view of manure lagoons used to hold excess waste.

Ecology’s CAFO water permit sacrifices public health, drinking water, shellfish beds

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

A coal train travels along the shoreline in Washington. Photo Paul K Anderson

BNSF Railway required to address coal train pollution

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