A stream flows through a farm field with trees in the distance.

Oppose attack on federal protections for rural communities

On Thursday, November 9th, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment held a hearing on HR848, the “Farm Regulatory Certainty Act.” This bill seeks to deny federal protection to rural communities harmed by toxic waste from agricultural operations. The bill would remove the ability for communities to take legal action under the Resource Conservation and… Continue Reading Oppose attack on federal protections for rural communities

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

Workers repairing one of Cooke Aquaculture's net pens near Port Angeles.

Aquaculture operation releases 300,000 Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound

UPDATE: The Lummi Nation has declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing spill of Atlantic salmon. On August 19th, Cooke Aquaculture’s net pens near Cypress Island reportedly released over 300,000 farmed Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound waters. The company’s statement blames “exceptionally high tides and currents coinciding with this week’s solar eclipse.” But the release… Continue Reading Aquaculture operation releases 300,000 Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound

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