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The Port Townsend Paper Corporation has been fined $30,000 by the Washington Department of Ecology for two incidents in 2016 that led to emissions from the plant bypassing its control systems.
Smoke is a problem in Kittitas County where it accumulates in valleys at levels that can harm human health. In an effort to reduce the impacts from older wood-burning stoves, buy-back events are planned in Ellensburg and Cle Elum.
A new program to manage river and lake shorelines in Cowlitz County is available for public review and comment through May 4.
Washington’s Public Participation Grant program seeks to increase public awareness and involvement in toxic cleanup projects and other environmental work. Grants for the program go to citizens and nonprofits to increase public outreach around contamination and environmental issues. (Apr 11 news release)
Washington state is dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help slow the impacts of climate change and state agencies are joining the effort. With direction from the state Legislature, state agencies are working with Ecology to monitor and reduce their emissions. (Apr 6 blog)
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