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New report assesses environmental impacts of the pesticide imidacloprid

Oyster growers have requested a new permit from the Washington Department of Ecology to use the pesticide imidacloprid on burrowing shrimp in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. Before considering the permit, Ecology has assessed the potential environmental impacts from the use of the pesticide on tidelands. Ecology has compiled its findings in a formal report, officially referred to as a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, and is seeking public review and feedback through Nov. 1, 2017. (September 18 news release)

Landowner fined for oil spill to Sulphur Creek and Yakima River

A property owner in the community of Outlook has received a $28,000 penalty for an oil spill from an above-ground storage tank in March of 2015. (September 13 news release)

West Point treatment plant fined and required to make significant investments

The Washington Department of Ecology has fined King County $361,000 and ordered them to make significant investments into the West Point wastewater treatment plant in Seattle after the plant failed Feb. 9 and sent untreated wastewater into Puget Sound. (September 12 news release)


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