Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Running on fumes

Falling gas prices undercut Wash. toxic-waste cleanups

Collections under the Model Toxics Control Act are fueled by gas prices, and falling prices are forcing lawmakers to face hard decisions. ORIN ZEBEST

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Investigate West

Swooning gas prices are creating a huge shortfall in Washington tax collections used to clean up hazardous waste and prevent pollution. The result of $2-a-gallon gas: a big slowdown in cleanups of stormwater, the pollution-laced runoff that is the biggest source of toxics in Puget Sound. A bill being considered by a Senate committee would boost the hazardous substances tax from 70 cents per $100 worth of chemicals imported to 90 cents per $100.

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Grant pumps $3M into river restoration projects

South County Spotlight

A $3 million federal grant will help restore and improve parts of the Columbia River over the next five years. The USDA invested $20.2 million in Oregon to help fund seven conservation projects. A lower Columbia Watershed Partnership project, led by the Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District, aims to improve water quality through stream bank restoration projects.

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Alberta invests $17M to improve flood protection

Global News

Alberta announced over $17 million in Community Resilience Grants for seven municipalities in. The grants will go to the protection of municipal water management infrastructure and improve stormwater drainage and retention. Approximately $4.3 million has been allocated for the construction of a dry pond that will provide active stormwater retention west of Coaldale, Alta.

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