Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

On the clock

Judge orders EPA to finalize Wash. water-quality rule

Ecology has adopted the state's new fish consumption rule. The rule updates Washington's water quality standards for toxics, establishing how clean our lakes, rivers and marine waters need to be.

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Associated Press

A federal judge set a timeline for the U.S. EPA to finalize Washington state water-quality rules. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein found “agency dereliction” occurred when EPA proposed clean-water rules for the state in September but didn’t finalize those rules within 90 days as required by the Clean Water Act. The state recently submitted a plan, so the order by the judge means EPA must approve it or finalize its own plan for the state by Nov. 15.

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Study finds new threats to Northwest waters

The Oregonian

Researchers have uncovered some previously hidden sources of ocean pollution affecting more than 20 percent of the coastline of the continental United States, with a particular threat found for the waters off the Pacific Northwest. The study marks the first-ever mapping project of groundwater drainage systems that connect underground freshwater with the ocean.

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Lead found at most Corvallis elementary schools

Corvallis Gazette-Times

Seven of the Corvallis School District's eight elementary schools have elevated levels of lead in the water in at least one location, the Oregon district announced. The results came from districtwide testing of water fixtures performed in July, after lead was found in the water in Portland schools. The district will replace the fixtures and retest them to make sure they are safe.

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