Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

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EPA gives Washington $3M to protect water quality


KREM Spokane

The U.S. EPA has awarded $3 million to the Washington Department of Ecology to help protect human health and the environment through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act (Section 319) grant. The grant is given to states to implement environmental programs that address nonpoint source pollution in surface and groundwater to meet and maintain water quality standards. Projects will be funded when the state legislature passes a new capital budget.


Portland schools start to replace lead fixtures


Portland Public Schools officials announced work will soon begin to replace some of the fixtures at all 90 district schools to reduce the danger of lead-tainted drinking water. The massive project is set to begin at Astor Elementary School today, according to district spokesman Dave Northfield, who noted the replacement project would cover 15 schools at a time.


PCBs in Puget Sound fish remain steady

Encyclopedia of Puget Sound

For 28 years, researchers have been casting nets into Puget Sound to find out what the fish can tell them about toxic pollution in both urban bays and remote inlets. A new study shows a surprising decline in some toxic chemicals in fish, while levels of PCBs increased in some cases. Scientists say the study shows that banning toxic chemicals can work, but old contaminants remain a challenge.