Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

Coming up short

Report: EPA staffing hurts Northwest's most toxic sites

Salmon fishing on the Duwamish River. JOHN RYAN

KUOW Seattle

KUOW Seattle

Dozens of the worst hazardous-waste sites in the Northwest are not being cleaned up, for lack of personnel to do the job, according to a report from the inspector general of the EPA. The federal watchdog singles out Seattle's lower Duwamish River as a contaminated site where work has been delayed. The report found that 34 hazardous hotspots in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington have no EPA staff assigned to work on them.

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Oregon says day cares can't afford to test for lead

The Oregonian

Oregon won't require day cares to test drinking water for high levels of lead, a state panel decided, ending a year-long review spurred by the lead crisis in Flint, Mich. Members of Oregon's Early Learning Council decided testing would be too expensive for childcare providers, who collectively are licensed to watch more than 100,000 children statewide.

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Idaho official to address Congress on recharge

Capital Press

Idaho Water Resource Board Chairman Roger Chase will address members of a congressional subcommittee today about the state’s unique approach towards reversing decades of declining groundwater levels in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. Chase will speak to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water regarding Idaho’s managed recharge program.

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