Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

Change of plan

EPA decision could delay Willamette River cleanup

Contractors at the Arkema cleanup site dig an underground wall meant to prevent contaminated groundwater from leaking into the Willamette River. Arkema in midst of cleaning up one of Portland Harbor's dirtiest sites

Oregon DEQ

The Oregonian

The EPA is attempting to either delay, or unravel, the long-sought plan to clean up a contaminated 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River in Portland, according to state and local officials and environmental advocates. Gov. Kate Brown and Portland elected officials say the EPA took the unusual step last week of carving out a separate and confidential process to test certain areas of the river for a baseline level of contamination.

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Puget Sound sewage rule open for comment

Skagit Valley Herald

A rule that would prohibit boats from dumping sewage into Puget Sound is open for public comment until Nov. 30. Washington state's Department of Ecology released a draft of the rule to create what is called a no discharge zone. The agency will hold three public hearings on the rule during the comment period, one in Seattle and two online.

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Regional farm groups appeal culvert ruling

Capital Press

The Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana farm bureaus are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower-court order that they say threatens to upend how the West manages water. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that culverts violate tribal treaty rights. The Supreme Court has yet to accept the appeal.

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