Monday, February 6, 2012

2/6 Quake, Canada's biodiversity, Elwha lead, unused meds, Gitga'at protest, fish farms kill, microbe recycling, Whatcom land use, biomass suits

Edmonds gets poo bags
Coal trains and coal terminal in Whatcom County on KUOW Weekday, 9 AM today.

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck just past noon off the coast of Vancouver Island, about 170 km west of Ucluelet, on Saturday. Earthquake shakes near Vancouver Island  

"Canada has made little substantive progress in fulfilling national and international commitments to sustain marine biodiversity," an expert-panel for the Royal Society of Canada reports. Canada's failure to protect marine biodiversity 'disappointing and dismaying,' asserts panel chair
 


The National Park Service is working on a plan to remove lead-contaminated soil from the Elwha Dam site. Lead paint used on the dam’s penstocks, now removed, contaminated the soil on the north slope of the hill between the two channels of the Elwha River. Lead-contaminated soil found at Elwha Dam site

Rebecca Runyon, who suffered a personal tragedy from unused prescription drugs, is supporting a bill before the state Senate that would create a drug take-back system to dispose of leftover and expired medicines. Senate Bill 5234 would create a pharmaceutical-industry-funded medicine return corporation. Unused medicine a toxic dilemma  

The Gitga’at First Nation hosted a march of nearly 1,000 people gathered in Prince Rupert on the weekend to protest against Enbridge’s proposed $5.5-billion Northern Gateway oil pipeline. Community rally a full-court press against proposed pipeline (with video)

A group of leading fisheries scientists led by Dr. David Welch propose using acoustic transmitters to answer whether fish farms are killing wild salmon and if so, how many?  Scientists seek to learn whether fish farms kill fish

Doggie poop dispensers and bags will soon be appearing throughout Edmonds on Sunset Avenue, City Park, Yost Park, Pine Ridge Park, Interurban trail near Lake Ballinger and Mini Park near the restrooms at Ferry holding lanes. City to install ‘poo collector’ dispensers  

Scientists have deciphered some of the secrets of one of Puget Sound’s natural recyclers. It’s a microbe – which likes to eat sulfur and nitrogen – and might be found near any of our beaches.  The work comes from the University of Washington oceanography lab of Ginger Armbrust, with the lead role by PhD candidate Vaughn Iverson. Tech innovation unveils Puget Sound's secret natural recyclers

Environmental consultants have until Feb 14 to submit bids to support Whatcom County, the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in preparing the agencies’ Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate a proposed bulk cargo marine terminal at Cherry Point in north Puget Sound. Officials Extend Cherry Point Terminal Bid Deadline

A state growth board says Whatcom County's land-use rules on 2,575 acres are invalid, a determination that limits what owners can build on the land.  State board invalidates Whatcom County land-use rules on 2,575 acres  

Edmonds volunteers harvest the bivalves as a way to test water quality more than 100 contaminants, including fossil-fuel byproducts, industrial chemicals and heavy metals. Volunteers gathering mussels not for meals but to gauge health of shoreline waters  

The fate of the North Olympic Peninsula's two mill biomass projects are now before Thurston County Superior Court.  Seven environmental groups announced Thursday that they have appealed to the court a construction permit for Port Angeles' Nippon Paper Industries USA's 20 megawatt biomass project granted by the Olympic Clean Air Agency.  Opponents file appeal on second biomass project

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 900 AM PST MON FEB 6 2012
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING
TODAY
E WIND 25 TO 35 KT. COMBINED SEAS 7 TO 10 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 13 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
E WIND 25 TO 35 KT. COMBINED SEAS 5 TO 8 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 14 SECONDS.

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