Friday, February 22, 2013

2/22 Aaron Reardon, BPA ban, real seafood, Bremerton pumps, BC LNG, Green Olympics, weather forum

This kind of weather brings us together...
Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon announced Thursday he will resign effective May 31, a move that came as he and his staff faced mounting calls for an investigation to determine whether laws were broken in a campaign that appears designed to harass and conduct surveillance on Reardon's political rivals. Reardon's announcement came at the end of his 10th State of the County address before business leaders in Everett. Scott North and Noah Haglund report. Reardon will resign, effective at end of May

Washington state’s ban on BPA in sports bottles and children’s cups and bottles appears to be succeeding, with products containing the chemical nearly disappearing from shelves. BPA, or Bisphenol A, is used to make polycarbonate plastic and can be harmful to children’s health. According to a news release, tests by the state Department of Ecology revealed only one sample out of 74 with levels requiring regulatory action at 100 parts per million. Ecology enforces the same level the agency requires with the Children’s Safe Product Act, which is 20 parts per million. Erinn Unger reports. BPA ban takes chemicals out of most children's products  

Seattle and Portland are among the best cities to dine on seafood if you want the salmon, sole, or halibut you order to actually be salmon, sole, or halibut. The two Northwest cities emerged from a national report Thursday with some of the lowest rates of “fish fraud” in the country. According to the research project by the marine conservation group, Oceana, 33 percent of the 1,215 samples of fish it had analyzed were not actually the fish that they were labeled as by the sushi bars, restaurants, and retail outlets selling them. Ashley Ahearn reports. Conservation Group: Fish Fraud A National Problem, But Less Severe In The NW

Tired, aging pumps that power sewage through the city’s wastewater treatment plant will be replaced in one fell swoop this summer in a $3 million overhaul. City officials say the project, partially funded by grants, will pay for itself in seven years or less because the 28-year-old pumps gulp up electricity, costs tens of thousands a year in maintenance and use parts that are no longer manufactured. Josh Farley reports. New pumps at Bremerton treatment plant will keep things moving  

The B.C. government is preparing to auction land on its northern coast in hopes of establishing a third cluster of natural-gas export terminals. Grassy Point is located on a narrow peninsula 30 kilometres north of Prince Rupert, and across a small bay from Lax Kw’alaams First Nation. It has been a historical site of interest for liquefied natural gas exports, including from Dome Petroleum, which no longer exists, in the 1980s. B.C. flags third site for LNG terminals

Connie Gallant next Tuesday at 7 PM will present “Heroines of our Green Olympics,” a talk about Rosalie Edge, Polly Dyer and Bonnie Phillips-- women who have made great contributions to the conservation of the Olympic Peninsula-- and also give an update on current Olympic Peninsula environmental issues.  She will talk at the Port Townsend Community Center; admission is free.

Can't do much about it, so best to talk about it: Pacific Northwest Weather Workshop - March 1 & 2, NOAA Western Regional Center in Seattle. $30 adults, $15 students; register in advance.  

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 900 AM PST FRI FEB 22 2013
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
TODAY
S WIND 25 TO 35 KT BECOMING W. COMBINED SEAS 10 TO 13 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 14 SECONDS. RAIN.
TONIGHT
W WIND 25 TO 35 KT. COMBINED SEAS 13 TO 14 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 15 SECONDS BUILDING TO 16 TO 18 FT WITH A
 DOMINANT PERIOD OF 15 SECONDS. RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN SHOWERS LIKELY.
SAT
NW WIND 25 TO 30 KT BECOMING W 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 4 OR 5 FT SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 19 FT AT 16 SECONDS SUBSIDING TO
 17 FT AT 15 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING.
SAT NIGHT
W WIND 15 TO 20 KT BECOMING SW 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 14 FT AT 15 SECONDS SUBSIDING TO 11 FT AT 14
 SECONDS.
SUN
S WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 8 FT AT 13 SECONDS.

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