The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the Navy to fix problems associated with a former hazardous waste dump near Port Orchard The EPA says its records show that a substantial amount of the waste in Gorst Creek Ravine is from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The landfill was the main dumping ground for shipyard waste between 1969 and 1970, when the site was not permitted by local authorities to take waste, the agency said. It later took waste from local residents before closing in 1989. (Associated Press)
Industry group urges B.C. to invest in 'clean energy' instead of Site C
With the clock ticking on a government decision on Site C, an industry group has released a study that claims the province could save up to $1-billion by investing in multiple, small “clean energy” facilities instead of one, massive dam. Along with saving money, a stable of smaller energy projects would provide other advantages, including more opportunities for First Nations involvement and more flexibility to adapt to changing technology or markets, the study concludes. The report, prepared by London Economics International, a Boston-based consulting firm, and released Thursday by Clean Energy B.C., adds to a continuing debate around Site C, which BC Hydro bills as the cleanest and most cost-effective way to meet future energy needs and opponents decry as an environmental and social disaster in the making. Wendy Stueck reports. (Globe and Mail)
Meadowdale Beach Park makes way for salmon
To make life a little easier for salmon, Snohomish County Parks and Recreation has removed the pedestrian metal grate walkway at Meadowdale Beach Park under the railroad tracks that are on top of the stream during low flow conditions. “Now, foot traffic access to Meadowdale beach is closed,” says Parks Director Tom Teigen. “While that is going to be an inconvenience for park visitors, it is critical, that we make way for returning salmon.” Lunds Gulch Creek supports resident and sea-run cutthroat trout, as well as Coho and Chum salmon. (Edmonds Beacon)
Natural gas fracking: repeated short-term water permits legal, judge rules
A judge will not stop the flow of fresh water from British Columbia's lakes and rivers to hydraulic fracking operations, but did recognize the issue as a growing public concern. The Western Canada Wilderness Committee and the Sierra Club filed a petition against the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission and energy company EnCana Corp. over the commission's decision to grant repeat short-term water approvals to the company. (CBC)
Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT FRI OCT 17 2014
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
SE WIND 20 TO 30 KT...RISING TO 25 TO 35 KT DURING THE MORNING. SEAS 11 OR 12 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 12 SECONDS IN
THE AFTERNOON. RAIN.
S WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. SW SWELL 9 FT AT 11 SECONDS. RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
S WIND TO 10 KT...BECOMING SE 10 TO 15 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 7 FT AT 10 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF
SHOWERS IN THE MORNING.
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 6 FT AT 10 SECONDS.
SE WIND 10 TO 20 KT...BECOMING S 15 TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT. SW SWELL 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
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