Thursday, August 18, 2016

8/18 Stubby squid, Vic sewer, rail safety, Kitsap toxic mess

Stubby squid (Photo: Nautilus Live)
Exploration Vehicle Nautilus crew finds googly-eyed, stubby squid
Proving once again that undersea creatures are infinitely weirder than the ones on dry land or in Washington, D.C., this week the crew of the Exploration Vehicle Nautilus discovered a stubby squid with googly eyes that nearly look painted on. According to the Nautilus crew, the stubby squid – looking like a cross between an octopus and a squid, but more closely related to a cuttlefish – was found off the coast of California.   Craig Hlavaty reports. (SeattlePI.Com)

A West Shore sewage plant? Colwood says yes
The idea of a sewage-treatment plant for the West Shore is gaining fresh steam. Colwood council voted unanimously Tuesday that the presentation of a proposed treatment plant to serve Colwood and Langford should be made to the Capital Regional District’s sewage-treatment project board. It also committed to select a site and host it…. Aqua-Tex Scientific Consulting will present to the project board Aug. 25, if it also gets support from Langford council. Amy Smart reports. (Times Colonist)

Railroads show little progress on key safety technology
Many commuter and freight railroads have made little progress installing safety technology designed to prevent deadly collisions and derailments despite a mandate from Congress, according to a government report released Wednesday. The technology, called positive train control or PTC, uses digital radio communications, GPS and signals alongside tracks to monitor train positions. It can automatically stop or slow trains to prevent them from disobeying signals, derailing due to excessive speed, colliding with another train or entering track that is off-limits. The Federal Railroad Administration report shows that while some railroads have made substantial progress, others have yet to equip a single locomotive or track segment with the technology, or install a single radio tower. Joan Lowy reports. (Associated Press)

Business leaves poisonous legacy
When a chrome-plating business departed the Port of Bremerton last fall, it left a toxic mess behind. Materials used in the metal-plating process, which included arsenic, lead, cyanide, cadmium and other poisonous chemicals, had leached into the concrete floor of the shop and the soil below. Ventilation fans had drawn more chemical particles up the walls, dusting exposed surfaces. Nine months after Art's Custom Chrome gave up its shop in Olympic View Industrial Park, the port still is dealing with a painstaking and expensive cleanup. Tad Sooter reports. (Kitsap Sun)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-  239 AM PDT THU AUG 18 2016  

TODAY
 LIGHT WIND...BECOMING NE TO 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND  WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 6 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
 W WIND TO 10 KT...BECOMING SE AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES  1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS.

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