environmental protection http://kplu.org en State Promising Extensive Review for Proposed Coal Exports http://kplu.org/post/state-promising-extensive-review-proposed-coal-exports <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Environmentalists are applauding the state Department of Ecology, which announced it will conduct an</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">extensive review of the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:40:25 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9491 at http://kplu.org State Promising Extensive Review for Proposed Coal Exports Swallows Bring Radioactive Soil Into Hanford Waste Plant http://kplu.org/post/swallows-cause-radioactive-contamination-hanford <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/060613AK_Hanfordbirds_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Workers are back on the job at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant. Work stopped this week when radioactive soil was found under the nests of some swallows.<p>Swallows used some radioactive mud to make nests on exposed beamwork in Hanford’s waste treatment plant. That’s the $12 billion factory designed to bind-up radioactive sludge in glass logs. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:50:46 +0000 Anna King 9018 at http://kplu.org Swallows Bring Radioactive Soil Into Hanford Waste Plant Study: Cherry Point coal terminal would snarl Seattle traffic, cause dangerous delays http://kplu.org/post/study-cherry-point-coal-terminal-would-snarl-seattle-traffic-cause-dangerous-delays <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">The City of Seattle continues to build its case against huge new coal</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; "><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">trains that would rumble through town if an export terminal is built</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; "><span style="c Tue, 06 Nov 2012 04:05:30 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7006 at http://kplu.org Why King County held a party for a property tax http://kplu.org/post/why-king-county-held-party-property-tax <p>Celebrating taxes is a pretty uncommon event, but the King County Council did just that yesterday to mark the 30th anniversary of <a href="http://directory.kingcounty.gov/ServiceDetail.asp?ServiceID=7228">a property tax</a> and the more than 100,000 acres of public lands it has paid to preserve.</p><p>The council also made its praise of the <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/conservation-futures.aspx">Conservation Futures</a> Tax official with a resolution honoring those who created the program to spend the money.</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:01:49 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6109 at http://kplu.org Why King County held a party for a property tax 5 Washington critters among species group would have feds protect http://kplu.org/post/5-washington-critters-among-species-group-would-have-feds-protect <p>They&rsquo;re slimy and cold-blooded.</p><p>But conservationists say amphibians and reptiles are important indicator species &ndash; and some of the most endangered.</p><p>Five of these sensitive creatures that call Washington home are among more than 50 included in a <a href="http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2012/amphibians-and-reptiles-07-11-2012.html">petition for federal protection.</a> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:56:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5572 at http://kplu.org 5 Washington critters among species group would have feds protect Senate holds hearing on protection for San Juans' public lands http://kplu.org/post/senate-holds-hearing-protection-san-juans-public-lands <p>A bill <a href="http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s1559/show">to establish a National Conservation Area</a> that would give permanent protection 1,000 acres of unique landscapes in the San Juan Islands is wending its way through Congress. A key committee <a href="http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/live-webcast">took up the legislation</a> this afternoon. Senator Maria Cantwell <a href="http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings-and-business-meetings?ID=edec1618-2b93-42ea-88c4-7124f5b323dd">told a panel</a>, the bill would stave off the threat of future development.</p><p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:43:27 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4538 at http://kplu.org Senate holds hearing on protection for San Juans' public lands Spotted owl recovery plan: more active forestry management...and shooting rivals http://kplu.org/post/spotted-owl-recovery-plan-more-active-forestry-managementand-shooting-rivals <p>In the long saga to protect the northern spotted owl, it&#39;s now officially &quot;owl vs owl.&quot;</p><p>US Fish and Wildlife says the decline of the iconic northwest species can&rsquo;t be helped without killing some of its more aggressive cousins, the barred owl.</p><p>It&rsquo;s part of <a href="http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/Service-Identifies-Areas-to-Be-Assessed-for-Potential-Northern-Spotted-Owl-Critical-Habitat-Proposes-Broad-Exclusions-Ecological-Forestry-and-Barred-Owl-Control.cfm#">a court-ordered plan</a> to increase the spotted owl&rsquo;s forest habitat.</p><p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:18:58 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4276 at http://kplu.org Spotted owl recovery plan: more active forestry management...and shooting rivals Pot plantations laying waste to national forests http://kplu.org/post/pot-plantations-laying-waste-national-forests-0 <p>With its delicate, bright-green leaves, it&rsquo;s a beautiful plant to look at.</p><p>And its medicinal qualities are well-known, but it requires huge amounts of water and light to grow.&nbsp;</p><p>And that&rsquo;s just the start of the problems caused by marijuana that authorities have been discovering growing in national forests.</p><p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:50:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4175 at http://kplu.org Pot plantations laying waste to national forests Tougher rules for oil spill prevention - hearings underway http://kplu.org/post/tougher-rules-oil-spill-prevention-hearings-underway <p>Washington State already has some of the highest oil spill readiness standards in the country &ndash; if not in the world.</p><p>An <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/rules/1106.html">update to those regulations</a> is raising that bar even higher.</p><p>The tightening is in response to the catastrophic BP oil spill nearly two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>The new law places new requirements on oil companies operating in Puget Sound or on the Columbia River.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:44:41 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3973 at http://kplu.org Tougher rules for oil spill prevention - hearings underway Racetrack’s expansion plans have enviros, neighbors worried http://kplu.org/post/racetrack%E2%80%99s-expansion-plans-have-enviros-neighbors-worried <p>Plans to upgrade a dilapidated old race track near Kent are sparking an environmental debate. The owners of <a href="http://www.pacificraceways.com/AboutUs.aspx">Pacific Raceways</a> say that to stay afloat, they badly need an expansion that would bring thousands of new jobs to the area.&nbsp;</p><p>Neighbors are worried about impacts on surrounding wetlands and fish habitat, especially because they say special <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/council.aspx">legislation King County is considering</a> to facilitate the expansion may set a bad precedent.</p><p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 11:30:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2720 at http://kplu.org Racetrack’s expansion plans have enviros, neighbors worried New refuge preserves underwater landscapes in Puget Sound http://kplu.org/post/new-refuge-preserves-underwater-landscapes-puget-sound <p>The state is adding 15,000 acres of protected land around the <a href="http://www.nisquallyestuary.org/">Nisqually Reach Wildlife Refuge</a>, exempting it from commercial development of any kind.</p><p>All the land is under water. It&rsquo;s the seventh and southern-most area in Puget Sound to be designated as an <a href="http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScience/Topics/AquaticHabitats/Pages/aqr_rsve_aquatic_reserves_program.aspx">Aquatic Reserve</a>. Signing of a <a href="http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/amp_sepa_aqr_nisqually_plan_changes.pdf">new management plan</a> takes place today at 1:30 p.m.</p><p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 17:52:30 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2586 at http://kplu.org New refuge preserves underwater landscapes in Puget Sound Enviro groups say Clean Water Act is under attack http://kplu.org/post/enviro-groups-say-clean-water-act-under-attack <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982833.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982833.mp3</a></p><p>Nearly 40 years ago, the U.S. government began setting federal standards to clean up water pollution with the passage of the landmark Clean Water Act. Now, many environmental groups say that law is under attack and they&rsquo;re worried about consequences.</p><p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 01:02:55 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2351 at http://kplu.org Enviro groups say Clean Water Act is under attack Campaign to protect precious lands in San Juan Islands http://kplu.org/post/campaign-protect-precious-lands-san-juan-islands <p>The <a href="http://www.visitsanjuans.com/">San Juan Islands</a> are known for pristine natural beauty that includes a <a href="http://www.fws.gov/washingtonmaritime/sanjuanis/">national wildlife refuge</a> and several remote state parks. &nbsp;</p><p>But they also contain about 1,000 acres of federally owned land that has been largely forgotten by authorities. Some islanders fear it might be sold off to developers.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 00:00:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2208 at http://kplu.org Campaign to protect precious lands in San Juan Islands Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County http://kplu.org/post/fishing-ghost-nets-whatcom-county <p>They&rsquo;re known as ghost nets &ndash; old tangles of synthetic lines snagged on underwater rocks or reefs and left behind by fishermen as long as seventy years ago.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>A <a href="http://www.nwstraits.org/">coalition </a>out of Mount Vernon has removed thousands of them over the past decade.&nbsp; There&rsquo;s still work to be done, but they&rsquo;re running out of funding.&nbsp;</p><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><blockquote><p>Since 2002, The Northwest Straights Initiative has removed nearly four thousand derelict fishing nets from shallow waters of Puget Sound.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Because they just don&rsquo;t degrade. They can get torn apart by wave action, but they won&rsquo;t degrade,&quot; says Northwest Straits Initiative Director, Ginny Broadhurst. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 23:16:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1831 at http://kplu.org Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County Preview: Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County http://kplu.org/post/preview-fishing-ghost-nets-whatcom-county <p>(Updated at 11:49 a.m. with new photos)</p><p>This morning I&rsquo;ll be up early, heading to Sandy Point Marina, near Bellingham, for a short field trip with the non-profit Northwest Straits.&nbsp; They&rsquo;re a non-partisan group that&rsquo;s been removing derelict fishing gear from the waters of the region for the past decade.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:55:07 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1825 at http://kplu.org Preview: Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County