Environmental Protection Agency http://kplu.org en Farmers Object To EPA's Proposed Changes To Clean Water Act http://kplu.org/post/farmers-object-epas-proposed-changes-clean-water-act <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157173284&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Farmers across the country are riled up over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters" target="_blank">plan to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act</a>.</p><p>Depending on who you talk to, these revisions are either a “land grab” under the “brute force” of the federal government or a simple clarification of rules that ensure all Americans have clean water to drink.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:39:17 +0000 Chris Lehman 17569 at http://kplu.org Farmers Object To EPA's Proposed Changes To Clean Water Act At Idaho Superfund Site, Pavement Used To Help The Environment http://kplu.org/post/idaho-superfund-site-pavement-used-help-environment <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149522109&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the weather warming up, work has resuming at one of the largest Superfund sites in the nation.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The EPA is trying to clear decades of mine pollution from Idaho's Coeur </span>d'Alene<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> River Basin and the upper reaches of the Spokane River. And this summer, managers are using an environmental remedy you might not expect: pavement.</span></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:21:09 +0000 Anna King 16555 at http://kplu.org At Idaho Superfund Site, Pavement Used To Help The Environment Biodiesel Industry Puzzled By Loosening Of Alternative Fuel Standard http://kplu.org/post/biodiesel-industry-puzzled-loosening-alternative-fuel-standard <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the biodiesel industry convenes for a national conference in San Diego today, one of the topics of discussions will be the loosening of the renewable fuel standard.</span></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:59:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12676 at http://kplu.org Biodiesel Industry Puzzled By Loosening Of Alternative Fuel Standard EPA Put on Notice over Wash. State's Fish Consumption Rate http://kplu.org/post/epa-put-notice-over-wash-states-fish-consumption-rate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The official estimate of how much fish people eat dictates the levels of pollution that are allowed, and a statewide coalition of clean water advocates says an accurate standard is long overdue.</span></p><p>Waterkeepers Washington<a href="http://earthjustice.org/our_work/cases/2013/washington-state-s-toxic-fish-consumption-rules" target="_blank"> is threatening to sue the federal government</a> over lack of enforcement.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 03:02:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9419 at http://kplu.org EPA Put on Notice over Wash. State's Fish Consumption Rate How much fish is healthy? Wash. tribes push for updated standard http://kplu.org/post/how-much-fish-healthy-wash-tribes-push-updated-standard <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How much fish should&nbsp;y</span>ou<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> eat? The state Department of Health recommends two meals of fish a week. But the <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/toxics/fish_overview.html" target="_blank">Department of Ecology assumes people eat far less</a>, about the equivalent of one meal per month.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.2em;">That’s because it uses those assumptions to calculate how much water pollution can be legally allowed in Washington—pollution that ends up in the fish we eat.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:41:07 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8582 at http://kplu.org How much fish is healthy? Wash. tribes push for updated standard Seattle, King County to spend $1.5 billion on wastewater upgrades http://kplu.org/post/seattle-king-county-spend-15-billion-wastewater-upgrades <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Seattle and King County will spend $1.46 billion on upgrades to public sewer systems aimed at reducing the amount of polluted water entering the Puget Sound and other waterways, according to a federal settlement filed under the Clean Water Act.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the agreement, the city and county will also pay $750,000 in fines for dumping raw sewage into the Sound and several lakes.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:35:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8444 at http://kplu.org Seattle, King County to spend $1.5 billion on wastewater upgrades Lower Duwamish Waterway plan open for public comment http://kplu.org/post/lower-duwamish-waterway-plan-open-public-comment <p>Seattle’s Duwamish River was once a meandering estuary in the heart of the city. A century ago, it was transformed into an industrial waterway and used as a dumping ground for decades.</p><p>Now it’s<a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/cleanup.nsf/sites/lduwamish"> a Superfund site</a> – and the Environmental Protection Agency has released <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region10/pdf/sites/ldw/pp/ldw_pp_022513.pdf">a plan to clean it up</a>.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:09:35 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7940 at http://kplu.org Lower Duwamish Waterway plan open for public comment Earthday founder reflects on environmental activism in Obama’s second term http://kplu.org/post/earthday-founder-reflects-environmental-activism-obama-s-second-term <p>Though they say it’s better than any Republican alternative, many activists have been disappointed in the environmental policies of the Obama administration.</p><p>Now that the election’s over, we caught up with one of the state’s most prominent environmental thinkers to get his take on what’s in store for the next four years.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7149 at http://kplu.org Earthday founder reflects on environmental activism in Obama’s second term Demand that Duwamish River be cleaned up enough to eat the fish http://kplu.org/post/demand-duwamish-river-be-cleaned-enough-eat-fish <p>There&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/work-begins-slip-4-hotspot-duwamish-river">a major milestone this week</a> in the <a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/cleanup.nsf/sites/lduwamish">cleanup of Seattle&rsquo;s Duwamish River</a>. Excavators are removing toxic sludge from one of the most polluted spots in the city&rsquo;s industrial core. Completion of this work will allow cleanup on the rest of the river.&nbsp;</p><p>But critics say there are already signs it won&rsquo;t go far enough. Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:30:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2846 at http://kplu.org Demand that Duwamish River be cleaned up enough to eat the fish Work begins on Slip 4 'hotspot' in Duwamish River http://kplu.org/post/work-begins-slip-4-hotspot-duwamish-river <p>It&rsquo;s one of the most polluted waterways in all of the Pacific Northwest.&nbsp;The lower five miles of Seattle&rsquo;s Duwamish River were listed as a Superfund site a decade ago. This week, cleanup work has begun on one of its most toxic sections.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 22:15:04 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2829 at http://kplu.org Work begins on Slip 4 'hotspot' in Duwamish River EPA tells Bureau of Indian Affairs to clean up tribal schools http://kplu.org/post/epa-tells-bureau-indian-affairs-clean-tribal-schools <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983441.mp3</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency says hazardous contaminants that most schools have gotten rid of remain in more than 160 government-operated tribal schools. That includes six in the Northwest. A new settlement aims to bring schools in Native American communities up to standards.</p><p>EPA inspections of tribal schools between 2005 and 2008 found <a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/56F8BD4B77654324852578F400634DD3">violations of seven environmental laws</a>, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act.</p><p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:14:56 +0000 Jessica Robinson 2423 at http://kplu.org