Environment Washington http://kplu.org en Environment Washington Pushing To Close Loopholes In Clean Water Act http://kplu.org/post/environment-washington-pushing-close-loopholes-clean-water-act <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155145736&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:04:47 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17276 at http://kplu.org Environment Washington Pushing To Close Loopholes In Clean Water Act Ready for a statewide ban on plastic bags? http://kplu.org/post/ready-statewide-ban-plastic-bags <p>If you&rsquo;ve shopped in Seattle lately, you&rsquo;re probably aware of the ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags that started July 1. Now, you have to bring your own re-usable tote, or pay five cents for a paper bag.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the second law of its kind to take effect in Washington. And with five more recently approved in cities from Issaquah to Port Townsend, momentum is growing for a possible statewide ban.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 18:28:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5509 at http://kplu.org Ready for a statewide ban on plastic bags? Most tsunami debris must be removed from the ocean by hand http://kplu.org/post/most-tsunami-debris-must-be-removed-ocean-hand <p>How do you remove from the ocean more than 100,000 tons of Japanese tsunami debris heading for Northwest shores? By hand, says one expert.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;When you&rsquo;re talking about open ocean &hellip; It&rsquo;s a very big ocean,&rdquo; says Andrea Neal, an experienced ocean cleaner. &ldquo;There isn&rsquo;t a whole lot being done in the open ocean.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>That&rsquo;s because most programs devoted to cleaning marine debris focus on prevention and coastal cleanup. When crews do confront debris in the open ocean, cleanup efforts require hands, a ship and supplies which can cost more than $35,000 per day to operate, because the composition of the debris makes it difficult to get out of the ocean.</p><p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 00:30:06 +0000 Joshua Kinne 3445 at http://kplu.org Most tsunami debris must be removed from the ocean by hand Ban on plastic bags in Seattle? Group gearing up for one more try http://kplu.org/post/ban-plastic-bags-seattle-group-gearing-one-more-try <p>When you go to the grocery store, it&rsquo;s easy to forget to bring a reusable bag with you.</p><p>But the consequences of just taking the plastic bags that are doled out at most grocery chains is devastating to the health of local waters and wildlife. That&rsquo;s the message from <a href="http://www.environmentwashington.org/">Environment Washington</a> &ndash; a group that has issued a renewed call for a ban on plastic at checkout stands in Seattle.</p><p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 01:50:23 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3207 at http://kplu.org Ban on plastic bags in Seattle? Group gearing up for one more try