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Go Green Tri-Cities highlights green businesses, organizations, resources, and events in the Tri-Cities, WA. It was created using funds raised for environmentally related activities and events in the Mid-Columbia under the direction of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Network. The purpose is to promote eco-friendly living by presenting options available in the area, including information on a variety of businesses that offer green products and services. Sponsors this year include City of Richland, Energy Northwest, Tri-City Herald, Battelle, Benton County Solid Waste, City of Pasco and KURION, Inc. Read More...
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Public Hearing on Hillside Development in Kennewick
March 2, 2015, 7:00 pm
Location : City Hall Council Chambers, 210 West 6th Ave., Kennewick
The city of Kennewick’s Planning Commission will be taking up Hillside Development standards at this public hearing at 7:00 p.m. or as soon as possible thereafter, to receive public comment on proposed hillside development regulations. Staff will be presenting their analysis and the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council on the item.
All other comments should be submitted at the meeting.
Zoning Ordinance Amendment (ZOA) #14-04 proposed Hillside Development Regulations.
Citizen's Climate Lobby Regional Conference
March 7, 2015 9:00 am to March 8, 2015 1:00 pm
Location : Seattle Northgate area, 10510 5th Ave NE
Climate change causes problems for fisheries, farms and forests, for all of us. Come hear scientists, economists, policy makers and communications specialists. Learn powerful skills and network with other activists. We can create the political will for a livable planet, more jobs, a stronger national defense and a more stable economy. Your voice is the ticket. http:// citizensclimatelobby.org/ Conference Link: http://bit.ly/1EqCZfj
Art of Nature- spring break camp
Registration begins Feb. 1.
Eligibility: Ages 9 - 13
Where: The REACH Museum and the Great Outdoors. 1943 Columbia Park Trail Richland
Cost: Members $229 per person
Non-Members - $259
Register by calling Kris Cargile at (509) 943-4100 ext. 108. Space is Limited!
Public Comments Wanted:
The U.S. Department of Energy, Richland Operations Office (DOE-RL) is proposing permit modifications to improve ventilation and grout six hot cells that are no longer in use at the Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility (WESF). A public meeting will be held Jan. 7, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., at the Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland.
2015 HANFORD LIFECYCLE SCOPE, SCHEDULE AND COST REPORT
All feedback on the report needs to be submitted in writing by April 30, 2015
This is a message from the U.S. Department of Energy--
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Richland Operations Office (RL) and the Office of River Protection (ORP) have released the 2015 Hanford Lifecycle Scope, Schedule and Cost Report (Lifecycle Report). The Lifecycle Report is a milestone requirement (M-036-01) under the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order, also known as the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA). The Lifecycle Report reflects the cleanup work that must be completed by both of the DOE Environmental Management Project offices (RL and ORP) under the TPA and other environmental obligations.
The 2015 Hanford Lifecycle Report is available at www.hanford.gov on the rotating banner.
The Lifecycle Report information reflects scope, schedule and cost status that is current as of August 31, 2014, and the costs shown have been escalated for inflation by DOE.
Each year DOE will collect public feedback on the report. Send comments to:
Stephen Korenkiewicz, Lifecycle Report Project Manager
U.S. Department of Energy – Richland Operations Office
P.O. Box 550, Mailstop A5-16
Richland, WA 99352
Details of draft fish consumption rule released- Washington Depart. of Ecology – NEWs, Sept. 30, 2014
Ecology expects to issue a formal draft rule in Jan. 2015 and will invite public comments.
The WA Depart. of Ecology is making details of the preliminary draft rule available for early review.
“The majority of our concerns about toxics come not from big pipes but from the every-day chemicals in our environment. We are working with business, local government, and tribes on a proposal to prevent the use of largely unregulated toxic chemicals the Clean Water Act cannot address,” said Gov. Inslee. “Allowing these toxics to continue exposing our children and getting into our waterways is costly to clean up and damaging to public health. Prevention is the more effective way to protect Washington’s people and environment.”
The new preliminary draft rule proposes standards for how clean our waters need to be, and would control pollution limits for businesses and municipalities that discharge waste water. The rule contains a unique provision that no standard would allow more pollution than today’s standard, except arsenic that occurs naturally. Seventy percent of the standards would actually enhance protection by requiring cleaner water.
Ecology’s preliminary draft rule would increase the fish consumption rate from 6.5 grams a day (about one serving a month) to 175 grams a day (about one serving a day) to better reflect current data and protect Washingtonians who eat a lot of fish. The calculation also includes a 10-5 input for the cancer risk rate, up from the previous input of 10-6.
Ecology also completed an extensive preliminary economic analysis that shows the new water quality standards would create minimal costs to industries and local governments that discharge waste water.
Ecology’s proposal includes further clarification about flexible implementation tools that industries and local governments could use to achieve the new water quality standards.
What this means for industries and local governments:
· They would not be required to clean up pollution that they didn’t cause.
· Compliance schedules or variances could allow them to meet new standards over a specific period of time if they are demonstrating measurable progress and are on a path to meet standards as soon as possible.
Ecology’s proposal is directly tied to a broader toxics-reduction package Gov. Inlsee will propose to the 2015 Legislature. It will address larger pollution challenges that the Clean Water Act alone can’t solve.
Details about the preliminary draft rule can be found on Ecology’s website.