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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

    Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and petting zoos

 

Pumpkin Patch & Hayride, Job's Nursery  Our U-Pick Patch opens September 27th and goes till Halloween. We have planted a number of types of pumpkins from carving to pie types and other winter squashes. Come and enjoy scouring 2.5 acres of pumpkin patch for the right ones.  The patch is open seven days a week during nursery hours and it's 25 cents per pound of pumpkin; no patch entry fee.

   We also offer the Nursery Tour Hayride with a little Halloween fun mixed in for $2.50 per person (children under 2 ride free).  It travels the 36 acres for about 15 to 20 minutes as our tree growers point out interesting trees along the way. The hayride is offered Saturday and Sundays during nursery hours.  4072 Columbia River Road, Pasco

 Apple & Pumpkin Festival at Bill’s Berry Farm is open  Fridays and Saturdays through October. Closed on Halloween. Festivities include barnyard mystery corn maze, pumpkin carving, a pumpkin patch, kiddie maze, petting zoo, pony rides, alpaca day, music by The Beckmans and more.

Admission is free and fees vary for some activities. The farm is at 3674 N. County Line Road in Grandview. Info: http://billsberryfarm.com.

Harvest Festival - Country Mercantile. The festival features hay rides to the pumpkin patch, a three-acre corn maze, petting zoo, straw-bale maze and straw-bale pyramids to climb on. There also will be a carnival, clowns and face painting. Carnival rides include a rollercoaster, train, carousel and airplane, along with a bounce obstacle course. Daily through Oct. 31.

Admission is $6.50 for adults, and kids 2 and younger are free. Seniors and military pay $4.50. Tickets for rides are $1 for one or $8.50 for 10 and $15 for 20. An all-day arm band for the rides is $15.

Produce center, 232 Crestloch Road, Pasco

 Fall Festival, Middleton, includes a corn maze styled after the Seattle Seahawks, continues through Oct. 31. The maze is family friendly and open Friday - Sunday.

The flashlight maze operates in the dark, so visitors will need to bring flashlights. The farm will have flashlights for sale for $3 each. There will be staff monitoring the maze should visitors get lost.

A kid zone that includes a straw maze, climbing pyramid, games, petting zoo, barrel train ride, and corn play pit operates during daylight hours only. No outside food or drinks or pets are allowed.

Admission is $7.50 for ages 3 to adult. Group prices are available. Middleton farm, 1050 Pasco Kahlotus Road, Pasco.

Information: www.middletonsfallfestival.com

 

Shaping the Future of Vista Field (Kennewick)- public input wanted:

 

 WA State Dept. of Ecology - Public Comment Period

  Details of draft fish consumption rule released- Washington Depart. of Ecology – NEWs, Sept. 30, 2014

  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 expects to issue a formal draft rule in Jan. 2015 and will invite public comments.

 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.

 

 Sep 25 - Oct 25

Middle Columbia River Geographic Response Plan Workshop
Ecology invites the public to comment and participate in the process to update the Middle Columbia River geographic response plan (MCR-GRP) for oil spill response. At the workshop, Ecology will explain the update process and how the MCR-GRP integrates into the Northwest Area Contingency Plan. The public is encouraged to provide comments on the existing plan through October 25, drawing attention to sensitive areas of concern to them that might not currently be mentioned in the MCR-GRP.  Middle Columbia River Geographic Response Plan

Sponsor: Dept. Ecology SPILL PREV PREP/RESP PM

Contact: Susan Vezeau, Ph.D (360) 407-7638 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sept. 15 - Nov. 13

Permit modifications to fulfill enforcement action requirements
The U.S. Department of Energy proposes Class 2 modifications to Attachments 4 and 9 of the Hanford Facility Dangerous Waste Permit. These changes clarify emergency preparedness and response requirements. This permit modification is required to satisfy condition 1.1.2 of the action plan that was part of the settlement of an enforcement action for Hanford's Central Waste Complex, Waste Receiving and Processing Plant, and T Plant.  Comment periods page for Ecology's Nuclear Waste Program  

Sponsor: Dept. of Ecology Nuclear Waste PM  

Contact: Madeleine Brown (509) 372-7936 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  Oct 15 - Nov 14

L & L Exxon - Interim Action Plan and SEPA DNS Available for Review and Comment
Ecology is providing an opportunity for the public to comment on its plans to conduct a partial cleanup, also known as an interim action, for petroleum contaminated soil and groundwater at the L & L Exxon Site located at 1315 Lee Boulevard in Richland. The partial cleanup is designed to significantly reduce contaminants and/or exposure to contaminants. Ecology is issuing a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non-Significance for potential environmental impacts related to the cleanup.  L & L Exxon Cleanup Site Information

Sponsor: Dept. of Ecology

Contact: Jennifer Lind (509) 454-7839 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.