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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...
Christmas tree recycling
Franklin County: Call Franklin County Solid Waste Division...545-3551
You can take your undecorated, unflocked tree to the Waste Management transfer station at 27th and Ely Monday through Saturday during business hours until the end of January. After Jan. there is a fee.
Trees will be collected curbside January 5- 16. Trees over 6 feet must be cut in half. Trees also can be brought to the Horn Rapids Landfill, 3102 Twin Bridges Road, Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The collected trees are mulched and used around the city for compost.
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Snow and Ice- lecture
Location : Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate, Richland. 942-7454
Public Comments Wanted:
Public comments are being accepted by the Washington State Department of Ecology to manage about 10 miles of Yakima River shoreline and about eight miles of Columbia River shoreline .
The proposed shoreline program will guide construction and development in Richland’s roughly 18 miles of shoreline. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.
The locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and protect people’s access to public land and waters.
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.
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.