NOMINATE OR APPLY FOR THE 2015 RICHLAND GREEN AWARDS
Businesses, non-profits, groups, and individuals are encouraged to nominate or apply for this year’s Green Recognition Program. This program honors those who make a notable effort to improve the environment or lessen their impact on it.
Categories include Green Business of the Year, Outstanding Business, Individual or Group, Green Program or Project. Efforts to clean up or restore the environment, conserve natural resources, or educate the public are also eligible.
“This will be the eleventh year of recognizing the environmental efforts of those who work, live or do business in our community.” explained Gail Everett, Richland’s Green Awards Program Manager, “Plus, recognizing environmental stewardship is a wonderful way of learning from one another.”
For more information, call 942-7730 or visit www.ci.richland.wa.us/greenawards. Applications can be submitted online or hard copies picked up at kiosks in Richland City Hall or at the Richland Public Library. You can also request an application be mailed to you. The deadline to apply is July 27.
What is gogreentricities.org?
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, Bechtel, Benton County Solid Waste, City of Pasco, Green Built/ Home Builders Assoc., TiLite, US Linen, and KURION, Inc. Read More...
Wild Flower/Native Plant hike
May 23, 10am
Public Comments Wanted:
All comments must be received on or before June 5, 2015.
The Washington Department of Ecology draft Washington’s Water Quality Management Plan to Control Nonpoint Sources of Pollution (Nonpoint Source Plan) has been posted at the following link: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1510015.html
Comments can be submitted to Ecology in three ways:
◦ Mail: Ben Rau, Department of Ecology, PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504
◦ Hand Deliver: Department of Ecology (Headquarters), 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey, WA 98503.
As part of the Nonpoint Source Plan roll-out, Ecology will be hosting several meetings to provide background information on the Nonpoint Source Plan, describe how the plan is structured and key changes made by this update, provide information on how you can provide comments on the draft plan, outline the timeline for finalizing the plan, and take questions.
Disposal activities at central Hanford landfill
As a landfill, ERDF is subject to regulations which require certain wastes be treated before being physically placed in the landfill. The proposed change would allow for treatment of long, large and/or heavy hazardous waste items after being placed in the landfill. This type of waste makes up a very small percentage of Hanford waste.
A public comment period will begin in late May 2015 on a Proposed Plan that will discuss the proposed change to the ERDF ROD in more detail.
- How people want to receive information about Hanford
- How far in advance people would like to be notified of activities
- The quality of public involvement activities (meetings, workshops, events, etc.)
- The quality of Tri-Party agency notices and presentations
- The effectiveness of meeting times and locations
- Interest in specific Hanford topics
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.