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Video thumbnail image, what you need to know about dust storms

What you need to know about dust storms.

Dust storms happen right here in Washington, given the right conditions. We’re working with farmers in Eastern Washington to help reduce dust that contributes to these storms. (Watch the video and read the April 19 blog)

News releases

Stericycle medical waste facility fined for polluted wastewater

Ecology has fined Stericycle $72,000 for not properly treating its wastewater, and for not notifying the city or Ecology within 24 hours of its violations.Over a 10-month stretch in 2017, Stericycle Inc. repeatedly discharged polluted wastewater from its medical waste processing plant in Morton. The wastewater disrupted the city’s treatment plant and threatened aquatic life in the Tilton River.  (April 25 news release)

Washington’s E-Cycle marks 10 years, over 350 million pounds of electronics recycled

When E-Cycle began in 2009, it was among the first of its kind: A “product stewardship” program in which electronics manufacturers would set up and pay for a system to ensure their products were recycled at the end of their useful lives, and that toxic chemicals were kept out of the environment.  (April 18 news release)

$28.4 million settlement with VW to reduce diesel pollution statewide

Kids, commuters, and communities statewide will breathe less air pollution thanks to a $28 million settlement the Washington Department of Ecology reached with Volkswagen. (April 16 news release)

Puget Sound officially designated No Discharge Zone

Washington State Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon signed into law the Puget Sound No Discharge Zone on Monday, April 9. “This is a historic day for the protection and restoration of Puget Sound,” said Director Bellon. (April 10 news release)


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