UPDATE: Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen appointed to EPA post in Seattle- Bellingham Herald

This article in the Bellinham Herald has been denied by State Senator Ericksen. No announcement at this moment on who will be heading Region 10 of the EPA. 

The cynical abuse of power by the Trump administration continues with no let up in sight. Appointing politicians who have spent their careers denigrating the various bureaucracies they now are placed in charge of, with the marching orders to shrink, gut and cut any power that these agencies have to do their jobs. Doug Erickssen is one such politician who has made it clear he hates the EPA.

As reported in Oregon Live.com “The work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency? It raises “the cost of operations so high that too many businesses are closing and too few new businesses are opening up.”

According to the Seattle PI – “The EPA under Trump has dismantled regulations and withdrawn efforts under the Clean Water Act to block a huge proposed mine in Alaska adjoining two of Bristol Bay’s major salmon producing rivers.”

Candidate Donald Trump said at the debate of March 3rd, 2016,” Department of Environmental Protection. We are going to get rid are of it in almost every form. We’re going to have little tidbits left but we’re going to take a tremendous amount out.”

State Sen. Doug Ericksen has been appointed to a new job as the senior adviser to the Region 10 administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle. He will start his position some time in the near future, according to the executive assistant for Chris Hladick, the regional administrator for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska region. The Ferndale Republican, in an email, neither confirmed nor denied that he had a new job with the EPA. Kie Relyea reports. (Bellingham Herald)


So is this what Washington State Republican voters expected?

3 Responses

  1. Sorry, you misunderstood what I was posting. It is NOT a spill, it is the daily discharging of over 30 million gallons of acidic, drug loaded, oxygen depleted, salt free, warm water, which can do nothing but damage the ecosystem. And this does not even address the damage the BOD of the water will do in depleting the oxygen in the sea water!

  2. I understand your frustration Mr. Knight. All of us who care about the Salish Sea were incredibly disappointed in the Brightwater spill. Given that there was no alternative for the billions of gallons of sewage from Seattle since they created a single point of failure in their designs (which is true of almost all sewage treatment plants), I don’t think there was anything anyone could do to change the outcome. Ms. Bellon has done an array of other things that have been helpful to the health of the Salish Sea, but I’d love to hear what you think she should have done.

  3. Considering Ms Bellon’s WA State Ecology permitted the dumping of a billion gallons per month of acidic (compared to seawater) waste water (Brightwater) into the Salish Sea, her comments about protecting it just don’t wash!

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