Britain could see its first full day without coal – Seattle Times

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s National Grid says Friday may be the first full 24-hour work-day since the Industrial Revolution in which the nation doesn’t depend on electricity generated from coal.

Earth Day on Saturday includes old events plus new March for Science – Chris Dunagan

Chris Dunagan in Watching Our Water Ways writes: “With Earth Day falling on a Saturday this year, all sorts of environmental activities have been scheduled for this weekend. On top of your typical Earth Day activities, there will be a March for Science in Washington, D.C., as well as in Seattle and hundreds of other communities across the country. It just seems like a great time to get out and do something…. The National Weather Service predicts that warm weathertomorrow will give way to a low-pressure trough moving over Western Washington on Saturday. That weather system might be traveling slowly enough that the rains won’t appear until later in the day when most activities have been wrapped up in the Puget Sound region….”

See also: Organizers Of Seattle’s March For Science Expect It To Be 2nd Largest In U.S. Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KNKX)

Job openings at the PT Marine Science Center

Got notified that there are openings right now. Check them out!

There are three jobs listed:
Summer Camp Assistant
Summer Intern
Marketing and Development Coordinator
and another soon to be announced.

Reminder of mandatory no spray zones

Dear Watershed Councils:

As spray season gets underway, we are writing with a request that you notify your contacts about the mandatory no-spray zones along salmon-supporting waters in Oregon, Washington, and California.

The attached graphic files are designed for quick reference, and are a reminder that these buffers are required specifically for salmon and steelhead protection. No-spray buffers along designated salmon-bearing waterways in Washington, Oregon and California are currently required to be 60 feet for ground applications, and 300 feet for aerial applications of pesticides containing any of the following active ingredients (some common trade names are shown in parentheses):


bromoxynil     (Buctril, Maestro, Moxy)

carbaryl         (Sevin, Duocide, Liquid Fruit Tree Spray)

chlorpyrifos    (Dursban, Lorsban, Nufos)

diazinon         (Diazinon)

malathion       (Fyfanon, Malathion)

methomyl       (Annihilate, Corrida, Lannate)

metolachlor    (Bicep, Cinch, Dual, Me-Too-Lachlor, Parallel)

prometryn      (Caperol, Vegetable Pro)

1,3-dichloropropene    (Telone, 1,3-D)


The attached pdf has live links that get people to the EPA Salmon Mapper site ( which helps identify exactly where the buffers apply. Links to the state pesticide regulatory agencies are also provided.


These no-spray zones will remain in place for carbaryl, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, malathion, and methomyl until EPA implements any necessary protections for Pacific salmon and steelhead based on reinitiated consultations with the National Marine Fisheries Services.  Buffer zones for the remaining four chemicals will remain in place until final Biological Opinions are completed by National Marine Fisheries Service.


We appreciate your help in distributing this information to your contacts. Posting this information on your website, as well as distributing by email, Facebook, Twitter, or newsletter would all be great ways to get the reminder out. We’re attaching the graphic as a jpg file, as well as pdf.


Thank you for your assistance. Please contact us or your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions.


Port Townsend mill fined $30,000 for air pollution – WA Department of Ecology

Washington Department of Ecology – NEWS

April 20, 2017


Andrew Wineke, communications, 360-407-6149, @ecologyWA

Corrosion led to leak in duct; stuck damper allowed second release

PORT TOWNSEND – The Port Townsend Paper Corporation has been fined $30,000 by the Washington Department of Ecology for two incidents in 2016 that led to emissions from the plant bypassing its control systems.

The first release happened in August after corrosion created a 1-inch hole in a duct at the plant, allowing small-particle pollution and other emissions to escape. The leak represented less than 1 percent of the plant’s emissions, and an assessment by an Ecology toxicologist indicated it did not pose a threat to human health. Because of the difficulty in reaching and repairing the leak, it was not fixed until the plant shut down for scheduled maintenance in September.

The second release occurred in November, when a damper in one of the plant’s main exhaust stacks became stuck, allowing some of the emissions to escape. Routine testing revealed the issue, and the plant corrected the problem after receiving the results.

“Proper maintenance and oversight of emissions equipment is an essential part of operating a pulp and paper mill,” said James DeMay, manager of Ecology’s Industrial Section, which regulates the plant. “Port Townsend Paper has made improvements to its procedures that should help to prevent similar problems in the future.”

The company may appeal Ecology’s penalty within 30 days to state’s Pollution Control Hearings Board.

“These issues were corrected in a timely manner and we have made the necessary improvements to prevent a reoccurrence,” said Mike Craft, mill manager at Port Townsend Paper. “We appreciate Ecology’s cooperation and acknowledgment that the release did not pose a threat to human health.”


Where is the leadership?

Here we sit, four months into the most destructive Presidency of all time, as it relates to the environment. Where are the leaders to ask us to head into the field to take up the banner and stop this insanity? We are watching as laws are getting passed, and we are helpless to come to the table and demand a stop to this. We are asked to participate in an Earthday Science March, but really, this will  change nothing. Where are the leaders that will demand us to put ourselves in harms way to stop this insanity?  Who is willing to step up and show the way forward, the Martin Luther King, or Alice Paul, to help us define what is needed to slow the machine? Phone banks won’t win, though they help. But, point me to the person. We need leadership now more than ever.

Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Recommendations Comments

From the Wild Fish Conservancy. Support their efforts!

The public has been asked to provide comments on early scoping decisions regarding the Department of Ecology’s effort to develop new recommendations for managing commercial net pen aquaculture in Washington. We appreciate the Department’s interest in hearing from the public about this contentious issue, and we provide comments specific to Ecology’s scoping effort in the following document starting on page 7. However, we believe it is necessary to step back and first address some broader questions about the wisdom of allowing for-profit companies to produce non-native fish in state waters. This preface to our specific comments focuses on the inherent impacts and risks associated with industrial scale aquaculture in public waters, noting that Washington is the only state on the West Coast that has not forbidden Atlantic salmon net pens in its marine waters.

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