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Landowner fined $90,000 for destroying wetlands in Pierce County

A Pierce County landowner has been fined $90,000 after he hired a contractor in November 2016 to illegally drain, clear, and fill two protected wetlands in order to expand a planned housing development. (August 16 news release)

Skagit County farm, Ecology settle irrigation fine

A blueberry farm on Cockreham Island along the Skagit River will restore habitat on a nearby stream under a settlement agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology. (August 10 news release)

Smoke on the water, smoke in your eyes, what are you doing Friday at 5?

Wildfire smoke can come on suddenly and last from hours to weeks. I’m sure you’ve noticed that Washington is currently smothered in smoke from the British Columbia wildfires. (August 4 blog)

Intalco fined for air quality violations

Intalco Aluminum has been fined $32,500 for air quality permit violations at its Ferndale smelter tied to issues with the facility’s operations and to a November 2016 fire at the plant. (August 4 news release)

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