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Stage 1 burn ban called for Chelan, Douglas counties

A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 4 p.m. today (Friday) in Chelan and Douglas counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue through noon Monday (Jan. 23), when conditions will be reassessed. (Jan 20 news release)

Pacific County shoreline program up for state review

A new program to manage approximately 1,200 miles of lake, river and marine shorelines within Pacific County will be open for public comment through the Washington Department of Ecology for 30 days beginning Jan. 23. (Jan 20 news release)

Ecology publishes first report on crude oil transported by rail

Statistics detailing how much crude oil is entering Washington by rail are now available thanks to the 2015 Oil Transportation Safety Act. (Jan 19 news release)

Ecology updates clean water permit to regulate manure pollution

The Washington Department of Ecology today issued an updated water quality permit requiring large-scale livestock operations in Washington to implement specific practices to better protect groundwater, rivers, lakes and marine waters from manure pollution. (Jan 18 news release)


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