Trump Rolls Back EPA Regulation

Apparently, our "president" did it again! Tuesday morning Trump signed a moratorium on rolling back President Obama restrictions for coal mining on federal lands. 

According to the Washington Post, “This is an important moment for EPA,” chief of staff Ryan Jackson wrote. “As the Administrator has mentioned many times, we do not have to choose between environmental protection and economic development.”

In recent weeks, Trump has vowed to slash EPA funding, which could result in deficiencies in many environmental protect programs, not only nationally, but also statewide.

Trump to Slash EPA Budget, Puget Sound Fallout

On Thursday, President Trump outlined his plans to slash 31% of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. The specifics on exactly what programs will be slashed in that included 31% reduction is still hazy, with no real detailed plan released by the White House. But, the bold statement beckons back to the Trump campaign theme to significantly reduce government spending in environmental and social services.

Bainbridge Island Residents Worried After King County Sewage Releases

In the wake of the King County Wastewater Treatment plant operating at less than full capacity after heavy rainfall resulted in flooding and insurmountable damage to the plant, Bainbridge Island residents are concerned about the water quality and safety on their beaches. 

The plant has been continually releasing excess sewage from the plant since early February, with no time frame available of when they will be able to fix all of their equipment. The wastewater treatment plant is located 4 miles from Bainbridge Island, which is raising concerns for Bainbridge residents.

Tanker Rollover Carrying Butane Causes I-5 Shutdown

A crash involving a tanker carrying butane and multiple vehicles has resulted in a rollover of the tanker on Interstate 5 between I-90 and the West Seattle Bridge in both directions. The Washington State Department of Transportation has warned driver to expect heavy congestion to and through downtown Seattle. They haven’t given an estimated time for reopening and drivers should use alternate routes or expect lengthy delays.

Sewage released to Puget Sound after enormous downpour Pineapple Express

After enormous amounts of rain today in the Western Washington area, the King County Wastewater Treatment Division reported that they had experienced flooding at their West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle, WA. 

As a result, they've had to shut down some of their operations and divert 150-200 million gallons of combined stormwater and wastewater to an emergency bypass outfall into Puget Sound since about 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning. 

Trump reversal of Dakota pipeline

Today President Trump signed a presidential order to roll back the halt of two controversial oil pipelines, the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access. 

This reversal comes after, under the Obama administration, the State Department rejected TransCanada's application for a permit to complete the Keystone XL pipeline. Then, after a growing backlash from Native American groups from across the country and environmentalists, former President Obama put a stop to the Dakota pipeline. 

150 miles from Standing Rock, pipeline rupture spews oil into creek

In a North Dakota creek pipeline burst, electric monitoring equipment failed to detect an equipment rupture. According to sources,“[M]ore than 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek, according to the pipeline’s operator, about 150 miles from the site of the Standing Rock protests.

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