Mar 14, 2019

Lacey #WA & internet event: 3/18 Governor's Southern Resident #Orca Task Force Meeting

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Mar 13, 2019

Bellingham WA: I & J Waterway Cleanup Documents and Comment Period

Harbor Seal photo credit CJ Dunham at

Public comments will be accepted until March 20, 2019. Ian Fawley of the WA State Dept of Ecology wrote 3/12 that there have not been any public comments submitted yet and no requests for a public meeting. Please go to the project website for updated info on the cleanup  per email message below. There was a well-attended 2/23 tour of the waterway led by a representative of the nonprofit - visit to see a brief recap of the tour, and the description under the video also has the links to find further info.

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From: Fawley, Ian (ECY) <>
Date: Thu, Feb 14, 2019, 9:58 AM
Subject: Ecology Notice: I & J Waterway Cleanup Documents and Comment Period Feb 19 – Mar 20, 2019
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You are receiving this email notice because you have expressed interest in the Department of Ecology's Bellingham Bay cleanup activities. 
The Department of Ecology invites you to review and comment on a cleanup action plan and associated documents for the I & J Waterway Cleanup Site on the Bellingham waterfront. The plan calls for removing and capping contaminated sediment, monitoring, and restricting uses.
The plan is part of a legal agreement, called an agreed order, between Ecology, the Port of Bellingham (Port), and Bornstein Seafoods (Bornstein). The agreed order requires the Port and Bornstein to design the sediment removal work described in the plan. The following documents are available for review and comment February 19 – March 20, 2019:

·         Cleanup Action Plan
·         Agreed Order
The contamination at the Site is from historic industrial activities and includes:
·      polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
·      phthalates
·      phenols
·      nickel
Other contaminants found at the Site:
·      dioxins and furans
·      polychlorinated biphenyls
·      mercury
The contaminant levels are potentially harmful and must be addressed under Washington's cleanup law, the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA).

Comments accepted:
February 19 – March 20, 2019
Ecology's I & J Waterway webpage:
·         Cleanup documents and review locations
·         Site details
·         Contact information
More information?
Attend a tour of the Site
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities will host a walking tour of the Site on:
·         Saturday, February 23 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
28 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, WA 98225
·         Ecology, Port, and Bornstein site managers will be available for questions.
·         For details visit
Contact Ian Fawley, Ecology Outreach Specialist
Call 360-255-4382 or email:
Request a Meeting
If ten or more persons request a public meeting about the Cleanup Action Plan, Ecology will provide notice and hold a meeting

Best Regards,


Ian Fawley
Community Outreach & Environmental Education Specialist
Washington State Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office  |  Toxics Cleanup Program
Office: 360-255-4382  |  Cell:  425-324-5901  |

Mar 11, 2019

Everywhere: Plastic’s Health Risks

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Date: Sat, Mar 9, 2019 at 6:11 AM
Subject: Plastic's Health Risks

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Virtually all plastic on Earth is made from fossil fuels, and a new report follows the life cycle of plastic from the moment an oil and gas well is drilled to the time plastic trash breaks down in the environment, finding "distinct risks to human health" at every stage.
But industry groups are eager to create a new "Plastics Belt" in the Ohio River Valley, driven by fracked oil and gas, and argue that it's better to make plastic and petrochemicals here than in places like China, with its infamous air pollution problems.
In the latest installment of our Fracking for Plastics series, Sharon Kelly digs into these claims and others that try to justify a shale-fueled expansion in the U.S.
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By Sharon Kelly (15 min. read)
A new report traces the life cycle of plastic from the moment an oil and gas well is drilled to the time plastic trash breaks down in the environment, finding "distinct risks to human health" at every stage.
Virtually all plastic — 99 percent of it, according to the Center for International Environmental Law report — comes from fossil fuels. And a growing slice comes from fracked oil and gas wells and the natural gas liquids they produce.
The report concluded that plastics bring toxic or carcinogenic health risks to people at every stage. Read more.
By Justin Mikulka (7 min. read)
The U.S. exported a record 3.6 million barrels per day of oil in February. This oil is the result of the American fracking boom — and as a report from Oil Change International recently noted — its continued growth is undermining global efforts to limit climate change. The Energy Information Administration predicts U.S. oil production will increase again in 2019 to record levels, largely driven by fracking in the Permian shale in Texas and New Mexico.
And the U.S. is not alone in trying to maximize oil and gas production. Despite the financial failures of the U.S. fracking industry, international efforts to duplicate the American fracking story are ramping up across the globe. Read more.
By Ashley Braun (2 min. read)
By now, it's no secret that oil companies have been long aware of the risks of climate change from burning fossil fuels. Exxon had "no doubt" that carbon dioxide was a global threat by the late 1970s, and Shell wrote in 1988 that the resulting climate change might lead to "the greatest [changes] in recorded history."
But decades before, the oil industry was already privy to — and giving its own internal warnings about — the climate threats of carbon pollution from burning its products. In fact, as one science-and-art collaboration illustrated this week, that was happening before humans even landed on the Moon in 1969. Read more.
By Dave Pomerantz, Energy and Policy Institute (6 min. read)
The hedge fund trying to buy a New Mexico coal plant slated for closure has pitched legislators on its plan: it wants to install expensive technology to capture the plant's carbon pollution, despite the fact that the plant is closing because it cannot compete economically with renewable energy.
The City of Farmington, which is in talks to sell the plant to Acme, asked New Mexico legislators on Saturday to amend a bill currently under debate, the Energy Transition Act, to allow Acme the time it says it needs to install the carbon capture technology. Legislators planned to consider the amendment on Monday. The bill aims to transition the state's economy to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050. Read more.
By Climate Investigations Center (3 min. read)
In February, the Climate Investigations Center's Kert Davies was an invited speaker at a collaborative conference held at Brown University on the economic impacts of climate change and the opposition to policy advances. The day long event, America's Climate Change Future: Housing Markets, Stranded Assets, and Entrenched Interests, gathered experts on a range of climate change topics ranging from increased flood risk and stranded assets in fossil fuels, to the climate change countermovement and misinformation campaigns.
Alongside keynote speaker Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Brown professor Timmons Roberts, Davies participated in a discussion on a recently published paper by Justin Farrell of Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The paper's focus on the "institutional and corporate structure of the climate change countermovement" helped shaped a discussion which outlined the existing body of research the paper built on. Read more.
By Zeke Hausfather, Carbon Brief (10 min. read)
A misleading graph purporting to show that past changes in Greenland's temperatures dwarf modern climate change has been circling the internet since at least 2010.
However, warming is expected to continue in the future as human actions continue to emit greenhouse gases, primarily from the combustion of fossil fuels. Climate models project that if emissions continue, by 2050, Greenland temperatures will exceed anything seen since the last interglacial period, around 125,000 years ago. Read more.
By Climate Denier Roundup (3 min. read)
DeSmog published a story this week from the Climate Investigations Center that touches on an interesting angle that's emerging in the climate world as kids lead the way.
The article describes a conference last month at Brown University that featured a 90-minute panel built around a recent study in Nature Climate Change showing how decades of concerted misinformation played a key role in the current climate of climate denial. The event was convened by Brown's Climate Development Lab. Brown students at the lab recently compiled and published a report giving the backstory on a dozen climate denial coalitions. Read more.
By Karen Savage, Climate Liability News (9 min. read)
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a 123-year-old trade group that has worked diligently to defend Big Oil in the burgeoning climate liability battles, has also taken on another opponent to the status quo: investors.
In addition to filing briefs in defense of the fossil fuel industry, launching campaigns to discredit the communities filing suits and intervening on the side of the federal government in a landmark constitutional climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, NAM has rallied behind efforts to keep corporate shareholders from influencing how oil companies conduct business. Read more.
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