Skagit County to adjust hours at drive through site to better accommodate working people

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County on Thursday announced that it would adjust the hours of operation at its drive through testing site to better accommodate working people. The new hours of operation will begin Monday, September 21, 2020 and will be: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. “It has been difficult to balance resources, staff time and community needs at the testing site,” said Public Health Director Jennifer Johnson. “We’re glad to be in a place where these adjusted hours are possible. It will help fill an important community need.” The drive     (read more)

Changes proposed for crude oil movement reporting requirements

(OLYMPIA)– Knowing when, where and what kind of oil is transported across Washington state is critically important to first responders when a spill happens. This key information allows responders to better prepare for and respond to oil spills and other incidents. Washington state has reporting standards for facilities that receive crude oil by rail and pipelines that transport crude oil through the state. At the direction of the Legislature, the Department of Ecology is updating these rules and seeking public input. Ecology’s proposed rule amendments would: · Expand advance notice reporting requirements for facilities that receive crude oil by rail     (read more)

Public invited to comment on firefighting foam collection and disposal plan

(OLYMPIA)– The Washington Department of Ecology proposes to use the state’s hazardous waste contractor, Clean Harbors, to collect stockpiles of PFAS-containing firefighting foam from fire stations and select state agencies across Washington. Clean Harbors will transport the foam to their Aragonite commercial waste incineration facility located in Tooele County, Utah. PFAS, a class of persistent chemicals known formally as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, can easily contaminate soil and groundwater, are not broken down by any natural processes, and can exist in the environment for hundreds or thousands of years. Firefighters used to use PFAS-containing foams to extinguish oil and     (read more)

Secretary of State’s Office files petition regarding minor party presidential candidate requirements

(OLYMPIA)— Washington’s Office of the Secretary of State Monday filed a petition with Thurston County Superior Court seeking expedited clarification as to whether the secretary of state may accept or reject signatures of voters who signed nominating petitions for more than one minor party. According to state law, “[n]o person may sign more than one nominating petition under this chapter for an office for an election.” During the signature-verification process for nominating petitions submitted by the Alliance Party, the American Solidarity Party, and the Constitution Party, the Secretary of State’s Office found that numerous voters signed nominating     (read more)

Inslee declares state of emergency for statewide wildfires

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statewide emergency proclamation on Wednesday to ensure immediate response to multiple wildfires in Central and Eastern Washington, as well as the Olympic Peninsula. "Wildfires are threatening the safety and livelihoods of Washingtonians all across the state," Inslee said. "And the COVID-19 pandemic has put additional strain on our resources, as some of our usual support is further limited due to international movement restrictions." Firefighting resources throughout the state have been spread thin due to commitments to pre-existing and projected fire activity, and this current emergency is compounded by extreme high temperatures and dry     (read more)