News - Puget Soundkeeper Alliance

Today’s announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it would initiate Clean Water Act rulemaking processes to revise the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) makes a start toward undoing destructive impacts of the Trump administration’s Dirty Water Rule. The process is designed to first restore pre-2015 protections and then establish a new definition …

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Puget Soundkeeper Alliance is pleased to announce our new executive director, Sean Dixon. Sean is a former Senior Attorney at Hudson Riverkeeper and most recently worked as Chief of Staff for the Region 1 (New England) office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We’re excited to have him on board. “Sean connects to people with …

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Like many other parts of the country, Washington state gets a failing grade on stormwater and wastewater infrastructure. In its most recent infrastructure report card, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Washington state a “D+” for stormwater infrastructure and “C-” for wastewater infrastructure. Most of our state’s wastewater systems are beyond their design life, …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17th, 2021 Contacts: Senator Mona Das, (360) 786-7692 Representative Liz Berry, (206) 709-5260 Brad Boswell, Washington Beverage Association,brad@boswellconsulting.org, (206) 300-6270 Brad Lovaas, Washington Refuse & Recycling Association, brad@wrra.org, (360) 943-8859 Mandy Apa, Environment Washington, aapa@environmentwashington.org, (808) 230-6919 Giovanni Severino, Latino Community Fund of Washington, giovanni@latinocommunityfund.org, (509) 949-2413 Sara Papanikolaou, Oceana, spapanikolaou@oceana.org, …

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We are happy to report that, despite dramatic changes in how the legislature conducted business and prioritized policies this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Soundkeeper and our partners and Champions in Olympia were successful in passing several important environmental laws! Here is the latest update from Olympia as we wind down this year’s legislative …

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Puget Soundkeeper has a long history of working to stop stormwater pollution to Puget Sound. This legislative session we continued this legacy by helping secure funding for studies of 6PPD-quinone – an oxidation product of a chemical additive in tires that is intended to prevent damage to tire rubber from ozone. Researchers recently demonstrated that …

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On April 7, the Washington State House voted 73-24 to pass Senate Bill 5022, marking a significant step forward in tackling the runaway plastics crisis in Washington. The bill bans expanded polystyrene peanuts, coolers and foodware; requires businesses to provide single-use utensils, cups, lids and other foodware only upon customer request; and ensures that plastic beverage bottles, household cleaning and personal care bottles, plus trash bags, contain minimum levels of post-consumer recycled content. SB 5022 passed the Senate in March and will head to Governor Inslee’s desk for his …

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We are happy to report that most of Soundkeeper’s Legislative priorities are moving forward! Here are the latest developments from our Policy Team:  SB5022 Plastics and Recycling bill: We are excited to report that SB5022 was voted out of the House Appropriations Committee late on Thursday, April 1, with all key elements intact, including the Styrofoam …

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On Wednesday March 31 President Biden announced his American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion domestic investment package that will “create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and position the United States to out-compete China.” Access to clean, safe and affordable water is a basic human right; but it is a right too often neglected …

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In the fall of 2020, volunteers across the Green-Duwamish Watershed collected water samples tosurvey for microplastics (plastic fragments and fibers smaller than 5mm). Microplastics are an emerging concern to the health of our waterways, the organisms that inhabit them, and the humans who rely upon them. Measuring their prevalence in local waterways can increase public …

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