Spokane airport (finally) hands its shoes to state regulators

https://tconnor.substack.com/p/fridays-postcard-and-the-spokane Finally…Eighty-three months have passed since PFAS “forever chemicals” were detected in groundwater at Spokane International Airport (SIA). On this timeline—against the backdrop of a years-long cover-up and the airport’s ‘get-off-my-lawn’ blame-shifting —today is significant. For the first time, SIA representatives are meeting with state Department of Ecology officials to begin implementing a cleanup plan for the notorious PFAS water pollution, a task that will likely extend well beyond the nine square miles encompassed by the airport’s boundaries. Continue reading Spokane airport (finally) hands its shoes to state regulators

Nooksack – Washington State Department of Ecology

In May 2024, we began the adjudication process in Whatcom County Superior Court and notified all involved water users. In the months after the case begins, all water users will need to file a claim describing their water use, so the court can inventory all legal water rights in order. Nooksack – Washington State Department of Ecology Continue reading Nooksack – Washington State Department of Ecology

‘Not a finish line’: For water providers, new PFAS rule is first step

‘Not a finish line’: For water providers, new PFAS rule is first step | HeraldNet.com The EPA’s new rule only applies to water suppliers that serve 15 or more residents, known as “Group A” water systems. At least 1 million Washington residents have private wells or use smaller water suppliers, called “Group B” systems. The Safe Drinking Water Act doesn’t protect these wells, some of which are near Harrington Lagoon. Those wells also likely have PFAS contamination, Lovie said. “They’re not eligible for any of the loans or grants that Group A water systems can get to take care of … Continue reading ‘Not a finish line’: For water providers, new PFAS rule is first step

Feds say he masterminded an epic California water heist. Some farmers say he’s their Robin Hood

Panoche official accused of epic California water heist – Los Angeles Times (latimes.com) “They told me they were investigating my boss for water theft, and they wanted to know if I wanted to go to federal prison with him,” Zavala said in his testimony. Panoche official accused of epic California water heist – Los Angeles Times (latimes.com) Continue reading Feds say he masterminded an epic California water heist. Some farmers say he’s their Robin Hood

Coupeville to study reuse of water

Coupeville will look at ways to reuse treated wastewater and reduce nutrients in the effluent. Coupeville to study reuse of water | Whidbey News-Times (whidbeynewstimes.com) The Town of Coupeville will soon begin to look at ways to reuse treated wastewater while continuing to identify solutions to reduce the amount of nutrients discharged into Puget Sound. According to Public Works Director Joe Grogan, water is the most important resource on Whidbey Island, and its availability is increasingly at risk due to climate change and a growing population. “Water will be more valuable to the entire community,” Grogan said. “Instead of discharging … Continue reading Coupeville to study reuse of water

EPA moves to make US polluters pay for cleanup of two forever chemicals

Superfund law requires industries responsible for PFOA and PFOS contamination in water or soil to pay for cleanup EPA moves to make US polluters pay for cleanup of two forever chemicals | US Environmental Protection Agency | The Guardian The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday designated two forever chemicals that have been used in cookware, carpets and firefighting foams as hazardous substances, an action intended to ensure quicker cleanup of the toxic compounds and require industries and others responsible for contamination to pay for their removal. Continue reading EPA moves to make US polluters pay for cleanup of two forever chemicals

PFAS Enforcement Discretion and Settlement Policy Under CERCLA

PFAS Enforcement Discretion and Settlement Policy Under CERCLA | US EPA Memorandum provides direction about how the EPA will exercise its enforcement discretion under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) in matters involving per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances … Continue reading PFAS Enforcement Discretion and Settlement Policy Under CERCLA

Biden-Harris Administration Finalizes Critical Rule to Clean up PFAS Contamination to Protect Public Health

EPA action designates two widely used PFAS as hazardous substances under the Superfund law, improving transparency and accountability to clean up PFAS contamination in communities Biden-Harris Administration Finalizes Critical Rule to Clean up PFAS Contamination to Protect Public Health | … Continue reading Biden-Harris Administration Finalizes Critical Rule to Clean up PFAS Contamination to Protect Public Health