Tag Archives: Washington State Department of Ecology

Preserving Eelgrass While Remediating Legacy Contamination

What do you do when the State requires you to take action, yet prohibits that action? It’s a conundrum that takes imagination and determination. The Setup For over 100 years, several companies used the nearshore at the former Custom Plywood … Continue reading

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Applying Net Environmental Benefit Analysis to Contaminated Sites

First, do no harm…. Or at least don’t do more harm than good. That’s the idea behind NEBA—Net Environmental Benefit Analysis—as applied to the cleanup of contaminated sites. As defined by a vintage 1990s Department of Energy paper on the … Continue reading

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Ecology’s New Freshwater Sediment Criteria

The Washington State Department of Ecology has released Revised Sediment Management Standards that will become effective in September 2013. Differences from the existing Marine Sediment Criteria include: Shorter list of compounds Criteria are based on dry weight rather than organic … Continue reading

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Ocean Acidification—What’s Being Done?

Our world’s oceans are becoming acidic nearly ten times faster than any time in the past 50 million years. This is because they absorb a percentage of the increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; certain types of runoff … Continue reading

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