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Appeals Court: Clean Up Spokane River PCB Pollution

Dept of Ecology must redo permit for Spokane County's Wastewater Treatment Facility consistent with water quality laws

Spokane River Fish Advisory

The Washington State Court of Appeals on Aug. 16 issued the third legal decision in favor of Spokane River advocates seeking to stop more PCBs from being added to the Spokane River from Spokane County’s wastewater treatment facility.

Three courts have now ruled that the Department of Ecology failed to do what the law requires: analyze whether the County’s discharge of PCBs has potential to violate state water quality standards, and if so, then impose appropriate limits to prevent such violations. 

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Vancouver City Council Bans Crude Oil Terminals!

Rally in VancouverThe Vancouver City Council voted unanimously on July 18 to ban crude oil storage, handling and refining, effectively banning any new proposals to export crude oil from Vancouver, Washington. Sierra Club, working in partnership with the Stand Up to Oil Coalition, seized this opportunity to send Gov. Jay Inslee a clear message that he should deny the project. 

Before the vote, we organized a rally and march to show just how opposed the public is to crude oil exports. About 150 people came to show their support for the city and their opposition to crude oil exports.

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40 Groups Oppose New Dams, Diversions in Alpine Lakes Area

Colchuck Lake, Alpine Lakes Wilderness (USDA)Water Conservation is Better Option for Water Scarcity

Forty conservation and outdoor recreation organizations on May 11 submitted comments on a controversial proposal to build dams and divert water from seven lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This 400,000-acre federal wilderness area is among the most popular and beloved wilderness areas in the United States.

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Sierra Club Promotes a Better Sound Transit Plan

Sound Transit trainSierra Club is actively working to improve the Sound Transit 3 draft plan.  We sent comment letters to the ST board emphasizing the need to link the transportation investments with designated urban centers in land-use plans and bring the key high ridership lines into service more quickly.  These priorities will help us reduce greenhouse gasses from the transportation sector sooner.

We advocate for completing the Graham Street and 130th Street stations among the early deliverable projects.  More comments will be addressed to the board at upcoming ST board meetings.  Let's make the ST3 plan a better one worth supporting. 

See our Letter to Sound Transit Boardmembers.

See our letter: Supporting Infill Stations at S. Graham St. and NE 130th St.

Nonviolent Direct Action and the Necessity Defense

Delta 5 on railroad tracksNonviolent oil-train activists set a precedent in January after successfully presenting the necessity defense in a U.S. climate change trial.

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No Methanol Plant in Tacoma!

Tacoma methanol plant demonstratonThe proposal to build the world’s largest methanol plant at the Port of Tacoma has been canceled. Activism can work! Communities can make a difference! Thanks to all of you who provided help and support.

Sierra Club members, our partner RedLine Tacoma, and other local environmental groups are cautiously celebrating Northwest Innovation Work’s (NWIW) decision announced April 19 to terminate its lease in Tacoma.

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Power of the People: The Ongoing Fight Against Oil-by-Rail

EFSEC hearingWhat happens when the largest oil-by-rail terminal in North America is proposed along the most important river west of the Mississippi? A community transforms and bands together in ways they did not know was possible. This is the story of Southern Washington’s fight against the most powerful and unyielding kind of corporate power — big oil.

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Puget Sound Energy Makes Move to Transition Off Coal Power

Binding Order Secures Pathway To Retirement for Colstrip Units I and 2 In Montana

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission on March 17 approved a petition filed by Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Sierra Club and the NW Energy Coalition asking to delay the pending April 1, 2016, rate case with the commitment that PSE include a retirement and cleanup plan for the older coal-fired units Colstrip Units 1 and 2. The new rate case must be filed no later than Jan. 17, 2017.

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Army Helicopter Proposed Training Areas Pose Potential Risks

Image of Army helicopterThe U.S. Army’s Aviation Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord announced its intent to establish off-base helicopter training and landing areas in the state of Washington. 

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The Ivy League and the Legion of Broom

Work party to remove invasive speciesPierce County's Tatoosh group takes on invasive plants 

For many years now, Tatoosh Group members have worked to remove invasive plants from parks in Tacoma. Known informally as the Ivy League, the group has traditionally focused on removing English ivy from forested areas, such as Point Defiance Park and Snake Lake Nature Preserve.

The Ivy League is now expanding its work to other areas of Tacoma and Pierce County. 

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Our Wild America: Campaign Update

Grizzly bear2015 was a successful year for the Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign, ushering in new wilderness areas in the Alpine Lakes as well as permanent protection for three new rivers: the Middle Fork Snoqualmie, Pratt, and Illabot Creek! 

The National Park Service kicked off a long-awaited process to augment the grizzly bear population in Washington’s North Cascades National Park. The Forest Service has invited conservation groups and the public to examine the Northwest Forest Plan–the first ecosystemwide, science-based forest management doctrine that helped end endless old-growth logging in the 1990s. All these opportunities have kept us busy in our enduring effort to protect wild places for generations to come.

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South King County Group Restores Habitat and Fights Coal

The South King County Group has a long-term commitment to restoring habitat along Soos Creek.Barred Owl Dan Streiffert

Members of the South King County Group have completed many service events at Soos Creek Park to address rebounding invasive flora at their past planting sites. They also helped with a large King County volunteer event in support of our Soos Creek Park work.

The group received a $5,000 grant from the Rose Foundation to support purchase of plants and hog fuel. Two service outings included plantings and restoration using these new materials.

Here's more news about their volunteer work in south King County -- including what they're doing to fight coal!

(Photo: Dan Streiffert)

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