State Awards Contract To Address Environmental Concerns

Consultant selected for oil transportation study. Work continues on a study to analyze the impacts of marine and rail oil transportation in Washington state with a contract signed between the Department of Ecology and Environmental Research Consulting (ERC) of New York.

Ecology was tasked with conducting the study in the 2014 Legislative session through a budget proviso and is working in consultation with the Department of Transportation, Utilities and Transportation Commission, Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division, the Federal Railroad Administration, and tribal governments.

ERC has been awarded a $250,000 contract to work closely with Ecology’s technical team and diverse statewide stakeholders to produce a complete report that looks at the current and anticipated transportation and safety pictures for marine and rail. The report will also identify any gaps in the oil spill prevention, preparedness and response system.


State To Set Guidance For Reclaiming Wastewater

Will help supplement declining water supplies now and in the future Every year, millions of gallons of water go down the drain that could be re-used.The state Department of Ecology is developing guidance for local governments so they have an approved, standardized approach to reclaim water.

“Water is our most precious natural resource and is declining in many parts of our state” said Ecology Director Maia Bellon. “If we can be more efficient, it will help us balance competing needs – providing water for people while protecting stream flows for fish."

Reclaimed water is treated by sewer plants to ensure it’s safe for non-drinking uses, such as irrigating crops, flushing toilets or even controlling dust.


Chris Madill Appointed Traffic Safety Commission; Deputy Director

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) announced today that Chris Madill has been appointed Deputy Director, effective July 1. Mr. Madill began with the agency in January 2005 as a program manager and has served as Director of the Programs and Services Division since 2012. "We are pleased to welcome Chris into his new role as Deputy Director. He has unparalleled dedication to public service and is committed to our goal of Target Zero," said Darrin Grondel, Director of WTSC. Mr. Madill graduated with a degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and received his master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit Olympia, WA — July 2, 2014

New Laws For Long, Older Vessels

For vessels 65 feet or greater and 40 years or older. With the goal of avoiding costly taxpayer-funded clean-up of large sunken vessels and their contamination of public waterways, starting today a new state law requires owners to have insurance for vessels 65 feet or longer and 40 years or older.

The new law, approved by the state legislature and announced today by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), also requires an inspection of a vessel’s condition before sale. The law applies to both commercial and private vessel owners.