Tree Trimming on Harstine Island

In order to meet the goals of offering its customers the safest and most reliable electrical service possible, Mason County PUD No. 3 has scheduled a tree trimming/removal project that will take place on South Island Drive between Trillium Lane and Chapman Road.

The tree trimming is scheduled to begin August 5, 2013, and will last approximately four weeks.

While the work is underway you may experience occasional traffic delays.
Your patience during this time is greatly appreciated.

If you have power lines that run through your property, please take a moment to see if there are any trees that could potentially fall into the lines. If you notice any such hazards, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call Shelton Line Superintendent Mike Speaks at (360) 426-8255, extension 3237 or Operations Manager Scott Peterson at (360) 426-8255, extension 3233.

DNR Board Meeting, August 2

Acquisition in Teanaway River Valley will be topic at special meeting. OLYMPIA – The state Board of Natural Resources will meet on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, to vote on the state’s acquisition of land in the Teanaway River Valley near Cle Elum. The meeting is open to the public.

Who: Washington State Board of Natural Resources
What: Special meeting
When: 9 a.m., Friday, August 2, 2013
Where: Room 175A-B, Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia, 98501

Driving directions:
Southbound: Take I-5 Exit 105A. Use the “State Capitol” lane.
Northbound: Take I-5 Exit 105. After exiting, keep to the LEFT for the “State Capitol” lane. Go through the roundabout and the tunnel. At first traffic light (Capitol Way), turn RIGHT. Turn RIGHT again at the next traffic light (11th Ave.). At next traffic light (Washington St. SE), turn RIGHT. Turn LEFT into the visitor parking lot. Parking costs $1.50 per hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Waterfowl Seasons, Protections For Octopuses

OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider adopting 2013-14 hunting seasons for migratory waterfowl and additional protective measures for giant Pacific octopuses in Puget Sound during a public meeting Aug. 2-3 in Olympia.

A public hearing is also scheduled to discuss several proposals to amend state wildlife interaction rules to incorporate measures from Washington’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and implement 2013 legislation.

The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 2 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3.

An agenda for the meeting is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/. On Friday, TVW (http://www.tvw.org/) is scheduled to provide a live webcast of the meeting.

Also during the August meeting, the commission will consider several land transactions and receive briefings on a variety of topics including the status of Washington’s sockeye salmon populations, WDFW’s legislative proposals for 2014 and the department’s 2013-15 capital budget.

Childrens Product Chemical List

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology is beginning the process of adding a chlorinated tris flame retardant (tris[1,3-dichloro-2-propyl]phosphate) and removing another chemical solvent called n-butanol from the list of chemicals that children’s product manufacturers must report on under the Children’s Safe Product Act (CSPA).

This rule-making process is in response to two petitions Ecology received to amend the reporting rule. These petitions, submitted by the Washington Toxics Coalition and the American Chemistry Council, provided information that was not available to the agency when the reporting rule was developed in 2011. Revising the list requires amending the rule.

Ecology, in consultation with the state Department of Health, developed the list of chemicals of high concern to children. The list currently contains 66 chemicals. Under the CSPA, manufacturers of children’s products must report to Ecology the use of these chemicals in their products. The reporting rule phased in the reporting requirements. Ecology has now received two sets of data reports from manufacturers.

Ecology invites public comments on the proposed rule revision. The comment period runs through Sept. 6, 2013. You can also submit comments in the following ways:

Testify or submit written comments at the public hearing to be held:

Aug. 27, 2013, at 6 p.m.
Department of Ecology headquarters building
300 Desmond Drive S.E., Lacey
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Mail comments to:

Department of Ecology
Joshua Grice
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, Wash. 98504-7600