FEBRUARY 15, 2016

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES 

Editorial: Cheap oil slowing stormwater cleanup

Editorial, February 14, 2016, The Spokesman Review

The city of Spokane’s aggressive program to control stormwater could be slowed by, of all things, cheap oil.

Much of the funding for the state’s water pollution control programs is generated by a 0.7 percent tax on 8,000 hazardous substances, with petroleum being by far the biggest source of revenue.

Read more here: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/feb/14/editorial-cheap-oil-slowing-stormwater-cleanup/

 

 

PEOPLE 

Paul Telford, who served 2 terms on the Port of Olympia Commission, dies at age 76

Rolf Boone, February 11, 2016, The Olympian

Paul Telford, who served two terms on the Port of Olympia Commission but who came to local prominence for his criticism of Thurston County government, died on Sunday from chemotherapy-related complications to treat cancer, his stepson said. Telford was 76.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article59876736.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

TRADE 

New maritime rule may jeopardize container trade, coalition says

Dan Wheat, February 11, 2016, Capital Press

U.S. exporters and importers could be faced with added costs and port turmoil this summer due to new martime cargo rule, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition says.

A new maritime rule on container weight documentation that goes into effect July 1 could create “major turmoil at marine terminals” and “significantly impede” U.S. exports, the Agriculture Transportation Coalition warns.

Read more here: http://www.capitalpress.com/Business/20160211/new-maritime-rule-may-jeopardize-container-trade-coalition-says

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