pollution Section

Week of June 16 is ‘Toxics Awareness Week’ for City of Burien

Week of June 16 is ‘Toxics Awareness Week’ for City of Burien

At the request of Flight Pattern Kids (FPK), a non-profit environmental health research group, the City of Burien is proclaiming the week of June 16 – 21, 2014 as “Toxics Awareness Week.” Citizens... [Read more]

Dirt Alert! Learn about soil contamination from Asarco Smelter this Saturday

Dirt Alert! Learn about soil contamination from Asarco Smelter this Saturday

DIRT ALERT! Learn about soil contamination from the Asarco Smelter this Saturday, May 10 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Burien Library. Representatives from the Department of Ecology’s Tacoma... [Read more]

REMINDER: Burien’s Clean Sweep & Shred Day is this Saturday, April 26

REMINDER: Burien’s Clean Sweep & Shred Day is this Saturday, April 26

[EDITOR’S NOTE: BTB Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer is on the Board of Discover Burien, a local business non-profit.] REMINDER: It’s time again to roll up your sleeves to tackle trash and beautify... [Read more]

Home soil testing being offered for Tacoma Smelter Plume pollution in area

Home soil testing being offered for Tacoma Smelter Plume pollution in area

The Department of Ecology is working with Public Health – Seattle & King County to re-launch the Dirt Alert Program in South King County, and is offering free soil testing to local residents…

UPDATE: Stage 1 burn ban lifted for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties

UPDATE: Stage 1 burn ban lifted for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties

UPDATE 12/26/13 12:55 p.m.: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted the Stage 1 air quality burn bans for King, Pierce and Snohomish counties as of 11 a.m., so you can light that Yule Log back up “The... [Read more]

Port of Seattle completes environmental analysis for Part 150 Study

Port of Seattle completes environmental analysis for Part 150 Study

The Port of Seattle has completed an environmental analysis and prepared a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Checklist for Sea-Tac Airport’s draft Part 150 Noise and Land-Use Compatibility Study,... [Read more]

Burn Ban Lifted for King County

Burn Ban Lifted for King County

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced Monday (Jan. 21) that it is lifting the air quality burn bans in King and Snohomish counties,. However, a Stage 1 burn ban continues for Pierce County until further... [Read more]

Put Those Matches Down, Buddy – Stage 1 Burn Ban Re-Issued for King County

Put Those Matches Down, Buddy – Stage 1 Burn Ban Re-Issued for King County

Due to continuing cold weather and rising air pollution, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has re-issued a Stage 1 burn ban for King County, effective at 4 p.m. today – Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. A Stage... [Read more]

Order Amended to Speed Cleanup of Lora Lake Apartment Site in Burien

Order Amended to Speed Cleanup of Lora Lake Apartment Site in Burien

An amendment to a legal agreement between the Department of Ecology and the Port of Seattle will speed cleanup of the Lora Lake Apartments site in Burien (map below), according to an announcement released... [Read more]

LETTER: Photos Show Potentially-Damaging Large Suds in Miller Creek

LETTER: Photos Show Potentially-Damaging Large Suds in Miller Creek

Attached is a photo composite of several large suds piles in Miller Creek recorded November 26th, 2012. One is 12-15 feet long, 2+ feet tall, 2-4 feet wide. The suds begin to accumulate early every morning... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Dept. of Ecology’s Progress on Dottie Harper Park Soil Cleanup

PHOTOS: Dept. of Ecology’s Progress on Dottie Harper Park Soil Cleanup

The Washington State Department of Ecology has been working on cleaning up the soil in Burien’s Dottie Harper Park, and we found an update on their website. “This work is part of the Soil Safety... [Read more]

Stage 1 Burn Ban Issued For Western Washington

Stage 1 Burn Ban Issued For Western Washington

A Stage 1 burn ban was issued Wednesday morning (Jan. 11) for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, banning the use of fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves until air quality improves. “To... [Read more]

Rain Water Tour At Seahurst To Highlight Solutions To Polluted Runoff July 30th

Rain Water Tour At Seahurst To Highlight Solutions To Polluted Runoff July 30th

People For Puget Sound invites residents to a free, family-friendly ‘Rain Water’ tour on Saturday, July 30, beginning at the lower parking area of Seahurst Park, 2400 SW 140th St., from 10... [Read more]

PHOTOS: What Is The ‘Brown Gunk’ Found Seeping Into Seahurst Stream?

PHOTOS: What Is The ‘Brown Gunk’ Found Seeping Into Seahurst Stream?

BTB Reader Bob Smith sent us some photos recently, of what he calls “brown gunk” that he recently discovered seeping into a stream in Seahurst Park, just south of the main entrance driveway... [Read more]

READER PHOTOS: Oil/Fuel Spill Spotted Off Burien Shoreline

READER PHOTOS: Oil/Fuel Spill Spotted Off Burien Shoreline

On Friday, Nov. 26th Burien resident Wayne Sykes sent us the above photos and following email about an oil spill that he spotted off of Burien’s shoreline, west of SW 152nd: Appears to be a small... [Read more]

King County Announces Burn Ban To Run From July 15 – Sept. 30th

King County Announces Burn Ban To Run From July 15 – Sept. 30th

Put down those matches folks – King County announced Wednesday (July 14) that it will enact a burn ban beginning Thursday, July 15, and running through Sept. 30th. Here’s the full announcement... [Read more]

Ecology Seeking Public Comments On Lora Lake Apartment Cleanup May 4th

Ecology Seeking Public Comments On Lora Lake Apartment Cleanup May 4th

The Port of Seattle is conducting a “Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study” (RI/FS) for the Lora Lake Apartments site in Burien, with a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 4th, from... [Read more]

LETTER: Once Annexed, Can Burien Handle An Unhealthy Arbor Lake?

LETTER: Once Annexed, Can Burien Handle An Unhealthy Arbor Lake?

Arbor Lake is one, small, unhealthy lake. Within the next few weeks, the City of Burien will annex this lake into the city. The lake’s health problems, in large part, come from its public access.... [Read more]

Port Of Seattle Must Monitor Stormwater At Lora Lake Site For Pollutants; Dept. Of Ecology Seeking Comments

Port Of Seattle Must Monitor Stormwater At Lora Lake Site For Pollutants; Dept. Of Ecology Seeking Comments

The Port of Seattle announced that it will start sampling and testing stormwater from the former Lora Lake Apartment complex in Burien this winter as part of a legal agreement with the Department of Ecology... [Read more]

BTB Advertiser Burien Honda Goes “Green” With New Paint

BTB Advertiser Burien Honda Goes “Green” With New Paint

by Josh Hart Car companies and auto dealers have never been known as the most environmentally-conscious businesses around, but times are changing. Many car dealerships and auto body shops are now using... [Read more]

ADVISORY: “Air Stagnation Advisory”; Burn Ban In Effect

ADVISORY: “Air Stagnation Advisory”; Burn Ban In Effect

Late Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued an “Air Stagnation Advisory,” which basically declares a burn ban – so even though it’s cold outside, don’t you... [Read more]