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Legislation creating a directly elected Sound Transit Board moves out of committee with bipartisan support
By MARIYA FROST  | 
Feb 27, 2017

The bill was supported out of committee by nine legislators, including Democrat Senators Steve Hobbs and Kevin Van de Wege. It has been referred to Senate Rules, from which it needs to be pulled in order to move to the Senate Floor for debate. The committee’s ranking minority member, Senator Hobbs, shared concerns about the bill during a public hearing in January, yet supported the legislation out of committee.

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King County Focuses on Unknown Risk from Septic Tanks but Minimizes Huge Risk from Sewage Overflows
By TODD MYERS  | 
Feb 27, 2017

Last year, when King County Board of Health officials launched an effort to raise $3.5 million in new fees, they explained the justification. “Fecal coliform,” they wrote, “can originate from a variety of sources, including improperly treated wastewater by on-site sewage systems, agricultural runoff, wildlife, and infrequently from wastewater treatment facility overflows.”

Ironically, less than one year later, what the county said happened “infrequently” has occurred, with about 300 million gallons of wastewater and raw sewage pouring into Puget Sound. As the Seattle Times notes, “if more storms come, sewage will continue cascading into the Sound.”

The contrast between the focus on septic tanks while minimizing the risk from sewage overflows says a great deal about the failure of King County environmental policy.

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