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Pollution limits in Spokane River prompt city officials to seek reprieve from EPA

Mayor David Condon of Spokane has told the Spokane City Council of a $340M effort to streamline work on improving the health of the Spokane river and those who live in cities and towns along its banks in Washington and Idaho.

The effort includes construction of underground stormwater tanks to halt sewage spillage into the river as well as installing new technology in the city’s wastewater treatment center to remove dioxins and PCBs from the river; however, the tanks and technology are not likely to be installed and fully operational until 2034.

Local environmental activists and organizations have expressed concern and dismay at the measure arguing it does not effectively address toxicity along the Spokane river….Read More

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