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Police and firefighters could have a serial arsonist on their hands.In the past few weeks, they responded to dumpster fires across Ballard, Magnolia, Interbay and Phinney Ridge-- including 4 fires on Sunday.Related HeadlinesSeattle Fire Department spokeswoman Kristin Tinsley said there have been 22 fires since December 21st. One of the four dumpster fires on Sunday happened about 2 p.m. at Red Mill Burgers in Phinney Ridge. Scroll down to continue readingTrending headlinesDOWNLOAD OUR FREE NEWS APP “At first it just looked like smoke. Then 20 seconds later coming back round the corner, there were flames shooting up and crazy,” said Alan Olson, a manager at Red Mill. He says the dumpster belongs to Starbucks next door. Olson said after the flames died down, he realized it was likely the latest target, of suspected serial dumpster arsonist. “It puts a lot of people in danger,” Olson said. The Seattle Fire Department created an interactive map of all the dumpster fires – some of them, investigators have confirmed to be arson. >> See an interactive map of the dumpster fires here.“We’ve seen 22 in this targeted area. That is a larger area than... (KIRO Seattle)
Meghan FinnertyBuy PhotoOne of the neighborhoods affected by the increased smell from High Acres Landfill is Magnolia Court, a new development built across the street from the waste site.(Photo: MAX SCHULTE/@maxrocphoto/staff photographer)Buy PhotoWhile the parties involved are at odds on many issues regarding the High Acres Landfill, they do agree on one thing: The 1,000-acre Waste Management facility located in the towns of Perinton and Macedon stinks.Way more than it should.Four months after town of Perinton officials and Waste Management began discussing the landfill's odor, the issue remains unresolved. The Facebook group Fresh Air For The Eastside has seen its membership grow to more than 2,200 and an overflow crowd estimated at more than 279 packed Tuesday's Perinton Conservation Board meeting at Perinton Town Hall.For those meetings if two to five community members show, "that's a lot typically," Commissioner of Public Works Eric Williams said. About 28 residents, as well as representatives from Waste Management, its consultants and the conservation board spoke at Tuesday's emotionally charged meeting.More: What's that smell? Odor from High Acres landfill rankles res...
The Koppers site is part of a larger area the city of Charleston has zoned for a mixed-use Brownfield redevelopment project, known as “Magnolia.” It includes commercial/retail use, office use, residential use, hotel use and civic and park space.After considering all information received during the public comment period, EPA will consult with DHEC and publish its final plan.The 102-acre Koppers site is located in the Neck Area amid industrial, commercial and residential properties. From 1940-78, Koppers operated a wood-treating facility on approximately 45 acres. The remaining 57-acre portion of the site, located south of Braswell Street, was owned by Ashepoo Phosphate/Fertilizer Works. EPA incorporated these 57-acres into the Koppers Site boundary to investigate historical waste disposal practices and environmental impacts.More information about the Koppers Superfund Site: www.epa.gov/superfund/koppers-charleston-plantFor the proposed plan and instructions for submitting public comments, see below: ... (Charleston Post Courier)
They weren't thieves or looters. They were volunteers who took it upon themselves to clean out the modest ranch house in outlying Magnolia, pushing wheelbarrows of sodden carpet and drywall and spreading armfuls of soggy, salvageable belongings on his front lawn."I tried to help out, but it was pretty obvious I was just getting in the way," Janak said with a laugh. "They are amazing, I tell you. I'm so touched."For many people in the Houston area, the real takeaway from Harvey has not been misery, but kindness. The crime and opportunism that often follows big storms has been a notable non-factor, at least for now. That stands in contrast to the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina, when reports of gunfire, looting and violence proliferated in New Orleans.Rescue crews from other states say the aftermath of Harvey, which has claimed at least 70 lives, has been marked by more friendliness than they've ever seen."This is the face of Houston, people who are giving in spirit," said Bill Baldwin, a real estate agent who started the Harvey Relief Hub, a one-stop place that dispatches volunteers to assignments and provides storm victims with everything from shampoo to dry shoes. "The kindness truly is the story of the storm."The generosity takes many forms: Neighbors wading through the floodwaters with elderly residents in ... (Fox News)
One of the “mega” sites will be at Magnolia Street at Huntington State Beach, where there will be a “Trash Free Jamboree” party following the clean-up, with 600 to 800 people expected to attend. There will be educational booths, raffles, environmental art and food trucks. A similar party will be held at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point.Wetlands, which often are catch areas for trash making its way downstream, will get a much-needed cleaning as well.Smith said California accounts for 10 percent to 15 percent of the worldwide tally of trash picked up during the one-day event. This year has been especially filthy along the coast after strong winter storms.But during the summer months, especially toward the end, he said, “it’s more about cleaning up the trash left by beachgoers.” According to the California Coastal Commission, residents and tourists make more than 150 million visits to California beaches each year.The effort to keep shorelines clear of marine debris comes at a cost: 90 West Coast communities spend a total of more than $520 million each year to combat litter, according to a 2012 study.And it’s not just economic impacts. One of the biggest problems with litter is the impact on the environment. Birds, fish and mammals can mistake plastic for food, and an estimated 245 species have been found to have ingested marine debris, according to the Coastal Commission.“Debris may cause choking and injuries, and with plastic filling their stomachs, animals may have a false feeling of being full and may die of starvation. Sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their favorite foods,” according to the commission’s website.Schwartz, the commission’s marine debris program manager, said he’s interested to see what volunteers find this year with all the water that flushed debris down creeks and riverbeds.“I have a feeling we’re going to encounter a lot more trash than we typically would,” he said.Volunteers document the debris they find as a way to educate.“This is our one chance each year to not only clean our beaches, but take a snapshot of what is littering our state,” Schwartz said. “We need everyone’s help — our real one opportunity to make significant changes, not only in the state of our beaches, but policies and educational effort. We have to stop trash from reaching our beaches in the first place.”Despite efforts to curb cigarette butts, they still make up 37 percent to 40 percent of the trash collected. “It’s a very significant problem,” Schwartz said. “They are incredibly toxic to our environment. It’s made of plastic, the same as our sunglasses are made of, it never biodegrades and it leaches toxins into the environment that can kill fish or make our children who ingest them sick.”Recent plastic bag laws, however, have had a big impact. “That’s been a real success story in the state,” he said. In 2008, volunteers picked up 52,544 plastic bags. In 2015, with about the same number of volunteers, there were 23,441 collected, he said.“That’s because so many cities had put bans in place,” he said. “I’ll be very curious to see what the numbers look like moving forward. That’s one of the things about collecting data — it helps us figure out if policies and regulations are working, and here we see that they are.”Environmental advocates are pushing for laws against other trash that is commonly found, including straws and Styrofoam products.“The data helps guide us toward what the next goal needs to be,” Schwartz said. “It helps us establish new education... (Long Beach Press Telegram)