U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honors Issaquah company with Clean Air Excellence Award

April 6, 2014

NEW – 6 a.m. April 6, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has honored Issaquah company Tribal Healthy Homes Northwest as one of nine recipients of its 2014 Clean Air Excellence Awards.

The Issaquah-based business was recognized for its efforts to improve tribal indoor air quality.

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Residents sue Cedar Grove Composting over odors

February 5, 2013

In Mirrormont, longtime homeowner Cathe Avila can no longer keep windows open at home, or walk black Labrador retriever Django in the neighborhood.

The problem, she said, is the odor from the Cedar Grove Composting facility in unincorporated King County between Issaquah and Maple Valley, about seven miles southwest of downtown Issaquah.

Avila said the odor is traceable to 2004, once Cedar Grove starting accepting food scraps for composting.

“Then, after that, the smell just started getting worse and worse,” she said.

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Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issues burn ban

January 18, 2013

NEW — 3:30 p.m. Jan. 18, 2013

King County is under a Stage 1 burn ban, effective at 4 p.m. Friday and in place until further notice.

The moratorium from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency comes after a previous burn ban ended Wednesday. The agency issues air quality burn bans when air pollution rises — or is forecast to reach — unhealthy levels.

During a Stage 1 burn ban, no burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves. Residents should rely instead on other, cleaner heat sources, such as a furnace or electric baseboard heaters, for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.

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King County burn ban ends as air quality improves

January 16, 2013

NEW — 2:15 p.m. Jan. 16, 2013

Improving air quality led the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency to lift a burn ban in King County at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The agency issues air quality burn bans when air pollution rises — or is forecast to reach — unhealthy levels.

Meanwhile, a Stage 1 burn ban remains in effect for Pierce and Snohomish counties.

During a Stage 1 burn ban, no burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves. Residents should rely instead on other, cleaner heat sources, such as a furnace or electric baseboard heaters, for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.

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Fireplace use is prohibited under regional burn ban

January 14, 2013

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14, 2013

Burning is prohibited in wood-burning fireplaces and wood stoves during a regional burn ban issued by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

The authority issued a burn ban King, Pierce and Snohomish counties until further notice after many areas around Puget Sound reached air pollution levels unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Forecasters expect the cold, dry, and stagnant weather conditions to extend into the week. The agency continues to monitor air quality and weather.

Under a Stage 2 burn ban, no burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts, or pellet stoves. Violators face a $1,000 penalty.

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Department of Ecology seeks comments on emission rules

November 13, 2012

The public can review and comment on proposed routine updates to the state rule for low-emission vehicle standards before Nov. 14.

In 2005, Gov. Chris Gregoire and state legislators adopted California’s vehicle emissions standards. The controls limit emissions of greenhouse gases and common air pollutants, such as carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter.

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Unstable conditions prompt red flag warning for fire danger

September 13, 2012

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Sept. 13, 2012

Issaquah is under a regional red flag warning as a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and high temperatures create explosive fire growth potential.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle said the red flag warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday.

The combination of wind and humidity can cause fire to spread rapidly. Other factors could lead to larger fires. The red flag warning means critical fire weather conditions already started, or could occur shortly.

Meanwhile, smoke from wildfires in Central and Eastern Washington reached the Puget Sound region.

Smoke from the lightning-sparked wildfires is causing air quality problems throughout the state.

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Summer heat increases smog risk, impacts air quality

August 21, 2012

Summer in Western Washington means a respite from the rain, but the season also brings wildfires and increased ozone levels.

The result is diminished air quality and increased health risks for people battling heart and lung diseases.

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Temperature to inch close to 100 degrees in Issaquah

August 16, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 16, 2012

Expect the temperature to climb to almost 100 degrees in Issaquah on Thursday, as the week comes to a simmering conclusion.

National Weather Service meteorologists in Seattle forecast a high temperature near 96 and sunny conditions for Thursday. Expect a high temperature near 94 and sunny conditions on Friday. The high temperature is expected to drop to a more manageable 82 degrees Saturday.

Issaquah is under a regional excessive heat warning. The alert means the region is in a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures, and the combination of heat and humidity can cause heat-related illnesses. The excessive heat warning is in effect until 11 p.m. Friday.

The city is also under a regional red flag warning, meaning a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and high temperatures can create explosive fire potential. The red flag warning is in effect until 11 a.m. Thursday.

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Heat-related smog advisory issued for King County

August 15, 2012

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 2012

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency forecasters said smog pollution in King and Pierce counties could reach unhealthy levels as temperatures rise to 90 degrees and beyond.

Smoggy conditions should mostly impact communities in the Cascade foothills, including Issaquah. Pollution generated by vehicle traffic and activities in the urban areas of Everett, Seattle and Tacoma accumulates as particles move to outlying suburban and rural areas.

Smog levels may remain elevated in the Cascade foothills through Saturday. The agency offers a tool for residents to check air quality in Issaquah and other locations.

Exposure to smog can trigger asthma attacks, make breathing difficult, exacerbate lung and heart problems, and weaken the immune system. The state Department of Health recommends for people sensitive to air pollution to limit time spent outdoors.

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