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Debate Over Coal Burns On In The Northwest

Ross Reynolds
07/26/2012 at 12:00 p.m.

Waste Management On Strike — No Garbage Collection Until Current Contract Is Trashed: A strike by yard waste drivers could affect up to 200,000 residents in King County and South Snohomish. Recycling and yard waste drivers for Waste Management walked off the job Wednesday morning. The work stoppage comes after months of negotiations between Teamsters Local 117 and Waste Management. At issue is the workers compensation package. Teamsters say their yard waste and recycle drivers are getting paid less than fellow garbage drivers.

Debate Over Coal Burns On: The Northwest is embroiled in a debate over coal trains. There are plans to expand shipment of coal from Wyoming and Montana through the Northwest on trains to six different ports, where it would be put on ships and sent to Asia to be burned for power. Some are excited about the new jobs that could come with coal. Others worry about the environmental problems, high volume of trains, and global climate impact of burning all that coal.

The Race For The First Congressional Seat: One of the most hard–fought races on the primary ballot this year is the race for the 1st Congressional District in Washington state. The open seat was once held by Democrat Jay Inslee. He's stepped down to run for governor. The boundaries of the 1st are new because of re–districting. The 1st now runs from Redmond and Medina all the way north to the Canadian border. It's meant to be a classic swing district. Seven candidates are vying for the seat. KUOW's Deborah Wang has this story on the competition.


Ashley Ahearn is an environmental reporter for EarthFix.

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