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Light-Rail Pollution

Puget Sound, WA: (Nov-19-07) The Department of Ecology brought charges against Sound Transit, alleging that it had two water pollution violations on its Sound Link light-rail construction project. Records show that Ecology issued the penalties in 2006 to Sound Transit and in May 2007 to the transit agency and contractor for violating the project's construction storm water permit in the Tukwila area, which flows to the Duwamish River.

As part of a settlement reached, Sound Transit agreed to provide $120,000 for environmental restoration along the Duwamish River to resolve allegations. Officials stated that the penalty will pay for seven projects previously planned by People For Puget Sound, a non-profit organization, which had been unfunded. Sound Transit will pay the settlement and seek repayment from PCL Construction Services, the contractor involved with the violations. [HIGHLINE TIMES: LIGHT-RAIL POLLUTION]

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Published on Nov-20-07


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