Boeing kills fish plan: The Spokane Review has this story about Boeing killing a plan to further protect fish in the Puget Sound area. We knew of this effort in December. The proposed rules would require huge water detention ponds at Renton and Everett to retain stormwater runoff to prevent pollution in Lake Washington and Puget Sound waters. The dimensions were so large there was inadequate land available at Renton. At that time the size of the Everett hadn’t been computed.
If the new rules went into effect, we were told Boeing would have likely begun moving work out of Washington, costing jobs.
The Washington Department of Ecology, which was behind the move, is proving more and more schizoid in its approach to the environment. On the one hand, it proposes highly onerous rules such as this and causes headaches to the suburb in which we live over critical areas rules. On the other, it’s poised to approve a permit to another suburb that will allow direct injection of contaminated stormwater runoff into a drinking water aquifer.
This falls into the category of “what are you thinking?”
Spooked about 787 fix: Richard Aboulafia, consultant with The Teal Group who has done work for Boeing in the past (about five years ago), remains spooked about the fix, according to this article. Are our readers? We’ve done two previous polls, one before the Boeing fix was outlined, one immediately after. Now that the FAA approved the fix, we’d like to ask the following again.