Toxic-Free Future
Congress Directs FAA to Stop Requiring Toxic Firefighting Foams at Airports

(Seattle, WA) – Today Congress directed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow airports to use firefighting foam free of highly fluorinated chemicals or PFAS. PFAS-containing firefighting foam is responsible for the contamination of drinking water of millions of Americans across the country, including in the Washington state communities of Issaquah, Whidbey Island, and Airway … READ MORE

The Seattle Times
The Times recommends: Strom Peterson for Legislative District 21, House Position 1

State Rep. Strom Peterson is a Democrat who is progressive on social issues like gun control, yet mindful of how increased traffic and property taxes can burden his constituents. Voters in the 21st Legislative District — which includes Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Edmonds and Everett — should send him back to the Legislature for another two years. … READ MORE

Governing
Amid Opioid Crisis, Drug Take-Backs Gain Popularity

Like millions of people across the country, Strom Peterson has a personal connection to the opioid epidemic. The Washington state representative lost a cousin to a heroin overdose. That tragedy, he says, led him “to really dig in and see what could be done.”

My Edmonds News
Peterson-sponsored drug take-back legislation passes State Senate on a unanimous vote

The Washington Senate Tuesday passed House Bill 1047, also known as the Secure Drug Take Back Act, on a unanimous vote of 49-0. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, would create a first-in-the-nation requirement for drug manufacturers to implement a secure, statewide system of collection and disposal for unused, expired and leftover medications. … READ MORE

The Spokesman-Review
Washington could ban cancer-causing chemicals used to fight fires

OLYMPIA – Local fire departments could be banned from using a group of fire-fighting chemicals that are contaminating some wells in Airway Heights and other water sources near military bases. Those chemicals last a long time, are almost indestructible under most natural situations and travel easily through the soil to get into underground water supplies, … READ MORE

My Edmonds News
State Legislature passes capital budget that includes millions for projects in 21st District

The Washington State Legislature Thursday night passed a $4.18 billion capital budget that will provide funding for several major local projects, including the new Edmonds Waterfront Center and waterfront development and the Frances Anderson Center roof project. Also on the list of projects is a new science, engineering and technology building for Edmonds Community College. … READ MORE

Q13 Fox
Environmental group leading effort to clean up Tacoma’s Commencement Bay

TACOMA — The State’s Toxic Clean up fund is running low on revenue from the tax they charge industrial polluters. While Q13 News featured the problems in areas around Commencement Bay and Tacoma, there are toxic sites in queue to be cleaned up all over the state. Thousands of sites, both big and small, remain … READ MORE

Q13 Fox
Snohomish County launches prescription pill takeback program

EDMONDS, Wash. — Snohomish County is the latest to require pharmaceutical companies to pay for a drug takeback program. On Tuesday, the county unveiled its first prescription pill dropbox inside the Edmonds Police Department. In the coming weeks they plan to open more than 25 dropboxes across the county. Many of them will be at … READ MORE