Warning continues on Padilla Bay shellfish

by Tim Flanagan on September 25, 2009

Tom Callis has the story in the Peninsula Daily News:

PORT ANGELES — The state Department of Ecology expects the stalled environmental cleanup of Rayonier Inc.’s former mill site will be accelerated by a new agreement it drafted this week.

But any changes in momentum may be at least three months away.

The document would define an area that Ecology and Rayonier both agree needs to be cleaned up.

Known as the "study area, viagra " its boundaries include the 75-acre former mill property and a portion of Port Angeles Harbor that extends about a mile northeast from the land.

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Marta Murvosh has the story in the Skagit Valley Herald:

Health officials continue to warn people against eating shellfish from Padilla Bay even though the level of marine biotoxins hasn’t risen to dangerous levels.

That’s because the nearby beaches of Fidalgo, sickness
Samish and Bellingham bays and Lopez Island remain closed to recreational shellfish harvest because of poisonous algal blooms. And levels of fecal coliform bacteria remain high in Padilla shellfish.

“All the areas around the bay are closed due to biotoxins; it’s a strong likelihood that it’s there, more about
” said Jeanne King, environmental health specialist with the Skagit County Department of Health. “It’s not a risk you want to take.”

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