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International Day of Action for Rivers

Spokane Riverkeeper - 03/14/20

Spokane River, Washington

Day of Action

Spokane River friends, there's a lot going on in the world right now. Helping the Spokane community stay safe and healthy is our priority here at Spokane Riverkeeper. We encourage you to stay informed and take appropriate measures for yourselves and your loved ones.

Today is also the 22nd annual International Day of Action for Rivers -- and you can still make a difference for your river today without leaving the house! Here's what you can do right now to keep the work moving forward:

  1. Sign the petition asking Ecology to reject all five applications for discharger variances for PCBs in the Spokane River.

  2. Ask your friends to sign, too. Please share this message and encourage your friends and family to sign. It takes one minute--but the impact could last for decades.


Some Background

To refresh your memory: a variance is a time-limited exception to our state's water quality standard for toxins. It means that while the variance is in place, industrial and municipal dischargers are exempted from meeting the lawful state standard for pollution, and are instead held to whatever standard that they -- the dischargers, not the law -- have proposed is feasible.

The proposed variances would:

  1. allow 5 regional dischargers a 20-year pass to dump as much as 140 times the legal limit for pollution into your river
  2. enable those dischargers to avoid federal pollution limits which protect your health and the health of our fish
  3. ignore the purpose of the Clean Water Act by letting polluters propose how many toxins they would like to dump into your river

Sign the petition and invite your networks to remind Ecology that their job is to protect the river you love -- not to give dischargers a pass to pollute.