3M gallons of sewage flows into Puget Sound, closing beaches


Puget Sound orcas in Spieden Channel
Puget Sound orcas in Spieden Channel, north of San Juan Island, in November 2014. (File photo)

SEATTLE – Alki Beach in West Seattle and other Puget Sound beaches are closed after millions of gallons of sewage flowed into the water.  July 19, 2019

The Washington state Department of Ecology says early Friday the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant released an estimated 3 million gallons of untreated sewage over about 27 minutes, after backup pumping systems failed during power disruptions.
On Thursday, officials say a separate power failure at the Renton Wastewater Treatment Plant resulted in potentially limited disinfection of treated wastewater. That plant discharges into Puget Sound northwest of Duwamish Head in Seattle.

Ecology is investigating both incidents as discharges that would violate the state’s water quality permits for the facilities.
The other beaches closed include those at: Carkeek Park, Discovery Park, Elliot Bay Marina, Golden Gardens Park, Myrtle Edwards Park, Magnolia Tidelands Park, Port of Seattle Terminal 91 and Seacrest Park.

1937 – The U.S. Senate rejected President Roosevelt’s proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court.


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President Franklin D. Roosevelt took office during the Great Depression and instituted sweeping economic regulations and reforms as “a New Deal for Americans.” With his Democratic party dominating Congress, he pushed through New Deal legislation, but the Supreme Court’s conservative majority declared many key statutes unconstitutional. In 1937 Roosevelt proposed a Judicial Procedures Reform Bill that would have allowed him to expand the Supreme Court and appoint new justices sympathetic to his agenda. Congress strongly opposed the president’s “court packing” plan.
In 1937 the Senate rejected President Roosevelt’s efforts to change the Supreme Court’s structure. Roosevelt’s proposed changes would have allowed him to pack the court with judges who supported his policies, threatening judicial independence.

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