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ORCAA’s Dr. Odelle Hadley honored with Ecology’s Operator of the Year award

The Washington Department of Ecology today named Dr. Odelle Hadley the 2013 Air Quality Monitoring Operator of the Year. Hadley, the Senior Air Monitoring Specialist for Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA), has revamped and modernized ORCAA’s ambient air monitoring program since joining the agency nearly two years ago. “Odelle is the consummate team-player,” said Ecology’s Sean Lundblad. He said that among other great achievements, she has helped streamline processes, and “led to network improvements and efficiencies in the way… Continue reading »

Posted on 12 March 2014 | 2:49 pm

Stage 1 Burn Ban LIFTED in Thurston County

Due to improved air quality conditions and changing weather, the Stage One Burn Ban has been LIFTED in Thurston County effective at 8:30 a.m. today (Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013). A substantial reduction in smoke output due at least in part to the great public response to the called ban, has moved Air Quality conditions back into the “Green” on the Washington Air Quality Advisory(WAQA) scale (see real-time air quality conditions HERE). To stay up-to-date on burn bans throughout Washington, visit waburnbans.net and for all… Continue reading »

Posted on 31 December 2013 | 8:30 am

Stage 1 Burn Ban Called for Thurston County

A Stage One Burn Ban is being called for Thurston County effective 5 p.m. today (Dec. 30, 2013) and continuing until conditions warrant a change. Under a Stage 1 Ban, no burning is allowed in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves, and all outdoor burning is prohibited, even in areas where outdoor burning is not permanently banned. Additionally, no visible smoke is allowed from any wood stove or fireplace, certified or not, beyond a 20-minute start-up period. A system of stable weather conditions over… Continue reading »

Posted on 30 December 2013 | 12:22 pm

Dispose of your Christmas Tree in a clean, safe manner

Wrapping up the holiday season means taking down the tree and decorations. We can’t help you with the lights and ornaments, but when it comes time to dispose of your tree, we’ve got some help for you. Or rather, some good information on how to get rid of the tree cleanly. City and county governments throughout the region have organized a host of resources to help you dispose of your Christmas tree this year. Please consider using one of the… Continue reading »

Posted on 30 December 2013 | 8:58 am

Stage 1 Burn Ban LIFTED in Thurston County

Due to improved air quality conditions and changing weather, the Stage One Burn Ban has been LIFTED in Thurston County effective at 3 p.m. today (Friday, Nov. 29, 2013). A substantial reduction in smoke output due at least in part to the great public response to the called ban, has moved Air Quality conditions back into the “Green” on the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) scale (see real-time air quality conditions HERE). To stay up-to-date on burn bans throughout Washington, visit waburnbans.net and for all… Continue reading »

Posted on 29 November 2013 | 8:32 pm


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