Northwest briefly: Order halts plans to ship Honolulu trash to mainland

  • Thu Jul 29th, 2010 10:37pm
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HONOLULU — A temporary restraining order has been issued to halt the inaugural shipment of trash from Honolulu to Washington state.

The order was issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge Edward Shea of Spokane, Wash. He questioned whether the U.S. Department of Agriculture had adequately assessed the environmental impacts of the planned shipments.

Hawaiian Waste Systems LLC was to have begun shipping the trash last November. The latest start date was Friday.

The Yakama Nation and several environmental groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Spokane to stop the shipments to a landfill in the Eastern Washington town of Roosevelt.

The lawsuit named the department, which approved plans for shipments of plastic-wrapped bales of waste.

One person dead in Graham plane crash

GRAHAM, Wash. — The Pierce County sheriff’s office says one person died and a second was injured when a small plane crashed in Graham.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Ed Troyer says the injured person was air lifted to a Tacoma hospital. The other person died at the scene.

KIRO 7 reports the two people aboard are men in their 60s.

Lightning sparks fires near Wenatchee

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Lightning storms that moved across northcentral Washington have sparked about 20 wildfires.

The largest is the Devils Gulch Fire, which covers 40 to 60 acres in heavy timber and steep terrain about 10 miles southwest of Wenatchee. None of the other fires is bigger than five acres.

The Forest Service says there are no threats to any structures.

Man’s death in river likely accidental

YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakima County coroner says an autopsy has found no sign of foul play in the death of a man whose body was found in the Yakima River.

Fishermen found the body Wednesday.

Coroner Jack Hawkins says 28-year-old Kirk Kestner Jr. likely died from falling in the river. Hawkins says the man often camped along the river near where he was found. An official cause of death awaits toxicology test results.

Air fresheners prompt evacuation

EPHRATA, Wash. — A Grant County, Wash., spokesman says part of the courthouse in Ephrata was evacuated Thursday when employees returning from lunch found two canisters at the locked doors of the county clerk’s office. Each canister had a battery on top.

Spokesman Kyle Foreman says that “erring on the side of safety,” the Law and Justice Building was evacuated and emergency responders were called.

Turns out the canisters were air freshener replacement cartridges left by a maintenance vendor who dropped them by at lunchtime and found the doors locked.

Associated Press