regulations http://www.kplu.org en Ban on cruise ship discharges proposed for Washington waters http://www.kplu.org/post/ban-cruise-ship-discharges-proposed-washington-waters <p>Cruise ships are <a href="http://www.portseattle.org/Cruise/Pages/default.aspx">big business </a>for the Port of Seattle.</p><p>Last season, about 200 calls brought nearly 900,000 passengers and their wallets though the city. Projections for this season are about the same. Each call equates to about $1.9 million in local spending.</p><p>But that economic benefit comes with ecological risk.</p><p>Now the state&rsquo;s Department of Ecology is backing a proposed ban on cruise ship discharges while the vessels are in Washington waters.</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 18:18:53 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4481 at http://www.kplu.org Ban on cruise ship discharges proposed for Washington waters Enviro groups say Clean Water Act is under attack http://www.kplu.org/post/enviro-groups-say-clean-water-act-under-attack <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982833.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-982833.mp3</a></p><p>Nearly 40 years ago, the U.S. government began setting federal standards to clean up water pollution with the passage of the landmark Clean Water Act. Now, many environmental groups say that law is under attack and they&rsquo;re worried about consequences.</p><p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 01:02:55 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2351 at http://www.kplu.org Enviro groups say Clean Water Act is under attack Appraisers upset as big banks drag feet on new regulations http://www.kplu.org/post/appraisers-upset-big-banks-drag-feet-new-regulations <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-963751.mp3</p><p>Despite the massive fraud that has emerged as the U.S. tries to dig itself out of the foreclosure mess at the heart of the great recession, there are still huge numbers of honest folks working in the real estate business.&nbsp;</p><p>That&#39;s according to professional appraisers in Washington state, dozens of whom have signed <a href="http://www.petitiononline.com/CnR2011/petition.html">an on-line petition.&nbsp;</a></p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 14:05:30 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1221 at http://www.kplu.org Appraisers upset as big banks drag feet on new regulations Internet lending worries spur move to end payday loan limits http://www.kplu.org/post/internet-lending-worries-spur-move-end-payday-loan-limits <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-950330.mp3</p><p>A state law that went into effect early last year limited the number of payday loans borrowers could get per year to eight. It aims to protect people from falling into an endless spiral of debt.</p><p>But a Tacoma legislator, who originally backed the law, says it's driving people into the clutches of far worse lenders, on the Internet.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 23:35:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 699 at http://www.kplu.org Internet lending worries spur move to end payday loan limits