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Glenn Johnson discusses his time as mayor Monday, February 5 in the NWPB studios at Washington State University. (Credit: Rachel Sun / NWPB & Lewiston Tribune)

Glenn Johnson reflects on 20 years as mayor

Glenn Johnson spent 20 years in his position as Pullman’s Mayor before retiring this year. Johnson first moved to Pullman over 40 years ago, and has since served in numerous positions within the community and at Washington State University. He sat down with NWPB’s Rachel Sun this week to talk about his time as mayor, and plans for the future.

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An aerial view of the City of Lynnwood's wastewater treatment plant. (Credit: City of Lynnwood)

City of Lynnwood pays $550k fine to EPA for Clean Air Act violations

Processing sewage — it’s a dirty job for any city. One way governments choose to process that waste is through incineration. However, the process of burning that waste has to adhere to strict standards, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act.
An aging incinerator the City of Lynnwood uses to process waste has become less efficient and beginning in 2020, fell out of compliance with those standards. Now, the city has paid a $550, 259 penalty to the EPA and will have to decommission the incinerator to comply with the standards.

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Agricultural overtime law still causing controversy

Farmworkers, farmers and advocates gathered at two events – all working to get lawmakers’ attention about the agriculture overtime law. An annual tribunal defended farmworkers’ rights and the overtime law. A separate rally focused on the negative impacts of it.

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