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Call the Quitline, Double Your Chances of Quitting Successfully

Port Townsend, WA, August 13, 2012 – The Washington State Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) is once again open to anyone who lives in Washington State! Everyone is now eligible for at least one call, thanks to one year funding from the State Legislature and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Septic System Classes Offered

Jefferson County, August 9, 2012 – In May, the Jefferson County Board of Health relaxed regulations to allow authorized homeowners to complete most required septic system monitoring inspections.  Homeowners that want to be authorized need to complete two training courses. Follow this link for the schedule of upcoming Septics 101 Classes and other information.

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Ecology Starting Cleanup Work at Old Irondale Smelter Site

Irondale, August 9, 2012 – Washington Department of Ecology announce cleanup work is scheduled to start this month at the former Irondale Iron and Steel smelter site in Jefferson County.

The smelter operated from 1881 to 1919 at 526 Moore Street in Irondale.  The site is contaminated with metals and total petroleum hydrocarbons from the smelter's operations.

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Hood Canal Beaches Closed to the Recreational Harvesting of Shellfish due to Marine Biotoxins

Jefferson County, July 25, 2012 – Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) and Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) have been detected at concentrations above the closure level in shellfish samples collected at most of Jefferson County Beaches. 

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Oak Bay & Admiralty Inlet Beaches Closed to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish Due to Marine Biotoxin

Jefferson County, July 20, 2012 – Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been detected at concentrations above the closure level in shellfish samples collected from Indian Island.  As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Admiralty Inlet and Oak Bay beaches to recreational shellfish harvest.  Shellfish harvested commercially are tested for toxin prior to distribution and should be safe to eat. 

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Picnic August 1st to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week

Port Townsend, July 19, 2012 – Join us at Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend for the annual global celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/ . Jefferson County Public Health invites breastfeeding moms, babies, family and friends Wednesday, August 1st, 1 PM to a potluck picnic lunch.

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Fort Flagler, Kilisut Harbor, Mystery Bay Beaches Closed to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish due to Marine Biotoxin

Port Townsend, July 18, 2012 – Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been detected at concentrations above the closure level in shellfish samples collected from Fort Flagler and Mystery Bay. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Fort Flagler, Kilisut Harbor and Mystery Bay beaches to recreational shellfish harvest.

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Free Tdap Vaccine Available in Quilcene & Port Hadlock

Port Townsend, July 19, 2012 – The whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic in Washington is ongoing, and there is still pertussis activity in Jefferson County. Nearly 2900 cases have been reported state-wide in 2012. All adults and older children are encouraged to get vaccinated to decrease risk of exposing infants, who can develop very severe disease.

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JCPH Posts New Link to Key Documents Regarding Inert Waste Landfill History

Port Townsend, July 18, 2012 – Citizens seeking documents often sought by public records requests can now find the documents on-line. This approach will provide quicker and convenient access to public records. There will also be a link to Frequently Asked Questions, which JCPH will update periodically.

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Discovery Bay Area Beaches Closed to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish due to Marine Biotoxin

Port Townsend, July 17, 2012 – Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been detected at concentrations above the closure level in shellfish samples collected from Discovery Bay. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has updated the closure of recreational shellfish harvest in Discovery Bay to include PSP.

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