New rules for logging near landslides in Wash.

New rules for logging near landslides in Wash.

New rules for logging near landslides in Wash.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 9, 2014 at 6:35 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The state has announced new requirements for proposed logging near potential landslide hazards.

Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark said Friday that those applying for logging permits would be required to obtain a geological report if there's a public safety concern -- and even if the area doesn't include potential unstable features.

Those reports are currently required when someone wants to log potentially unstable slopes.

Goldmark's agency, the Department of Natural Resources, is investigating whether nearby logging contributed to the March landslide that killed more than 40 people in Oso.

The agency approved logging in 2004, five years before Goldmark took over the office.

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