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Spin Control: Inslee gets his weather patterns wrong in coal debate

Could we really be breathing coal smoke from Mississippi, as Gov. Jay Inslee suggested?


July Fourth brings some of the year’s worst air pollution, thanks to fireworks

Americans’ fervor for Fourth of July fireworks has some unfortunate side effects.


Beef cattle feedlot settles with state in air pollution case

A company that operates a beef cattle feedlot in southeastern Washington has reached a settlement with the state over a charge of failing to manage air pollution.


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

Marijuana odor rules prompt clash between Clean Air board members Stuckart, French

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said he’s joined the agency overseeing the region’s air pollution in direct response to new regulations and fees for marijuana business owners. Spokane County …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Spokane County air pollution regulators approve new rules, fees to battle smelly marijuana farms

Dozens of marijuana farmers in Spokane County will have to pay fees ranging from $500 to $2,000 this year to cover the expenses of enforcing state laws governing nuisance smells. …


Spokane takes step to become a ‘Smart City’ research center

A local public-private-university collaboration called Urbanova is using street lamps to shed light air pollution.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 7:07 a.m.

Spokane sets record for air pollution; smoke expected to remain until Friday

Spokane set a troubling record on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 4:59 p.m.

Spokane sets heat record for consecutive days with temperatures in 90s

As Spokane set a record for a string of days in the 90s on Friday, forecasters were calling for a drop in the heat that will clear out the worst …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

Smoky skies persist as fires rage over a wide area

Wildfires raging across a wide area of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia continued to keep skies smoky and polluted


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 10:09 p.m.

Air quality worsens, but rivers and lakes are still a draw to beat the heat

Air quality worsened on Friday, but the smoky air didn’t stop people from flocking to rivers and lakes.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 1:59 p.m.

Heat wave persists as Spokane air quality drops

Air quality in Spokane deteriorated on Wednesday as wildfire smoke arrived on northerly and easterly winds


Ozone pollution persists in Spokane

Wood smoke and dust aren’t the only pollutants causing problems in Spokane. Ozone levels rise during the hot days of summer


Seattle-based seafood processor, EPA settle on Alaska clean air violations

A Seattle-based seafood processing company operating in Alaska will be assessed a $1.3 million civil penalty for violating clean air rules under a proposed settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection …


Wood stove grant applications due by May 10

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency has been helping residents replace older, polluting stoves with newer, efficient ones.


Air pollution affects preterm birthrates globally, study finds

A pregnant woman’s exposure to air pollution has adverse effects on her fetus, according to a new international study, with prolonged exposure associated with nearly 1 in 5 premature births …


Ozone pollution creeps up during hot weather

Summertime ozone pollution is becoming an increasing problem in the Spokane area.


Spokane succeeds in reducing carbon monoxide pollution

Spokane’s work to reduce what was once a serious problem with carbon monoxide pollution has largely succeeded.


India home to 22 of the world’s most polluted cities

New statistics released Thursday underscored what many visitors to India already know: This country has the most polluted cities in the world.


Temperature drops to 2 for a frigid New Year

Temperatures plunged to near zero and below in the Spokane region on New Year’s morning.


Air stagnation advisory issued for Inland Northwest

A change from snowy conditions to stable higher air pressure is bringing with it an air stagnation advisory.


Editorial: Industry needs reasonable pollution rules

Closing smelters exports production to nations unconcerned about air quality.


Wildfire smoke pollution unprecedented in 2015

Lingering wildfire smoke across the Inland Northwest this week raised pollution levels, but it has been relatively minor compared with the curtains of smoke that covered the region in August.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 25, 2015, 5:10 p.m.

Spokane region sees better afternoon air

A pall of smoke hung over the Inland Northwest again on Monday, creating unhealthy air quality as wildfires continued to rage across the region. Three of the past four days …


Wood stove maker opposes stricter pollution limits

RATHDRUM – Proposed federal regulations that would require new wood stoves to burn cleaner are under attack from manufacturers, who say the new pollution limits are too strict. “I’m all …


WSU’s new smoke forecast system gets workout

Washington State University research scientists have devised a forecasting model that can predict air pollution. Described as the nation’s first high-resolution, Web-based air quality forecast system, it’s been getting a …


‘Poster child’ coal generator embodies pollution challenge

HOMER CITY, Pa. – Three years ago, the operators of one of the nation’s dirtiest coal-fired power plants warned of “immediate and devastating” consequences from the Obama administration’s push to …


The Rock Doc: Air pollution shows how small our Earth is

We’ve all seen globes in classrooms. They represent the Earth well – better than flat maps do. But all the globes I’ve seen in schools have national boundaries on them, …


Snow should clear the air

The stagnant, foggy air hovering over the Inland Northwest will give way to snow later today into Thursday morning, forecasters said. One to 2 inches of snow are possible in …


Stagnant air leads to burn restrictions

Wood stove restrictions were imposed in Spokane on Tuesday after the National Weather Service expanded a stagnant air advisory to include most of Spokane County. Spokane joined other areas east …


Air quality moderate in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene

Air quality was moderate in Spokane this morning, but the National Weather Service is maintaining its air quality alert for the Columbia Basin and much of Eastern Washington.