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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Getting There: Grant will help airport cut planes’ emissions

    Spokane International Airport is getting green on the tarmac. The airport is undertaking a $2.8 million project to reduce exhaust emissions from aircraft and ground-based generators.


  • Air stagnation advisory posted in parts of region

    An air stagnation advisory was posted today for a wide area of Washington east of the Cascades, but the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas are not included in the advisory.


  • Fog and low clouds return

    Fog and low clouds returned to the Spokane region today in an ongoing dry spell that has left stagnant air hovering over the region.


  • Stagnant air stays stagnant

    A cold air inversion over the Pacific Northwest is causing air to stagnate over the region and making air pollution levels an ongoing concern.


  • Clear skies, cold air, moderate pollution

    Morning temperatures have dropped into the middle 20s today, and air quality has deteriorated to the moderately polluted category.


  • Burn bans take effect as pollution risk rises

    Cold, stable air over the Northwest has led to widespread burning bans. National Weather Service forecasters said conditions that favor a buildup of pollution will continue through Friday and possibly …


  • Air stagnation advisory posted for urban areas

    The National Weather Service has posted an air stagnation advisory for the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas through Friday afternoon.


  • Air quality problem returns under quiet skies

    Air quality in Spokane deteriorated overnight with moderate pollution being reported by Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.


  • Polluted air triggers burning ban

    The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency on Monday issued a stage 2 burning ban on the use of all wood heating devices, including certified stoves. The “red” burn ban, the …


  • Do Your Part: Use electricity wisely, lessen unsafe waste

    Spring is almost in the air – but that’s not all, unfortunately. Mercury and a whole host of other hazardous pollutants are present, too. One of the best ways to …


  • Agency orders ban on burning

    For the first time in more than a decade, air-quality authorities issued a stage-2 burning ban Monday, meaning all indoor wood-burning and outdoor burning is prohibited except in homes where …


  • Most indoor wood-burning banned in Spokane

    For the first time in more than a decade, air-quality authorities issued a stage-2 burning ban Monday, meaning all indoor wood-burning and outdoor burning is prohibited except in homes where …


  • City, air agency could settle fine, upgrade incinerator

    Spokane would have to pay a $5,000 fine and upgrade its regional trash incinerator under a proposed deal being considered by Mayor Mary Verner. The settlement, proposed by the Spokane …


  • Mercury emissions too high during incinerator test

    Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant violated air pollution law during annual air testing in June. April Westby, an environmental engineer for the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, said the agency’s director, Bill …


  • When the air inside is bad

    Parents have long known that the polluted, pollinated air outdoors can bring on asthma attacks in their children. Now it turns out that many asthmatic inner-city kids are under assault …


  • Clean air adds to life expectancy

    LOS ANGELES – Cleaner air over the past two decades has added nearly five months to average life expectancy in the United States, according to a federally funded study. Researchers …


  • Air advisory issued for region

    An air stagnation advisory issued Tuesday across the Inland Northwest prompted an outdoor burning ban in North Idaho and put Washington officials on alert for pollution. The Idaho ban was …


  • Feds cracking down on wood smoke

    The Department of Environmental Quality in Idaho recently completed a grant program to purchase 45 noncertified stoves in Pinehurst, Idaho, as part of its broader efforts to clean up North …

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