Stories tagged: air pollution
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
Sat., July 8, 2017
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
Mon., April 24, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
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 …
Wed., April 19, 2017, noon
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.
Mon., Feb. 27, 2017
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 …
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016, 10:44 a.m.
Ozone pollution creeps up during hot weather
Summertime ozone pollution is becoming an increasing problem in the Spokane area.
Wed., July 20, 2016, 6:32 p.m.
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.
Thu., May 12, 2016, 2:28 p.m.
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.
Fri., Jan. 1, 2016, 12:15 p.m.
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.
Tue., Dec. 29, 2015, 10:29 a.m.
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.
Fri., Nov. 6, 2015
Editorial: Industry needs reasonable pollution rules
Closing smelters exports production to nations unconcerned about air quality.
Thu., Oct. 1, 2015
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 …
Tue., Aug. 19, 2014
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 …
Tue., Aug. 12, 2014
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 …
Wed., May 28, 2014
‘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 …
Mon., March 17, 2014
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, …
Wed., Jan. 23, 2013
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 …
Wed., Jan. 16, 2013
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 …
Mon., Sept. 24, 2012, 9:53 a.m.
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.
Mon., July 30, 2012
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.
Thu., Feb. 2, 2012, 11:43 a.m.
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.
Tue., Dec. 13, 2011, 7:32 a.m.
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.
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 8, 2011, 2:08 p.m.
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.
Tue., Dec. 6, 2011, 7:22 a.m.
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.
Tue., Dec. 6, 2011
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 …
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 5, 2011, 1:09 p.m.
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.