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Former EPA Administrator Russell Train dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Russell Train, a leading American conservationist who helped craft some of the nation’s enduring environmental laws, died Monday at age 92. EPA …


Smoky air to continue midweek

Several large wildfires in Idaho and Washington continued to burn while smoky conditions persisted across the Palouse on Saturday, extending the air quality advisory from the National Weather Service office …


Wildfire risks to homes lessened

Evacuation notices have been lifted in the Grand Coulee area, where the Barker Canyon wildfire complex destroyed three homes and nine outbuildings since it began last weekend. Karen Ripley, spokeswoman …


Salton Sea fingered as culprit of big Calif. stink

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — After a day of “odor surveillance” and other scent-based sleuthing, Southern California air quality investigators confirmed Tuesday what they had already expected — that a …


Fire south of Spokane spreads

The Apache Pass wildfire burning about 40 miles southwest of Spokane spread overnight as more than 100 firefighters worked to contain 18,000 burning acres.


Salton Sea eyed as culprit of big stink in Calif.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Regional air quality officials in Southern California on Tuesday were awaiting an analysis of air samples as they tried to determine the source of a …


Foul smell reported across Southern California

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A strong rotten egg smell had Southern Californians plugging their noses and crying foul Monday as air quality investigators scrambled to determine if the sulfurous …


Eye on Boise: Idaho near middle in government units

BOISE – A new set of data from the Census Bureau shows it’s not necessarily true that every bump on every log in Idaho is incorporated, nor that because Idahoans …


China tells US to stop reporting Beijing’s bad air

BEIJING — China told foreign embassies today to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the country, escalating its objections to a popular U.S. Embassy Twitter feed that …


No consensus over Idaho field-burning changes

Possible changes to Idaho’s field-burning regulations still are up in the air after an advisory panel of farmers, health advocates and regulators agreed that some weekend burning could be considered, …


Fire south of Yakima leaves haze over region

Smoke from a wildfire in south-central Washington has left a haze over much of the Inland Northwest. The air quality rating today is moderate in the Spokane area, with fine …


New site for N. Idaho asphalt plant spurs concerns

A plan to build an asphalt plant near the Washington/Idaho border at Stateline is raising some concerns about health and public safety from residents living near the proposed site. “Emissions …


Stevens County burn ban canceled

The Washington Department of Ecology has canceled a burn ban in Stevens County because of improving air quality.


Burn ban lifted in Spokane

A stage-2 burn ban in effect since Monday afternoon was lifted this morning as air quality improved.


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 …


Field burning off to slow start

A dramatically reduced level of field burning got started on the Rathdrum Prairie in North Idaho on Wednesday but was shut down when the smoke failed to rise above ground …


Field burning is back, greatly reduced

A dramatically reduced level of field burning got started on the Rathdrum Prairie in North Idaho on Wednesday but was shut down when the smoke failed to rise above ground …


Spokane, Kootenai could violate EPA’s stricter smog limits

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed stricter health standards for smog, replacing a Bush-era limit that ran counter to scientific recommendations.


Outdoor burning banned in North Idaho

Outdoor burning has been banned in North Idaho through Wednesday because of stagnant air conditions caused by a layer of cold air at lower elevations.


Air quality worsened by wind-driven dust

Air quality in the Spokane region entered the unhealthy range during the noon hour Thursday after wind gusts up to 35 mph kicked up a dust storm. Devices atop the …


Temperatures to cool, air quality to improve later this week

After a run of hot temperatures, cool weather and thunderstorms are expected to reach Spokane and Coeur d’Alene by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. While the weather outlook …


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 …


Appeals court reinstates Clean Air rules

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court reversed itself Tuesday and temporarily reinstated regulations aimed at sharply reducing smog and soot from power plants in 28 Eastern states over the next …


Advisory extended as haze lingers

The National Weather Service on Monday extended an air stagnation advisory for much of the Inland Northwest through noon today. Meanwhile, air quality agencies were keeping an eye on elevated …


Incinerator Debate Still Smoldering Ecology Officials Unhappy With Delay, Quality Of City’s Study

A study examining the potential health risks of Spokane’s trash incinerator is two years overdue, and state officials say they may take back the $300,000 that paid for the review …


Scientists Hazy On Cause Of Pollution

Though uncertain what’s causing the resurgence of haze in the Puget Sound area, scientists offer several theories. They include: While air quality has improved at low-lying hot-spots, it may be …


Seattle Can’t Clear The Air Pollution Down, But So Is Visibility

Sixteen years ago Seattle’s skies were so polluted that environmental regulators declared the air “unhealthful” - or worse - several times a month. Now skies are so clean that the …


Epa Warned On Clean Air Rules Senator Says New Standards May Be Met With Revolt In Congress Against Clean Air Act

A controversial Clinton administration proposal to tighten air quality standards prompted a warning Tuesday that it could lead to an unraveling of the nation’s key air pollution law. Sen. John …


Lung Diseases Exceed Averages

Spokane’s asthma rate is higher than the national average, and a likely cause is the area’s dirty air, says an Eastern Washington University researcher. Spokane’s emphysema and chronic bronchitis cases …


But North Idaho Can Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

If Spokane is a leader for bad air, North Idaho is its sweet cousin. There are problems with particulates in the Coeur d’Alene-Post Falls area, Sandpoint and Pinehurst. The latter …