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Washington state working on new rules for major polluters

Washington’s largest polluters would have to start cutting their carbon emissions by 2017, but those who can’t meet the goals could buy “credits” from those who do better than required, …


Orchardist fined $73,530 for illegal irrigation during drought

A Columbia County orchardist is being fined $73,530 for illegally irrigating a 100-acre apple and pear orchard after being ordered to stop during Washington’s historic drought, state officials said.


Lingering drought seen in region’s low lakes, waterways

The Inland Northwest remains in the grip of a record-setting drought, with stream flows and lake levels far below normal. The deficit comes amid uncertainty about how one of the …


TransCanada, Chewelah company fined for air quality violation

Two companies with operations in the Inland Northwest have been fined by the Washington Department of Ecology for air quality violations. TransCanada was fined $4,000 for emissions of haze forming …


Editorial: Industry needs reasonable pollution rules

Closing smelters exports production to nations unconcerned about air quality.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 11, 2015, 5:49 p.m.

Drought is conspicuous for those outside the aquifer

More rural residents are hauling water because of the drought. Because of the growth in demand, Whitworth Water District No. 2 has received a state grant to relocate a water …


State plan to curb carbon pollution from 35 facilities, including Spokane’s trash incinerator, under consideration

Washington’s proposed rule to curb carbon pollution will be discussed at a Tuesday meeting in Spokane.


Washington state rules target greenhouse gases

Some of Washington’s largest polluters will have to cut back greenhouse emissions under new rules state officials are developing. The rules would target about 35 industrial facilities jointly responsible for …


New state rule would target largest greenhouse gas emitters

On the heels of a historic drought and the worst fire season in state history, the Washington Department of Ecology has begun writing a rule that would require the state’s …


Lands Council plans restoration of Feryn Conservation Area

Wetlands that are home to a variety of waterfowl along the Little Spokane River will get a bevy of new foliage this fall. The Feryn Ranch conservation area east of …


EPA proposes water quality rules to protect fish eaters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is following through on its promise to propose a new clean-water rule for Washington, in case the state doesn’t come up with its own plan …


Chlorine gas leak sickens workers

An accidental release of chlorine gas Wednesday morning from a cylinder at Pacific Steel and Recycling in east Spokane sickened more than a dozen people there and at a nearby …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 12, 2015, 8:15 p.m.

3 still in critical condition after chlorine gas release at Pacific Steel and Recycling

Workers at Pacific Steel and Recycling in north Spokane accidentally punctured a barrel Wednesday morning, releasing a plume of chlorine gas that sickened workers there and at a nearby city …


State’s clean water rules update postponed for reassessment

OLYMPIA – A major rewrite of the state’s clean water rules was put on hold Friday as Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the Department of Ecology to “reassess” the plan he …


Inslee to avoid ‘poison pill’ with tougher enforcement of existing laws

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee believes he’s found a way to cut carbon pollution without activating a “poison pill” that would cut state money for mass transit, bike and pedestrian …


Drought conditions drive water restrictions

It’s been nearly six weeks since Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency across Washington, and experts say conditions are getting worse. In its most recent forecast, the U.S. Drought …


B.C. smelter spewed heavy metals into Upper Columbia River valley

Smokestacks from a Canadian smelter deposited high levels of lead and arsenic into the Upper Columbia River valley, new soil testing has confirmed. To protect children from lead exposure, the …


Summer fires, dust storms expected due to low snowpack

OLYMPIA – Residents of Eastern and Central Washington should prepare for dust storms as well as wildfires this spring and summer, state officials warned Wednesday. Gov. Jay Inslee and other …


Judge orders state to set PCB discharge limits for Spokane River

The state of Washington’s cleanup plan for the Spokane River doesn’t adequately address cancer-causing PCBs, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein said the federal government erred …


New rules on fuels take aim at carbon

Washington is following the lead of other West Coast states in cutting greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions as part of the global effort to combat climate change. Emissions from cars and …


Spokane River’s flow model challenged

Nearly 2,000 people wrote to the Washington Department of Ecology when the agency was developing flow rules for the Spokane River last fall. Some discussed how Spokane’s urban river looked …


State adopts flow rules for the Spokane River

The state of Washington adopted instream flows for the Spokane River today, but the levels are likely to disappoint rafters and environmental groups, who had pushed for higher flows.


Low-interest loans offered to fix failing septic systems

When James Matulis bought his first home on Spokane’s North Side a few years ago, he had no idea of the problem brewing in his backyard. “There weren’t any red-flag …


New website shows options for disposing hazardous waste

Got a few worn-out tires in your garage? An old television set you aren’t using? A box of spent compact fluorescent light bulbs? A new website provides links to Spokane-area …


Badger Lake property owner fined $8,100 for illegal herbicide use

A neighbor’s quick action helped state officials nab a Badger Lake property owner for illegal application of aquatic herbicides at the lake south of Cheney. The neighbor noticed a strong …


Oil shipments across Washington could triple by 2020

Nearly 3 billion gallons of crude oil will move through Washington on trains this year, and that figure could triple in five years. Communities along the route and state regulators …


Long Lake pollution study worries Suncrest residents

Andy Gendaszek dove into the shallow water along Long Lake’s shoreline earlier this week, targeting dark, weedy areas downstream from housing developments. When he emerged, the U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist …


Rising water demand has officials looking ahead

Clean drinking water has never been in short supply in the Spokane area. As the region grows in the coming decades, however, that may change. Water demand in the metro …


Spokane Valley working on Spokane River buffer plan

Developer John Miller knows he’s lost prospective clients at his upscale Pinecroft Business Park in Spokane Valley because of uncertainty about building close to the Spokane River. “I can’t tell …


Public comment deadline set for Spokane County septic tank rules

State officials are reviewing tighter regulations for installation of septic tanks along Spokane County shorelines. In general, septic tanks will not be allowed within 200 feet of the shoreline. Larger …