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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

Newport smelter hearing draws skeptical crowd

About 100 people turned out for Tuesday’s public hearing on a silicon smelter proposed for the Newport area, with many raising concerns about the project.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

Public meetings begin next week on proposed Newport silicon smelter

A controversial silicon smelter proposed near Newport is the topic of four upcoming public meetings.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 6:05 p.m.

Police make pair of arrests in Logan neighborhood hash oil manufacture

Spokane police arrested two people Monday morning suspected of manufacturing hash oil at their Logan neighborhood home.


Trump administration will review pollution rules affecting Spokane River

Rules affecting the amount of cancer-causing chemicals flowing into the Spokane River will be reviewed by the Trump administration. Business and industry groups petitioned for the review last year, urging …


UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers pushes House bill targeting EPA pollution standards in Washington

The measure, which passed as part of a larger spending package approved by the House of Representatives, prohibits the federal agency from enforcing its new water quality standards in Washington …


Many Everett families still live amid arsenic and lead

A soil sample taken from Cydney Gillis’ yard last year confirmed what she had long feared. High levels of arsenic pollute her property in Everett’s Delta neighborhood.


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 9:41 a.m.

Company prepares to move on Newport smelter’s environmental study

A Canadian company that wants to build a controversial silicon smelter near Newport says it’s ready to start the environmental review process. Meanwhile, citizens groups have challenge the sale of …


UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 5:13 p.m.

New rule bans vessels from releasing sewage into Puget Sound

Recreational and commercial vessels will not be able to release treated or untreated sewage into Puget Sound waters under new rules approved by the state aimed at improving water quality.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 6:59 a.m.

Inland Empire Paper exceeded permit limits for Spokane River pollution in 2016

A Millwood company discharged more pollution into the Spokane River than its permits allowed on several days over the past two years.


Spokane River conservationists, state officials settle lawsuit over polluted Latah Creek

A 2015 federal lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Spokane Riverkeeper organization has led to a 10-year cleanup plan for Latah Creek, one of the major tributaries into the Spokane River. …


Permit will limit use of treated sludge on Lincoln County farm

Compromise reached on the request to use treated sewage sludge as fertilizer on a Lincoln County farm above Mill Canyon.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Mayor David Condon unveils stormwater exhibit during children’s storytime

While the tots’ attention was focused on the magnetic toy and Ribby the Redband trout, the city is moving toward the finish line on its massive stormwater tank project that …


State could use VW diesel settlement to boost electric vehicles

A state agency wants to take some $113 million Washington will receive from Volkswagen for dirty diesel engines and use it to boost the use of vehicles that produce less …


Bury Hanford mishaps for good

Most recently comes news that the state Department of Ecology is investigating the dumping of potentially contaminated liquid into the ground.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:33 a.m.

Northeast Washington silicon smelter plans raise concerns

Last year, a Canadian company announced plans to build a $325 million silicon smelter in northeast Washington, which would bring about 150 permanent jobs to the area. But some local …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Coal-export terminal backer sues state over permit denial

A company proposing to build a terminal in Washington state to export U.S. coal to Asia sued the state Tuesday, arguing regulators unfairly denied the project a key permit.


Guest Opinion: Morton Alexander and Chrys Ostrander: Keep sewage sludge off farmland

Old enabling legislation deemed biosolids a “beneficial resource” and mandated Ecology to promote its use, making the department a booster of this dubious practice rather than a credible regulator in …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 11:53 a.m.

Lincoln County residents fight biosolids on nearby farm

Fight over plans to use treated sewer sludge as fertilizer on a Lincoln County farm highlights the controversy over what to do with the left overs from the state’s waste …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 2:15 p.m.

Washington state deals blow to plan for Longview coal export terminal

The Department of Ecology rejected a water quality permit that Millennium Bulk Terminals sought because the proposed facility near the city of Longview would have caused “significant and unavoidable harm” …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 12:17 p.m.

Groundbreaking planned for $184 million Columbia Pulp plant that will turn straw-waste into pulp

Columbia Pulp will have a groundbreaking and community tour next week for its $184 million plant, which will use straw to make pulp for paper production.


Kelli Scott: Gratitude, humility gained through fire

My family’s new house is just finished, still a mess of unpacked boxes and construction dust, but already buzzing like a good home should.


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

New pulp mill planned for southeast Washington will turn straw into commercial product

A pulp mill planned for southeastern Washington will extract cellulose from wheat and alfalfa straw, turning a waste product into a commodity. Columbia Pulp expects to begin operations in late …


Lawmakers need firm water-well deal

Senate Republicans have a point: The Legislature needs to solve this problem now, because it will be too easy for urban-centric lawmakers to ignore it in the future.


DOE hiring 300 young adults, others, for Washington Conservation Corps

The Washington State Department of Ecology has grant money to hire 300 workers ages 18-25 for the Washington Conservation Corps.


Plans for new northside Costco include Highway 2 roundabout

Costco is moving forward quickly with its plans to construct a new, 167,000 square foot retail warehouse near the site of the former Kaiser Aluminum smelter near Mead. Those plans …


Wells, internet privacy are unfinished business

With a special session or two ahead, the Legislature should resolve unfinished business regarding domestic water wells and internet privacy.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 6:17 p.m.

Oil trains moved 14 million barrels of crude through Washington in fourth quarter

Oil trains transported about 14 million barrels of crude through Washington during the fourth quarter of 2016.


Inmate cleanup crews target downtown Spokane viaducts, overpasses

Inmates at the Geiger Correctional Facility have cleaned up hundreds of thousands of pounds of garbage over the past three years as part of a county-run grant program. They’re working …


Washington berry grower fined $102,000 for illegal water use

The Washington State Department of Ecology says it’s fining a Whatcom County berry grower more than $100,000 for years of illegal water use.


Spokane’s recycled glass ends up in area landfill, due to lack of interested buyers

With traditional markets such as bottling companies and fiberglass manufacturers either inundated by product or going out of business, Spokane’s recycling collectors have turned to an area landfill to bed …