Stories tagged: environment
Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Ruling invalidates key permits for Kalama methanol project
A state hearings board has invalidated key permits issued to a nearly $2 billion project in Washington state that would convert natural gas to methanol.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 9:25 a.m.
Washington state tribes consider own carbon emissions plan
Tribal leaders might move ahead with their own plan to tax carbon emissions in Washington state after another group working on a statewide carbon-tax initiative for the November 2018 ballot …
Wed., Sept. 13, 2017
Wordsmithing: Outdoor poetry series continues
Wordsmithing By Nature
Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 11:59 a.m.
King County must pay fine, make changes for sewage spill
King County must pay $361,000 in fines and make major changes following a massive sewage spill at its Seattle plant in February.
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 2:04 p.m.
Washington to spend $1 million on electric-vehicle charging stations
The state of Washington will spend $1 million to help construct 15 new charging stations for electric vehicles on some of the busiest highways.
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 12:16 p.m.
U.S. nuclear dump running out of room, watchdog agency says
A government watchdog agency says the only underground nuclear waste repository in the United States doesn’t have enough space for radioactive debris left over from decades of bomb-making and research, …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 9:37 p.m.
Energy Department penalized $16K over unidentified powder
The state of Washington has levied a $16,000 fine for failure to identify a white powder on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 11:55 a.m.
Wordsmithing by Nature: Poets go deep into the outdoors
For thousands of years, poets have written about the outdoors. Sometimes, they praise scenery and wildness; sometimes, they compare humanity to nature. Poets from Hesiod and Homer to Basho and …
Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 11:39 a.m.
Plan in place for oil spills on Lake Pend Oreille, Clark Fork River
A response plan is in place in the event of an oil spill on Lake Pend Oreille and the Clark Fork River.
Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 10:32 a.m.
Scores treated after mystery ‘chemical haze’ hits Britain’s coast
A mysterious chemical haze that left scores of people on the English coast with streaming eyes, sore throats and breathing problems has dissipated, but its cause remains a mystery, police …
Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Why are Bill Gates and Richard Branson investing in meat that costs $18,000 a pound?
The world loves meat. So much so that demand for meat products is projected to grow by nearly 70 percent by 2050. But meat production places a significant strain on …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 12:39 p.m.
VW engineer gets prison, $200,000 fine in diesel scandal
U.S. prosecutors will seek a three-year prison sentence on Friday for a Volkswagen engineer who had a key role in the company’s diesel emissions scandal.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 9:37 p.m.
Collapse at salmon farm renews concerns about fish farming
A net pen holding 305,000 farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed recently, releasing thousands of fish into Puget Sound and renewing concerns that a new proposed salmon-rearing operation could harm wild salmon …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
Trump rebuffs coal industry; CEO claims promise broken
The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to issue a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants. One executive says the decision breaks a personal promise from …
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
US cattle grazing plan for Idaho national monument approved
Cattle grazing will continue at a south-central Idaho national monument known for its ancient lava flows following a challenge by an environmental group, federal officials announced this week.
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
742 gallons of oil dripped into Snake River near Kahlotus, Corps estimates
An estimated 742 gallons of oil have leaked into the Snake River at Lower Monumental Dam near Kahlotus, the Army Corps said Tuesday.
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Astoria, Ore., opposes proposed Vancouver oil terminal
Astoria, Ore., has added itself to the list of cities opposed to the Vancouver Energy oil terminal.
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 2:37 p.m.
Scientists tally the environmental impact of feeding meat to our cats and dogs
You’ve heard about the carbon footprint, but what about the carbon paw-print? According to a new study, U.S. cats’ and dogs’ eating patterns have as big an effect as driving …
Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 5 a.m.
Condon touts progress on environmental policies, chooses not to sign climate change ordinance
The mayor said this week he had continued concerns about the future costs of some of the covenants agreed to by the City Council last month. Spokane has already taken …
Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
Preventing collapse of second Hanford radioactive waste tunnel on DOE’s priority list
The Department of Energy plans to step up monitoring of a Hanford tunnel storing highly radioactive waste while it studies ways to keep it from collapsing.
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:50 p.m.
We have only a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, study finds
In recent years, it has become increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind of countdown – each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing the window …
Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Oregon company pays fines for oil spill
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency release states an Oregon company has agreed to pay fines totaling about $23,000 regarding a 900-gallon diesel spill that contaminated an area creek.
Mon., July 31, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
Tri-City-area utilities support proposed law to save Snake dams
Three Tri-City-area utilities are supporting federal legislation that would override a federal court decision to save Snake River Dams.
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 3 p.m.
Britain to ban sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040
Britain will ban the sale of new cars and vans using diesel and gasoline starting in 2040 as part of a sweeping plan to tackle air pollution that experts say …
Wed., July 19, 2017, 2:08 p.m.
There’s literally a ton of plastic garbage for every person in the world
More than 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced since 1950, and the vast majority of it is still around.
Wed., July 19, 2017, 5:22 a.m.
‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat
They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes …
Tue., July 18, 2017, 11:37 a.m.
Oregon highway fuel spill worsens, contaminates groundwater
A massive fuel spill on an Oregon highway that has caused traffic detours and delays for the past 10 days is now looking even worse after wildlife managers discovered fuel …
UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
Ick-free and ready for a dip: Portland touts revived river
For decades, Portland residents have been repulsed by the idea of swimming in the Willamette River because of weekly sewage overflows that created a bacterial stew. Now, the recent completion …
Tue., July 11, 2017, 10:23 a.m.
Study released for Tesoro refinery xylene project in Skagit County
Skagit County reached no new conclusions in the final environmental impact statement it released Monday for a project proposed at the Tesoro Anacortes Refinery at March Point.
Tue., July 11, 2017, 9:39 a.m.
Land-use group tries to stop Oregon solar farm
The land-use group 1000 Friends of Oregon is trying to block a large solar farm planned for prime agricultural land outside Medford.