Stories tagged: environment
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 10:39 a.m.
U.S. moves to block mining near Yellowstone National Park
U.S. officials plan to block new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last days to keep industry out of pristine and environmentally sensitive …
Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 8:35 a.m.
Canada to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030
Canada is announcing a plan to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030.
Sun., Nov. 20, 2016, 5:51 p.m.
Federal center studying milkweed to help monarch butterflies
The USDA’s Aberdeen Plant Materials Center has started trials to determine the best planting methods for establishing stands of milkweed – a plant that fills a critical life-cycle niche for …
Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 11:59 a.m.
Tests show high lead levels in water at 60 Cleveland schools
Cleveland’s school district will replace hundreds of drinking fountains, restroom faucets, outdoor spigots and other water fixtures after tests found high lead levels in the water at 60 of its …
Fri., Nov. 18, 2016, 11:18 a.m.
President Obama blocks new oil, gas drilling in Arctic Ocean
The Obama administration is blocking new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean, handing a victory to environmentalists who say industrial activity in the icy waters will harm whales, …
Thu., Nov. 17, 2016, 9:20 a.m.
Montana power storage project gets positive review from feds
A central Montana power storage project that would act as a giant battery to supplement electricity from wind turbines and other sources has received a favorable review from federal regulators.
Thu., Nov. 17, 2016, 8:16 a.m.
Some Hanford workers think twice about raising vapor issues
Some Hanford workers said they had concerns about raising issues related to possible chemical vapor exposures during a review by the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General.
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 10:06 a.m.
Dakota Access pipeline decision unlikely until early 2017
Court documents indicate a federal judge likely won’t decide until early next year whether to give the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline permission to finish the $3.8 billion …
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 8:25 a.m.
U.S. cancels energy leases in sacred area near Glacier National Park
U.S. officials canceled 15 oil and gas leases on Wednesday in an area bordering Glacier National Park that’s considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada.
Tue., Nov. 15, 2016, 1:36 p.m.
Hanford takes $23 million step toward safer radioactive waste storage
Work is moving ahead to remove radioactive capsules at Hanford from storage in a water-filled pool that could be at risk in a severe earthquake.
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 2:16 p.m.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau clears path to approve Kinder Morgan pipeline
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has set the table for Canada to approve Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion by announcing environmental measures aimed at placating opposition to the project.
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 10:21 a.m.
Pipeline protesters force lockdown of North Dakota Capitol
The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a large group of Dakota Access protesters has caused the state Capitol in Bismarck to be locked down.
Sun., Nov. 13, 2016, 6:20 p.m.
Navy to expand sonar, other training off Northwest coast
The U.S. Navy has finalized a plan to expand sonar testing and other warfare training off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and northern California.
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 10:57 p.m.
Trump victory reverses U.S. energy and environmental priorities
Donald Trump comes into office with a plan to toss out most of what President Barack Obama achieved on energy and the environment.
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 4:51 a.m.
Enviromental groups suing to force BNSF to cover coal-train loads
In a case with national implications, a broad coalition of environmental groups are suing to force BNSF to cover coal-train loads to help prevent water pollution.
Tue., Nov. 8, 2016, 9:39 a.m.
Sewage dumping in Puget Sound could be halted under proposed regulation
A new rule proposed by the state Department of Ecology would prevent vessels from dumping raw or partially treated sewage in Puget Sound.
Mon., Nov. 7, 2016, 1:09 p.m.
Colville National Forest logging project can move forward, appeals court says
An environmental group trying to stop a logging project on the Colville National Forest was dealt another setback last week, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied its request …
Mon., Nov. 7, 2016, 8:43 a.m.
Oklahoma oil operations resume after earthquake
State regulators in Oklahoma said normal operations have resumed at the Cushing oil storage terminal after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck Sunday night.
Mon., Nov. 7, 2016, 8:24 a.m.
Tesla to end free use of supercharging stations
Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it will end free use of its worldwide charging station network.
Sun., Nov. 6, 2016, 6:57 p.m.
Washington DNR deciding whether to add aquatic land to Cherry Point reserve
The state of Washington is deciding whether to protect 45 acres of aquatic lands that had been set aside for a proposed coal-export shipping terminal at Cherry Point.
Sat., Nov. 5, 2016, 9:44 p.m.
Group looks at effectiveness of farm conservation policy
Over the past 20 years, taxpayers have spent $30 billion on programs to help farmers be more environmentally friendly, including $59 million in Yakima County.
Sat., Nov. 5, 2016, 7:43 a.m.
Wal-Mart sets environmental plan as people seek green items
Wal-Mart is laying out its environmental map for the next several years as it tries to satisfy customers who want green products at affordable prices.
Fri., Nov. 4, 2016, 10:41 a.m.
16 homes evacuated after methane found in Washington city
Authorities say 16 homes were evacuated in a city south of Seattle after methane gas was found in soil samples there.
Fri., Nov. 4, 2016, 10:18 a.m.
Paris climate change deal becomes international law
The Paris Agreement to combat climate change became international law on Friday – a landmark deal about tackling global warming amid growing fears that the world is becoming hotter even …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, 2:50 p.m.
Motion to dismiss Hanford lawsuit rejected by federal judge
A federal judge has rejected the U.S. Department of Energy’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Washington state over worker safety issues on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Thu., Nov. 3, 2016, 12:33 p.m.
Study links human actions to specific Arctic sea ice melt
Driving a gas-powered car about 90 miles – the distance between New York and Philadelphia – melts about a square foot of Arctic sea ice in the critical month of …
Mon., Oct. 31, 2016, 12:40 p.m.
Eugene signs contract with bike rental company
The city of Eugene says it has signed a $1.2 million contract with a New York-based bike rental company.
Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, 7 p.m.
With three orcas missing, scientist calls for breaching Lower Snake River dams
Researchers who track the endangered population of orcas that frequent Washington state waters said Friday that three whales are missing or believed dead since summer.
Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, 11:35 a.m.
VW sees electric car shift costing thousands of jobs
Volkswagen’s personnel chief has been quoted as telling a German newspaper that the transition to electric cars will ultimately cost a “five-digit number” of jobs at the company.
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 4:41 p.m.
Federal judge denies Monsanto’s request to dismiss Spokane River PCB lawsuit
A lawsuit by the city of Spokane against Monsanto over pollution in the Spokane River can go forward, a federal judge in Spokane ruled.