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  • Cleanup of Palouse River murky

    PULLMAN – Wilda Patton knew there was something wrong with the water in the Palouse River. “I didn’t know what it was in it that made it poor quality,” said …


  • Palouse River cleanup plans questioned

    PULLMAN – Wilda Patton knew there was something wrong with the water in the Palouse River. “I didn’t know what it was in it that made it poor quality,” said …


  • Alaskan activist recounts battle to protect land, native ways

    Dune Lankard was a commercial fisherman in Prince William Sound when the Exxon Valdez spilled millions of gallons of oil in March 1989. A native Athabaskan Eyak of the Eagle …


  • Group grades cruise pollution

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An environmental group released its report card Wednesday on how well cruise ship companies operating in American waters are doing to reduce pollution, and not one received …


  • Greenhouse gas limits targeted

    WASHINGTON – Two industry groups have filed suit in federal court in an attempt to keep the federal government and the state of California from moving ahead with new greenhouse …


  • Path to prosperity

    A successful Montana fly-fishing shop owner is proving that building environmental stewardship for fish and rivers into his business model is more than just the right thing to do. For …


  • Phosphate detergent ban seems to be working

    The storyline of the near-ban on phosphorus in dish detergent in Spokane County has focused on scofflaws sneaking Cascade across the state line in a dogged attempt to keep their …


  • Diesel spills in Lake Pend Oreille

    HOPE, Idaho — A 32-foot tugboat dropped from a crane spilled about 80 gallons of diesel fuel into Lake Pend Oreille.


  • Pot grower ordered to pay for environmental damage

    A Mexican national arrested last August when federal and state agents shut down a large marijuana growing operation in the Okanogan and Wenatchee national forests was sentenced to 75 months …


  • Waste plan draws concern

    POST FALLS – The mayor of Post Falls says concerns about the environment and public health should prevent 20 acres near the Coeur d’Alene River from becoming a dumping ground …


  • Chemicals that eased ozone woes add to another threat

    This is not the funny kind of irony: Scientists say the chemicals that helped solve the last global environmental crisis – the hole in the ozone layer – are making …


  • Exhibit explores link between water, human rights

    An exhibit opening tonight at the Human Rights Education Institute in downtown Coeur d’Alene will ask visitors to consider what happens to human rights in a world of increasingly limited …


  • Global warming bill to get vote

    WASHINGTON – Key Democrats reached a deal Tuesday that its supporters hope will lead to House passage of the biggest environmental bill in decades, one aimed at slowing the gradual, …


  • Cleanup begins at City Parcel site

    Workers this week began cleaning up contamination at the former City Parcel site in North Spokane, part of a major remediation project expected to cost roughly $750,000. A contractor first …


  • Schools get green for programs

    Several local schools are set to receive cash for their environmental program efforts courtesy of the Terry Husseman School Awards Program run by the Washington Department of Ecology. The awards …


  • Getting greener

    When 50,000 runners and walkers reach for water during Bloomsday, they leave quite a few paper cups behind. In previous years, cleanup crews have swiftly removed the trampled cups as …


  • Lower Snake River on group’s endangered list

    Four dams that are blamed for damaging salmon runs on the lower Snake River in Washington place the waterway third among the nation’s most endangered rivers, according to an annual …


  • Mine cleanup may get boost

    WASHINGTON – When the Beal Mountain mine opened in 1988 near Butte, its owner promoted open-pit cyanide leaching for extracting gold from ore as modern and environmentally friendly. Pegasus Gold …


  • Green-roof technology

    Five generations of the Snodgrass family have prospered at Emory Knoll Farms in Harford County, Maryland. Its 365 acres have evolved from a 19th-century dairy operation to a crop farm …


  • Some cleaning supplies effective and friendly to environment

    Something green and drippy is growing on store shelves. It’s the assortment of “green” cleaning products many people are spraying, scrubbing and wiping all over their homes in an attempt …


  • Toxins found throughout Columbia Basin

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Environmental Protection Agency said in a report Thursday that toxins remain at levels harmful to people, fish and wildlife throughout the Northwest, despite decades-long cleanups. …


  • Study: Sound orcas eating more toxic salmon

    SEATTLE – Puget Sound killer whales appear to be more contaminated than northern orcas because they’re eating salmon that is more toxic, a new study suggests. Researchers measuring the presence …


  • Jane Danowitz: Reserve gift of public lands for all

    The treasures of our public lands should be a gift for all, not the private bank account to be used by a few. Whether it comes to mining around the …


  • Risks posed by ash spill understated, group warns

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Authorities need to more strongly warn residents that muck left from a major coal-ash spill in eastern Tennessee could pose health risks, a southern environmental group said …


  • Tar sands mining endangers migratory birds, report says

    CHICAGO – About half of America’s migratory birds fly from destinations as far-flung as Chile to nest in Canada’s boreal forest. In Alberta, that forest lies above tar sands that …


  • Sharing a greener option to plastic

    Sometimes a regular class assignment takes on a life all of its own. That’s what happened at M.E.A.D. Alternative High School a couple of weeks ago, when students were asked …


  • 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 …


  • Plan keeps sediment at dam cleanup site

    BUTTE – Officials say some sediment from the Milltown Dam cleanup may stay on site rather than being shipped to Anaconda. The issue is part of a recently proposed amendment …


  • Filmmaker details worldwide water woes

    There’s a problem with a liquid shortage that affects everyone in the world. And we’re not talking about oil.


  • Residents can give input on waste repository

    Residents and community members near Cataldo have 30 days to offer ideas on a proposed repository for hazardous mining waste. Design of the East Mission Flats Waste Repository is 60 …

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