Stories tagged: environment
Wed., June 1, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Hundreds of toads hop free, offering hope for at-risk animal
The release of more than 900 Wyoming toads in a valley Wednesday could lay the groundwork for helping the critically endangered species and other amphibians resist a devastating fungus, researchers …
Mon., May 30, 2016, 10:48 a.m.
Regulators to weigh proposed Vancouver oil terminal in June
Both supporters and opponents of a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver are preparing to face off in June in front of state regulators tasked with deciding the fate of the …
Sun., May 29, 2016, 10:11 a.m.
Major spill from proposed oil terminal would be catastrophic, report says
A new report from the state Attorney General’s Office says an oil train or tanker accident in the Columbia River could cause more than $170 million in environmental damages and …
Sat., May 28, 2016, 10:26 a.m.
Coal program on agenda for Seattle meeting
The Bureau of Land Management is soliciting public input for its review of the federal coal program.
Thu., May 26, 2016, 1:50 p.m.
Solar-powered airplane lands in Pennsylvania
A solar-powered airplane has landed in Pennsylvania, about 17 hours after it took off from the Ohio hometown of America aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Tue., May 24, 2016, 8 p.m.
House measure backs shippers on ballast water dumping; invasive species a concern
A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would …
Tue., May 24, 2016, 8:45 a.m.
Hecla Mining to buy Montanore silver deposit in northwest Montana
Hecla Mining Company plans to buy a major silver deposit in Northwest Montana that for decades drawn the interest of speculators and the ire of conservationists.
Mon., May 23, 2016, 12:29 p.m.
New Mexico is first to sue EPA, mine owners over massive 2015 spill
New Mexico became the first state to sue the federal government and the owners of two mines over the release of 3 million gallons of wastewater from a southern Colorado …
Fri., May 20, 2016, 2:39 p.m.
Feds will miss cleanup deadline at E. Idaho nuclear facility
Federal officials announced Friday they won’t meet a September deadline to start converting 900,000 gallons of high-level radioactive liquid waste to a solid form at the Idaho National Laboratory in …
Fri., May 20, 2016, 8:27 a.m.
Raising Arrowrock Dam on Boise River fails federal feasibility study
Hopes of Idaho officials to increase the height of a Boise River dam to double water storage and also create enough space to handle a 500-year flood ran aground after …
Thu., May 19, 2016, 8:05 a.m.
Tesla selling $1.4B in shares to pay for Model 3
Electric car maker Tesla Motors is selling around $1.4 billion worth of stock to help bring its lower-cost Model 3 to market.
Wed., May 18, 2016, 4:23 p.m.
Spokane regional clean air plan gets 10-year extension
Nearly 40 years of work in Spokane to clean up the air recently got a new approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Tue., May 17, 2016, 2 p.m.
Washington climate protesters left a ton of debris, authorities say
Authorities say about a ton of debris was left on the ground after weekend environmental protest in northwest Washington. The anti-oil protesters told KING-TV they were forced to leave the …
Tue., May 17, 2016, 12:05 p.m.
Spokane schools’ water meets lead standards
Spokane Public Schools drinking water meets state and federal standards for water quality, according to a district news release.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 12:16 p.m.
Asbestos mishandled in Spokane hotel remodel, attorney general says
Remodeling of Spokane House Hotel prompts charges for mishandling asbestos.
UPDATED: Wed., May 11, 2016, 3:40 p.m.
Geese die-off in eastern Idaho possibly due to rodent poison
For the second consecutive year a large die-off of migrating geese has occurred in eastern Idaho, and officials say tests indicate poison put on agricultural fields to kill rodents is …
Tue., May 10, 2016, 11:32 a.m.
Port of Seattle, environmental group settle clean-water lawsuit
The Port of Seattle has agreed to follow certain practices to prevent stormwater pollution at Pier 66 as part of a settlement of an environmental lawsuit.
Mon., May 9, 2016, 7:04 p.m.
El Salvador river threatened by molasses spill
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Environmental officials in El Salvador said more than 900,000 gallons of molasses spilled into a river near the border with Guatemala, fouling the waters and …
Sat., May 7, 2016, 9:03 a.m.
Self-driving cars could be on roads in 5 years, Fiat Chrysler CEO says
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says working with Google convinced him that self-driving technology is closer than he thought and could be on the road in five years.
Sat., May 7, 2016, 8:14 a.m.
Seattle launches campaign to get more users for bike share
The city of Seattle has launched a campaign to encourage people to sign up for the now city-owned Pronto bike-share system, but city employees might not have seen the fliers.
Thu., May 5, 2016, 1:11 p.m.
5-cent charge for plastic bags set to be imposed in NYC
Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city’s sanitation department …
Wed., May 4, 2016, 8:30 p.m.
Spokane to replace remaining lead lines in water system
The city of Spokane is accelerating plans to switch out lead lines in its water delivery system, following national attention over Flint, Michigan’s contaminated drinking water.
UPDATED: Wed., May 4, 2016, 5:51 p.m.
Restoration of Northwest salmon runs needs a better plan, judge says
A federal judge in Oregon says a massive habitat restoration effort doesn’t do enough to improve Northwest salmon runs.
Wed., May 4, 2016, 4:29 p.m.
Mexico City declares 3rd day of traffic cuts over high smog
Mexico City is ordering 40 percent of cars and trucks to stay off the streets Thursday, extending for a third day a traffic cutback aimed at lessening pollution.
Wed., May 4, 2016, 1:02 p.m.
Cost estimate of Los Angeles-area gas leak hits $665 million
An energy company says expected costs from a massive gas leak near Los Angeles have ballooned to $665 million. Sempra Energy released the estimate in an earnings report Wednesday.
Tue., May 3, 2016, 4 p.m.
Farragut State Park clears the way for revival of the western white pine
Idaho Fish and Game is embarking on a project to return western white pine to Farragut State Park. The trees once dominated North Idaho forests, but few remain.
Mon., May 2, 2016, 5:28 p.m.
Spokane schools testing water for lead
Spokane Public Schools is testing the water in all of its buildings in the wake of high lead levels discovered at several Tacoma schools, as the state looks at ways …
Sat., April 30, 2016, 6:48 a.m.
Bakken oil field is source of global uptick in air pollution, study says
An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study.
Fri., April 29, 2016, 3:15 p.m.
Tacoma grocery bag ban moves forward
Tacoma’s proposed disposable bag ban is moving forward with allowances to keep low-income households from being nickeled every time they go to the grocery store.
Fri., April 29, 2016, 9:28 a.m.
Review of Washington coal-export terminal to be released
State and local regulators on Friday are releasing a sweeping review of a coal export terminal proposed along the Columbia River in southwest Washington.