Stories tagged: environment
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 5:48 p.m.
Trump gives green light to Dakota Access, Keystone XL oil pipelines
President Donald Trump signed executive orders Tuesday to revive the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, another step in his effort to dismantle former president Barack Obama’s environmental …
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 7:45 a.m.
750 gallons of sewage overflow reported in Portland area
The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services says hundreds of gallons of sewage overflowed from a manhole into a Fanno Creek tributary.
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 3:36 p.m.
Union Pacific’s lawsuit over Oregon rail expansion opposed by three groups
Three groups are seeking to oppose Union Pacific Railroad’s lawsuit involving a proposed rail expansion along the Columbia River Gorge where a crude oil train derailed last June.
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 12:07 p.m.
U.S. health officials cancel climate conference; don’t say why
The government’s top public health agency has canceled a conference next month on climate change and health but isn’t saying why publicly. But a co-sponsor was told by the Centers …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 10:39 a.m.
Brimming toxic pit nears critical level after bird deaths
It was an unusual and unfortunate confluence of events: A larger-than-normal number of geese was making a later-than-normal migration over Montana when a snowstorm blew in at the wrong time …
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 8:03 a.m.
Tesoro pays $325,000 fine for federal violations
The Tesoro refinery in northwestern Washington has paid a $325,000 fine to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.
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.
Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Pruitt’s lawsuits against EPA among tense topics at confirmation hearing
Scott Pruitt, who repeatedly has sued the Environmental Protection Agency during his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general, declined to say Wednesday whether he would recuse himself from those ongoing cases …
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
President Obama expands Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
President Barack Obama has expanded the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southwestern Oregon to protect its rich biodiversity. The expansion announced Thursday adds about 48,000 acres to a landscape of rich …
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 8 a.m.
Oil terminal case: Tribe and environmentalists win major victory in state Supreme Court
A State Supreme Court ruling Thursday has opponents of a proposed oil storage and shipping facility at the Port of Grays Harbor claiming victory, but the company behind the proposal …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 7:10 p.m.
Court throws wrench in plans for big Washington oil terminal
The Washington Supreme Court has thrown a major wrench in plans for a big oil terminal in Grays Harbor, saying the project must be reviewed under a 1989 law passed …
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Snake River dam projects may be delayed
Salmon advocates are asking a judge to bar the federal government from making substantial investments to Snake River dams until a five-year review of the hydro system is complete.
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
Rusty patched bumblebee now an endangered species
The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 11:28 a.m.
Mining company looking for new ideas to keep birds off toxic waters in Butte’s Berkeley Pit
BUTTE, Mont. – A Montana mining company plans to reach out to bird experts for ideas about how to keep geese off a former open pit copper mine that is …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 11:23 a.m.
Environmental groups want work halted on Snake River dams
BOISE – Environmental groups are asking a federal court to halt 11 infrastructure projects on four lower Snake River dams in Washington state that could ultimately be removed if a …
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017, midnight
Study documents yellow cedar’s decline due to climate change
A type of tree that thrives in soggy soil from Alaska to Northern California and is valued for its commercial and cultural uses could become a noticeable casualty of climate …
Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, midnight
NOAA plans to open federal waters in Pacific to fish farming
As traditional commercial fishing is threatening fish populations worldwide, U.S. officials are working on a plan to expand fish farming into federal waters around the Pacific Ocean.
Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
London takes five days to breach 2017 air pollution limit
It was a powerful image: soaring high in the sky next to Big Ben was a Mary Poppins figure wearing a protective mask.
Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, 7:22 a.m.
Stop making our children sick: Beijing parents force government action over smog
Even in an authoritarian one-party state, the government listens to public opinion – especially when the middle class gets angry. And make no mistake, many middle-class Beijingers are mad.
Fri., Jan. 6, 2017, 10:21 a.m.
Obama admin blocks seismic surveys in Atlantic Ocean
The Obama administration on Friday rejected requests by energy companies to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean to map potential drilling sites for oil and natural gas.
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 12:43 p.m.
Puget Sound aquatic habitat remains healthy, data suggests
Data suggests aquatic habitat in the Puget Sound remains healthy despite other measures of the sound’s health deteriorating.
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 7:54 a.m.
Plan calls for rail cars to haul contaminated Ashland soil
Union Pacific plans to use rail cars, not dump trucks, to haul away 18,700 cubic yards of contaminated soil as part of its long-awaited cleanup of its old railroad yard …
Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 12:28 p.m.
State Supreme Court upholds Washington stormwater rules
A state Supreme Court decision has upheld stricter stormwater rules for building projects.
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
Withdrawing Obama climate plan would ‘lead to more litigation,’ AGs warn Trump
Donald Trump has not yet taken office – but already, legal chess moves over how to dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature climate policy, the Clean Power Plan, are being telegraphed.
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 9:57 a.m.
Obama plan would bar new mining to protect chest-puffing grouse
The Obama administration teed up plans to block hard-rock mining on as much as 10 million acres in the western U.S. to protect the greater sage grouse, setting up a …
Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 12:24 p.m.
Feds agree to delay penalties for automakers failing to meet fuel efficiency goals
Federal regulators acted Wednesday to postpone penalties automakers would face for failing to meet congressionally mandated miles-per-gallon goals.
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 10:43 a.m.
Obama bans future oil leases in much of Arctic, Atlantic
President Barack Obama on Tuesday designated the bulk of U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean as indefinitely off limits to future oil and …
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 10:28 a.m.
New Clearwater Paper equipment needs new permit
A design change will require Clearwater Paper to alter the air-quality permit for the company’s $160 million upgrade to its Lewiston pulp and paper mill.
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 9:50 a.m.
Work restarts to empty Hanford tank with inside leak
Work resumed despite recent frigid temperatures to empty an underground tank at Hanford with radioactive waste leaking between its double shells.
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 11:21 a.m.
Obama sets rule to protect streams near coal mines
The Obama administration on Monday set final rules designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation’s streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans …