Stories tagged: environment
Wed., April 5, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
Washington leaders urge budget support for Puget Sound
Three dozen members of Congress are calling on President Donald Trump not to eliminate money for Puget Sound and other bodies of water.
UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
Groups sue to stop US use of cyanide predator killing traps
Environmental and animal-welfare groups have filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing the use of two predator-killing poisons.
Mon., April 3, 2017, 8:15 a.m.
Alaska oil pipeline leak stopped, threat to wildlife unclear
The flow of oil from an underwater pipeline leak discovered in Alaska’s southern Cook Inlet over the weekend has been stopped, but it’s unclear how much crude poured into the …
UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 6:44 p.m.
Oil leak discovered by workers in Alaska’s Cook Inlet
An oil leak was discovered in Alaska’s Cook Inlet on Saturday, causing a major oil and gas producer to shut down two of its platforms there, officials say.
Sun., April 2, 2017, 2:50 p.m.
Scientists predict expansion of US grizzly bear habitat
Grizzly bears continue to expand their range amid an ongoing effort to turn over management of the bears from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the states of Wyoming, …
Thu., March 30, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
Environmental groups challenge Keystone XL pipeline approval
A coalition of environmental groups is challenging the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed.
UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
Trump, in break from other world leaders, digs in on coal
Declaring “the start of a new era” in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.
Tue., March 28, 2017, 11:16 a.m.
Wenatchee facility source of biodiesel in Columbia River
State and federal authorities have identified a Wenatchee fueling facility as the source of biodiesel that leaked into the Columbia River.
Mon., March 27, 2017, 7:02 p.m.
Feds remove type of rockfish from endangered list
Federal biologists have removed a species of Puget Sound rockfish from the endangered species list.
UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017, 4:55 p.m.
Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage in Puget Sound
Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into Puget Sound since Washington state’s largest sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully …
Sun., March 26, 2017, 2:34 p.m.
Washington, Oregon governors vow to fight Trump
Washington state and Oregon will fight attempts by President Donald Trump to weaken environmental protection laws, the Democratic governors of the two states say.
Sun., March 26, 2017, 6 a.m.
Field reports: Clagstone Meadows timberland access to open Aug. 1
TIMBERLANDS – Access easements will allow public access to the 13,169-acre Clagstone Meadows private timberlands in Bonner County, starting Aug. 1, the Idaho Fish and Game Department says. Under the …
Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:26 a.m.
North Dakota oil spill three times larger than first estimated
A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota might have been three times larger than first estimated and among the biggest in state history, a state environmental expert said …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
Whatcom County extends moratorium on crude oil exports
The Whatcom County Council has extended for six months a moratorium on shipments of unrefined fossil fuels out of the Cherry Point area.
UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 6:32 p.m.
Rusty patched bumblebee first of species called endangered
The rusty patched bumblebee is officially an endangered species.
Mon., March 20, 2017, 3:52 p.m.
State fines Cascade Natural Gas $1M over safety violations
Cascade Natural Gas has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations it broke state and federal pipeline safety rules.
Mon., March 20, 2017, 12:52 p.m.
Oregon Legislature votes to raise bottle refund to 10 cents
Starting on April 1, Oregonians will be able to double the money they get back for recycling their old plastic water bottles, soda cans and beer bottles at redemption sites …
UPDATED: Sun., March 19, 2017, 7:53 p.m.
Environmental groups, state officials warn about Trump Puget Sound budget
State officials, environmental advocates and others are warning of dire environmental and economic consequences if President Donald Trump’s cuts to Puget Sound and other environmental programs go through as proposed.
Wed., March 15, 2017, 5:36 p.m.
Great Barrier Reef bleaching again; scientists say only swift climate action can save it
Last year the Great Barrier Reef saw unprecedented bleaching due to extremely warm ocean temperatures. It was the reef’s third and worst severe bleaching event. But now, scientists say, yet …
Tue., March 14, 2017, 3:22 p.m.
How James Inhofe is upending the nation’s energy and environmental policies
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., has long been one of the nation’s most powerful climate-change skeptics
Sun., March 12, 2017, 9:10 p.m.
Conservation group maps land protection strategy in Northwest states
A conservation group has created maps identifying key landscapes in three Western states most likely to sustain native species amid climate change and is distributing money to protect private lands …
Thu., March 9, 2017, 5:17 p.m.
Mexico’s fight for endangered vaquita porpoise turns violent
A gang of dozens of fishermen overturned inspectors’ trucks, burned or destroyed 15 vehicles and patrol boats, and beat three inspectors from the office for environmental protection in a town …
Mon., March 6, 2017, 6 a.m.
Is Yucca Mountain once again America’s nuclear waste dump?
Thirty years after Nevada’s Yucca Mountain was designated as America’s only dumping ground for nuclear waste, not a single isotope has been sent there.
UPDATED: Sat., March 4, 2017, 6:43 p.m.
Lake worshipped by Incans now littered with trash
LAKE TITICACA, Peru – Tucked between snow-capped mountains, Lake Titicaca was once worshipped by the Incas, who proclaimed its deep blue waters the birthplace of the sun. These days the …
Fri., March 3, 2017, 10:57 a.m.
Entiat named Tree City USA
The Arbor Day Foundation has named Entiat “Tree City USA” for the 16th consecutive year, the city announced Wednesday.
Fri., March 3, 2017, 8:44 a.m.
Idaho nuclear waste retrieval complete, underway since 2003
Work to clear radioactive waste from the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project near Idaho Falls is complete.
Thu., March 2, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
EPA withdraws Obama-era request for data on oil, natural gas
The Environmental Protection Agency is withdrawing an Obama-era request that oil and natural gas companies provide information on methane emissions at oil and gas operations.
Thu., March 2, 2017, 3:54 p.m.
Farms, orchards should warn neighbors before they spray chemicals, report says
With pesticide drift and the associated health risks on the rise in Washington, a new report is again calling for requirements that farms and orchards notify neighbors before spraying chemicals.
Wed., March 1, 2017, 4:34 p.m.
Lawyers sue Chinese authorities for not getting rid of smog
Lawyer Cheng Hai has an itemized list of compensation demands from Beijing authorities over the city’s smog: 65 yuan ($9) for having to buy face masks, 100 yuan ($15) for …
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
White House proposes cutting EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs
The Office of Management and Budget has suggested deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce its staff by one-fifth in the first year and eliminate several …