Stories tagged: environment
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 …
Sun., Dec. 18, 2016, 9:59 p.m.
Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota still not cleaned up
Three years and three months later, a massive oil spill in North Dakota still isn’t fully cleaned up. The company responsible hasn’t even set a date for completion.
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 1 p.m.
China seizes U.S. underwater drone in South China Sea
A Chinese ship on Thursday seized a small U.S. Navy underwater drone that had been operating in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic complaint from the U.S. government.
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 11:53 a.m.
Montana rail yard responds to 7,000-gallon fuel spill
Environmental remediation specialists are cleaning up a diesel fuel spill at a Missoula rail yard.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 1:45 p.m.
Conservatives seek ally in Trump in Western land disputes
Conservatives who have long complained about the government’s control of vast Western lands hope they will have a new ally in Donald Trump, who has sent mixed signals about how …
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 1:04 p.m.
Richland nuclear plant barred from shipping waste after incident
Energy Northwest is temporarily barred from sending waste to a commercial disposal site at Hanford after a shipment in November had more radioactivity than reported.
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 8:28 a.m.
Grand Canyon hits 6 million visitors, setting annual record
Grand Canyon National Park has surpassed its visitation record for the second year in a row.
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 3:57 p.m.
Feds begin special inspection of Richland nuclear plant
Federal regulators will begin inspecting the Columbia Generating Station after the nuclear plant shipped waste that had higher radioactivity than was reported.
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 10:56 a.m.
Pipeline spills 176,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota creek
Officials estimate more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from a pipeline into a North Dakota creek.
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 10:53 a.m.
Obama creates ‘resilience area’ to protect Bering ecosystem
President Obama used his executive powers Friday to add protections to waters off Alaska’s west coast.
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 8:39 a.m.
Hunters urged not to eat geese in area of toxic pit mine
Wildlife officials are urging hunters who killed snow geese in the Butte and Dillon areas to wait to eat the meat because the birds might have landed in the contaminated …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 8:37 a.m.
Judge keeps Superfund cleanup talks in Montana secret
A judge says he won’t open to the public the long-running secret negotiations on the cleanup of the nation’s largest Superfund site.
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 7:50 a.m.
Fishing groups seek Atlantic wind farm delay
Commercial fishing companies, trade groups and three fishing-based municipalities are seeking to delay a proposed wind energy project in the Atlantic Ocean.
Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 2:31 p.m.
Groups sue feds to force Washington to protect Puget Sound
An environmental group is suing the federal government to force Washington state to do more to protect Puget Sound from polluted runoff from roads, farms, logging and boats.
Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 12:59 p.m.
Oklahoma attorney general who’s suing EPA on climate change is picked to lead EPA
In a move signaling an intention to dismantle President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy, President-elect Trump will nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas intensive …
Wed., Dec. 7, 2016, 12:40 p.m.
Cantwell urges spill protections after Canada pipeline OK’d
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell is urging stronger measures to protect Washington state from oil spills after Canada’s government approved a pipeline expansion project that would dramatically increase oil tankers through …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 1:31 p.m.
Arctic sea ice hits record monthly low for 7th time in 2016
Though this is when the Arctic is supposed to be refreezing, scientists say sea ice there hit record low levels for November. In the crucial Barents Sea, the amount of …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 1:20 p.m.
Pipeline delays cost builder millions, risking contract loss
The completion of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has been delayed after the U.S. Army declined to grant an easement for the final few thousand feet under a Missouri River …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 1:12 p.m.
Google says it will hit 100 percent renewable energy next year
Google, a trendsetter in the field of corporate purchases of wind and solar energy, made a striking proclamation Tuesday – by next year, it forecasts that it’ll be purchasing as …
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 2:22 p.m.
Could Dakota Access pipeline move after permit is denied?
The Army Corps of Engineers’ refusal to grant a permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross beneath the Missouri River has focused more attention on alternative routes, but …
Sat., Dec. 3, 2016, 8:12 p.m.
North Dakota emergency officials: We won’t let pipeline protesters freeze
The head of North Dakota’s emergency management services says the state is prepared to respond to Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 4:45 p.m.
Stormwater tanks, green spaces and traffic blockages headed downtown in 2017
City workers will begin installing two massive subterranean tanks to retain stormwater beginning early next year in downtown, part of ongoing efforts to clean up the Spokane River. The work …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 1:54 p.m.
Next test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter
So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 11:59 a.m.
EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
1st U.S. offshore wind farm to begin production within days
There has been a hiccup at the nation’s first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power.
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 11:36 a.m.
Invasive mussels problem prompts emergency declaration
Gov. Steve Bullock has declared a natural resource emergency after aquatic invasive mussels were detected in Montana waters for the first time.
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 9:20 a.m.
NYPD’s scooters giving way to Smart cars
The New York City Police Department has announced plans to expand its fleet of Smart cars to replace the three-wheeled scooters that officers utilized for decades.