Stories tagged: environment
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 5:47 p.m.
Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline
The Army said Tuesday that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, clearing the way for completion …
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017
Robert J. Samuelson: Trump vs. the regulatory state
Trump’s objective is to cut government regulation by about 70 percent. It will be a tough target to reach. But Trump seems determined to try.
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
Nez Perce County officials oppose breaching of dams on Snake, Columbia rivers
The Nez Perce County Commission is adding its voice to other local agencies concerned about the effects of dam breaching on local social and economic issues.
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 12:52 p.m.
Port oil project in limbo as Contanda Terminals ponders next steps
Despite a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this month that put Contanda Terminals’ Port of Grays Harbor expansion project on hold, the company is confident it can meet the additional …
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 12:42 p.m.
Idaho nuclear waste cleanup effort nearly complete
Work to clear radioactive waste from the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project is nearly complete.
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 12:12 p.m.
Report: Oregon lagging behind on climate goals
A new report has found that Oregon is not reducing greenhouse gas emissions fast enough to meet its goals.
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Colstrip cleanup measure runs into opposition
Environmentalists are lining up with the owners of Montana’s Colstrip plant against a bill that would set cleanup guidelines ahead of the plant’s anticipated partial shutdown. The bill’s Republican sponsor, …
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
Radioactive spread halts Hanford nuclear facility demolition
The demolition of a major plutonium plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state has been put on pause after radioactive contamination spread outside the facility. The
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 10:55 a.m.
Megaload lawsuit betweeen Forest Service, environmental groups settled
Environmental groups, the Nez Perce Tribe and the U.S. Forest Service have agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit over huge “megaload” shipments. Shipments of the very large truck loads …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 7 p.m.
Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget
The former head of President Donald Trump’s transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he expects the new administration to seek significant budget and staff cuts.
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017
How will Trump’s policies affect the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene region?
Presidents usually use their first 100 days to highlight promises they made in the campaign and emphasize progress on their agenda. Donald Trump is no exception, becoming the first president …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 5:52 p.m.
Flint water has fallen below federal lead limit
Flint’s water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit, a key finding that Michigan state environmental officials said Tuesday is good news for a city whose …
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
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
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.