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  • Zanetti Brothers agrees to share of basin cleanup

    One of the Silver Valley’s oldest family-run companies has reached a $200,000 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over Superfund cleanup of historic mine waste. Zanetti Brothers Inc. will …


  • City, air agency could settle fine, upgrade incinerator

    Spokane would have to pay a $5,000 fine and upgrade its regional trash incinerator under a proposed deal being considered by Mayor Mary Verner. The settlement, proposed by the Spokane …


  • Do Your Part: Be kind to animals, environment

    Anyone who knows me knows I love animals. Over the years I’ve had cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. Add in a few lizards, countless fish and even a …


  • Five-year plan to clean Columbia basin toxins

    State, federal and tribal leaders pledged support Thursday for restoring Columbia River watersheds through programs that reduce toxic compounds in the water. The nation’s fourth-largest river basin contains mercury, PCBs, …


  • Widely used fire retardant gets federal scrutiny

    BOULDER, Colo. – Lost in the images of aircraft dropping giant red plumes of retardant on a Colorado wildfire last week is the fact that the practice may not be …


  • Green home projects on display Sunday

    Homeowners on Sunday can learn about techniques for going green, such as a custom-built straw bale home, a green kitchen remodel or an urban chicken coop designed with reclaimed materials. …


  • Hanford workers digging up hazardous wastes

    Work is nearly complete to help identify the type and amount of radioactive and hazardous materials at the 618-10 Burial Ground, one of the most hazardous sites on the Hanford …


  • Once bound for Washington, Hawaii trash piles up

    HONOLULU — Gigantic piles of shrink-wrapped garbage have been moldering in the heat of a Hawaii industrial park for more than five months, waiting for a place to be shipped.


  • Appeals court: mud from logging roads is pollution

    A federal appeals court today decided that mud washing off logging roads is pollution and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to write regulations to reduce the amount that reaches salmon …


  • States struggle to curb pollution by cruise ships

    After a week aboard the Carnival Spirit, its passengers can’t help but hit the Seattle pier a little tired. They’re grinning too. With its 16 lounges and bars, 13 decks, …


  • Chemicals found in waterways, fish

    Widespread low levels of man-made chemicals used to produce nonstick cookware and breathable waterproof clothing have been detected in Washington water and fish, according to a Department of Ecology study …


  • Oil reaches Louisiana marshes

    GRAND ISLE, La. – The spectacle many had feared for a month finally began unfolding as gooey, rust-colored oil washed into the marshes at the mouth of the Mississippi for …


  • Surface area of oil spill has tripled, expert says

    VENICE, La. (AP) — The surface area of a catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill quickly tripled in size amid growing fears among experts that the slick could become vastly …


  • Idaho lawmakers slashed spending, assailed federal initiatives

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers’ session this year was one of slash and bash – slashing deeply into state budgets for everything from schools to health care while passing measure after …


  • Judge blocks Rock Creek Mine

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked a proposal to dig a major new mine beneath a remote Montana wilderness area that boasts grizzly bears, rare trout …


  • Study ties Asia to West’s smog

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Ozone blowing over from Asia is raising background levels of a major ingredient of smog in the skies over California, Oregon, Washington and other Western states, …


  • State phosphorus restrictions could spread to lawn fertilizer

    OLYMPIA – Washington, which already has restrictions on laundry and dishwasher detergents, could ban phosphorus in lawn fertilizers. A bill before the state Senate would require low- or no-phosphorus fertilizers …


  • Is lawn fertilizer next for phosphorus ban?

    Washington, which already has restrictions on laundry and dishwasher detergents, could ban phosphorus in lawn fertilizers.


  • Coeur d’Alene Basin mining cleanup hastened

    BOISE – Cleanup of contaminated residential yards and other properties in the Coeur d’Alene Basin is so far ahead of schedule that Idaho lawmakers on Thursday authorized speeding up spending …


  • Environmentalists scale back

    SEATTLE – With the Legislature facing a $2.6 billion budget deficit, Washington environmentalists have a modest agenda for the upcoming session and hope to avoid further cutbacks they say have …


  • Gregoire wants state to shrink carbon footprint

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire wants state government to be carbon-neutral by 2020 and announced Wednesday that the state Department of Ecology would be the first agency to start enacting …


  • Nature agencies asked to share

    Plans announced Wednesday to streamline how state natural-resource agencies deliver services to the public did not include consolidation of any state agencies.


  • China says it will cut greenhouse gases

    BEIJING – China pledged Thursday to increase its efforts to limit greenhouse gases and said that Premier Wen Jiabao would attend the Copenhagen climate summit next month. The announcements came …


  • EPA hopes coal cleanup lets U.S. breathe easier

    WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency is continuing its crackdown on coal pollution with a new plan to cut sulfur dioxide – a move that would clean up the air …


  • Joint climate statement hazy

    BEIJING – A joint statement by the U.S. and Chinese presidents on climate change is encouraging as pressure builds in the last few weeks before a 192-nation conference in Copenhagen, …


  • China leads increase in global carbon pollution

    WASHINGTON – Pollution typically declines during a recession. Not this time. Despite a global economic slump, worldwide carbon dioxide pollution jumped 2 percent last year, most of the increase coming …


  • EPA issues fines in Sand Creek Byway project

    The federal Environmental Protection Agency has fined the Idaho Transportation Department and a contractor the state hired for work on the Sand Creek Byway in northern Idaho.


  • Out & About

    Fly fishers take on steelhead Lewiston fly-tier Leroy Hyatt and Spokane fishing guide Sean Visintainer will present a free program about steelheading on the Clearwater and Grande Ronde rivers Wednesday, …


  • ‘Forest offsets’ would aid bottom line, report finds

    U.S. companies could save tens of billions of dollars by investing in efforts to combat deforestation in developing nations instead of cleaning up their own domestic carbon dioxide emissions, according …


  • Lecturer calls for action

    A former California congressman who co-chaired the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 said Tuesday that today’s young people need to stand up more for what they believe in. “In …

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