Stories tagged: environment
THURSDAY, 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: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 6:32 P.M.
Rusty patched bumblebee first of species called endangered
The rusty patched bumblebee is officially an endangered species.
MONDAY, 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.
MONDAY, 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: SUNDAY, 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.
WEDNESDAY, 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 …
TUESDAY, 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
SUNDAY, 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 …
THURSDAY, 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 …
MONDAY, 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: SATURDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, 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.
FRIDAY, 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.
THURSDAY, 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.
THURSDAY, 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.
WEDNESDAY, 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: WEDNESDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017, 8 A.M.
Hanford project to keep uranium out of Columbia River
Work to keep uranium from leaching into the Columbia River at Hanford just north of Richland is being expanded after a test showed good results. Wells are being drilled now …
MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017, 8:55 A.M.
Would Dakota pipeline slow oil transport through Spokane, threaten terminal at Port of Vancouver?
Almost as soon as the Trump administration took office, the future of the Dakota Access pipeline looked certain. Any hopes held by protesters that the 470,000-barrels-per-day project could be stopped …
MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017, 8:33 A.M.
Emergency King County vote on Puget Sound sewage cleanup
The Metropolitan King County Council will take an emergency vote to expedite the cleanup of a flooded wastewater-treatment plant that is dumping raw sewage into Puget Sound.
SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017, 9:56 P.M.
Trump administration blocks changes on coal mining royalties
The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining …
UPDATED: SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017, 7:25 P.M.
Environmental chief promises swift rollback of Obama-era rules
U.S. environmental chief Scott Pruitt unveiled plans to roll back at least three Obama-era rules at the EPA while vowing to give businesses “regulatory certainty.”
FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 9:34 A.M.
Hanford pumps out contents of leaking nuclear waste tank
A leaking radioactive waste storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been pumped of its contents. The Department of Energy says Tank AY-102 was pumped “to the limits” of …
FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017, 5:04 A.M.
Oregon bill would make all cans, bottles worth dime in April
Oregonians, hold off redeeming your sticky piles of empty bottles and cans for just a few more weeks! On April 1, their refundable deposit will be worth double what you …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017, 10:24 P.M.
Environmental and fishing groups file suit over salmon
Environmental and fishing groups sued the federal government on Thursday as they seek cooler water for salmon in the Columbia River system. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 12:43 P.M.
Environmental group appeals SW Idaho power line approval
An environmental group has filed an appeal seeking to stop the construction of two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho. Western Watersheds Project filed the appeal late last week with …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 12:30 P.M.
Pipeline protesters call for Bellingham to drop US Bank
Opponents of the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline are calling for Bellingham to pull its money out of U.S. Bank, which has committed to lending money to a parent …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 11:41 A.M.
Thousands of emails detail EPA head’s close ties to fossil fuel industry
In his previous role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities about how to combat federal environmental regulations …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 4:20 P.M.
Pruitt to EPA employees: ‘We don’t have to choose’ between jobs and the environment
In his first full work day as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt made clear Monday that he intends to step back from what he sees as the …
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017, 6:01 P.M.
Trump to roll back Obama’s climate, water rules through executive action
President Donald Trump is preparing executive orders aimed at reversing Obama-era policies on climate and water pollution, according to individuals briefed on the measures.