Stories tagged: environment
Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, 7 p.m.
With three orcas missing, scientist calls for breaching Lower Snake River dams
Researchers who track the endangered population of orcas that frequent Washington state waters said Friday that three whales are missing or believed dead since summer.
Fri., Oct. 28, 2016, 11:35 a.m.
VW sees electric car shift costing thousands of jobs
Volkswagen’s personnel chief has been quoted as telling a German newspaper that the transition to electric cars will ultimately cost a “five-digit number” of jobs at the company.
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 4:41 p.m.
Federal judge denies Monsanto’s request to dismiss Spokane River PCB lawsuit
A lawsuit by the city of Spokane against Monsanto over pollution in the Spokane River can go forward, a federal judge in Spokane ruled.
Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, 11:18 a.m.
Trial to consider coal pollution from BNSF coal trains
A trial set for next month will weigh whether coal dust that spills into waterways from passing BNSF coal trains violates environmental law.
Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, 9:14 a.m.
Crow, Montana settle dispute over taxing coal owned by tribe
The Crow Indian tribe and the state of Montana have settled litigation going back 38 years over whether the state can tax coal that is owned by the tribe.
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016, 12:46 p.m.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell supports Oregon dam removal
The U.S. Secretary of Interior supports the removal of four hydroelectric dams on Oregon’s Klamath River.
Tue., Oct. 11, 2016, 6:18 p.m.
Flooded North Carolina farms are likely littered with drowned livestock
At least tens of thousands of chickens, hogs and other livestock are feared dead in floodwaters that washed over factory farms and towns in eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Matthew.
Mon., Oct. 10, 2016, 3:37 p.m.
Army Corps holds off on resuming Dakota Access pipeline work
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won’t yet authorize construction of the $3.8 billion, four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline on federal land in southern North Dakota, it said Monday, along …
Sun., Oct. 9, 2016, 6:31 a.m.
Scientist studying mushrooms’ ability to protect Spokane River from PCBs
A research project funded by the city of Spokane is looking at whether mushrooms could help clean up PCBs from stormwater before it gets into the Spokane River.
Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, 3:59 p.m.
Canada to implement carbon tax
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that Canada will impose a tax on carbon emissions starting in 2018 as part of its efforts to meet targets set by the …
Tue., Sept. 27, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
No diesels need apply: Electric cars rule at Paris show
Carmakers are finding the Paris auto show , held in a city whose mayor wants to ban diesels to reduce pollution, as a fine place to show off new zero-emission …
Mon., Sept. 26, 2016, 12:59 p.m.
13-car train derailment in Eugene prompts hazmat measures
Rail officials are investigating after 13 cars on a Union Pacific train derailed in Eugene.
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 12:46 p.m.
Vapor issues may slow emptying of Hanford tanks
New deadlines for emptying some Hanford nuclear waste tanks might not be met if the government takes steps to better protect workers from chemical vapors.
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 12:44 p.m.
Settlement reached in Exxon Yellowstone spill
Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 12:28 p.m.
Dworshak Dam apparently under control
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said only a fraction of the 290 gallons of light oil spilled at Dworshak Dam this week reached the North Fork …
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 12:26 p.m.
SR 520 bridge demolition investigation sought
A group of neighbors near the old State Route 520 bridge are asking for federal intervention before the floating bridge is completely demolished.
Sun., Sept. 18, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Yakima Clean Air Agency official’s ties to dairy industry draw scrutiny
As the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency has sought to address issues of clean air with new policies in recent years, one of its five board members has worked for …
Thu., Sept. 15, 2016, 1:01 p.m.
Washington limits greenhouse gas emissions from large polluters
Washington state adopted a new rule Thursday to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large carbon polluters, including potential impacts on Spokane’s Waste to Energy facility, joining a handful of other …
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, 6:06 p.m.
Pending oil pipeline ruling prompts beefed up police presence
North Dakota authorities are recruiting law enforcement officers from across the state to guard the site of a protest in anticipation of an impending federal ruling on whether to block …
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
U.S. clears way for cleanup of Colorado mine after huge spill
A Colorado mine that spilled 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into rivers in three Western states was designated a Superfund site Wednesday, clearing the way for a multimillion-dollar federal …
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, 11:49 a.m.
Deny Vancouver Energy oil terminal, state official urges
Arguing that the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal creates “unprecedented and unacceptable” risks to the environment and Washington residents, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Kernutt in his closing brief recommended that …
Tue., Sept. 6, 2016, 3:57 p.m.
EPA shuts down 17 wells in Osage Nation after Oklahoma quake
Federal regulators have shut down 17 wastewater disposal wells in the Osage Nation of northeastern Oklahoma following a weekend earthquake that matched the state’s strongest on record, state officials confirmed …
Mon., Sept. 5, 2016, 8:54 p.m.
Indonesia condemns palm oil firm’s hostage-taking over fires
Indonesia’s minister of environment and forestry has condemned attempts by a palm oil company to stop an investigation into forest fires by taking ministry investigators hostage.
Mon., Sept. 5, 2016, 5:57 p.m.
Future climate change field test doesn’t make Earth greener
In the course of a 17-year experiment on more than 1 million plants, scientists put future global warming to a real world test – growing California flowers and grasslands with …
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 12:40 p.m.
Elephant population in Africa plunges due to poaching, census finds
JOHANNESBURG – Africa’s elephant population is decreasing dramatically due to poaching, plunging by more than 140,000 between 2007 and 2014, according to a study published Wednesday. The Great Elephant Census …
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 11:23 a.m.
Obama to open conservation tour in Lake Tahoe and Hawaii
President Barack Obama is opening a two-day environmental tour aimed at showcasing conservation efforts before traveling to Asia, where climate change is high on the agenda for his final trip …
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 9:22 a.m.
Idaho seeks federal approval to regulate water pollution
Idaho wants to take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers from the federal government.
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 10:24 a.m.
Protesters who shut down trains in Bellingham arrested
BNSF Railway says five people who blocked the main rail line in Bellingham during a protest against oil and coal trains have been arrested.
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, 4:19 p.m.
More disease testing planned for Yellowstone, tributaries
Montana wildlife officials are conducting tests on fish from additional areas to see if they are infected with a disease blamed in a massive fish kill in the Yellowstone River.
Mon., Aug. 22, 2016, 4:17 p.m.
California court upholds ban on dredges to extract gold
California’s ban on the use of suction dredges to extract gold from rivers is legal and not overridden by a 19th century federal law that allows mining on federal land, …