Stories tagged: environment
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:50 p.m.
We have only a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, study finds
In recent years, it has become increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind of countdown – each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing the window …
Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Oregon company pays fines for oil spill
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency release states an Oregon company has agreed to pay fines totaling about $23,000 regarding a 900-gallon diesel spill that contaminated an area creek.
Mon., July 31, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
Tri-City-area utilities support proposed law to save Snake dams
Three Tri-City-area utilities are supporting federal legislation that would override a federal court decision to save Snake River Dams.
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 3 p.m.
Britain to ban sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040
Britain will ban the sale of new cars and vans using diesel and gasoline starting in 2040 as part of a sweeping plan to tackle air pollution that experts say …
Wed., July 19, 2017, 2:08 p.m.
There’s literally a ton of plastic garbage for every person in the world
More than 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced since 1950, and the vast majority of it is still around.
Wed., July 19, 2017, 5:22 a.m.
‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat
They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes …
Tue., July 18, 2017, 11:37 a.m.
Oregon highway fuel spill worsens, contaminates groundwater
A massive fuel spill on an Oregon highway that has caused traffic detours and delays for the past 10 days is now looking even worse after wildlife managers discovered fuel …
UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
Ick-free and ready for a dip: Portland touts revived river
For decades, Portland residents have been repulsed by the idea of swimming in the Willamette River because of weekly sewage overflows that created a bacterial stew. Now, the recent completion …
Tue., July 11, 2017, 10:23 a.m.
Study released for Tesoro refinery xylene project in Skagit County
Skagit County reached no new conclusions in the final environmental impact statement it released Monday for a project proposed at the Tesoro Anacortes Refinery at March Point.
Tue., July 11, 2017, 9:39 a.m.
Land-use group tries to stop Oregon solar farm
The land-use group 1000 Friends of Oregon is trying to block a large solar farm planned for prime agricultural land outside Medford.
Tue., July 11, 2017, 8:46 a.m.
Edmonds takes clean energy pledge
Edmonds, Washington, has pledged to have clean, renewable energy powering its homes, offices and other buildings by 2025.
UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 9:28 p.m.
Coal-fired plants top polluters in Europe
Coal-fired power stations are responsible for the most pollution in Europe, with Britain among the top polluters, the European Union says.
Fri., July 7, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
Richland nuclear plant cited for safety violation over waste shipment
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a “white” violation finding against the nuclear power plant near Richland related to a November radioactive waste shipping incident.
Fri., July 7, 2017, 9:23 a.m.
Renewable sources of electricity outpace nuclear plants
For the first time in decades, the United States got more electricity from renewable sources than nuclear power in March and April.
Wed., July 5, 2017, 8:02 a.m.
Volvo is first major carmaker to forgo traditional engines
Volvo will begin producing electric motors on all its cars from 2019, becoming the first major automaker to forgo traditional engines that rely exclusively on internal combustion.
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 3:21 p.m.
DOE names new acting head of Hanford, other nuclear cleanup projects
An acting leader for the Department of Energy’s nationwide nuclear environmental cleanup program, including the Hanford nuclear reservation, was named on Tuesday.
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 3:20 p.m.
Three Mile Island notifies regulators of intent to close
The owners of the Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear plant have formally notified regulators and a regional power grid operator of their previously announced intentions to close the plant.
Tue., June 27, 2017, 11:31 a.m.
Officials removing radioactive waste from Idaho facility
Work has begun to remove 5,700 cubic yards of radioactive waste from an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility, officials said.
Tue., June 27, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
Alaska volcano sends up ash cloud from Aleutian Islands
A 14-minute eruption by an Alaska volcano sent an ash cloud to 30,000 feet in the Aleutian Islands.
Mon., June 26, 2017, 12:23 p.m.
Crucial first rulings on California’s giant water tunnels
Federal wildlife officials say they’re set to issue the crucial first rulings on Gov. Jerry Brown’s decades-old ambitions to re-engineer California’s water system with the $16 billion construction of giant …
Mon., June 26, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
Coal on the rise in China, US, India after major 2016 drop
The world’s biggest coal users – China, the United States and India – have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year’s record global decline for …
Wed., June 21, 2017, 7 p.m.
Endangered species budget cuts could impact jobs
Many state groups and agencies that handle Endangered Species Act functions for the federal government have been casting worried looks at the endangered status of their funding.
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 8:15 a.m.
Energy chief: Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming
Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus but in line …
UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 11:08 a.m.
Bees among the tees: Golf course embarks on honeybee restoration effort
Downriver Golf Course was awarded a grant, an OK by the Spokane Park Board, to transform over an acre of the property into a foraging area for pollinators.
Sat., June 17, 2017, 2:54 p.m.
Sword fern deaths in Washington state park mystify experts
About a third of the sword ferns in a northwestern Washington state park have died and it’s not clear why.
Thu., June 15, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
EPA head defends White House’s plan for massive cuts to his agency
President Donald Trump once vowed to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency “in almost every form,” leaving behind only “tidbits.” On Thursday, the man he appointed to lead the …
UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:23 p.m.
More Hanford nuclear mishaps likely, official says
Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure …
Mon., June 12, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
State’s largest solar project to be built near Richland
The state’s largest solar power project will be built on former Hanford Nuclear Reservation land near Richland.
UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Trump administration halts new protection for endangered West Coast whales
The Trump administration has thrown out a new rule meant to keep endangered whales and sea turtles from getting tangled in mile-long West Coast fishing nets.
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 11:31 p.m.
Radiation alarm prompts order for workers to seek cover
Radiation warning alarms sounded Thursday at a former plutonium production plant in Washington state, prompting a take-cover order that sent about 350 workers seeking cover indoors during the demolition of …