Stories tagged: environment
Thu., June 1, 2017, 12:52 p.m.
Permanent ban on suction dredging passes Oregon House
Suction dredge mining could be permanently banned from Western Oregon’s wild salmon habitat under a bill that has passed the Oregon House.
UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 8:13 p.m.
Trump pulls U.S. from global warming accord, to allies’ dismay
President Donald Trump said Thursday he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country …
Thu., June 1, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
Partially collapsed Hanford tunnel to be filled with grout
A partially collapsed Hanford waste storage tunnel will be filled with grout to further stabilize it, the Department of Energy said Wednesday.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 1:31 p.m.
Bechtel earns $7.2 million in incentive pay for managing Hanford vit plant
The Department of Energy’s assessment of Bechtel National at Hanford continues to inch upward.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 12:44 p.m.
Elon Musk threatens to quit Trump’s advisory council over the Paris climate deal
Tesla chief executive Elon Musk threatened Wednesday to resign his position as an adviser to President Donald Trump if the United States withdraws from the Paris climate deal, a remark …
UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 6:38 p.m.
Trump to announce decision on Paris climate pact Thursday
President Donald Trump says he will announce his decision on whether to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord during a Rose Garden event Thursday afternoon.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
House approves bill seeking to upend EPA pesticide rule
The House on Wednesday passed a Republican-backed measure reversing an Environmental Protection Agency requirement that those spraying pesticides on or near rivers and lakes file for a permit.
Tue., May 23, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
Trump administration dropping nuclear waste burial test plan
The U.S. Department of Energy says it’s abandoning a test to determine whether nuclear waste can be buried far underground.
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 9:16 a.m.
Trump budget slashes money of clean air and water programs
WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration budget released Tuesday slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third, laying off thousands of employees while imposing dramatic cuts to clean air …
Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:50 a.m.
EPA sets aside $12 million for employee buyouts in FY 2017
The EPA is setting aside $12 million of its fiscal 2017 budget allocation for a previously announced plan to offer employee buyouts and incentives for early retirements as part of …
UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 6:47 p.m.
Crews cover partially-collapsed tunnel at nuclear site
Workers this weekend finished installing a protective cover over a partially-collapsed tunnel that contained radioactive waste on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday.
Wed., May 17, 2017, 10:23 p.m.
Asian funerals go green, high-tech at Hong Kong trade fair
Caskets made of paper and wicker coffins on display at a recent Hong Kong funeral industry trade highlighted a trend toward “green burials” in an industry booming as Asia’s population …
Wed., May 17, 2017, 5:42 a.m.
All but two countries are in the Paris climate agreement. U.S. could be the third.
One of Donald Trump’s prominent campaign promises – to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, a 2015 U.N. accord that aims to combat climate change – may soon become …
Mon., May 15, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
Global tailpipe tests vastly underestimate diesel pollution
Pollution from diesel trucks, buses and cars globally is more than 50 percent higher than levels shown in government lab tests, a new study says.
Mon., May 15, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
Depression in Hanford tunnel discovered by radiation workers
Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation who questioned some unusual radiation readings are being credited with discovering the partial collapse of a waste storage tunnel last week.
Fri., May 12, 2017, 9:40 a.m.
Sewage plant in Seattle no longer polluting after failure
Officials say the state’s largest sewage treatment plant is back in compliance with its environmental permits.
UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 8:36 p.m.
Tillerson says U.S. won’t be rushed on climate change policies
Arctic nations have renewed calls for the world to address climate warming, but U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States will not rush to make a decision …
Wed., May 10, 2017, 2:33 p.m.
Trump takes aim at western monuments with oil riches
Bears Ears National Monument in Utah boasts stretches of red-and-yellow sandstone so brilliant they appear to be ablaze and rock structures so precarious they appear to defy gravity.
UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 7:59 p.m.
Senate blocks move to overturn Obama-era rule on drilling
Environmentalists notched a rare win in the Republican-led Senate on Wednesday as a GOP effort to reverse an Obama-era rule restricting harmful methane emissions unexpectedly failed.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 10:49 a.m.
Oregon county voting whether to block liquefied natural gas project
Voters in Oregon’s Coos County are considering a May ballot measure that would block the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project.
Tue., May 9, 2017, 5:09 p.m.
$45 million settlement between BP, Louisiana parish over oil spill
A coastal Louisiana parish announced a $45 million settlement Tuesday with BP over damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill.
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:38 p.m.
Hanford officials working on fix for hole in tunnel storing radioactive equipment
Hanford officials say they’re working on a fix for a gaping hole that appeared Tuesday in the roof of a storage tunnel containing rail cars full of radioactive equipment at …
Mon., May 8, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Excrement in Puget Sound sickened customers but really hurt oyster industry
John Hansen says there’s an easy explanation for why he can no longer sell his shellfish: There’s just too much feces in the waters of Puget Sound.
UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 8:07 p.m.
EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels
Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning policies, the first step …
Mon., May 8, 2017, 9:44 a.m.
Mercury spill forces family from Oregon home
Authorities say an Oregon family was displaced because of a mercury spill.
UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 8:19 p.m.
States move to roll back environmental rules in Trump’s wake
Emboldened by the environmental rollbacks of President Donald Trump, state legislatures are following suit, taking aim at items as varied as solar incentives, chemical spill protections and even anti-pipeline protesters.
UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
Nuke waste debate: Turn it into glass or encase in cement?
A new report says Congress should consider authorizing the Department of Energy to use grout to stabilize some of Hanford’s radioactive waste, rather than a more expensive plan to turn …
UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 8:16 p.m.
Groups sue to keep drilling ban in Arctic, Atlantic waters
Environmental and Alaska Native groups sued Wednesday to overturn an executive order by President Donald Trump that could lead to expanded petroleum drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.
Tue., May 2, 2017, 5:54 p.m.
Toxic mine pollution halted near Lake Chelan
Toxic mine pollution is no longer flowing into Washington’s picturesque Lake Chelan for the first time in nearly 60 years because of a $500 million cleanup to contain contamination from …
UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirty water
Seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut, the Trump administration on Tuesday got an earful from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren’t strict …