Stories tagged: environment
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 …
Wed., June 7, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Brazil’s rollback of environmental rules a blow to Paris climate pact
Brazil is considering measures that would roll back environmental protections and make it difficult to meet its Paris climate accord targets – a signal it is stepping back from its …
UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Interior chief to review sage-grouse conservation plan
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday he is ordering a review of federal efforts to conserve the imperiled sage grouse to ensure that officials in 11 Western states where the …
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 3:45 p.m.
Environmental analysis starts for proposed Idaho gold mine
Federal officials have started an environmental analysis of a Canadian company’s proposal for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho.
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 7:31 a.m.
Top Canada and U.N. environment officials say US to lose jobs
Canada’s environment minister and the head of the U.N. environment agency said Monday that the United States stands to lose jobs by pulling out of the Paris climate accord.
UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Baby herons dead, injured after Anacortes-area windstorm
A group of Washington volunteers are working to save baby great blue herons injured last week’s Anacortes-area windstorm.
Fri., June 2, 2017, 4:56 p.m.
Putin: ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ as Trump ditches climate deal
While other world leaders have strongly condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he won’t judge.
UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 8:05 p.m.
Protests, new climate pledges after Trump’s Paris pullout
Environmental campaigners protested Friday against President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, while nations around the world pledged to double down on …
Thu., June 1, 2017, 3:42 p.m.
Meet the states seeking to fill the void after Trump dumped the climate pact
Leaders of California, Washington and other states said Thursday they will work to fill the international leadership vacuum created by
Thu., June 1, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
As U.S. backs away from climate pledges, India and China step up
As the United States pulls back from its commitment to fight climate change, the world’s two other biggest polluters – India and China – are sounding the alarm. But neither …
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 …