Stories tagged: environment
UPDATED: Wed., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Mon., 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 …
Mon., 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.
Sat., 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: Sat., 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.”
Fri., 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 …
Fri., 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: Thu., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Wed., 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 …
Wed., 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: Tue., 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 …
Mon., 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.
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 8 a.m.
Industrial pollution has contaminated even the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean
Industrial pollution has reached even the most remote corners of Earth: the deepest part of the sea. Scientists have discovered “extraordinary levels” of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the Mariana …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Festival features outdoors films for entertainment and advocacy
John Latta has two ways of looking at the winter-themed eye candy coming to Spokane this week in the
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 3:29 p.m.
Scott Pruitt, longtime adversary of EPA, confirmed to lead the agency
Scott Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general spent years suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its efforts to regulate various forms of pollution, was confirmed Friday as the agency’s next …
Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Contract will test groundwater wells at Idaho DOE site
A government contractor in Idaho will test 11 groundwater wells after a hazardous chemical showed up in some preliminary tests at the desert site last year.
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 5:04 a.m.
Oceans are losing oxygen, posing growing threats to marine life, research says
A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in oceans around the world – …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, 10:26 p.m.
Colorado’s 834 million dead trees threaten to worsen wildfires
Colorado’s beetle-infested forests are peppered with an estimated 834 million standing dead trees that threaten to worsen wildfires and degrade vital water supplies that flow from mountains, officials said Wednesday.
Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 8:04 a.m.
Flint mayor questions Michigan governor’s decision to stop water bill credits in aftermath of lead contamination crisis
LANSING, Mich. – The mayor of Flint is planning to meet with Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday to discuss Michigan’s decision to withdraw some financial assistance that was originally offered to …
Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Their camp turning into a pit of mud, Dakota pipeline protesters packing up to leave
CANNON BALL, N.D. — The main camp here, once home to thousands of Native Americans and their allies who gathered to protest the completion of the Dakota Access crude-oil pipeline, …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 4:41 p.m.
Raw sewage flowing into Puget Sound after plant failure
King County says more than 100 million gallons of raw sewage and stormwater have flowed into Puget Sound after equipment failed at its wastewater treatment plant in Seattle.
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 7:34 a.m.
Blast in French nuclear plant’s machine room; no radiation
A fire led to a blast in a nuclear power plant’s turbine hall Thursday on France’s northwest coast but there was no radiation leak or casualties, operator EDF and local …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 6:34 p.m.
GOP senior statesmen making push for a carbon tax
A group of Republican senior statesmen are pushing for a carbon tax to combat the effects of climate change, and hoping to sell their plan to the White House.
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 3:42 p.m.
House votes to block Obama rules on public lands, education
The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to overturn Obama-era rules on the environment and education as GOP lawmakers seek to reverse years of what they see as excessive government regulation during …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 2:18 p.m.
Forest audit finds Idaho loggers following state rules
Officials say Idaho’s logging rules intended to protect water quality in streams inhabited by fish are effective and that loggers are following those rules. The Idaho 2016 Interagency Forest Practices …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, 5:47 p.m.
Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline
The Army said Tuesday that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, clearing the way for completion …
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, midnight
Robert J. Samuelson: Trump vs. the regulatory state
Trump’s objective is to cut government regulation by about 70 percent. It will be a tough target to reach. But Trump seems determined to try.
Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
Nez Perce County officials oppose breaching of dams on Snake, Columbia rivers
The Nez Perce County Commission is adding its voice to other local agencies concerned about the effects of dam breaching on local social and economic issues.