Stories tagged: environment
Thu., April 20, 2017, 8:11 a.m.
Pesticide maker Dow Chemical tries to kill risk study
Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to …
Wed., April 19, 2017, noon
Wood stove grant applications due by May 10
The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency has been helping residents replace older, polluting stoves with newer, efficient ones.
Tue., April 18, 2017, 10:29 a.m.
Pullman folks willing to keep waterways clean
More than 200 people are expected to meet Saturday at Spring Street Park in Pullman to clean up the city’s streams by removing trash and debris in an annual event …
Mon., April 17, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Workers plug Alaska North Slope oil well that leaked gas
An oil well leaking natural gas on Alaska’s North Slope has been successfully plugged, according to private and government responders.
Sun., April 16, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Idaho conservation group files complaint over waste pit at cheese plant
An Idaho conservation group has filed a complaint to several state agencies asking officials to inspect a wastewater pit used by a Nampa cheese-making plant.
Sun., April 16, 2017, 4:08 p.m.
Montana online course will let boaters skip decontamination stations
Training courses and certification that will allow boaters to bypass decontamination stations at two Montana reservoirs is now available online.
Fri., April 14, 2017, 11 a.m.
Trump’s EPA chief wants ‘exit’ from Paris climate agreement
President Donald Trump’s top environment official called for an “exit” from the historic Paris agreement Thursday in what appeared to be the first time such a high-ranking official has so …
Thu., April 13, 2017, 8:59 p.m.
Trump administration halts Obama-era rule aimed at curbing toxic wastewater from coal plants
The Trump administration has hit the pause button on an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the dumping of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury by the nation’s power plants …
Thu., April 13, 2017, 11:40 a.m.
EPA head tells coal miners ‘regulatory assault is over’
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has told workers at the nation’s largest underground coal mining complex the “regulatory assault” on the coal industry is over.
Thu., April 13, 2017, 8:29 a.m.
Nuclear site cleanup efforts paying off for East Idaho aquifer
Scientists say a giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility is as free of radioactive contamination and other pollutants as it has been in more than six decades …
Wed., April 12, 2017, 1:40 p.m.
Wildlife conservationists sue over proposed border wall
A conservation group and an Arizona congressman on Wednesday filed what they say is the first federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.
Tue., April 11, 2017, 3:42 p.m.
Military lawyers to sue Pentagon over cancer-linked Guantanamo housing, work areas
A group of military lawyers who work at the Guantanamo Bay prison are expected to file a lawsuit Tuesday against the Department of Defense, saying they have been forced to …
Mon., April 10, 2017, 12:38 p.m.
Climate change could destroy far more of the Arctic’s frozen soil than we expected
Climate change could cause another 4 million square kilometers, or about 1.5 million square miles, of permafrost to disappear with every additional degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, of warming, …
Fri., April 7, 2017, 4:54 p.m.
Gov. Brown says California drought emergency is over
Startlingly green hills, surging rivers and the snow-wrapped Sierra Nevada had already signaled what Gov. Jerry Brown made official on Friday: The long California drought is over.
Fri., April 7, 2017, 11:10 a.m.
Army Corps of Engineers thinking big about restoring Yakima River
As it flows from Selah Gap to Union Gap, the Yakima River provides a rare urban habitat for wildlife, opportunities for fishing and boating and plenty of scenery for those …
Fri., April 7, 2017, 8:57 a.m.
Contractor hired to remove lead from police shooting range
Boise officials have hired a contractor to clean up lead and other debris that’s accumulated at a police shooting range in the foothills on the north side of the city.
Thu., April 6, 2017, 12:20 p.m.
Groups warn of lawsuit over logging of Oregon forests because of harm to salmon
Fishing and conservation groups are threatening to sue the Oregon Department of Forestry, alleging it has failed to reform logging practices in the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests that harm …
Thu., April 6, 2017, 9:27 a.m.
Remote control boat launches successfully in toxic pit
A remote-controlled boat has been successfully launched into a former Montana open-pit mine where thousands of snow geese died last fall.
Wed., April 5, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
Young salmon risk ‘gas bubble trauma’ on trip to ocean
Juvenile salmon and steelhead migrating out of the Columbia River Basin in unusually high flows this year face a potentially lethal problem in spillways at dams where increased nitrogen in …
UPDATED: Wed., April 5, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
Thousands of defects found on oil train routes
When a freight train derailed in the Montana town of Culbertson, spilling 27,000 gallons of crude oil, investigators blamed the 2015 accident on defective or missing fasteners used to hold …
Wed., April 5, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
Washington leaders urge budget support for Puget Sound
Three dozen members of Congress are calling on President Donald Trump not to eliminate money for Puget Sound and other bodies of water.
UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
Groups sue to stop US use of cyanide predator killing traps
Environmental and animal-welfare groups have filed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government is violating the Endangered Species Act by allowing the use of two predator-killing poisons.
Mon., April 3, 2017, 8:15 a.m.
Alaska oil pipeline leak stopped, threat to wildlife unclear
The flow of oil from an underwater pipeline leak discovered in Alaska’s southern Cook Inlet over the weekend has been stopped, but it’s unclear how much crude poured into the …
UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 6:44 p.m.
Oil leak discovered by workers in Alaska’s Cook Inlet
An oil leak was discovered in Alaska’s Cook Inlet on Saturday, causing a major oil and gas producer to shut down two of its platforms there, officials say.
Sun., April 2, 2017, 2:50 p.m.
Scientists predict expansion of US grizzly bear habitat
Grizzly bears continue to expand their range amid an ongoing effort to turn over management of the bears from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the states of Wyoming, …
Thu., March 30, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
Environmental groups challenge Keystone XL pipeline approval
A coalition of environmental groups is challenging the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed.
UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
Trump, in break from other world leaders, digs in on coal
Declaring “the start of a new era” in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.
Tue., March 28, 2017, 11:16 a.m.
Wenatchee facility source of biodiesel in Columbia River
State and federal authorities have identified a Wenatchee fueling facility as the source of biodiesel that leaked into the Columbia River.
Mon., March 27, 2017, 7:02 p.m.
Feds remove type of rockfish from endangered list
Federal biologists have removed a species of Puget Sound rockfish from the endangered species list.
UPDATED: Sun., March 26, 2017, 4:55 p.m.
Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage in Puget Sound
Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into Puget Sound since Washington state’s largest sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully …