Stories tagged: environment
Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Snake River dam projects may be delayed
Salmon advocates are asking a judge to bar the federal government from making substantial investments to Snake River dams until a five-year review of the hydro system is complete.
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
Rusty patched bumblebee now an endangered species
The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 11:28 a.m.
Mining company looking for new ideas to keep birds off toxic waters in Butte’s Berkeley Pit
BUTTE, Mont. – A Montana mining company plans to reach out to bird experts for ideas about how to keep geese off a former open pit copper mine that is …
Tue., Jan. 10, 2017, 11:23 a.m.
Environmental groups want work halted on Snake River dams
BOISE – Environmental groups are asking a federal court to halt 11 infrastructure projects on four lower Snake River dams in Washington state that could ultimately be removed if a …
Mon., Jan. 9, 2017
Study documents yellow cedar’s decline due to climate change
A type of tree that thrives in soggy soil from Alaska to Northern California and is valued for its commercial and cultural uses could become a noticeable casualty of climate …
Sun., Jan. 8, 2017
NOAA plans to open federal waters in Pacific to fish farming
As traditional commercial fishing is threatening fish populations worldwide, U.S. officials are working on a plan to expand fish farming into federal waters around the Pacific Ocean.
Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
London takes five days to breach 2017 air pollution limit
It was a powerful image: soaring high in the sky next to Big Ben was a Mary Poppins figure wearing a protective mask.
Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, 7:22 a.m.
Stop making our children sick: Beijing parents force government action over smog
Even in an authoritarian one-party state, the government listens to public opinion – especially when the middle class gets angry. And make no mistake, many middle-class Beijingers are mad.
Fri., Jan. 6, 2017, 10:21 a.m.
Obama admin blocks seismic surveys in Atlantic Ocean
The Obama administration on Friday rejected requests by energy companies to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean to map potential drilling sites for oil and natural gas.
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 12:43 p.m.
Puget Sound aquatic habitat remains healthy, data suggests
Data suggests aquatic habitat in the Puget Sound remains healthy despite other measures of the sound’s health deteriorating.
Wed., Jan. 4, 2017, 7:54 a.m.
Plan calls for rail cars to haul contaminated Ashland soil
Union Pacific plans to use rail cars, not dump trucks, to haul away 18,700 cubic yards of contaminated soil as part of its long-awaited cleanup of its old railroad yard …
Fri., Dec. 30, 2016, 12:28 p.m.
State Supreme Court upholds Washington stormwater rules
A state Supreme Court decision has upheld stricter stormwater rules for building projects.
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
Withdrawing Obama climate plan would ‘lead to more litigation,’ AGs warn Trump
Donald Trump has not yet taken office – but already, legal chess moves over how to dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature climate policy, the Clean Power Plan, are being telegraphed.
Thu., Dec. 29, 2016, 9:57 a.m.
Obama plan would bar new mining to protect chest-puffing grouse
The Obama administration teed up plans to block hard-rock mining on as much as 10 million acres in the western U.S. to protect the greater sage grouse, setting up a …
Wed., Dec. 21, 2016, 12:24 p.m.
Feds agree to delay penalties for automakers failing to meet fuel efficiency goals
Federal regulators acted Wednesday to postpone penalties automakers would face for failing to meet congressionally mandated miles-per-gallon goals.
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 10:43 a.m.
Obama bans future oil leases in much of Arctic, Atlantic
President Barack Obama on Tuesday designated the bulk of U.S.-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean as indefinitely off limits to future oil and …
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 10:28 a.m.
New Clearwater Paper equipment needs new permit
A design change will require Clearwater Paper to alter the air-quality permit for the company’s $160 million upgrade to its Lewiston pulp and paper mill.
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 9:50 a.m.
Work restarts to empty Hanford tank with inside leak
Work resumed despite recent frigid temperatures to empty an underground tank at Hanford with radioactive waste leaking between its double shells.
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 11:21 a.m.
Obama sets rule to protect streams near coal mines
The Obama administration on Monday set final rules designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation’s streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans …
Sun., Dec. 18, 2016, 9:59 p.m.
Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota still not cleaned up
Three years and three months later, a massive oil spill in North Dakota still isn’t fully cleaned up. The company responsible hasn’t even set a date for completion.
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 1 p.m.
China seizes U.S. underwater drone in South China Sea
A Chinese ship on Thursday seized a small U.S. Navy underwater drone that had been operating in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic complaint from the U.S. government.
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016, 11:53 a.m.
Montana rail yard responds to 7,000-gallon fuel spill
Environmental remediation specialists are cleaning up a diesel fuel spill at a Missoula rail yard.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 1:45 p.m.
Conservatives seek ally in Trump in Western land disputes
Conservatives who have long complained about the government’s control of vast Western lands hope they will have a new ally in Donald Trump, who has sent mixed signals about how …
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 1:04 p.m.
Richland nuclear plant barred from shipping waste after incident
Energy Northwest is temporarily barred from sending waste to a commercial disposal site at Hanford after a shipment in November had more radioactivity than reported.
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 8:28 a.m.
Grand Canyon hits 6 million visitors, setting annual record
Grand Canyon National Park has surpassed its visitation record for the second year in a row.
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 3:57 p.m.
Feds begin special inspection of Richland nuclear plant
Federal regulators will begin inspecting the Columbia Generating Station after the nuclear plant shipped waste that had higher radioactivity than was reported.
Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 10:56 a.m.
Pipeline spills 176,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota creek
Officials estimate more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from a pipeline into a North Dakota creek.
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 10:53 a.m.
Obama creates ‘resilience area’ to protect Bering ecosystem
President Obama used his executive powers Friday to add protections to waters off Alaska’s west coast.
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 8:39 a.m.
Hunters urged not to eat geese in area of toxic pit mine
Wildlife officials are urging hunters who killed snow geese in the Butte and Dillon areas to wait to eat the meat because the birds might have landed in the contaminated …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 8:37 a.m.
Judge keeps Superfund cleanup talks in Montana secret
A judge says he won’t open to the public the long-running secret negotiations on the cleanup of the nation’s largest Superfund site.