Stories tagged: PCBs
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Mushrooms could help breakdown PCBs, according to research funded by Spokane’s wastewater system
A city-funded study to see whether fungi can break down persistent industrial pollutants before they enter the Spokane River has come back with a resounding “maybe.”
Sun., March 19, 2017
Waldref/Mumm: It’s March Madness for river cleanup funds
One of the longest and snowiest winters in recent memory is about to melt away. The river is already filling with spring runoff, giving a trial run for Spokane’s largest …
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 …
Sat., Nov. 26, 2016, 5:58 p.m.
Denmark urged to clean up U.S. military waste in Greenland
Greenland is calling on Denmark to clean up an abandoned under-ice missile project and other U.S. military installations left to rust in the pristine landscape after the Cold War.
Thu., Oct. 27, 2016, 4:41 p.m.
Federal judge denies Monsanto’s request to dismiss Spokane River PCB lawsuit
A lawsuit by the city of Spokane against Monsanto over pollution in the Spokane River can go forward, a federal judge in Spokane ruled.
Sun., Oct. 9, 2016, 6:31 a.m.
Scientist studying mushrooms’ ability to protect Spokane River from PCBs
A research project funded by the city of Spokane is looking at whether mushrooms could help clean up PCBs from stormwater before it gets into the Spokane River.
Sun., April 10, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spokane River getting healthier, but controversy over discharge limits remains
The health of the Spokane River is improving, say Washington state officials, who are touting declines in cancer-causing PCBs as a promising trend in efforts to reduce toxic pollution in …
Thu., April 7, 2016, 4:16 p.m.
Monsanto lawsuits by Western cities can’t be combined, judges say
A panel of federal judges denied a request to combine six lawsuits brought by six Western cities – including Spokane – against the international agrochemical giant Monsanto.
Tue., April 5, 2016, 7 p.m.
New technology will pull more pollution from Spokane’s sewage
One of the biggest public works project in Spokane’s history will begin this year, with the construction of a $126 million addition to the city’s sewage plant. The next level …
Sun., April 3, 2016, 4 a.m.
Workshop will cover tougher state fish consumption guidelines
State officials are holding a public meeting in Spokane Valley Wednesday to talk about how much fish and shellfish Washington residents eat. It’s a seemingly simple question, with far-reaching implications …
Wed., March 2, 2016, 5:23 p.m.
Addition to U.S. House bill could protect Monsanto from PCB lawsuits
A paragraph inserted into a large chemical safety bill could protect the agrochemical giant Monsanto from a lawsuit initiated by the city of Spokane, a move that could pit Spokane …
Fri., Jan. 22, 2016
Editorial: No double standards on PCBs
Government regulators should listen to the struggles of its own agencies and take a more holistic and realistic approach to controlling PCBs in the Spokane River.
Wed., Jan. 20, 2016, 5:15 p.m.
Fish hatchery suspected as a source of PCBs in the Spokane River
A state-owned hatchery on the Little Spokane River uses fish food containing cancer-causing PCBs, and its wastewater should monitored as a pollution source, river advocates say.
Sun., Nov. 22, 2015
De-icer used by city of Spokane contains PCBs
The deicer used by the city of Spokane on its streets contains trace amounts of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. Those toxins made news most recently when the company responsible for …
Wed., Aug. 5, 2015
Shawn Vestal: People, not city, should vote on workers’ bill of rights
Are we confused, electorate? I know I am. On one hand, the city of Spokane has, in essence, sued its citizens on behalf of corporations, trying to prevent voters from …
Tue., Aug. 4, 2015
Spokane sues Monsanto in action tied to PCBs in river
The city of Spokane has filed a lawsuit against the international agrochemical giant Monsanto, alleging that the company sold chemicals for decades that it knew were a danger to human …
UPDATED: Fri., April 10, 2015, 8:24 a.m.
Editorial: Practical approach needed to keep PCBs out of Spokane River
The Spokane River is not the most PCB-laden in Washington, and it may not have been for a long time. The data that might support that statement dates to 1999 …
Tue., March 17, 2015
Judge orders state to set PCB discharge limits for Spokane River
The state of Washington’s cleanup plan for the Spokane River doesn’t adequately address cancer-causing PCBs, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein said the federal government erred …
Tue., Oct. 28, 2014
Spokane County wastewater plant needs new PCB permit
OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s new wastewater treatment plant will need a new permit that measures the amount of a cancer-causing chemical it’s putting into the Spokane River, a Thurston County …
Tue., July 22, 2014
Judge encourages attorneys to explore a settlement in PCBs lawsuit
SEATTLE – A federal judge should order state and federal agencies to set strict limits for the amount of a cancer-causing chemical that can go into the Spokane River because …
Tue., June 10, 2014
Avista replacing transformers to eliminate PCBs
Avista Corp. is spending $36 million over six years to replace thousands of electrical transformers that contain PCBs, a cancer-causing compound found in elevated levels in the Spokane River. Transformers …
Tue., Jan. 7, 2014
Spokane Tribe adopts strict water quality standards
The Spokane Tribe of Indians has adopted new water quality standards aimed at protecting the health of members who eat a subsistence diet of nearly two pounds of fish daily. …
Mon., Jan. 6, 2014, 8:08 p.m.
Tribe sets new Spokane River pollution standards
The Spokane Tribe of Indians has adopted new water quality standards aimed at protecting the health of members who eat a subsistence diet of nearly two pounds of fish daily.
Wed., July 24, 2013
Spokane County wastewater plant permit invalidated
Spokane County’s permit to operate its 2-year-old, $173 million wastewater plant was partially invalidated by state regulators last week. The Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board said the methodology used …
Wed., March 27, 2013
Pollution levels lower than reported
OLYMPIA – The Spokane River has some of the highest levels of a cancer-causing pollutant in the state, and the county’s new wastewater treatment plant will put more of that …
Sun., March 24, 2013
Wastewater plant fight heads to board
An environmental challenge to Spokane County’s year-old wastewater treatment plant goes before a state appeals panel on Monday. The Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board will weigh arguments from the Sierra …
Fri., July 27, 2012, 10:59 a.m.
Washington issues advisories for toxins in fish
Specific types of fish from the Upper Columbia and Pend Oreille rivers contain toxic chemicals according to analysis of two recent studies that’s prompted a new fish consumption advisory this …
Sat., May 19, 2012
Pollutants found in remote lakes, rivers
Scientists consider Sullivan Lake’s waters relatively pristine. The 1,300-acre mountain lake in northeast Washington is home to a thriving kokanee salmon run. Along with confirmed sightings of grizzlies, wolves and …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2012
Kaiser unveils $16 million cleanup plan
Kaiser Trentwood’s plant along the Spokane River has a long, illustrative history. Built to produce aluminum for military planes during World War II, the factory later became a steady source …
Tue., Aug. 16, 2011
PCBs still found in products — and river
Yesterday’s news becomes tomorrow’s broadsheet at Inland Empire Paper Co., where the newsprint rolling off the paper machine contains 40 percent recycled fiber content. But there’s a dirty little downside …