Stories tagged: pollution
Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 9:04 a.m.
EPA tries to cut risk of pollution from storm in Mississippi
Environmental officials are releasing 40 million gallons of partially treated wastewater in Mississippi in advance of Hurricane Nate, trying to prevent a worse spill.
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
Washington rejects permit for coal-terminal project
The state of Washington has denied a key permit sought by a company that wants to build and operate a large terminal to export coal from Western states to Asia.
Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 10:50 a.m.
Ruling invalidates key permits for Kalama methanol project
A state hearings board has invalidated key permits issued to a nearly $2 billion project in Washington state that would convert natural gas to methanol.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 9:25 a.m.
Washington state tribes consider own carbon emissions plan
Tribal leaders might move ahead with their own plan to tax carbon emissions in Washington state after another group working on a statewide carbon-tax initiative for the November 2018 ballot …
Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 11:59 a.m.
King County must pay fine, make changes for sewage spill
King County must pay $361,000 in fines and make major changes following a massive sewage spill at its Seattle plant in February.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 12:54 p.m.
Seattle to ditch plastic straws to curb plastic pollution
Dozens of restaurants and others in Seattle are joining an effort this month to drop plastic straws to curb plastic pollution.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 7:40 a.m.
Harvey’s floodwaters give way to steaming piles of garbage
Roiling waters in the streets have given way to steaming piles of garbage on the curbs.
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 12:16 p.m.
U.S. nuclear dump running out of room, watchdog agency says
A government watchdog agency says the only underground nuclear waste repository in the United States doesn’t have enough space for radioactive debris left over from decades of bomb-making and research, …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
In spite of smoke, Spokane Symphony forges on with Labor Day concert
The Spokane Symphony decided to go ahead with its annual free concert in Comstock Park Monday evening in spite of unhealthy air quality levels.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 9:37 p.m.
Energy Department penalized $16K over unidentified powder
The state of Washington has levied a $16,000 fine for failure to identify a white powder on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 8:29 p.m.
Rescuers seek anyone – alive or dead – left in floodwaters
Rescuers began a block-by-block search of tens of thousands of Houston homes Thursday, pounding on doors and shouting as they looked for anyone – alive or dead – who might …
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.”
Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 11:39 a.m.
Plan in place for oil spills on Lake Pend Oreille, Clark Fork River
A response plan is in place in the event of an oil spill on Lake Pend Oreille and the Clark Fork River.
Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 10:32 a.m.
Scores treated after mystery ‘chemical haze’ hits Britain’s coast
A mysterious chemical haze that left scores of people on the English coast with streaming eyes, sore throats and breathing problems has dissipated, but its cause remains a mystery, police …
Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 8:12 a.m.
Why are Bill Gates and Richard Branson investing in meat that costs $18,000 a pound?
The world loves meat. So much so that demand for meat products is projected to grow by nearly 70 percent by 2050. But meat production places a significant strain on …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 12:39 p.m.
VW engineer gets prison, $200,000 fine in diesel scandal
U.S. prosecutors will seek a three-year prison sentence on Friday for a Volkswagen engineer who had a key role in the company’s diesel emissions scandal.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
Trump rebuffs coal industry; CEO claims promise broken
The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to issue a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants. One executive says the decision breaks a personal promise from …
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
742 gallons of oil dripped into Snake River near Kahlotus, Corps estimates
An estimated 742 gallons of oil have leaked into the Snake River at Lower Monumental Dam near Kahlotus, the Army Corps said Tuesday.
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Astoria, Ore., opposes proposed Vancouver oil terminal
Astoria, Ore., has added itself to the list of cities opposed to the Vancouver Energy oil terminal.
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 9:12 a.m.
Air pollution advisory extended until Friday
An air pollution advisory for Portland has been extended until noon Friday as haze from Northwest wildfires remains in the region.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 12:44 p.m.
EPA chief backtracks on delaying rules reducing emissions
One day after getting sued by 15 states, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has reversed his decision to delay implementation of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants.
Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
Preventing collapse of second Hanford radioactive waste tunnel on DOE’s priority list
The Department of Energy plans to step up monitoring of a Hanford tunnel storing highly radioactive waste while it studies ways to keep it from collapsing.
Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Oregon company pays fines for oil spill
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency release states an Oregon company has agreed to pay fines totaling about $23,000 regarding a 900-gallon diesel spill that contaminated an area creek.
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 3 p.m.
Britain to ban sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040
Britain will ban the sale of new cars and vans using diesel and gasoline starting in 2040 as part of a sweeping plan to tackle air pollution that experts say …
Wed., July 19, 2017, 2:08 p.m.
There’s literally a ton of plastic garbage for every person in the world
More than 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced since 1950, and the vast majority of it is still around.
Wed., July 19, 2017, 5:22 a.m.
‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat
They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes …
Tue., July 18, 2017, 11:37 a.m.
Oregon highway fuel spill worsens, contaminates groundwater
A massive fuel spill on an Oregon highway that has caused traffic detours and delays for the past 10 days is now looking even worse after wildlife managers discovered fuel …
Tue., July 11, 2017, 10:23 a.m.
Study released for Tesoro refinery xylene project in Skagit County
Skagit County reached no new conclusions in the final environmental impact statement it released Monday for a project proposed at the Tesoro Anacortes Refinery at March Point.
Tue., July 11, 2017, 8:46 a.m.
Edmonds takes clean energy pledge
Edmonds, Washington, has pledged to have clean, renewable energy powering its homes, offices and other buildings by 2025.
UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 9:28 p.m.
Coal-fired plants top polluters in Europe
Coal-fired power stations are responsible for the most pollution in Europe, with Britain among the top polluters, the European Union says.