Stories tagged: pollution
Fri., Oct. 5, 2018
Citing an ongoing federal review of a pollution standard the congresswoman and local interests say is unattainable by current technology, McMorris Rodgers asked the Department of Ecology this week to …
Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane – a key contributor to climate change that’s released in huge amounts during …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 3:35 p.m.
Northern West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for the effects of the rollback on regulation of coal power plants. An EPA analysis concludes the plan would lead to …
Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 11:29 a.m.
The Trump administration is rolling back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome, but Colorado says its rules are working – and they have industry …
Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 1:18 p.m.
Almost one-fifth of disposable contact lens wearers flush them down sinks or toilets amounting to 10 metric tons of microplastics flowing into U.S. wastewater plants and ultimately waterways, posing a …
UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
The measure, which passed as part of a larger spending package approved by the House of Representatives, prohibits the federal agency from enforcing its new water quality standards in Washington …
Wed., July 18, 2018, 4:47 p.m.
Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what’s found in major cities, according to …
Wed., May 16, 2018, 2:13 p.m.
Environmental groups challenged the Trump administration in federal court Wednesday over its rejection of an Obama-era proposal that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to …
UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 6:07 p.m.
The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards that were a pillar in the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate …
Fri., March 30, 2018, 6 a.m.
A 2015 federal lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Spokane Riverkeeper organization has led to a 10-year cleanup plan for Latah Creek, one of the major tributaries into the Spokane River. …
Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 2:18 p.m.
In a surprising study, scientists say everyday chemicals now rival cars as a source of air pollution
In a major study released Thursday, a team of government and university scientists say that the nature of air pollution is changing dramatically as cars become cleaner – leaving personal-care …
Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 5:32 p.m.
The Islamic State footprint on Iraq’s environment may be unprecedented and permanent, with a toxic legacy that includes wide-scale cattle deaths, fields that no longer yield edible crops and chronic …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 5:49 p.m.
State auditors say the state environmental agency’s backlog of inspections and permits could endanger Oregon’s air quality and residents’ health.
Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 6 a.m.
Spokane County marijuana farmers say pollution controls, regulations and low prices threaten their business
Fees and rules for controlling the smell of marijuana emanating from the county’s dozens of marijuana farms are going to regulate small players right out of the nascent industry, growers …
Fri., Dec. 1, 2017, 11:42 a.m.
U.S. oil refineries that are unable to sell a dirty fuel waste product at home are exporting vast quantities of it to India instead.
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017
A group of scientists, physicians and public health officials is calling for a nationwide research initiative to better understand the health effects of man-made fluorinated compounds, such as those leaked …
Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 7:14 p.m.
As thick smog crept over India’s capital this week and smudged landmarks from view, Nikunj Pandey could feel his eyes and throat burning.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 9:02 a.m.
The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, responsible for enforcing state and federal air pollution laws, is proposing a registration requirement that would charge marijuana businesses’ fees based on their size …
Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 9:04 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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 $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.
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.
Roiling waters in the streets have given way to steaming piles of garbage on the curbs.
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 12:16 p.m.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”