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Study: National parks get fewer visits when pollution rises

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 …


Trump reversal of mining pollution rule challenged in court

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.

Trump EPA expected to roll back auto gas mileage standards

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 …


Spokane River conservationists, state officials settle lawsuit over polluted Latah Creek

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. …


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 …


Islamic State leaves toxic farewell of environmental sabotage, chronic disease

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.

Report: Oregon’s inspection backlog endangers air quality

State auditors say the state environmental agency’s backlog of inspections and permits could endanger Oregon’s air quality and residents’ health.


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 …


U.S. exporting dirty fuel to already pollution-choked India

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.


Scientists say concerted effort needed to study types of chemicals leaked into Fairchild water

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 …


Anger rises as toxic air chokes India’s capital

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.

Smelly pot farms may be policed by clean air regulators

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 …


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.


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.


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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.”


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.


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 …


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 …


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.