Stories tagged: pollution
Tue., May 23, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
Trump administration dropping nuclear waste burial test plan
The U.S. Department of Energy says it’s abandoning a test to determine whether nuclear waste can be buried far underground.
Tue., May 23, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
National Guard to test residential Michigan water wells for toxic plume
The Michigan National Guard plans to test residential drinking wells near its main training facility after a plume of toxic chemicals was discovered in groundwater.
Mon., May 22, 2017, 11:50 a.m.
EPA sets aside $12 million for employee buyouts in FY 2017
The EPA is setting aside $12 million of its fiscal 2017 budget allocation for a previously announced plan to offer employee buyouts and incentives for early retirements as part of …
UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 11:12 p.m.
Decades of warnings behind chemical contaminating water in Airway Heights
Air Force and public health officials have repeatedly described the chemicals contaminating water in Airway Heights as an “emerging issue” – one that’s being handled proactively and transparently. But nowhere …
Wed., May 17, 2017, 5:42 a.m.
All but two countries are in the Paris climate agreement. U.S. could be the third.
One of Donald Trump’s prominent campaign promises – to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, a 2015 U.N. accord that aims to combat climate change – may soon become …
Mon., May 15, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
Global tailpipe tests vastly underestimate diesel pollution
Pollution from diesel trucks, buses and cars globally is more than 50 percent higher than levels shown in government lab tests, a new study says.
Fri., May 12, 2017, 9:40 a.m.
Sewage plant in Seattle no longer polluting after failure
Officials say the state’s largest sewage treatment plant is back in compliance with its environmental permits.
UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 10:49 p.m.
As workers fill collapsed tunnel at Hanford site, Inslee launches action against federal government
Workers have begun filling a caved in tunnel near the PUREX plant in the 200 East Area of the Hanford Site. About 50 truckloads of soil will be used to …
Tue., May 9, 2017, 5:09 p.m.
$45 million settlement between BP, Louisiana parish over oil spill
A coastal Louisiana parish announced a $45 million settlement Tuesday with BP over damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill.
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:38 p.m.
Hanford officials working on fix for hole in tunnel storing radioactive equipment
Hanford officials say they’re working on a fix for a gaping hole that appeared Tuesday in the roof of a storage tunnel containing rail cars full of radioactive equipment at …
Mon., May 8, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Excrement in Puget Sound sickened customers but really hurt oyster industry
John Hansen says there’s an easy explanation for why he can no longer sell his shellfish: There’s just too much feces in the waters of Puget Sound.
UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 8:07 p.m.
EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels
Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning policies, the first step …
UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 8:16 p.m.
Groups sue to keep drilling ban in Arctic, Atlantic waters
Environmental and Alaska Native groups sued Wednesday to overturn an executive order by President Donald Trump that could lead to expanded petroleum drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.
Tue., May 2, 2017, 5:54 p.m.
Toxic mine pollution halted near Lake Chelan
Toxic mine pollution is no longer flowing into Washington’s picturesque Lake Chelan for the first time in nearly 60 years because of a $500 million cleanup to contain contamination from …
UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirty water
Seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut, the Trump administration on Tuesday got an earful from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren’t strict …
UPDATED: Fri., April 28, 2017, 8:31 p.m.
Review: Coal terminal would boost pollution, safety issues
A new environmental study says a coal-export terminal proposed in southwest Washington would have major impacts on local communities, access to tribal fishing sites and rail safety.
Thu., April 27, 2017, 12:17 p.m.
Sewage plant in Seattle back to normal operations
The state’s largest sewage treatment plant is back to normal operations after a February electrical failure resulted in flooding that damaged equipment.
Mon., April 24, 2017, 11:52 a.m.
Seattle group sends postcards seeking help for camp cleanup
A Seattle neighborhood organization is using postcards to try to send city officials a message.
Thu., April 20, 2017, 2:57 p.m.
EPA chief delays methane rule at behest of oil and gas firms
The Environmental Protection Agency is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry.
Thu., April 20, 2017, 8:11 a.m.
Pesticide maker Dow Chemical tries to kill risk study
Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to …
Tue., April 18, 2017, 10:29 a.m.
Pullman folks willing to keep waterways clean
More than 200 people are expected to meet Saturday at Spring Street Park in Pullman to clean up the city’s streams by removing trash and debris in an annual event …
Mon., April 17, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Workers plug Alaska North Slope oil well that leaked gas
An oil well leaking natural gas on Alaska’s North Slope has been successfully plugged, according to private and government responders.
Fri., April 14, 2017, 11 a.m.
Trump’s EPA chief wants ‘exit’ from Paris climate agreement
President Donald Trump’s top environment official called for an “exit” from the historic Paris agreement Thursday in what appeared to be the first time such a high-ranking official has so …
Thu., April 13, 2017, 8:59 p.m.
Trump administration halts Obama-era rule aimed at curbing toxic wastewater from coal plants
The Trump administration has hit the pause button on an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the dumping of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury by the nation’s power plants …
Thu., April 13, 2017, 8:29 a.m.
Nuclear site cleanup efforts paying off for East Idaho aquifer
Scientists say a giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility is as free of radioactive contamination and other pollutants as it has been in more than six decades …
Tue., April 11, 2017, 3:42 p.m.
Military lawyers to sue Pentagon over cancer-linked Guantanamo housing, work areas
A group of military lawyers who work at the Guantanamo Bay prison are expected to file a lawsuit Tuesday against the Department of Defense, saying they have been forced to …
Fri., April 7, 2017, 8:57 a.m.
Contractor hired to remove lead from police shooting range
Boise officials have hired a contractor to clean up lead and other debris that’s accumulated at a police shooting range in the foothills on the north side of the city.
Thu., April 6, 2017, 9:27 a.m.
Remote control boat launches successfully in toxic pit
A remote-controlled boat has been successfully launched into a former Montana open-pit mine where thousands of snow geese died last fall.
Tue., April 4, 2017, 9:59 a.m.
Health advocates want soda tax on Portland-area ballot
Voters in Oregon’s most populous county might be voting on a soda tax this fall.
Mon., April 3, 2017, 8:15 a.m.
Alaska oil pipeline leak stopped, threat to wildlife unclear
The flow of oil from an underwater pipeline leak discovered in Alaska’s southern Cook Inlet over the weekend has been stopped, but it’s unclear how much crude poured into the …