Stories tagged: pollution
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.
Fri., July 7, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
Richland nuclear plant cited for safety violation over waste shipment
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a “white” violation finding against the nuclear power plant near Richland related to a November radioactive waste shipping incident.
UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 3:21 p.m.
DOE names new acting head of Hanford, other nuclear cleanup projects
An acting leader for the Department of Energy’s nationwide nuclear environmental cleanup program, including the Hanford nuclear reservation, was named on Tuesday.
Wed., June 28, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal
The state of Michigan sued Flint Wednesday, alleging that the city council’s refusal to approve a broadly backed deal to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering …
Tue., June 27, 2017, 11:31 a.m.
Officials removing radioactive waste from Idaho facility
Work has begun to remove 5,700 cubic yards of radioactive waste from an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility, officials said.
Mon., June 26, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
Coal on the rise in China, US, India after major 2016 drop
The world’s biggest coal users – China, the United States and India – have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year’s record global decline for …
Thu., June 1, 2017, 1:03 p.m.
As U.S. backs away from climate pledges, India and China step up
As the United States pulls back from its commitment to fight climate change, the world’s two other biggest polluters – India and China – are sounding the alarm. But neither …
UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 8:13 p.m.
Trump pulls U.S. from global warming accord, to allies’ dismay
President Donald Trump said Thursday he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat climate change and distancing the country …
Thu., June 1, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
Partially collapsed Hanford tunnel to be filled with grout
A partially collapsed Hanford waste storage tunnel will be filled with grout to further stabilize it, the Department of Energy said Wednesday.
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 …