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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

Spokane County air pollution regulators approve new rules, fees to battle smelly marijuana farms

Dozens of marijuana farmers in Spokane County will have to pay fees ranging from $500 to $2,000 this year to cover the expenses of enforcing state laws governing nuisance smells. …


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.


Air quality again in ‘unhealthy’ category

Incoming smoke on Friday pushed air quality to “unhealthy” in Spokane, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency reported. Air quality in the region has been reaching the “unhealthy” or “unhealthy …


Ozone pollution persists in Spokane

Wood smoke and dust aren’t the only pollutants causing problems in Spokane. Ozone levels rise during the hot days of summer


Marijuana farm odor hurts neighbor’s property value near Cheney

Roger Bertsch can’t stand the smell that wafts from his neighbor’s property. Sometimes it’s barely detectable in the afternoon breeze. But sometimes, he said, the skunky aroma is so penetrating …


Spokane region tops in the nation for percentage of homes that heat with wood

Among the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, the Spokane/Spokane Valley metro area ranks No. 1 for the percentage of residents who rely on wood for their primary heating source. About …


Spokane succeeds in reducing carbon monoxide pollution

Spokane’s work to reduce what was once a serious problem with carbon monoxide pollution has largely succeeded.


ExxonMobil recognized for air pollution reduction

ExxonMobil’s bulk fuel terminal in Spokane Valley has been recognized for its pollution control efforts by the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.


Home repair should include asbestos check

Two recent windstorms left many Spokane-area homes with damaged roofs and eaves. As homeowners begin the process of hiring contractors or doing their own repairs, they should be on the …


Wood smoke levels creating unhealthy air

Unhealthy levels of pollution from wood smoke are expected in Spokane County this evening, according to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.


Don’t burn downed trees, Spokane clean air agency says

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency recommends against burning the green, wet wood from Tuesday’s windstorm. It won’t produce much heat.


Comments sought on air pollution control plan

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency has released a draft plan for meeting federal standards for fine-particle pollution through 2025. Public comments will be accepted through Nov. 9. After periods …


Area businesses, employers lauded for air pollution reductions

Twelve Spokane-area employers have been recognized for the efforts to cut air pollution


Wildfire smoke pollution unprecedented in 2015

Lingering wildfire smoke across the Inland Northwest this week raised pollution levels, but it has been relatively minor compared with the curtains of smoke that covered the region in August.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 25, 2015, 5:10 p.m.

Spokane region sees better afternoon air

A pall of smoke hung over the Inland Northwest again on Monday, creating unhealthy air quality as wildfires continued to rage across the region. Three of the past four days …


Fire growth slows, smoke heads west

After a week of deadly fires forcing evacuations of whole towns and pushing fire officials to scramble for more help, Saturday was calm. Or as calm as it could be …


Environmental agency honors Beacon Cleaners

Spokane’s clean air agency has told Spokane’s Beacon Cleaners to take a hike. And that’s a good thing. The laundry is the first dry cleaner in Spokane to earn “no-longer-regulated” …


State Senate passes asbestos labeling

OLYMPIA – People buying supplies for a home remodeling project might not realize that they have asbestos in them. The state Senate says the product should say so right on …


Wood smoke threatens Spokane air quality

Jon McCauley can tell you when air pollution is bad. His lungs tighten, his fatigue worsens.


Stage 2 ban means no burning through Monday

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency has announced a Stage 2 burn ban for the most populous areas of Spokane County.


Smoke from wildfires posing health threat

Wildfires burning about 150 miles west of Spokane continue to pollute the city with smoke. Conditions are not expected to improve significantly in the next couple of days, according to …


Fires still burning throughout the region

Three wildfires have burned about 100,000 acres west of Spokane, keeping hundreds of firefighters busy trying to corral the blaze and protect homes and other buildings. Smoke-filled skies prompted health …


Event, grants encourage clean wood burning

People in the Spokane area who like to burn wood to stay warm might consider attending a family-friendly event this weekend on how to ensure wood is dry and seasoned …


Beacon earns award for green method of clothes laundering

At Beacon Cleaners & Laundry, the fresh scent of clean clothes is free of the chemical odor of solvents. The suits, wedding gowns, comforters and other “dry clean only” items …


Burn bans take effect as pollution risk rises

Cold, stable air over the Northwest has led to widespread burning bans. National Weather Service forecasters said conditions that favor a buildup of pollution will continue through Friday and possibly …


Clean air agency investigating odor

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency is investigating a strong odor in downtown Spokane.


Forecast: Air quality will be moderate

Wednesday’s bright summer skies were hiding an annual Spokane health threat: ozone pollution. The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency issued a forecast for deteriorating air quality as a result of …


Air agency lauds CXT’s improvements

CXT Inc. of Spokane Valley was honored with the 2011 Clean Air Award for reducing ozone-forming pollution from paints and solvents. The award is given annually by the Spokane Regional …


Burn ban lifted in Spokane

A stage-2 burn ban in effect since Monday afternoon was lifted this morning as air quality improved.


Agency orders ban on burning

For the first time in more than a decade, air-quality authorities issued a stage-2 burning ban Monday, meaning all indoor wood-burning and outdoor burning is prohibited except in homes where …