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Delegation from tribe visits D.C. over EPA changes

The Nez Perce Tribe sent a delegation from its governing body to Washington, D.C., to discuss Idaho’s proposal to oversee water pollution.


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.”


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 8:49 p.m.

EPA to rewrite limits for coal power plant wastewater

The Environmental Protection Agency says it plans to scrap an Obama-era measure limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants.


Stormwater tank work at Sprague and Adams will cause road closure

Construction of a huge new stormwater collection tank will cause the closure of Sprague Avenue at Jefferson Street starting on Monday.


BNSF Railway agrees to study covers for rail cars transporting coal to reduce dust

BNSF Railway has reached a tentative settlement with Washington environmental groups over coal dust from uncovered train cars.


Idaho seeks federal approval to regulate water pollution

Idaho wants to take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers from the federal government.


Chum salmon surprisingly resistant to pollution, WSU research finds

BREMERTON, Wash. – Chum salmon appear to have a cockroach-like resistance to pollution. Scientists at Washington State University’s stormwater research center in Puyallup recently made the surprising discovery that chum …


Editorial: Inslee missteps in ditching clean-water standard

Last summer, Gov. Jay Inslee released a pragmatic plan to update the state’s clean-water standards. Friday, he walked away from the solution that was three years in the making and …


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2015, 7:47 a.m.

EPA seeks Superfund listing for Freeman grain elevator

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a grain elevator in Freeman listed as a Superfund site to remove high levels of a toxic pesticide that’s leaching into groundwater. The EPA …


Conference focuses on Lake Coeur d’Alene pollution, solutions

Five years ago, officials from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the state of Idaho shook hands on a deal to address historic mining pollution at the bottom of Lake Coeur …


Historic deal requires Corps disclose dam pollution

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking …


Grassy swale helps CdA church handle stormwater, save money

Fifty-five-thousand square feet of asphalt made it easy to find a parking spot at Coeur d’Alene Assembly Church, but all that blacktop was costing the church a small fortune in …


Spokane Tribe adopts strict water quality standards

The Spokane Tribe of Indians has adopted new water quality standards aimed at protecting the health of members who eat a subsistence diet of nearly two pounds of fish daily. …


Court: State can regulate waterways

In a case involving a Dayton rancher, the Washington state Supreme Court has upheld state officials’ authority to regulate cow pies in streams. The case involved Joseph Lemire, who grazes …


Spokane County wastewater plant permit invalidated

Spokane County’s permit to operate its 2-year-old, $173 million wastewater plant was partially invalidated by state regulators last week. The Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board said the methodology used …


Teck, Colville Tribe go to trial over slag

In the early 1990s, anglers in the Upper Columbia River reported seeing beads of liquid mercury floating in the water. The sightings were followed by advisories from the Washington Department …


Chemicals found in waterways, fish

Widespread low levels of man-made chemicals used to produce nonstick cookware and breathable waterproof clothing have been detected in Washington water and fish, according to a Department of Ecology study …


Officials look for source of pollution in Colfax

COLFAX — State Ecology Department researchers will be taking water samples next week along the South Fork Palouse River in Colfax to try to find the source of fecal bacteria.


Oil fee would fund pollution cleanup

SEATTLE – Storm water runoff is a leading source of water pollution in the state, but who should pay to keep rivers, lakes and waters clean? Some lawmakers and environmentalists …


State Ecology Department seeks to clear the air about washing cars in driveways

Soaping up your rig at home is still OK in the Evergreen State. The Washington Department of Ecology fired off three press releases in recent weeks, clarifying that it hasn’t …


Baltic Nations Agree To Clean Polluted Sea

Baltic Sea countries agreed Thursday on measures to clean the sea’s polluted waters, including fees on all ships to stop the dumping of waste. The measures were among 20 proposals …


Firms Cited For Water Quality Violations Sandpoint Officials Act After Epa Fines City For Lax Enforcement

City officials want to levy fines against two businesses for failing to comply with city and federal water quality standards. The city cited the businesses after the U.S. Environmental Protection …


Country Dream Befouled Well Water Poisoned Animals, Sickened Family On Farm Near Marshall

1. Jackie McGowan walks past an empty pasture that once held her farm animals. Many got sick and died from contaminated water. Family members also got sick. Photo by Christopher …


City’s Water ‘Vulnerable’ Yearlong Study Finds Groundwater Susceptible To Contamination

A yearlong study of Spokane’s aquifer has identified businesses and industrial activity near the city’s eight major drinking water wells that could harm water quality. The $500,000 study, released Friday, …


Metals Ok’d For River Limits Eased On Zinc, Lead In Cda Basin

The Idaho Board of Health and Welfare voted Thursday to allow more zinc, lead and cadmium in the Coeur d’Alene River basin, a move several groups said is premature. These …


Water System Fails To Test For Coliform

Scenic Mobile Estates violated state environmental regulations by not routinely monitoring its water for coliform bacteria, according to the Idaho Division of Environmental Quality. Public drinking-water systems are required to …


Sewage Overflows Into St. Maries River

A sewage spill in the St. Maries River is putting a stretch of the river off-limits for the next week. The public should avoid contact with the water between Fernwood …


Sandpoint Hit With Epa Fine Failure To Monitor Wastewater Results In $27,500 Penalty

The Environmental Protection Agency has slapped the city with a $27,500 fine for failure to monitor and enforce industrial wastewater discharges to its sewer plant. The penalty was for a …


Sewage Leaks Into Hayden Lake

A sewage leak into Hayden Lake has prompted environmental officials to advise people to stay out of the water until Feb. 11. The sewer line break was reported on last …


His Research Proceeds Literally At A Snail’s Pace Biologist Studies Effects Of Metals On Self-Preservation

Hugh Lefcort tends tanks filled with snails. He is studying the effects of heavy metals. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review