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The Spokane Clean Air Agency had reported that poor air quality beginning Sept. 12 and lasting nearly a week was the worst recorded since a healthy standard for microscopic particles in the air was adopted in the late 90s. Now, a look at readings of blowing dust and smoke prior to that date indicates the prolonged period of soot-filled skies ranks among the worst conditions going back to the late 1980s.
Temperatures soared in Spokane on Wednesday to 98 degrees, the highest recorded temperature this summer, as wildfire smoke settled across the region. That made air quality unhealthy. And conditions are expected to get worse before they get better.
After 50 years of inspecting and enforcing air quality rules, Spokane’s air is cleaner than it has been in decades.
The local clean air agency “overreaches” with its regulatory authority and hampers economic development in an effort to “justify their existence,” said Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart.
The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency is grat accepting applications for its wood-burning stoves and fireplace inserts change-out program.
Troubles continue to mount for the renovation of the Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane, as the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency issued asbestos-related violations to five companies working on the rehabilitation earlier this month.
Spokane may soon get a reprieve from the lingering haze of wildfire smoke, but it’s likely to be short-lived.
After a slight break from “unhealthy” air quality readings during portions of Monday and Tuesday, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency reported that Spokane awoke Wednesday to “unhealthy” air again.
The hazy days of August have become yet another season in Spokane. That time of year when the skyline is sepia-toned, when you wonder if that run is worth the hacking cough, or if the siren call of the lake is stronger than your desire to check the current air quality website every 15 minutes.
The city’s six public swimming pools will be closed while choking conditions persist in Spokane, limiting access to a free relief from potential record-breaking heat. The city’s splash pads will be open for those seeking cool waters as temperatures climb.
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. Several small farmers call the fees unfair, and say they could drive members of a fledgling industry out of business amid a potential further crackdown at the federal level.
The Spokane Symphony decided to go ahead with its annual free concert in Comstock Park Monday evening in spite of unhealthy air quality levels.
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 for sensitive groups” categories for more than a week in much of the region.
Wood smoke and dust aren’t the only pollutants causing problems in Spokane. Ozone levels rise during the hot days of summer
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 he can’t keep the windows open, let alone enjoy a meal on the patio.
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 7 percent of the households use wood heat.
Spokane’s work to reduce what was once a serious problem with carbon monoxide pollution has largely succeeded.
ExxonMobil’s bulk fuel terminal in Spokane Valley has been recognized for its pollution control efforts by the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.
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 alert for asbestos, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency says.
Unhealthy levels of pollution from wood smoke are expected in Spokane County this evening, according to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.