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Industrial to incredible: Expo ’74 spurred beauty of Spokane River

Bill Youngs wrote a comprehensive book about the Spokane River and Expo ’74, “The Fair and the Falls,” and contends the drama and beauty of the falls cutting through downtown …

Cleanup work at eastern Idaho nuclear site resumes

Cleanup work has resumed at an eastern Idaho nuclear site months after the rupture of several barrels containing radioactive sludge.

Hanford plan will leave land so clean you could put a house on it, feds say

A final plan for cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation at the horn of the Columbia River will leave land clean enough to live on.

Agreement reached in Anaconda Superfund cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency says an agreement has been reached over the cleanup of a century’s worth of smelting waste in the southwestern Montana town of Anaconda.

UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 5:26 p.m.

Official blasts critic of Colorado nuclear plant cleanup

A U.S. official harshly criticized a Colorado health officer who questioned the safety of a former nuclear weapons plant and said he did not trust the federal government’s assurances that …

42,000 pounds of garbage: Seattle quietly cleaning up, clearing out hot spots for people living in vehicles

Seattle is cleaning up trash around clusters of homeless vehicle campers — and sometimes towing them.

Despite spread of radioactive contamination, Hanford contractor earns $10 million

A Hanford environmental cleanup contractor has earned $9.9 million in incentive pay from the Department of Energy for its work at the nuclear reservation.

Trashing the neighborhood

The Petry Natural Area, a small stretch of woodland that lies along Missouri Flat Creek near North Grand Avenue, appears to have become an unofficial landfill for some residents.

Robot designed for faster, safer uranium plant pipe cleanup

Ohio crews cleaning up a massive former Cold War-era plant in Ohio plan to send a high-tech helper into pipes where uranium was processed for use in nuclear reactors and …

UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 4:38 p.m.

County gets 5k grant to clean up cigarette butts

The city and county governments of Spokane won a $5,000 award this week to combat cigarette litter around the county Courthouse and various city-owned properties in downtown Spokane.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 11:53 a.m.

EPA reaches agreement over cleanup of Butte Hill Superfund

The Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement that could conclude the cleanup of mining waste in Butte and remove the area from the Superfund list.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Nuclear engineer to lead agency that oversees Hanford cleanup

President Donald Trump has nominated a new head for the Department of Energy’s environmental management program, which is responsible for the Hanford nuclear reservation.

Supco: Opportunity residents can pursue further cleanup

The Montana Supreme Court says residents living within a southwestern Montana Superfund site can move forward with their efforts to get the Atlantic Richfield Co. to pay for a better …

State agencies wrapping up cleanup of western Montana mine

State agencies are wrapping up cleanup operations on a western Montana mine that caused high mercury concentrations in fish in nearby bodies of water.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 1:34 p.m.

EPA orders cleanup at Texas toxic site flooded by Harvey

The Trump administration has handed a rare victory to environmentalists. It’s ordered two big corporations to pay for a $115 million cleanup at a Texas toxic waste site that may …

Montana set to take over deadly asbestos cleanup site

The cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health professionals say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure entered a new phase Thursday as officials turn their focus …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 4 p.m.

Activists protest Rio water, filthy despite Olympic promises

Environmental activists sailed across Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay on Saturday to protest pollution in the city’s waterways and broken promises to clean them up around the 2016 Olympics.

UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017, 9:33 p.m.

Ick-free and ready for a dip: Portland touts revived river

For decades, Portland residents have been repulsed by the idea of swimming in the Willamette River because of weekly sewage overflows that created a bacterial stew. Now, the recent completion …

UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 11:33 p.m.

City cleans up large homeless camp in downtown Spokane

City crews cleaning up a homeless camp underneath the Maple Street bridge filled multiple trucks with everything from mattresses to bicycles Tuesday morning.

UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

Riverfront Park receives $600,000 in federal funding as ‘brownfield’ site

Park planners will be able to spend the grant money on soil cleanup efforts on the former Canada Island, Havermale Island and the north bank of the Spokane River that …

Bechtel earns $7.2 million in incentive pay for managing Hanford vit plant

The Department of Energy’s assessment of Bechtel National at Hanford continues to inch upward.

UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 11:11 a.m.

Washington state lawmakers want review of Hanford cleanup

Lawmakers ask Government Accountability Office to review Hanford cleanup after tunnel collapse.

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 …

North Dakota, feds address garbage left at pipeline protest camp

Federal and state officials announced plans Wednesday to accelerate cleanup at a camp in southern North Dakota that has housed hundreds and sometimes thousands of Dakota Access pipeline opponents.

City of Coeur d’Alene will start leaf, pine needle pickup Nov. 7

The city of Coeur d’Alene is preparing for its annual leaf and pine needle pick up, which starts the week of Nov. 7.

Hanford cleanup project ends in success after 25 years

A 25-year project to suck up a cancer-causing chemical from the soil in central Hanford has ended in success.

Police: Officer shoots man near homeless camp cleanup

A Seattle police officer shot and critically wounded a man involved in a knife fight Tuesday as officials were working to clean out a homeless encampment known as the Jungle, …

Hanford plutonium plant demolition deadline extended

The Department of Energy has been given an extra year to tear down the Hanford Plutonium Finishing Plant.

Cleaning up Hanford radioactive waste spill to take 7 years

The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing a seven-year plan to clean up a radioactive waste spill under a building on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Feds will miss cleanup deadline at E. Idaho nuclear facility

Federal officials announced Friday they won’t meet a September deadline to start converting 900,000 gallons of high-level radioactive liquid waste to a solid form at the Idaho National Laboratory in …