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Ecology officials offer answers about controversial ‘variance’ for pollutants in Spokane River

State regulators hope to publish in the spring their proposed rules governing discharge of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into the Spokane River. Businesses and governments say the limit imposed by …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019

Ecology Department warns of possible water restrictions in parched Little Spokane River Basin

Water users in the Little Spokane River Basin may have to curb their consumption if water levels dip much lower, the state Department of Ecology has warned. The agency said …


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019

State courts side with Spokane River advocates on summer minimum flow levels, protecting recreational use

Spokane River advocates say they got a major win in court Wednesday, assuaging some worries about summer flows dipping below adequate levels for recreational and business uses.


Ecology Department seeking comment on cleanup plan for oil-contaminated Black Tank Property in Hillyard

The public has until June 11 to submit comments on a cleanup plan for the oil-contaminated site known as the Black Tank Property in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood.


Smoky air so soon? Fires in northern Alberta the culprit

It’s not even summer, but it’ll soon smell like it: for the first time this year, Eastern Washington is forecast to be plagued with wildfire smoke.


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019

EPA says it will revert to looser standard on PCBs in Spokane River, other Washington waterways

The notice comes a month after the agency said it posted in error a request for comments on a change to allowable limits for polychlorinated biphenyls, a known carcinogen that …


New cyanide cleanup plan proposed for former Kaiser Aluminum smelter site in Mead

A groundwater plume stretching from the smelter shuttered in 2000 on Hawthorne Road would be pumped to the surface and treated near the new northside Costco under a plan proposed …


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019

Washington Supreme Court weighs greenhouse gas rules

The Washington Supreme Court hears arguments on greenhouse gas emissions rules adopted by the state Department of Ecology.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019

State grants totaling $2 million support rural development in Spokane and Stevens counties

Spokane and Stevens counties will use $2 million in state grants to accommodate rural housing growth while keeping water in streams for fish and other wildlife.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018

Thanks to VW scandal, STA to add electric bus to fleet

Spokane Transit Authority is getting its first fully electric bus, the first in what may be full electrification of its fleet, in the next one to three years, the agency …


Workshop helps people submit comments on proposed Newport smelter

Opponents of a proposed silicon smelter in Newport are hosting a Wednesday, Oct. 17 evening workshop at Gonzaga University to help members of the public submit comments.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018

Newport smelter hearing draws skeptical crowd

About 100 people turned out for Tuesday’s public hearing on a silicon smelter proposed for the Newport area, with many raising concerns about the project.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018

Public meetings begin next week on proposed Newport silicon smelter

A controversial silicon smelter proposed near Newport is the topic of four upcoming public meetings.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018

Police make pair of arrests in Logan neighborhood hash oil manufacture

Spokane police arrested two people Monday morning suspected of manufacturing hash oil at their Logan neighborhood home.


Trump administration will review pollution rules affecting Spokane River

Rules affecting the amount of cancer-causing chemicals flowing into the Spokane River will be reviewed by the Trump administration. Business and industry groups petitioned for the review last year, urging …


UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018

Cathy McMorris Rodgers pushes House bill targeting EPA pollution standards in Washington

The measure, which passed as part of a larger spending package approved by the House of Representatives, prohibits the federal agency from enforcing its new water quality standards in Washington …


Many Everett families still live amid arsenic and lead

A soil sample taken from Cydney Gillis’ yard last year confirmed what she had long feared. High levels of arsenic pollute her property in Everett’s Delta neighborhood.


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018

Company prepares to move on Newport smelter’s environmental study

A Canadian company that wants to build a controversial silicon smelter near Newport says it’s ready to start the environmental review process. Meanwhile, citizens groups have challenge the sale of …


UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018

New rule bans vessels from releasing sewage into Puget Sound

Recreational and commercial vessels will not be able to release treated or untreated sewage into Puget Sound waters under new rules approved by the state aimed at improving water quality.


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018

Inland Empire Paper exceeded permit limits for Spokane River pollution in 2016

A Millwood company discharged more pollution into the Spokane River than its permits allowed on several days over the past two years.


Spokane River conservationists, state officials settle lawsuit over polluted Latah Creek

A 2015 federal lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Spokane Riverkeeper organization has led to a 10-year cleanup plan for Latah Creek, one of the major tributaries into the Spokane River. …


Permit will limit use of treated sludge on Lincoln County farm

Compromise reached on the request to use treated sewage sludge as fertilizer on a Lincoln County farm above Mill Canyon.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 1, 2017

Mayor David Condon unveils stormwater exhibit during children’s storytime

While the tots’ attention was focused on the magnetic toy and Ribby the Redband trout, the city is moving toward the finish line on its massive stormwater tank project that …


State could use VW diesel settlement to boost electric vehicles

A state agency wants to take some $113 million Washington will receive from Volkswagen for dirty diesel engines and use it to boost the use of vehicles that produce less …


Bury Hanford mishaps for good

Most recently comes news that the state Department of Ecology is investigating the dumping of potentially contaminated liquid into the ground.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017

Northeast Washington silicon smelter plans raise concerns

Last year, a Canadian company announced plans to build a $325 million silicon smelter in northeast Washington, which would bring about 150 permanent jobs to the area. But some local …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017

Coal-export terminal backer sues state over permit denial

A company proposing to build a terminal in Washington state to export U.S. coal to Asia sued the state Tuesday, arguing regulators unfairly denied the project a key permit.


Guest Opinion: Morton Alexander and Chrys Ostrander: Keep sewage sludge off farmland

Old enabling legislation deemed biosolids a “beneficial resource” and mandated Ecology to promote its use, making the department a booster of this dubious practice rather than a credible regulator in …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Lincoln County residents fight biosolids on nearby farm

Fight over plans to use treated sewer sludge as fertilizer on a Lincoln County farm highlights the controversy over what to do with the left overs from the state’s waste …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017

Washington state deals blow to plan for Longview coal export terminal

The Department of Ecology rejected a water quality permit that Millennium Bulk Terminals sought because the proposed facility near the city of Longview would have caused “significant and unavoidable harm” …