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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Ecology Department will collect and incinerate toxic firefighting foam

The Washington Department of Ecology announced Monday it will begin collecting and incinerating stockpiles of a toxic fire retardant foam that was used by fire departments for decades before the …

Popularity of magnet fishing grows in Spokane despite muddy legal, ethical waters

Gaunt and heavily tattooed with smoke (from the cigarette dangling between his lips) nuzzling the bill of a filthy Portland Trail Blazers hat, Greg Pruett is about the last person …

Ecology tour set for Bull River Valley

Brian Baxter will lead a tour of Montana’s Bull River Valley on Saturday.

UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019

Spokane River’s story one of geology, settlement

Timeline from the “The Spokane River Story” in The Spokesman-Review in 1991.

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Beavers chewing up trees at water’s edge along Riverfront Park

If you’ve walked along the Centennial Trail in the past several months, it’s likely you’ve seen efforts by humans to stem the tide of voracious beavers. They’re eating trees they …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017

Washington State University eyes composting human remains

Washington State University is acquiring the necessary approvals to test equipment to compost human remains at one of its facilities in what is bluntly being called the Urban Death Project.

DOE hiring 300 young adults, others, for Washington Conservation Corps

The Washington State Department of Ecology has grant money to hire 300 workers ages 18-25 for the Washington Conservation Corps.

Contract will test groundwater wells at Idaho DOE site

A government contractor in Idaho will test 11 groundwater wells after a hazardous chemical showed up in some preliminary tests at the desert site last year.

Oceans are losing oxygen, posing growing threats to marine life, research says

A large research synthesis, published in one of the world’s most influential scientific journals, has detected a decline in the amount of dissolved oxygen in oceans around the world – …

Puget Sound aquatic habitat remains healthy, data suggests

Data suggests aquatic habitat in the Puget Sound remains healthy despite other measures of the sound’s health deteriorating.

Feds begin special inspection of Richland nuclear plant

Federal regulators will begin inspecting the Columbia Generating Station after the nuclear plant shipped waste that had higher radioactivity than was reported.

Fishing groups seek Atlantic wind farm delay

Commercial fishing companies, trade groups and three fishing-based municipalities are seeking to delay a proposed wind energy project in the Atlantic Ocean.

Groups sue EPA for not finalizing ‘fish consumption’ rule

Several environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for not updating Washington’s water-quality rules partly tied to how much fish people eat.

FBI joins investigation of Flint water lead contamination

The FBI is working with a multiagency team investigating the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water, alongside Environmental Protection Agency investigators who can tackle criminal violations of federal environmental law, …

Cleanup plan set for former cement plant in Spokane Valley

A cleanup agreement has been reach for Spokane Valley Holcim Inc. cement plant site

Inslee advances fish consumption proposal

How much risk of cancer from eating fish is too much? Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has privately advanced a proposal that would likely pass legal muster but that worries Indian …

Gardening: Students, golf courses connect for day of learning

There’s nothing quite like a field trip to make classroom lessons come alive. Recently, about 50 students from local schools spent a day on the beautiful grounds of the Spokane …

Ecology study: Erosion from farms pollutes rivers

Erosion on Eastern Washington wheat farms is polluting rivers and streams and needs to be slowed with better farming practices, according to state environmental regulators. The Department of Ecology studied …

Gregoire wants state to shrink carbon footprint

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire wants state government to be carbon-neutral by 2020 and announced Wednesday that the state Department of Ecology would be the first agency to start enacting …


Americans are expected to spend nearly $5.8 billion on Halloween this year. Almost $4 billion will go toward costumes, greeting cards and decorations, according to a recent survey from the …

Earth Friendly

Living a greener lifestyle not only saves the planet. It also can save money. Americans consumes six times more energy than the world average, according to the Energy Information Administration, …

Filmmaker details worldwide water woes

There’s a problem with a liquid shortage that affects everyone in the world. And we’re not talking about oil.

Epa To Investigate Entire Cda Basin Agency To Study Effects Of Mining Pollution Outside Superfund Site

It’s time to step outside “the box,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. The EPA announced Wednesday that it’s investigating the extent of mining contamination outside the 21-square-mile Bunker Hill …

Cracks In Hanford’s Clean Bill Of Health Congressional Watchdogs Want To Make Sure Nuclear Facility Plugs Leaks

Hanford whistle-blowers Casey Ruud, left, and John Brodeur. Photo by Bob Baker/Special to The Spokesman-Review

Radiation Found Deep In Ground

High radiation levels have been detected deep under yet another cluster of old nuclear waste tanks at Hanford. The radiation was recently found under the BX Tank Farms, where a …

Soil Laced With Pcbs At Landfill Feds To Determine Whether Dirt Should Be Moved

Graham Road Recycling and Disposal Facility opened in 1991 for construction debris and was expanded in 1994. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review

Ge Hauls Contaminated Soil From Spokane Superfund Site

General Electric Co. is hauling 700 dump truck loads of contaminated soil from an east Spokane site where the company repaired transformers for 19 years. GE is spending “in excess …

Lead Expert Says River Likely Toxic Health Care Professionals Warned To Prepare For Lead-Poisoning Cases In Washington State


Spokane River Probably Toxic, Says Expert Doctors Advised To Count On Cases Of Lead Poisoning


Cda Tribe May Snuff Field Burning Coeur D’Alenes To Look Into Plan That Would Phase Out Grass Burning

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has taken a first step toward cutting back bluegrass burning on the reservation. The tribal council agreed March 13 to start developing a plan for a …