Stories tagged: environment
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017
Three distinct plans were presented to a group of Liberty Lake residents in September, each with the mission of revamping Liberty Lake Regional Park.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017
President Donald Trump is planning to nominate a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as one of his top environmental advisers.
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017
Environmental regulators are taking public comment on a proposed $250 million copper mine in central Montana.
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017
As Congress debates a new law to promote self-driving technology, however, it may exempt big commercial vehicles in the hope of saving trucking jobs. That won’t work.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017
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” …
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017
The state of Washington has denied a key permit sought by a company that wants to build and operate a large terminal to export coal from Western states to Asia.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017
Opponents of mining outside Yellowstone National Park are challenging a decision by Montana environmental regulators to allow a Canadian company to explore for precious metals just north of the park.
Tue., Sept. 19, 2017
A state hearings board has invalidated key permits issued to a nearly $2 billion project in Washington state that would convert natural gas to methanol.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017
Tribal leaders might move ahead with their own plan to tax carbon emissions in Washington state after another group working on a statewide carbon-tax initiative for the November 2018 ballot …
Wed., Sept. 13, 2017
Wordsmithing By Nature
Tue., Sept. 12, 2017
King County must pay $361,000 in fines and make major changes following a massive sewage spill at its Seattle plant in February.
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017
The state of Washington will spend $1 million to help construct 15 new charging stations for electric vehicles on some of the busiest highways.
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017
A government watchdog agency says the only underground nuclear waste repository in the United States doesn’t have enough space for radioactive debris left over from decades of bomb-making and research, …
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017
The state of Washington has levied a $16,000 fine for failure to identify a white powder on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Thu., Aug. 31, 2017
For thousands of years, poets have written about the outdoors. Sometimes, they praise scenery and wildness; sometimes, they compare humanity to nature. Poets from Hesiod and Homer to Basho and …
Tue., Aug. 29, 2017
A response plan is in place in the event of an oil spill on Lake Pend Oreille and the Clark Fork River.
Mon., Aug. 28, 2017
A mysterious chemical haze that left scores of people on the English coast with streaming eyes, sore throats and breathing problems has dissipated, but its cause remains a mystery, police …
Fri., Aug. 25, 2017
The world loves meat. So much so that demand for meat products is projected to grow by nearly 70 percent by 2050. But meat production places a significant strain on …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017
U.S. prosecutors will seek a three-year prison sentence on Friday for a Volkswagen engineer who had a key role in the company’s diesel emissions scandal.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017
A net pen holding 305,000 farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed recently, releasing thousands of fish into Puget Sound and renewing concerns that a new proposed salmon-rearing operation could harm wild salmon …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017
The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to issue a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants. One executive says the decision breaks a personal promise from …
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017
Cattle grazing will continue at a south-central Idaho national monument known for its ancient lava flows following a challenge by an environmental group, federal officials announced this week.
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017
An estimated 742 gallons of oil have leaked into the Snake River at Lower Monumental Dam near Kahlotus, the Army Corps said Tuesday.
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017
Astoria, Ore., has added itself to the list of cities opposed to the Vancouver Energy oil terminal.
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017
You’ve heard about the carbon footprint, but what about the carbon paw-print? According to a new study, U.S. cats’ and dogs’ eating patterns have as big an effect as driving …
Fri., Aug. 4, 2017
The mayor said this week he had continued concerns about the future costs of some of the covenants agreed to by the City Council last month. Spokane has already taken …
Wed., Aug. 2, 2017
The Department of Energy plans to step up monitoring of a Hanford tunnel storing highly radioactive waste while it studies ways to keep it from collapsing.
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017
In recent years, it has become increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind of countdown – each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing the window …
Mon., July 31, 2017
A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency release states an Oregon company has agreed to pay fines totaling about $23,000 regarding a 900-gallon diesel spill that contaminated an area creek.
Mon., July 31, 2017
Three Tri-City-area utilities are supporting federal legislation that would override a federal court decision to save Snake River Dams.