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UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017

Revamp of Liberty Lake Park should preserve natural environment, residents say

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

Trump to nominate climate skeptic as environmental adviser

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.


Officials to take public comment on proposed Montana copper mine

Environmental regulators are taking public comment on a proposed $250 million copper mine in central Montana.


Keep on driverless truckin’ (but help truckers)

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

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” …


Washington rejects permit for coal-terminal project

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

Groups sue to stop mining exploration north of Yellowstone

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.


Ruling invalidates key permits for Kalama methanol project

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.


Washington state tribes consider own carbon emissions plan

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 …


Wordsmithing: Outdoor poetry series continues

Wordsmithing By Nature


King County must pay fine, make changes for sewage spill

King County must pay $361,000 in fines and make major changes following a massive sewage spill at its Seattle plant in February.


Washington to spend $1 million on electric-vehicle charging stations

The state of Washington will spend $1 million to help construct 15 new charging stations for electric vehicles on some of the busiest highways.


U.S. nuclear dump running out of room, watchdog agency says

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

Energy Department penalized $16K over unidentified powder

The state of Washington has levied a $16,000 fine for failure to identify a white powder on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


Wordsmithing by Nature: Poets go deep into the outdoors

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 …


Plan in place for oil spills on Lake Pend Oreille, Clark Fork River

A response plan is in place in the event of an oil spill on Lake Pend Oreille and the Clark Fork River.


Scores treated after mystery ‘chemical haze’ hits Britain’s coast

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 …


Why are Bill Gates and Richard Branson investing in meat that costs $18,000 a pound?

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

VW engineer gets prison, $200,000 fine in diesel scandal

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

Collapse at salmon farm renews concerns about fish farming

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

Trump rebuffs coal industry; CEO claims promise broken

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 …


US cattle grazing plan for Idaho national monument approved

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.


742 gallons of oil dripped into Snake River near Kahlotus, Corps estimates

An estimated 742 gallons of oil have leaked into the Snake River at Lower Monumental Dam near Kahlotus, the Army Corps said Tuesday.


Astoria, Ore., opposes proposed Vancouver oil terminal

Astoria, Ore., has added itself to the list of cities opposed to the Vancouver Energy oil terminal.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017

Scientists tally the environmental impact of feeding meat to our cats and dogs

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 …


Condon touts progress on environmental policies, chooses not to sign climate change ordinance

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 …


Preventing collapse of second Hanford radioactive waste tunnel on DOE’s priority list

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

We have only a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, study finds

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 …


Oregon company pays fines for oil spill

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.


Tri-City-area utilities support proposed law to save Snake dams

Three Tri-City-area utilities are supporting federal legislation that would override a federal court decision to save Snake River Dams.