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UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

Britain to ban sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040

Britain will ban the sale of new cars and vans using diesel and gasoline starting in 2040 as part of a sweeping plan to tackle air pollution that experts say …


There’s literally a ton of plastic garbage for every person in the world

More than 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced since 1950, and the vast majority of it is still around.


‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat

They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes …


Oregon highway fuel spill worsens, contaminates groundwater

A massive fuel spill on an Oregon highway that has caused traffic detours and delays for the past 10 days is now looking even worse after wildlife managers discovered fuel …


UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017

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 …


Study released for Tesoro refinery xylene project in Skagit County

Skagit County reached no new conclusions in the final environmental impact statement it released Monday for a project proposed at the Tesoro Anacortes Refinery at March Point.


Land-use group tries to stop Oregon solar farm

The land-use group 1000 Friends of Oregon is trying to block a large solar farm planned for prime agricultural land outside Medford.


Edmonds takes clean energy pledge

Edmonds, Washington, has pledged to have clean, renewable energy powering its homes, offices and other buildings by 2025.


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Coal-fired plants top polluters in Europe

Coal-fired power stations are responsible for the most pollution in Europe, with Britain among the top polluters, the European Union says.


Richland nuclear plant cited for safety violation over waste shipment

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a “white” violation finding against the nuclear power plant near Richland related to a November radioactive waste shipping incident.


Renewable sources of electricity outpace nuclear plants

For the first time in decades, the United States got more electricity from renewable sources than nuclear power in March and April.


Volvo is first major carmaker to forgo traditional engines

Volvo will begin producing electric motors on all its cars from 2019, becoming the first major automaker to forgo traditional engines that rely exclusively on internal combustion.


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017

DOE names new acting head of Hanford, other nuclear cleanup projects

An acting leader for the Department of Energy’s nationwide nuclear environmental cleanup program, including the Hanford nuclear reservation, was named on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017

Three Mile Island notifies regulators of intent to close

The owners of the Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear plant have formally notified regulators and a regional power grid operator of their previously announced intentions to close the plant.


Officials removing radioactive waste from Idaho facility

Work has begun to remove 5,700 cubic yards of radioactive waste from an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility, officials said.


Alaska volcano sends up ash cloud from Aleutian Islands

A 14-minute eruption by an Alaska volcano sent an ash cloud to 30,000 feet in the Aleutian Islands.


Crucial first rulings on California’s giant water tunnels

Federal wildlife officials say they’re set to issue the crucial first rulings on Gov. Jerry Brown’s decades-old ambitions to re-engineer California’s water system with the $16 billion construction of giant …


Coal on the rise in China, US, India after major 2016 drop

The world’s biggest coal users – China, the United States and India – have boosted coal mining in 2017, in an abrupt departure from last year’s record global decline for …


Endangered species budget cuts could impact jobs

Many state groups and agencies that handle Endangered Species Act functions for the federal government have been casting worried looks at the endangered status of their funding.


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017

Energy chief: Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus but in line …


UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017

Bees among the tees: Golf course embarks on honeybee restoration effort

Downriver Golf Course was awarded a grant, an OK by the Spokane Park Board, to transform over an acre of the property into a foraging area for pollinators.


Sword fern deaths in Washington state park mystify experts

About a third of the sword ferns in a northwestern Washington state park have died and it’s not clear why.


EPA head defends White House’s plan for massive cuts to his agency

President Donald Trump once vowed to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency “in almost every form,” leaving behind only “tidbits.” On Thursday, the man he appointed to lead the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017

More Hanford nuclear mishaps likely, official says

Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure …


State’s largest solar project to be built near Richland

The state’s largest solar power project will be built on former Hanford Nuclear Reservation land near Richland.


UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017

Trump administration halts new protection for endangered West Coast whales

The Trump administration has thrown out a new rule meant to keep endangered whales and sea turtles from getting tangled in mile-long West Coast fishing nets.


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017

Radiation alarm prompts order for workers to seek cover

Radiation warning alarms sounded Thursday at a former plutonium production plant in Washington state, prompting a take-cover order that sent about 350 workers seeking cover indoors during the demolition of …


Brazil’s rollback of environmental rules a blow to Paris climate pact

Brazil is considering measures that would roll back environmental protections and make it difficult to meet its Paris climate accord targets – a signal it is stepping back from its …


UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017

Interior chief to review sage-grouse conservation plan

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday he is ordering a review of federal efforts to conserve the imperiled sage grouse to ensure that officials in 11 Western states where the …


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017

Environmental analysis starts for proposed Idaho gold mine

Federal officials have started an environmental analysis of a Canadian company’s proposal for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho.