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EPA’s watchdog is scrutinizing ethics practices of agency’s former air policy chief

WASHINGTON – A key architect of the Trump administration’s efforts to weaken federal climate rules is under scrutiny by a federal watchdog for his dealings with industry players who lobbied …


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Trump promotes environmental record despite rollbacks

President Donald Trump is promoting what he is calling his administration’s “environmental leadership” despite its sweeping rollbacks of landmark environmental and public health protections. Critics are calling it a credulity-straining …


Local governments, industries submit plans to limit pollution in Spokane River as conservation groups cry foul

The Department of Ecology has accepted applications from Spokane, Liberty Lake, Spokane County, Kaiser and Inland Empire Paper to avoid having to meet a standard for cancer-causing pollution that they …


Mead School District is ‘one of the lucky ones’: EPA grant helps with purchase of five more new buses

Mead School District Transportation Director Brian Liberg has been busy using grant money from the state and federal government to get old school buses, some dating back as far as …


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019, 10:59 a.m.

Trump’s EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

The residents of this 500-person town have nothing but bitter warnings for similarly situated communities now that President Donald Trump’s EPA has approved Oklahoma to be the first state to …


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

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 …


Tribes, conservation groups cry foul after Trump administration signals rollback of Spokane River quality standards

The request for public comment on a plan to revisit allowable pollution levels in Washington’s waterways did not include notification to the state’s Department of Ecology or native tribes. The …


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 6:20 p.m.

EPA bans consumer use of deadly paint stripper, in rare step

The Environmental Protection Agency is banning consumer sales of a deadly paint stripper after personal appeals by families of men killed by the product.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 12:51 p.m.

Skeptic on radiation limits will head EPA radiation panel

The Environmental Protection Agency has appointed a scientist who argues for easing regulations on lower-level radiation exposures to lead the agency’s radiation advisory committee.


EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low

The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 9:59 a.m.

Reviving the Bunker Hill: Company betting on historic mine runs into financial troubles

The Trump administration announced a deal in March that would allow the long-closed Bunker Hill Mine to reopen. But the Canadian company trying to restart mining operations has financial troubles, …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 6:19 p.m.

Company defaults on lease for Bunker Hill Mine, future of restarting mine in doubt

The company that hoped to reopen the Bunker Hill Mine later this year has defaulted on its lease-purchase option payment.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Bunker Hill Mining behind on payments to owners of historic Silver Valley property

Bunker Hill Mining Co. is behind on $400,000 in lease-purchase payments to the owner of the underground lead-zinc-silver property. The company has until Oct. 14 to make the outstanding payment.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Grand Coulee Dam operator to pay $115,000 over hazardous waste violations

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation agreed to pay $115,000 to settle violations related to improper handling of hazardous waste at Grand Coulee Dam.


Washington likely to sue EPA over new coal rules

Washington plans to sue Trump administration over proposed loosening of coal regulations.


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Trump wants negotiations with California on auto gas mileage

President Donald Trump told leaders of the world’s top automakers on Friday that he wants to see more cars built in the United States as his administration weighs plans to …


EPA declines to test air downwind of lead smelter in British Columbia

The state of Washington will look for money to conduct air quality monitoring downwind of a Canadian smelter, after the federal government declined to restart the testing.


EPA launches internal probe of Pruitt’s condo deal

The Environmental Protection Agency is opening internal investigations into Scott Pruitt’s $50-a-night condo deal with a lobbyist and other recent allegations, adding to about a dozen federal probes involving the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

Northport residents renew calls for air monitoring after state modeling says a Canadian smelter is polluting their town

Northport residents want air quality monitors installed after state modeling suggested a Canadian smelter could be blanketing their town with heavy metals.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

Settlement could lead to Bunker Hill reopening, new mining jobs in the Silver Valley

In a move that could allow the storied Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg to reopen, the federal government has settled a longstanding Superfund lawsuit against its owner.


Getting the zinc out: Major cleanup project will improve health of the Coeur d’Alene River

A $48 million federal project to keep heavy metals out of the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River gets underway this spring. The work will be visible from Interstate …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Westport man pleads guilty in Spokane to $65 million biofuels scheme

A Westport man, who until recently worked an alternative fuels company that operated in both Moses Lake and Pasco, was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison after investigators …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 3:06 p.m.

Idaho asks federal agency to run oil injection well program

Idaho wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take over regulating underground injection wells needed by the state’s oil and natural gas industry to dispose of wastewater.


Pollution limits in Spokane River prompt city officials to seek reprieve from EPA

Mayor David Condon told the City Council this week he has been discussing the possibility of a workaround for environmental guidelines on carcinogenic chemicals being discharged into the Spokane River …


Senators press Pruitt for concessions on biofuels mandate

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to make peace on biofuels standards with a group of senators from corn-growing states who could upend President Donald Trump’s nominees …


Trump EPA nominees on hold amid dispute over biofuel mandate

A Senate committee has delayed consideration of four of President Donald Trump’s nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency amid opposition to the administration’s proposed reduction in the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

Riverfront Park receives $600,000 in federal funding as ‘brownfield’ site

Park planners will be able to spend the grant money on soil cleanup efforts on the former Canada Island, Havermale Island and the north bank of the Spokane River that …


UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

Trump budget slashes money of clean air and water programs

WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration budget released Tuesday slashes funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly one-third, laying off thousands of employees while imposing dramatic cuts to clean air …


Mining waste cleanup to create 400 summer jobs in Silver Valley

If you don’t like dump trucks, stay out of Idaho’s Silver Valley this summer. More than $20 million work of environmental cleanup work in the historic mining district this year …


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels

Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department are overhauling a slew of outside advisory boards that inform how their agencies assess the science underpinning policies, the first step …