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Trump nominee pushed to relax restrictions on toxic chemicals found near Fairchild Air Force Base

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, led Tuesday’s questioning of Nancy Beck, a former chemical industry lobbyist who …


UPDATED: Sat., April 25, 2020

Washington DOC sues federal government over chemicals that tainted food from Airway Heights prison

It’s the latest in a wave of lawsuits against the United States and manufacturers of aqueous film-forming foam, a toxic fire retardant that was used at Fairchild Air Force and …


UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

Kalispel Tribe sues foam makers, federal government over West Plains water contamination

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians is suing the federal government and makers of a toxic fire retardant foam that has contaminated West Plains water supplies, joining thousands of plaintiffs across …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Congress to halt military use of toxic foam contaminating drinking water

Congress has reached a deal on a spending bill that would require the military to stop using firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals linked to cancer, but would abandon efforts to …


What consumers can do as regulators weigh compounds’ risks

While federal regulators weigh the risks of a widely used nonstick and stain-resistant compound, experts say consumers can take steps to limit their exposure.


Spokane Riverkeeper hosting public forum on PFAS chemicals that tainted West Plains drinking water

The two-hour forum, organized by the Spokane Riverkeeper, will begin at 6 p.m. April 17 in the Barbieri Courtroom at Gonzaga’s School of Law. It will be free and open …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

EPA unveils plan for chemicals found in West Plains drinking water; critics say it’s not enough

Environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers were quick to criticize the plan, saying it effectively delays much-needed regulations on PFAS chemicals, which have been linked to cancer and other health defects after …


Shawn Vestal: Airway Heights water worse than feared

People living around Fairchild Air Force Base drank water contaminated with a chemical found in firefighting foams, probably for decades. In the year since the pollution was discovered in city …


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018

Washington bans firefighting chemicals that may cause cancer

Fire-fighting foam with a chemical thought to cause cancer and other health problems will be banned for local fire departments and districts in Washington.


Spin Control: Hundreds of bills getting signed into law in Washington state. Here are some of them.

Catching up on some of those “good little bills.”


Legislature votes to ban cancer-causing foam used to fight fires

Cancer-causing chemicals like the ones threatening West Plains water supplies would be banned for firefighters starting in 2020.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018

Washington could ban cancer-causing chemicals used to fight fires

Fire departments could be banned from using foam with certain chemicals that cause cancer, damage groundwater.


Michigan scrambles to address chemical contaminants in water

While the city of Flint still recovers from a lead-tainted water crisis, Michigan is scrambling to combat potential health risks in other tap water that stem from chemicals long used …


National Guard to test residential Michigan water wells for toxic plume

The Michigan National Guard plans to test residential drinking wells near its main training facility after a plume of toxic chemicals was discovered in groundwater.