Stories tagged: pollution
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020
The state’s environmental agency would have more power to regulate carbon dioxide pollution under proposals approved by committees in both legislative chambers Thursday, despite efforts by Republicans to trim back …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020
Washington motorists would use fuel with fewer greenhouse gases – and likely pay more for it – over the next 15 years under a proposal to reduce those pollutants approved …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020
Senate Democrats revive the proposed ban on single-use plastic grocery bags.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020
President Donald Trump on Thursday proposed rolling back enforcement of a landmark environmental law, reducing federal oversight of many major projects, from pipelines to commercial development, to speed the approval …
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019
For years, Kim Cobb was the Indiana Jones of climate science. The Georgia Tech professor flew to the caves of Borneo to study ancient and current climate conditions. She jetted …
Sat., Nov. 16, 2019
State regulators hope to publish in the spring their proposed rules governing discharge of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into the Spokane River. Businesses and governments say the limit imposed by …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019
The hearing follows an online webinar in late August, in which the agency laid out its rationale for revisiting a cap on polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, allowable in wastewater. The …
Fri., Sept. 13, 2019
A drinking water crisis in New Jersey’s biggest city is bringing new attention to an old problem: Millions of homes across the U.S. get their water through pipes made of …
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019
Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, said Wednesday it will eliminate small plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its hotel rooms worldwide by December 2020.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019
Coke will start selling canned Dasani in the U.S. Northeast next month, with plans to expand the product to other parts of the country in 2020.
Fri., Aug. 9, 2019
The Nez Perce Tribe has filed a lawsuit to force a Canadian company to clean up an idle central Idaho mining area – which the company says it plans to …
UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019
The fight to save the seas from plastic waste may mean the end for mini bottles of shampoo and other toiletries that hotel guests love to stuff into their luggage.
Sat., July 13, 2019
Millions of gallons of untreated runoff entered the Spokane River after major May rainstorm, report says
Twenty minutes of intense rain inundated the city’s subterranean stormwater retention system, sending millions of gallons of untreated stormwater runoff and sewage to flow directly into the Spokane River.
Fri., June 28, 2019
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 …
Tue., June 25, 2019
Researchers say they may have identified a new kind of plastic pollution in the sea and they’re calling it “plasticrust.”
UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019
America’s air has been steadily getting cleaner, but the last two years that’s not been the case with more unhealthy air.
UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019
Carnival Corp. reached a settlement Monday with federal prosecutors in which the world’s largest cruise line agreed to pay a $20 million penalty because its ships continued to pollute the …
UPDATED: Sat., May 11, 2019
Nearly every country in the world has agreed upon a legally binding framework to reduce the pollution from plastic waste except for the United States, U.N. environmental officials say.
Fri., April 26, 2019
If this plastic bag gets into the ocean, an animal like a turtle or shark might mistake it for a jellyfish they want to eat and the bag will get …
Fri., April 5, 2019
A groundwater plume stretching from the smelter shuttered in 2000 on Hawthorne Road would be pumped to the surface and treated near the new northside Costco under a plan proposed …
UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019
The Washington Department of Ecology has awarded $15,000 to Spokane County’s parks department to plant native vegetation along Hangman Creek at the Hangman Valley Golf Course.
Thu., March 14, 2019
Mayor David Condon was on Capitol Hill last week pitching the city’s plan to address its problem with sewage overflows into the Spokane River by building massive stormwater reservoirs beneath …
Sun., Feb. 3, 2019
Gonzaga study reveals high levels of microplastics in Spokane River, suggests particles in drinking water as well
The tenuous plastic fibers, visible only through the magnified view of a microscope, sent Jacob Peterson reeling into eddies of anxiety.
Tue., Jan. 22, 2019
Legislature considers statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019
Idaho’s top environmental official says his agency needs money needs money to clean up toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine near one of the world’s top ski …
Fri., Oct. 5, 2018
Citing an ongoing federal review of a pollution standard the congresswoman and local interests say is unattainable by current technology, McMorris Rodgers asked the Department of Ecology this week to …
Wed., Sept. 19, 2018
The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane – a key contributor to climate change that’s released in huge amounts during …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018
Northern West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for the effects of the rollback on regulation of coal power plants. An EPA analysis concludes the plan would lead to …
Fri., Aug. 31, 2018
The Trump administration is rolling back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome, but Colorado says its rules are working – and they have industry …
Tue., Aug. 21, 2018
Almost one-fifth of disposable contact lens wearers flush them down sinks or toilets amounting to 10 metric tons of microplastics flowing into U.S. wastewater plants and ultimately waterways, posing a …