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UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

Democrats decry ‘pandemic of pollution’ under Trump’s EPA

Democrats on Wednesday blasted the Trump administration’s moves to roll back environmental regulations during the coronavirus crisis, with one senator saying a “pandemic of pollution” has been released.


UPDATED: Tue., April 7, 2020

Pollution limits in Spokane River subject of Ecology online meetings Wednesday

The state is reviewing applications from five pollution dischargers seeking a temporary reprieve from federal limits on polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. Regulators will hold a pair of online meetings Wednesday …


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

Plastic bags banned, paper bags to cost 8 cents after Inslee signs bill that takes effect next year

Single-use plastic bags at stores will be banned statewide starting next year and customers without reusable carriers will be charged 8 cents for paper bags under a bill signed Wednesday.


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Three Inland Northwest diesel truck companies agree to pay EPA penalties for selling prohibited emission products

The fines, totaling $180,000, were agreed to in January. The three companies sold parts intended to allow diesel trucks to bypass features that ensure compliance with air quality standards from …


Federal trial in Spokane’s pollution case against Monsanto delayed until July

The $283 million lawsuit has been delayed once again after being filed five years ago.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

House, Senate advance plans to regulate CO2 emissions from cars

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

House passes bill to cut vehicle pollution, increase number of electric cars

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

Washington Senate passes single-use plastic bag ban again

Senate Democrats revive the proposed ban on single-use plastic grocery bags.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Trump proposes sweeping rollback of environmental oversight

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

Climate scientists try to cut their own carbon footprints

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 …


Ecology officials offer answers about controversial ‘variance’ for pollutants in Spokane River

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

Limits on cancer-causing pollutants in Spokane River to be subject of EPA hearing in Seattle

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 …


Lead pipes that tainted Newark’s water are found across US

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 banning little shampoo bottles by 2020

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 putting Dasani water in cans amid backlash against plastic

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.


Idaho tribe sues mining company over pollution at idle site

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

Holiday Inn owner to ditch mini shampoos to save seas

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.


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.


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 …


Scientists on Madeira see new ‘plasticrust’ sea pollution

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

U.S. air quality is slipping after years of improvement

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 will pay $20M over pollution from its cruise ships

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

Landmark UN plastic waste pact gets approved, but not by US

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.


Ask Dr. Universe: Keeping trash out of ocean is easier than removing it

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 …


New cyanide cleanup plan proposed for former Kaiser Aluminum smelter site in Mead

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

Ecology Department grants $15,000 for creek cleanup at Hangman Valley Golf Course

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.


February’s melting snow hits nearly completed $200 million stormwater tank project in Spokane

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 …


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.


Washington Legislature begins debate on banning single-use plastic grocery bags

Legislature considers statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019

Idaho environmental official seeks money for mine pollution

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 …