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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 …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers asks state regulators to pause on PCB permits in Spokane River

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 …


Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on U.S. lands

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

Trump’s rollback of pollution rules to hit coal country hard

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 …


Colorado says it’s cut methane leaks as Trump eases U.S. rules

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 …


Flushing contact lenses? You’re contributing to microplastic pollution, researchers say

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 …


UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018

Cathy McMorris Rodgers pushes House bill targeting EPA pollution standards in Washington

The measure, which passed as part of a larger spending package approved by the House of Representatives, prohibits the federal agency from enforcing its new water quality standards in Washington …


Study: National parks get fewer visits when pollution rises

Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what’s found in major cities, according to …


Trump reversal of mining pollution rule challenged in court

Environmental groups challenged the Trump administration in federal court Wednesday over its rejection of an Obama-era proposal that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018

Trump EPA expected to roll back auto gas mileage standards

The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards that were a pillar in the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate …


Spokane River conservationists, state officials settle lawsuit over polluted Latah Creek

A 2015 federal lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Spokane Riverkeeper organization has led to a 10-year cleanup plan for Latah Creek, one of the major tributaries into the Spokane River. …


In a surprising study, scientists say everyday chemicals now rival cars as a source of air pollution

In a major study released Thursday, a team of government and university scientists say that the nature of air pollution is changing dramatically as cars become cleaner – leaving personal-care …