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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019

More evacuations ordered on Colville Reservation due to wildfire that’s expanding, making Spokane air unhealthy

Temperatures soared in Spokane on Wednesday to 98 degrees, the highest recorded temperature this summer, as wildfire smoke settled across the region. That made air quality unhealthy. And conditions are …

UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019

Before clean air agency formed 50 years ago, Spokane’s air was unhealthy more than a third of the time

After 50 years of inspecting and enforcing air quality rules, Spokane’s air is cleaner than it has been in decades.

Stuckart accuses clean air agency regulatory overreach, cites Otis Hotel asbestos fines and construction delays

The local clean air agency “overreaches” with its regulatory authority and hampers economic development in an effort to “justify their existence,” said Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019

Spokane Clean Air offering homeowner grants for replacing old wood-burning stoves and fireplace inserts

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency is grat accepting applications for its wood-burning stoves and fireplace inserts change-out program.

Clean air agency says Otis Hotel developers violated asbestos rules

Troubles continue to mount for the renovation of the Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane, as the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency issued asbestos-related violations to five companies working on the …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018

Expect a brief reprieve of smoke Thursday night

Spokane may soon get a reprieve from the lingering haze of wildfire smoke, but it’s likely to be short-lived.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018

Wednesday morning air is rated ‘unhealthy’

After a slight break from “unhealthy” air quality readings during portions of Monday and Tuesday, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency reported that Spokane awoke Wednesday to “unhealthy” air again.

Spokane’s air quality: You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers

The hazy days of August have become yet another season in Spokane. That time of year when the skyline is sepia-toned, when you wonder if that run is worth the …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018

Unhealthy, smoky air prompts health warnings, forces closure of Spokane pools

The city’s six public swimming pools will be closed while choking conditions persist in Spokane, limiting access to a free relief from potential record-breaking heat. The city’s splash pads will …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018

Spokane County air pollution regulators approve new rules, fees to battle smelly marijuana farms

Dozens of marijuana farmers in Spokane County will have to pay fees ranging from $500 to $2,000 this year to cover the expenses of enforcing state laws governing nuisance smells. …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017

In spite of smoke, Spokane Symphony forges on with Labor Day concert

The Spokane Symphony decided to go ahead with its annual free concert in Comstock Park Monday evening in spite of unhealthy air quality levels.

Air quality again in ‘unhealthy’ category

Incoming smoke on Friday pushed air quality to “unhealthy” in Spokane, the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency reported. Air quality in the region has been reaching the “unhealthy” or “unhealthy …

Ozone pollution persists in Spokane

Wood smoke and dust aren’t the only pollutants causing problems in Spokane. Ozone levels rise during the hot days of summer

Marijuana farm odor hurts neighbor’s property value near Cheney

Roger Bertsch can’t stand the smell that wafts from his neighbor’s property. Sometimes it’s barely detectable in the afternoon breeze. But sometimes, he said, the skunky aroma is so penetrating …

Spokane region tops in the nation for percentage of homes that heat with wood

Among the nation’s 100 largest metro areas, the Spokane/Spokane Valley metro area ranks No. 1 for the percentage of residents who rely on wood for their primary heating source. About …

Spokane succeeds in reducing carbon monoxide pollution

Spokane’s work to reduce what was once a serious problem with carbon monoxide pollution has largely succeeded.

ExxonMobil recognized for air pollution reduction

ExxonMobil’s bulk fuel terminal in Spokane Valley has been recognized for its pollution control efforts by the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.

Home repair should include asbestos check

Two recent windstorms left many Spokane-area homes with damaged roofs and eaves. As homeowners begin the process of hiring contractors or doing their own repairs, they should be on the …

Wood smoke levels creating unhealthy air

Unhealthy levels of pollution from wood smoke are expected in Spokane County this evening, according to the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.

Don’t burn downed trees, Spokane clean air agency says

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency recommends against burning the green, wet wood from Tuesday’s windstorm. It won’t produce much heat.

Comments sought on air pollution control plan

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency has released a draft plan for meeting federal standards for fine-particle pollution through 2025. Public comments will be accepted through Nov. 9. After periods …

Area businesses, employers lauded for air pollution reductions

Twelve Spokane-area employers have been recognized for the efforts to cut air pollution

Wildfire smoke pollution unprecedented in 2015

Lingering wildfire smoke across the Inland Northwest this week raised pollution levels, but it has been relatively minor compared with the curtains of smoke that covered the region in August.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 25, 2015

Spokane region sees better afternoon air

A pall of smoke hung over the Inland Northwest again on Monday, creating unhealthy air quality as wildfires continued to rage across the region. Three of the past four days …

Fire growth slows, smoke heads west

After a week of deadly fires forcing evacuations of whole towns and pushing fire officials to scramble for more help, Saturday was calm. Or as calm as it could be …

Environmental agency honors Beacon Cleaners

Spokane’s clean air agency has told Spokane’s Beacon Cleaners to take a hike. And that’s a good thing. The laundry is the first dry cleaner in Spokane to earn “no-longer-regulated” …

State Senate passes asbestos labeling

OLYMPIA – People buying supplies for a home remodeling project might not realize that they have asbestos in them. The state Senate says the product should say so right on …

Wood smoke threatens Spokane air quality

Jon McCauley can tell you when air pollution is bad. His lungs tighten, his fatigue worsens.

Stage 2 ban means no burning through Monday

The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency has announced a Stage 2 burn ban for the most populous areas of Spokane County.

Smoke from wildfires posing health threat

Wildfires burning about 150 miles west of Spokane continue to pollute the city with smoke. Conditions are not expected to improve significantly in the next couple of days, according to …