Ashley Ahearn http://nwpr.org en Landslide Science Not Connecting With County Planning http://nwpr.org/post/landslide-science-not-connecting-county-planning <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Northwest is a region prone to landslides.</span></p><p>That, of course, is on many people’s minds as the town of Oso, Washington recovers from the tragic slide that happened there this past weekend.</p><p>There is a lot of scientific data and maps showing where landslides have occurred in the past.</p><p>The question is whether or not it’s getting used.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:40:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 43383 at http://nwpr.org Landslide Science Not Connecting With County Planning Site Near Oso Had Previous Landslides, Potential For More http://nwpr.org/post/site-near-oso-had-previous-landslides-potential-more <p>Authorities have confirmed that the landslide on the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County has killed 8 people and destroyed up to 30 homes.</p><p>KUOW's Ashley Ahearn turned to Dave Montgomery to find out what caused the slide. Montgomery is a geologist at the University of Washington.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:53:20 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 43237 at http://nwpr.org Site Near Oso Had Previous Landslides, Potential For More Washington Legislature Fails To Pass Comprehensive Oil Train Legislation http://nwpr.org/post/washington-legislature-fails-pass-comprehensive-oil-train-legislation <p>More oil is moving through Washington state from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. That has many concerned about oil train safety. The oil has proven extremely flammable, causing several explosions in North America.</p><p>State legislators on both sides of the aisle introduced bills to address the concerns.</p><p>But the session ended last week without a compromise.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:09:49 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 42961 at http://nwpr.org Chinese and U.S. Officials To Discuss China's Shellfish Import Ban http://nwpr.org/post/chinese-and-us-officials-discuss-chinas-shellfish-import-ban <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">China banned shellfish imports from most of the West Coast in December over concerns about contamination.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:50:14 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 42793 at http://nwpr.org Chinese and U.S. Officials To Discuss China's Shellfish Import Ban Stalking Steelhead With Science http://nwpr.org/post/stalking-steelhead-science <p>Steelhead in Puget Sound have been listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act since 2007.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Millions of dollars have been spent improving the habitat of this iconic fish, but the population isn’t increasing.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In fact, a lot of the fish aren’t even making it out of Puget Sound&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and scientists can’t pinpoint why.</span></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:54:48 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 41314 at http://nwpr.org Stalking Steelhead With Science Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports http://nwpr.org/post/pacific-northwest-suffers-after-china-bans-shellfish-imports China has closed its doors to all shellfish imports from an area that stretches from northern California to Alaska. The state of Washington says it's losing as much as $600,000 a week.<p>Among the shellfish not being harvested is the geoduck, a long-necked clam that can fetch up to $150 per pound in China. It's a major export for the Pacific Northwest.<p>The Chinese government instituted the ban earlier this month after finding two bad clams. One from Alaska had high levels of the biotoxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:27:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 39213 at http://nwpr.org Pacific Northwest Suffers After China Bans Shellfish Imports Four Weeks In, Locals Feel The Pain Of China’s Shellfish Import Ban http://nwpr.org/post/four-weeks-locals-feel-pain-china-s-shellfish-import-ban <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">China and Hong Kong have closed their doors to all shellfish imports from an area that stretches from northern California to Alaska. The move is costing the shellfish industry in Washington State hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ashley </span>Ahearn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:07:29 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 39155 at http://nwpr.org Grays Harbor Oil Terminals Permits Blocked http://nwpr.org/post/grays-harbor-oil-terminals-permits-blocked <p>On Wednesday the Washington Shorelines Hearings Board blocked local permits for two oil train terminals in Grays Harbor.</p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:41:05 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 37333 at http://nwpr.org Grays Harbor Oil Terminals Permits Blocked New Research Provides More Evidence Of Coal Dust Escaping From Trains http://nwpr.org/post/new-research-provides-more-evidence-coal-dust-escaping-trains <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Washington and Oregon consider proposals for three coal export terminals, many have raised questions about how much coal dust could come off the trains that would service those terminals. If the Gateway Pacific Terminal is built near Bellingham up to 18 coal trains could travel along the I-5 corridor every day. According to new research, some dust will escape from those trains.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:05:38 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 36813 at http://nwpr.org New Research Provides More Evidence Of Coal Dust Escaping From Trains The Little County Council Election That Could Mean Big Things For Coal Exports http://nwpr.org/post/little-county-council-election-could-mean-big-things-coal-exports <p>There&rsquo;s a county council election taking place in the far Northwest corner of Washington state that could play a major role in the future of the U.S. coal industry.<br /><br />Whatcom County could one day be the home of the largest coal export facility on the west coast &ndash; which would transfer coal from trains onto ships bound for Asia.<br /><br />The Whatcom County council could cast the deciding votes in the permitting of the Gateway Pacific Terminal.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />That&rsquo;s put this election in the spotlight.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:40:32 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 35854 at http://nwpr.org