Safety http://nwpr.org en Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Fix http://nwpr.org/post/hanford-vapors-its-still-difficult-track-down-fix <p>The federal government led a bus load of journalists to points across the Hanford nuclear site. Officials wanted to show off what they’re doing to keep workers safe from chemical vapors. Since the spring a run of workers have needed medical attention from vapor exposure. Correspondent Anna King was on the bus, and files this report. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:13:06 +0000 Anna King 48796 at http://nwpr.org Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Fix Workers Question Safety Culture Of Railroad Hauling Volatile Crude Oil http://nwpr.org/post/workers-question-safety-culture-railroad-hauling-volatile-crude-oil <p>Crude oil shipments by rail increased by more than 80 percent, nationally, last year.</p><p>Most of it is coming from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. That crude is more flammable than other types of oil, and has been shown to catch fire and explode when trains derail.</p><p>More than 15 trains of Bakken oil move through some parts of the Northwest each week, en route to refineries and terminals in Washington and Oregon.</p><p>Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway transports the majority of that oil.</p><p>The company regularly touts its commitment to safety.</p><p>But an EarthFix investigation reveals some troubling patterns in the way BNSF Railway deals with whistleblowers – particularly those who voice concerns about safety.</p><p>Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix. EarthFix’s Tony Schick contributed to the reporting for this story. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:43:37 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 48398 at http://nwpr.org Workers Question Safety Culture Of Railroad Hauling Volatile Crude Oil Western Cities Top Rankings Of Auto Theft Hot Spots http://nwpr.org/post/western-cities-top-rankings-auto-theft-hot-spots <p>In what Northwest city is your car most likely to be stolen? According to a new insurance industry report, the answer is Spokane. Meanwhile, the former top auto theft hot spot of Yakima made significant improvement in the last year.</p><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:54:53 +0000 Tom Banse 48199 at http://nwpr.org Western Cities Top Rankings Of Auto Theft Hot Spots Critics Deride 'Nanny State' Measures, Supporters Say Laws Are Justified http://nwpr.org/post/critics-deride-nanny-state-measures-supporters-say-laws-are-justified <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/032013CL_nannystate_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>SALEM, Ore. – Some of the fiercest debates this year in the Oregon legislature have revolved around something critics call the “nanny state.” These are bills to regulate personal behavior. The issues may change, but it’s a conversation that’s been going on for decades.<p>Let's start with a recent example. A measure that would ban smoking in cars when there are children present. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:02:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 24620 at http://nwpr.org Critics Deride 'Nanny State' Measures, Supporters Say Laws Are Justified Mining Industry Seeks Shorter Permit Waiting Period http://nwpr.org/post/mining-industry-seeks-shorter-permit-waiting-period <p>Mining pumps on average nearly a billion dollars into Idaho’s economy every year. Idaho, along with Nevada and Utah are considered mining friendly states. But the industry is frustrated that it can take years before permits are issued and work can get underway. That’s why mining officials appealed to state lawmakers this week to help speed up the regulatory process. As Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains it’s a proposition that has environmentalists worried. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:35:28 +0000 Aaron Kunz 22755 at http://nwpr.org Mining Industry Seeks Shorter Permit Waiting Period On Deck at Boeing's 787 Assembly Line http://nwpr.org/post/deck-boeings-787-assembly-line <p>Outside the Boeing plant in Everett, newly assembled 787s sit ready for delivery. Inside, the production line rolls on. That’s despite this week’s setbacks for the company’s newest model, the 787 Dreamliner.</p><p>Airlines around the world have grounded the planes amid concerns about its lithium ion batteries. It was a battery issue that caused an All Nippon Airways’787 to make an emergency landing in Japan earlier this week. KUOW’s Liz Jones visited the Boeing plant in Everett to get a closer view of this aircraft under scrutiny. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:41:52 +0000 Liz Jones 21381 at http://nwpr.org On Deck at Boeing's 787 Assembly Line State Senator To Propose More Security in Psychiatric Wards http://nwpr.org/post/state-senator-propose-more-security-psychiatric-wards <p>One Washington state senator says it is past time for lawmakers to increase safety at the state’s two psychiatric hospitals. Paige Browning reports Senator Mike Carrell announced he will propose legislation in the coming term. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:26:46 +0000 Paige Browning 19074 at http://nwpr.org State Senator To Propose More Security in Psychiatric Wards Ski Industry Veterans Are Trying to Keep People Safe In the Back Country http://nwpr.org/post/ski-industry-veterans-are-trying-keep-people-safe-back-country <p>The holiday season is upon us. And along with that comes ski season. Snow is falling in the Cascades. Wednesday is opening day at Crystal Mountain and Mount Baker. Tuesday Stevens Pass opened.</p><p>But giddy enthusiasm from skiers and snowboarders’ throughout the region is overshadowed by an accident at Stevens Pass last February. It was big.</p><p>News Report: “We’re gonna begin with those deadly avalanches. A deadly avalanche near Stevens Pass /We are gonna begin with the breaking news: that deadly avalanche in Washington state.”</p><p>Three people were killed that day.</p><p>Now, as KUOW’s Sara Lerner reports, ski industry veterans are trying to come up with new ways to keep people safe in the back country. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:35:13 +0000 Sara Lerner 18724 at http://nwpr.org Ski Industry Veterans Are Trying to Keep People Safe In the Back Country Northwest Tribes Say "No Short Cuts" For Coal Export Projects http://nwpr.org/post/northwest-tribes-say-no-short-cuts-coal-export-projects <p>At a convention today Thursday, tribes from around the Northwest released a joint statement calling for a full environmental analysis of five proposed coal export terminals in Oregon and Washington. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:17:35 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 15931 at http://nwpr.org Northwest Tribes Say "No Short Cuts" For Coal Export Projects Report: ‘Extremely Unsafe’ Tactics At Blaze That Killed Firefighter http://nwpr.org/post/report-extremely-unsafe-tactics-blaze-killed-firefighter <p>Managers at a blaze in north Idaho were warned about hazardous conditions the day before a 20-year-old firefighter died on the job. That’s according to an informal report by the head of a federal hotshot crew, which refused to work on the fire. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:14:08 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13810 at http://nwpr.org Report: ‘Extremely Unsafe’ Tactics At Blaze That Killed Firefighter