Natural Gas Explosion
5:40 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

State Will Investigate Explosion At Liquefied Natural Gas Plant

Google Earth view of the liquefied natural gas storage facility in Plymouth, Wash.
Credit Google Earth

State and federal pipeline safety investigators have been dispatched to the site of an explosion and fire at a liquefied natural gas storage facility in southeastern Washington.

LNG is natural gas that’s been cooled to a liquid form for easier storage. Five people were injured in the early morning blast Monday, but only one remains hospitalized.

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Hanford Clean Up
5:38 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

State Of Washington To Feds: Cleanup At Hanford Must Go Faster

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the state attorney general Bob Ferguson complained that the federal government will likely miss major deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the state attorney general Bob Ferguson complained Monday that the federal government will likely miss major deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. They want the feds to stick to agreed-upon deadlines and are demanding new tanks to replace the leaking old ones. 

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Violated Air Quality Permit
6:40 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Oil Terminal Operators Fined $117,000

Oregon environmental regulators have imposed an unusually big fine against a crude oil terminal on the Columbia River that violated its air quality permit.

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Railroad Construction
6:26 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Oregon Railroad Defies State Order To Stop Work In Salmonberry River

Many sections of the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad washed into the Salmonberry River in a 2007 storm.
Credit Chris Updegrave/Flickr

The state of Oregon has ordered a company to stop rebuilding sections of the Port of Tillamook Bay railroad because it doesn't have a state permit. The company isn't stopping and says it doesn't need a state permit.

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Oso Landslide
6:05 am
Mon March 31, 2014

One Week After Deadly Slide, Darrington Pauses To Reflect

The death toll rose to 21 over the weekend as searchers continue to look for victims of the devastating landslide near Oso, Washington. In the hard-hit community of Darrington, residents paused Sunday to reflect on all that's happened.

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Dave Mistich is the Charleston Reporter for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. A native of Washington, West Virginia, Dave can be heard throughout week on West Virginia Public Radio, including during West Virginia Morning and Inside Appalachia. He also anchors local newscasts during Weekend Edition on Saturday mornings and covers the House of Delegates for The Legislature Today.

Snohomish County Mudslide
5:48 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985

This frequently cited statistic comes from a 1985 report on landslides.
Credit National Research Council

The massive landslide in Oso, Wash. has shined a national spotlight on the damage this kind of natural disaster can cause. But geologists say they don't have comprehensive data on landslides in most places. In fact, the most frequently cited statistic on landslides in the U.S. is out of date.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
5:38 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Home Buyers Not Necessarily Warned Of Natural Hazards

Rescue workers are combing the site of a massive landslide near Oso, Wash.
Credit Maj. Tawny Dotson / Washington National Guard

The Oso landslide is raising questions about when the public should be warned of a geological hazard. In California that warning comes when you buy property, but California is unique.

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Veteran Recognition
5:29 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Bureaucratic Snafu Delays Vietnam Vet’s Medals For 44 Years

Leon Strigotte of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A Vietnam vet from north Idaho on Friday received nine military honors more than four decades overdue. Sgt. Leon Strigotte's medals had been overlooked for years as a result of poor record keeping and possibly a sunken ship.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
4:59 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Weather Working Against Landslide Responders

Heavy rain in the forecast threatens to hinder ongoing search and recovery operations.
Credit Office of the Governor / Flickr

Emergency managers this Friday morning put off updating the death toll from the catastrophic mudslide near Oso in Snohomish County, Wash. This, after bracing the community to anticipate a substantial spike in the number of fatalities.

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