Air Pollution

Air Pollution
5:45 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Washington's Air Quality Is Back In Line Again

For the first time in seven years air pollution caused by wood stoves in Washington is in line with federal clean air requirements.
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Air pollution caused by wood stoves in Washington is in line with federal clean air requirements for the first time in seven years.

In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency lowered its limits on air pollution. For most of Washington state, that wasn’t a problem. But the air in Pierce County was too polluted from wood stove smoke. The fine particulate from that smoke has been linked to asthma and heart attacks and high blood pressure.

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Air Pollution
5:46 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

EPA Says Idaho Must Clean Up The Air In The Silver Valley

The EPA has given Idaho notice that a corner of the Idaho panhandle isn't meeting stricter new air quality standards, one cause likely being wood-burning.
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The EPA has given the state of Idaho notice that a corner of the Idaho panhandle isn't meeting stricter new air quality standards. The agency intends to change that by forcing the state to reduce what are called “fine particulates” in the air.

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Air Pollution
5:52 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Higher Nitrate Air Pollution In Central Wash.

Researchers have found the source of an unusual pocket of air pollution in central Washington. Tiny particles from large agricultural operations mix with vehicle exhaust. That creates nitrate pollution.

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Air Pollution
6:25 am
Wed January 22, 2014

China Exporting More Than Just Goods To US

The goods produced in China and sold to the U.S. come at an environmental cost, according to a new study. Scientists are linking air pollution in the Western United States to China’s booming exports.

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Air Pollution
6:11 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Air Pollution Triggers Wood Stove Ban During Klamath Cold Snap

Wood stoves and fireplaces are one of the leading causes of fine particulate pollution.
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Twenty below zero. That was the record breaking low in Klamath Falls Oregon this weekend. And the temperature has stayed below freezing. But county health officials are urging people in town not to fire up their woodstoves. The cold front is also creating a pollution problem.

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Precision Castparts Defense
6:36 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Portland Manufacturer Challenges Its Ranking As Top Toxic Polluter

Portland-based manufacturer Precision Castparts is denouncing a recent study that ranked the company number one in the nation for toxic air pollution.

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7:02 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Portland-Based Manufacturer Tops List Of Toxic Polluters

The Portland-based manufacturing firm Precision Castparts Corporation is the number one toxic air polluter in the country in a new ranking released by the University of Massachusetts.

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Unhealthy Air
4:39 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Weather Conditions And Fine Particulate Matter Make Unhealthy Air

Unhealthy air quality conditions have led to temporary bans on wood-burning stoves and outdoor fires.
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Several areas in the Pacific Northwest are experiencing unhealthy air. Winter weather conditions have trapped air pollution near the ground.

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Microbial Hitchhikers
8:10 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Study: ‘Microbial Hitchhikers’ Ride The Wind From Asia To Northwest

Microbiologist David J. Smith stands atop Mt. Bachelor. Not visible are several thousand species of airborne microbes that he discovered travel across the Pacific Ocean.
Credit Photo courtesy University of Washington

Researchers have discovered something they didn’t expect in the air above an Oregon mountain: hundreds of tiny organisms from Asia. The study suggests the atmosphere is filled with life capable of traveling long distances. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Central Washington Wildfires
6:16 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Residents Report Central Washington Smells Like Smoke

Smoke billows from a lightning-sparked fire in the hills outside Wenatchee, Wash
Photo by user Teresia Flickr

The smell of smoke hangs in the air across much of central Washington Wednesday. At least four significant wildfires are burning around Wenatchee, making the skies hazy. Vicky Cibcki works at the Anjou Bakery near the town of Cashmere.

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