Columbia River

Cross-Border Pollution Case
5:15 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Judge To Consider Cross-Border Columbia River Pollution Case

A lead and zinc smelter in Trail, British Columbia, dumped millions of tons of refining waste into the Columbia River between 1896 and 1995.
kootenayvolcano Flickr

Wednesday, a federal judge in Yakima will consider a long-running case about cross border pollution in the Columbia River. The Colville Tribes and the state of Washington are trying to force cleanup of heavy metals dumped in the river for nearly a hundred years by a Canadian smelter.

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Oil Spill Readiness
4:29 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Columbia River Spill Comes During Series Of Oil Spill Readiness Hearings

Just as Washington environmental regulators finish up a series of meetings on oil spill readiness, a half-mile sheen appeared on the Columbia River near Longview. Contractors quickly contained the diesel spill this week. It's one of about 1,800 spills in Oregon and Washington each year.

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Columbia River Crossing Project
4:18 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

President Obama Expedites Columbia River Crossing

President Obama has announced that the Columbia River Crossing -- and three other infrastructure projects around the nation -- will be expedited.

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Oregon Phasing Out Gillnetting
5:40 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Oregon Moving Ahead With Phase-Out Of Gillnetting

A measure that could ban commercial gillnet fishing has qualified for the November ballot.
Daily Inter Lake FWS

Oregon is moving ahead with a proposed phase-out of commercial gillnetting along the Columbia River. A state fish and wildlife panel Tuesday gave the initial go-ahead to the proposal made by Gov. John Kitzhaber. The action comes as the governor tries to head off a more restrictive ballot measure.

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Washington Coal Terminals
5:53 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Columbia River Towns May Team Up To Export Coal

Only one of the Northwest’s various coal export proposals would rely on two different ports. That has residents in a pair of Columbia River towns in wondering if coal will be good for their communities. EarthFix reporter Courtney Flatt has the first part of our story in Boardman.

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Spring Salmon Numbers
6:05 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Spring Chinook Numbers Lower Than Expected

The salmon run on the Columbia River this spring was not as strong as expected.
Riccardo Rossi Wikimedia Commons

You might remember predictions of really high spring Chinook runs this year. But, turns outs, after spring salmon runs wrapped up, the numbers were not as high as everyone had hoped.

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Columbia River Contaminants
5:41 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

'Personal Care Products,' Pharmaceutical Toxics Found In Columbia River

The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River near the west end of the Columbia River Gorge.
Photo courtesy of USGS

Giant smoke stacks and industrial dump sites are no longer the only water quality problem on the Columbia River. a recent study has found that our day to day life has a major impact as well.

U.S. Geological Survey researchers looked at nine cities along the river, from Wenatchee to Longview, Wash. They detected hundreds of contaminants flowing from wastewater treatment plants and stormwater runoff.

Hydrologist Jennifer Morace says the toxic contaminants included things like shampoo and pharmaceuticals.

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Columbia River Sewage Spill
4:12 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

1.2 Million Gallons Of Sewage Spills Into Columbia From Broken B.C. Pipe

Map indicating the site of the sewage leak.
Northwest News Network

A pipe failure on Monday in British Columbia has released an estimated 1.2 million gallons of raw sewage into the Columbia River. Emergency crews from the British Columbia Ministry of Environment stopped the flow  Tuesday afternoon.

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Gas Pipeline
6:30 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Natural Gas Pipeline For Hanford Plant May Go Under Columbia River

Warning sign at entry to Hanford Site, Washington
Wikimedia user: TobinFricke Wikimedia Commons

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy is starting work on a plan to build a 30-mile natural gas pipeline to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant. The announcement Monday includes few details but the pipeline would likely go under the Columbia River.

Hanford’s waste treatment plant is going to need a lot of power. After all, its purpose is to mix radioactive sludge with glass material to form molten liquid. That brew, once cooled, would form huge glass logs for long-term storage.

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Nuclear Waste
11:32 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Hanford Waste Tanks May Have More Plutonium Than Earlier Estimated

Workers at the Hanford Tank Farm
Hanford.gov U.S. Department of Energy

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s tank farms in southeast Washington may have much more plutonium than earlier estimated. That’s according to a report by a Hanford contractor that’s just been leaked to public radio. As Anna King reports, At least one high-level Hanford official worries the findings could mean a massive waste treatment plant’s design might need to be altered.

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