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NW Living
6:45 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Aging Mobile Homes Burden the Grid and Their Owners

Imagine spending half your monthly income on an electricity bill. That’s a reality for people in the Northwest who live in aging mobile homes. Drafty units built in the 1970s waste energy and can contribute to health problems.

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Oil Terminal Lease
5:57 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Vancouver Oil Terminal Lease Would Allow Exports

The Port of Vancouver has released copies of the lease agreement Port commissioners approved last week for a controversial oil terminal. EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita reports the lease does not restrict terminal developers from exporting oil overseas.

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Oil Terminal
7:01 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hundreds Protest Vancouver Oil Terminal

The rally and march, organized by Portland Rising Tide, drew marchers from as far away as Benton County, Oregon and Olympia, Washington, with concerns about a range of processing and transportation projects.
Credit April Baer

Hundreds of people came to Vancouver's waterfront Saturday for a sun-baked demonstration against the fossil fuel industry, and its projects in the Northwest. April Baer reports.

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Nuclear Power Inspection
4:04 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Feds Begin Special Inspection At Washington Nuclear Plant

Energy Northwest

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 3:52 pm

The federal agency that watches over the nuclear power industry is taking a close look at the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington this week. That’s because the plant had a problem with the cooling system for a room of important electrical equipment. It wasn’t properly maintained.

Energy Northwest self-reported the issue to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. NRC spokesman Victor Dricks says the public was never in any danger, because there were backup systems in place.

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Department of Energy
4:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Moniz Reshuffles Department Of Energy Management

The Obama Administration nominated Beth Robinson for the new undersecretary position.
Credit NASA

The head of the U.S. Department of Energy has decided to reshuffle the management of the agency. Those changes at the top may shift how cleanup gets done at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.

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Coal Plan Hearings
5:48 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Hundreds Turn Out For Hearing On Columbia River Coal Plan

Protest organizers held what they dubbed a "people's hearing" outside the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality meetings in Portland. Resident Mark Hill said the department is not looking at the bigger picture.
Credit Cassandra Profita

Coal opponents danced, waved banners and cheered Tuesday outside a Portland hearing about a proposed export terminal. It was a quieter scene inside the meetings in Eastern and Western Oregon, where officials heard hundreds of public comments.

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Canadian Oil Train
6:25 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Canadian Oil Train Tragedy Draws Attention To Rising Oil Train Traffic In Pacific Northwest

Aerial view of charred freight train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada. The photo was taken Sunday, a day after the train of crude oil derailed. As of Monday the death toll had reached 13 and about 50 people remained missing and unaccounted for.
Credit Transportation Safety Board of Canada

A train loaded with oil exploded in Eastern Canada over the weekend. There are 13 confirmed deaths and dozens more missing. The train was carrying oil from the massive Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota.

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Wind Power Batteries
6:41 am
Mon July 8, 2013

New Battery To Store Wind Energy Being Tested In Tri-Cities

A new battery power storage system that may provide some long term solutions to storing power from the electrical grid is being tested in the Tri-Cities. Steve Jackson reports.

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Hanford
5:38 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

EPA Fines Hanford For Improperly Handling Radioactive Waste

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 10:52 am

The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to pay $136,000 in fines for allegedly mishandling waste left over from plutonium production at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The penalty comes from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Department of Energy doesn’t agree with EPA's findings.

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Wind Farm Case
7:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Washington Supreme Court Hears Wind Farm Case

The Supreme Court of Washington Thursday heard arguments in a case about a controversial wind farm in the Columbia River Gorge. Then-Governor Chris Gregoire approved the project more than a year ago. Environmentalists say it will harm wildlife, recreation, and scenic views. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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