4:58 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Polluting Grain Facility In E. Wash. Proposed For Superfund Cleanup

Stock photo of a grain facility.
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A grain handling facility in Eastern Washington has been leaking chemicals into the only source of drinking water for a local school district. The Environmental Protection Agency now wants to add it to the Superfund list of hazardous waste cleanup projects.

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Small Oil Spills
7:49 am
Thu March 19, 2015

'Small' Oil Spills Can Add Up To Big Costs

Oiled mallard ducks recuperate in cribs inside heated tents after a Sunnyside oil spill.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest News Network

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Small Nuclear Reactors
7:19 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Why The Nuclear Energy World Is Thinking Small

The control room simulator at NuScale Power.
Credit Jes Burns / EarthFix

In the world of nuclear power, one technology is generating debate: factory-produced reactors that are no bigger than a house.

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Climate Change
6:09 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

How Ocean Acidification May Harm The Northwest Economy

Research has found the Pacific Northwest faces risk because of ocean acidification caused by cold ocean water that readily absorbs carbon dioxide.
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A new study has found the Pacific Northwest faces a higher risk of economic harm from ocean acidification than other parts of the country.

When excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is absorbed into the ocean, it triggers changes in ocean chemistry that makes it harder for mollusks to build shells.

The study is the first to look at which regions are most vulnerable to the damage acidic water can do to shellfish.

George Waldbusser of Oregon State University is a co-author of the study.

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Wildlife Preservation
7:27 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Heed Those 'Closed Trail' Signs If You Want To Help Wildlife

Mule deer roam in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
Credit EarthFix

Bluebird skies, warming temperatures, and snow-free terrain might have you itching to hike your favorite trail.

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Carbon Emissions
5:25 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Oregon Senate Votes To Extend Low-Carbon Fuels Despite Link To Ethics Scandal

Senate Bill 324 would ultimately would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 10 percent over a decade.
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The Oregon Senate voted Tuesday to extend the state's low-carbon fuel program. The decision came despite objections from Republicans that the plan is tainted by the ethics scandal surrounding Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes.

Senate Bill 324 would lift the 2015 sunset on Oregon's low-carbon fuel program. That would ultimately would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 10 percent over a decade.

But the plan has gotten caught up in a swarm of accusations of influence peddling in the governor's office.

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Gas Terminal
5:03 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Opponents Ask Portland To Stop Proposed Propane Export Terminal

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Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday for a hearing on a controversial propane export terminal proposed at the Port of Portland.

The Canadian company Pembina plans to transport more than a million gallons of liquid propane by train each day to a terminal on the Columbia River. The fuel would be stored in tanks and piped onto export ships bound for Asia. But the company needs approval from the city of Portland to run a pipeline across an environmental zone.

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Coal Terminal Dispute
7:23 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Northwestern Washington Tribe Calls On Feds To Halt Coal Terminal Permit Review

Two members of the Lummi Nation harvesting crab from Puget Sound. The tribe is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt the review of a coal terminal.
Credit Katie Campbell / KCTS9

The Lummi Nation of Northwestern Washington sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers Monday.

It called on the Corps to halt the permitting process for the Gateway Pacific Terminal. The terminal would be located near Bellingham and would transport up to 48 million tons of coal to Asia by ship each year.

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Environmental DNA
6:43 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Science Fiction Becomes Reality For Species Surveys

Postdoc researcher Jimmy O'Donnell at the UW lab bench where he processes eDNA samples.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Imagine how cool it would be to detect rare or invasive species, study biodiversity or to estimate fish abundance with just a scoop of air or a dip of water. It'd be like science fiction come true. Well, science fiction is indeed becoming reality through a new sampling technology called environmental DNA.

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Road De-Icing
6:53 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Road De-Icing Researchers Say Hold The Salt, Pass The Vodka By-Product

Salt helps melt ice on roads, but it also has adverse effects on the environment.
Credit Sgt. Jorge Intriago / U.S. Air National Guard

The search is on to find an alternative to salting the roads in winter. Salt helps melt the ice, but it also builds up in stream beds and drinking water.

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