Environment and Planning

Hanford Management
4:47 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Management Change For Hanford Treatment Plant

Kevin Smith is set to become the new Manager of the Office of River Protection.
Credit U.S. Dept. of Energy

A Hanford watchdog group is concerned with what it calls a “revolving door” for top managers at the nuclear site in southeast Washington.

Read more
'Megaload' Transportation
5:21 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

New 'Megaload' To Travel Idaho Scenic Route

U.S. 12, between Lewiston and the Forest Service Boundary in North Central Idaho.

A 260-ton piece of equipment is winding its way through the inland Northwest this week. The Idaho Department of Transportation gave the green light to a shipper moving water purification equipment into Canada.

Read more
New Seattle Arena
5:37 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Arena Deal Gets Nod From King County, Seattle City Councils

A view of Century Link Field and Safeco Field in Sodo.
Jason Baker

The King County Council and Seattle City Council both gave the go-ahead for an agreement to build a new professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle. Meantime the Union that represents Longshore workers plans to file a lawsuit to stop it.

Read more
Hanford Case Dismissed
4:18 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Judge Dismisses Hanford Whistleblower Case

Walt Tamosaitis blew the whistle on the U.S. Department of Energy’s waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington.
Anna King Northwest News Network

A federal judge this week dismissed a lawsuit by a high-level whistleblower against a contractor at the Hanford nuclear site. A former manager there had voiced safety concerns about the design of a plant meant to treat millions of gallons of radioactive waste.

Read more
Climate Lawsuit
5:05 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Teen Climate Lawsuit Goes To Oregon Court Of Appeals

The Oregon Court of Appeals has agreed to hear a climate change lawsuit brought by two teens from Eugene.

One of the two plaintiffs, 16-year old Kelsey Juliana, is featured in a recent short film--

Kelsey Juliana: "Climate change is affecting Oregon because we're seeing droughts, we're seeing warmer temperatures and also we're seeing more fires."

Read more
Hanford Cleanup
4:58 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Report: Hanford Unprepared For Early Start On Cleanup

Hanford Waste Treatment Plan's Pretreatment Facility as seen from the center of the construction site.
U.S. Department of Energy

A new report says plans to get an early start at cleaning up some radioactive waste at Hanford may not work the way managers envisioned. The document is the latest criticism of a project to treat waste at the southeast Washington nuclear site.

Read more
Statewide Burn Ban
4:42 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Burn Ban Extended In Washington

A statewide burn ban has been extended through mid-October due to the long stretch of unusually dry weather. Washington had no measurable rain in August, and September was the third driest on record.

Read more
Mountain Lion In Boise
4:47 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Time May Be Running Out For Boise Mountain Lion

Boise continues to deal with the presence of a mountain lion. A police officer spotted the animal in the city Friday morning.  It was the fourth cougar sighting in the area this week. Today’s sighting was the first by law enforcement. It was consistent with others in that it occurred near the Boise River.

Read more
Safety At Hanford
4:00 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Flammable Gas In Hanford Waste Tanks Concerns Nuclear Watchdog

Tanks at the Hanford site.
U.S. Dept. of Energy

A federal nuclear watchdog is pushing Hanford managers to come up with a fix for flammable gas that may be building up in underground waste tanks. This is the latest round of criticism of the nuclear reservation in southeast Washington.

Read more
Fish Interbreeding Study
4:23 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Study Suggests Hatchery Fish Don't Harm Native Fish Stock

A new study out today suggests hatchery fish don't necessarily have a negative impact on wild fish when the two interbreed.

Read more