Environment

Oregon Coal Transport
6:24 am
Wed December 5, 2012

First Morrow Pacific Meeting Kicks Off

Coal Train in Finland.
Credit Photo Credit: Antti Leppänen/Wikimedia Commons

A series of public meetings about a proposed coal export terminal kicked off last night [Tuesday] in Boardman, Oregon.

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Oil Trains In Northwest
6:09 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Oil Trains On The Rise In The Northwest

Photo of an oil train in Nenana, Alaska.
Credit Photo Credit: Carl Chapman/Wikimedia Commons

Regulators in the region are weighing the potential impacts of trains full of coal moving along the Columbia River and the shores of Puget Sound. Meanwhile, trains full of Oil are quietly on the rise.

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Logging Road Laws
6:40 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Supreme Court: EPA Rule Could Make Logging Road Case Moot 


The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case from Oregon over water pollution from logging roads. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports a last minute rule change may have made the case moot.

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Electric Buses
6:56 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Federal Grant Money Pays For Battery Electric Transit Buses

Link Transit has deployed this battery-electric trolley bus on downtown circulator routes.
Credit Photo courtesy Link Transit

In the last couple years, you've seen mass-produced, 100 percent electric cars take to the streets in the Northwest. In the same vein, now come the first battery powered buses. And we're not talking about trolley buses that get juice from overhead wires, as correspondent Tom Banse explains.

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Coal Terminal
6:39 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Public Meetings On Coal Exports Heat Up In Northwestern Washington

The environmental review process for the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast is underway. Public meetings are being held around the state to get feedback from citizens. EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn was at the most recent hearing in Ferndale, Washington, which took place Thursday night.

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Northwest Shellfish
6:33 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Ocean Acidification Takes Toll On Northwest Shellfish

Oyster's being harvested.
Credit Photo Credit: Peter Gugerell/Wikimedia Commons

Governor Chris Gregoire has just released a long awaited report on ocean acidification.

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Juniper Lumber
6:20 am
Wed November 21, 2012

How Creating a Market For Juniper Could Help Oregon’s High Desert

Juniper growing in a desert.
Credit Photo courtesy Creative Commons

You can stroll into any Home Depot in the northwest and walk out with a load of pine, fir, cedar, or maple lumber.

Ask for juniper, and you’ll probably get a blank look. But that may change. Juniper trees have overpopulated in eastern Oregon, and scientist say they are sucking the high desert dry.

A group of environmental entrepreneurs thinks the best way to restore the desert is by creating a commercial market for juniper. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix Reports.

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Klamath Water Rights
6:13 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Klamath Tribes and Farmers Consider Extending Water Agreement

A major water rights agreement in the Klamath Basin is set to expire in December 31st. Amelia Templeton from our EarthFix team reports that farmers, tribes, and power company PacifiCorp are getting behind an extension.

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Nuclear Energy
6:09 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Idaho LINE Commission Delays Recommendation

An Idaho task force is delaying its release of a draft proposal on ways to strengthen the state’s nuclear energy industry. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz was at the task force meeting Friday in Moscow and has the latest.

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Pudget Sound Pollution
6:22 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Puget Sound Ports Curb Emissions

Photo of a Washington State ferry in the Puget Sound.
Credit Photo Credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

Air pollution from the major shipping ports in Puget Sound has decreased, according to a new report released Tuesday.

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