environment

Arctic Drilling
6:44 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Another Setback For Shell’s Arctic Drilling Plans

The Kulluk under tow in January after running aground near Kodiak, Alaska.
Credit Northwest News Network

Another costly setback for Shell Oil and its efforts to drill in the Arctic Ocean: Shell needs to send its beleaguered oil rigs to Asia for major repairs, instead of to Seattle as planned. KUOW’s John Ryan reports.

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Natural Gas Exports
6:40 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Wyden Leads Sharp Debate Over Natural Gas Export

Should the U.S. export its abundant supply of shale gas? Oregon Senator Ron Wyden tackled that question in a hearing today. It’s his first since he took over chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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Secretary of Interior
6:44 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Obama Taps 'Climate Expert' CEO Of REI To Head Interior

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and President Barack Obama introducing Sally Jewell of REI.
Credit Photo courtesy Whitehouse.gov

President Barack Obama has nominated the head of retail chain REI to lead the U.S. Interior Department. Fifty-six-year-old Sally Jewell is the chief executive at REI in Kent, Washington, and a resident of Seattle.

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LINE Report
6:33 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Idaho Nuclear Task Force Issues Final Report

LINE Commission Chairman Jeff Sayer explaining the recommendations to Idaho lawmakers Wednesday.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

The Idaho nuclear task force presented its final report to lawmakers Wednesday afternoon. It’s raising concerns from environmentalists who say it leaves the door open to transporting radioactive material into the state.

Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz has more.

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Pesticide Lawsuit
5:54 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Environmental Groups Seek Ban of Common Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

The 9th circuit court of appeals will hear arguments Monday in Seattle in a pesticide lawsuit. Three environmental groups want to force the Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide used on some Northwest crops. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix Reports.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions
5:26 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Gonzaga University Pledges Zero Emissions As 'Moral Imperative'

Brian Henning is a philosophy professor at Gonzaga and co-chairs the school’s Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Leaders at Gonzaga University are asking "What Would Jesus Do" about climate change? The Jesuit school has adopted a plan for zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.

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Crude Oil Exports
6:33 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Northwest On Verge Of Becoming Pacific Crude Oil Gateway

Westway Terminals VP Robbie Johnson and regional manager Ken Shoemake discuss the proposed expansion of this Aberdeen facility to receive crude oil by rail and transfer it to oil tankers or barges.
Credit Photo by Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The Northwest is on the verge of becoming a gateway for crude oil. Three different developers have plans to use docks on Grays Harbor, Washington to transfer crude oil from trains to ships. Other projects are getting off the ground in Tacoma, Vancouver, BC and on the lower Columbia River. There was a huge turnout Wednesday night at an introductory public workshop in Aberdeen, Washington. Correspondent Tom Banse reports the response indicates crude-by-rail may be the region’s next big environmental controversy.

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Idaho Water Quality
6:27 am
Thu January 31, 2013

How Much Fish You Eat Determines Water Quality In Idaho

How much fish do you eat every week? That’s a question Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality wants to answer. As Samantha Wright reports, the agency has asked state lawmakers for funding to study that question.

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Tidal Power
6:54 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Tidal Power Project In Puget Sound One Step Closer To Approval

A proposal to generate power from Puget Sound tides moved one step closer to approval with the release of a new government review. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:32 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Recent Reports Spur Controversy Over Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant

A view of the 65-acre Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Project on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Energy

News out of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation can sometimes sound like just one critical report after another. In fact, last week a federal watchdog agency said Hanford’s massive waste treatment plant is in jeopardy. Several developments lately have intensified the debate over this question: Should a massive federal waste treatment plant move ahead or stop to fix its nagging technical problems? Correspondent Anna King has more.

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