environment

Seattle Compost
6:05 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Seattle Considers Fining Residents For Failure To Compost

Seattle officials are proposing a new rule that would make curbside composting mandatory and enforceable.
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A growing number of cities in the Northwest – including Seattle and Portland – give residents the option of putting household food waste in a curbside compost bin. But in a push to boost recycling rates, the city of Seattle is rethinking the optional part.

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Oil Train Regulation
6:14 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

New Safety Rules Proposed To Curb Oil Train Fires

he U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a comprehensive set of rules in response to fiery crashes involving trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a comprehensive set of rules Wednesday in response to fiery crashes involving trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota.

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Oso Landslide
4:55 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Scientists Say Earlier Slide Set Up Oso Disaster

A small landslide in 2006 set the stage for the catastrophe that claimed 43 lives in Oso Wash. this past March.
Credit Dave Norman / Washington DNR

A small landslide in 2006 set the stage for the catastrophe that claimed 43 lives in Oso, Wash. this past March. A panel of scientists says that first slide left a loosely packed mass of debris suspended above the Steelhead Haven development and its neighbors.

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Climate Change
6:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Obama’s Climate Initiatives Include Mapping Technology

A 3-D map of the Olympic National Forest.
Credit Martin D. Adamiker / Wikimedia

Today President Obama announced several initiatives to help prepare for a warming climate. He said wildfires, heat waves and rising sea levels brought on by climate change threaten public safety.

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Wild Horse Removal
7:16 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year

The Bureau of Land Management plans to remove fewer wild horses from rangelands in the coming months.
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The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to capture and remove fewer wild horses from Western rangelands this summer. An agency statement blames budget constraints and already-full holding pens. Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

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Hanford Vapors
6:13 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Hanford Vapors: It's Still Difficult To Track Down The Fix

Handheld air monitors are used in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's tank farms to help keep workers safe. But a human nose can detect far less concentrated chemicals, than this high-tech machinery. It's one of the reasons tracking down the vapor problems at the tank farms is so hard.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

The federal government led a bus load of journalists to points across the Hanford nuclear site. Officials wanted to show off what they’re doing to keep workers safe from chemical vapors. Since the spring a run of workers have needed medical attention from vapor exposure. Correspondent Anna King was on the bus, and files this report.

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Wildfires
4:36 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Fire Season Starts Slowly In The Northwest, Nationally

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says so far this year the number of fires is down by nearly 30 percent, and the number of acres burned is down by about 60 percent compared to that 10 year average.
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The wildfire season is off a slow start in the U.S. and in the Northwest. Numbers from fire mangers show total fires and the number of acres burned are well below the 10 year average.

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says so far this year the number of fires is down by nearly 30 percent, and the number of acres burned is down by about 60 percent compared to the 10 year average.

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Salmon Lawsuit
6:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Federal Salmon Plan Heads Back To Courtroom

Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.
Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

It’s back to court for the federal government and salmon advocates. Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River and protect endangered salmon and steelhead. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Burl Poaching
4:16 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Redwood Burl Poaching Spreads To Oregon

Oregon Wild says it's spotted a burl theft in one of Oregon's redwood groves in the far southwest part of the state.
Credit Michael Schweppe / Wikimedia

Redwood burl poaching has long been an issue in the Redwood National Park in California. But now a conservation group says it’s spotted evidence of this type of tree damage in a national forest in Oregon.

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Klamath Basin Refuges
7:41 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Not Much Refuge In Klamath Basin For Migratory Birds

Wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin often feature a mixture of commercial agriculture and what remains of the historic wetlands.
Credit EarthFix

A prolonged drought is putting pressure on water supplies for the Klamath Basin’s wildlife refuges.

EarthFix’s Devan Schwartz reports on how the nation’s original waterfowl refuge may be too dry this summer to provide a stopover for millions of migratory birds.

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