environment

Leaky Tank At Hanford
6:01 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Hanford Managers Mull Solutions For Leaky Tanks

Workers empty a radioactive waste tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Washington River Protection Solutions

Some of the decisions made over the last 40 years at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are coming back to haunt the site’s current managers. A new report out this week examined why a double-hulled tank of radioactive waste recently sprung a leak in its inner shell. That has raised the possibility of having to pump out the waste from the tank.

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Idaho Wolf Trapping
7:13 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Idaho Opens Wolf Trapping Season

Photo of a wolf.
Credit Photo Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife

The gray wolf remains on state endangered species lists in Oregon and Washington. But in Idaho, the state opens wolf trapping season Thursday Nov. 15. In fact, Idaho plans to offer more tags than last year.

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Hanford Tank Leak
7:07 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Preparing For The Worst; Hanford Officials Deal With Leaking Tank

Now to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. Workers are readying pumping equipment at a slow-leaking radioactive waste tank in case the leak gets worse. A newly released report details why the tank became unstable.

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Pollution Battle
6:57 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Rancher Brings Pollution Battle To WA Supreme Court

Photo of cattle.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments today Tuesday that will decide how much control environmental regulators have over runoff pollution.

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New White Salmon River
6:51 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Paddlers Explore Lower White Salmon River, Blocked For 100 Years

Photo of a salmon swimming upstream.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Last week, power company PacifiCorp quietly announced it had finished removing the Condit dam in southwest Washington. It’s the second largest dam removal ever in the United States, and it’s revealed a stretch of the White Salmon River that was lost for 100 years.

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New Washington River
6:40 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Undammed White Salmon River Opens To Paddlers

Photo of the Condit Dam before it was blown up.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A new stretch of whitewater opened this month on the White Salmon River in Southwest Washington. It’s a river that used to be blocked by the Condit Dam.

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Northwest Coal Export
6:19 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Coal Export Opponents Seek Broader Environmental Impact Study

Photo of a coal conveyor.
Credit Photo Credit: Richard Webb/Wikimedia Commons

Government regulators want to know how exporting coal from Northwest ports could affect the environment. They are looking at several projects individually. A lot of people want them to conduct one big study. They want to know how the entire region would be affected if all the coal export terminals are built.

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Hanford's Waste Treatment
5:13 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

New Science Teams To Tackle Hanford Plant's Vexing Challenges

The Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, or vit plant, located on the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford site is a 65-acre complex.
Credit Bechtel National, Inc.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu is bolstering the scientific brain power at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant. A memo released to employees Thursday says the aim is to solve nagging technical problems at the plant more quickly.

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Northwest Coal Export
6:32 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Coal Export Meeting Underway in Washington And Oregon

Photo of a coal mine.
Credit Photo Credit: James Allan/Wikimedia Commons

Public officials are considering permits for coal export terminals in the Northwest.

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Idaho Hunting Laws
9:24 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Idaho Right To Hunt Amendment Passes With Mixed Feelings

Photo of hunting trap.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Idaho voters Tuesday passed an amendment that adds the right to hunt, fish and trap to the state constitution.

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