environment

Northwest News
6:13 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Stormwater Called The "Single Largest Contributor To Urban Pollution

Close up of a storm drain.
Photo Credit: Ashley Ahearn

Human beings are really good at paving stuff. Such as parking lots and roads.  Our development patterns have very real effects on water quality.

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Natural Gas Exports
6:12 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Natural Gas: Keep It Here Or Export? Debate Comes To The Northwest

Portland attorney Robert Lorey (left) and Astoria marine biologist Dave Lillis protest natural gas exports outside the Warrenton Community Center
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Natural gas production in North America has increased so dramatically that no fewer than 17 companies have now applied to export the fuel overseas. Two gas export terminals are proposed in the Northwest - one near Coos Bay, Oregon, and the other at the Port of Astoria. This week, federal energy regulators are getting an earful of public testimony. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on the possible effects all this could have on the price you pay for natural gas.

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Natural Gas Exports
6:06 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Hearing On Natural Gas Exports Turns Raucous

The prospect of coal exports has stirred controversy in the Northwest this year. But near Astoria last night, it was natural gas exports that drew a capacity crowd. Correspondent Tom Banse reports what happened when federal regulators invited comment on a proposed natural gas export terminal at the mouth of the Columbia River.

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Stellar Sea Lions
6:02 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Sea Lions At Bonneville Dam Ate Estimated 2500 Sturgeon

Biologists say the sea lions that scoop up fish at the foot of Bonneville dam on the Columbia river have killed more sturgeon this year than salmon. Amelia Templeton reports.

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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.

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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.

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Energy Efficient TV
6:27 am
Thu October 11, 2012

"Are You Fan Enough" Campaign Promotes Energy Efficiency

These stickers point out TV's that use the least amount of power. If everyone purchased these TV's the energy saved could power 290,000 homes every year.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

An alliance of Northwest power utilities kicked off a campaign this month to curb energy use by college football fans. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz has more.

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Washington Wildfires
6:11 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Fire In Western Wash. Raises Fears For Spawning Salmon

A fire that burned roughly 250 acres in Mason County last week has been put out. Now biologists are concerned about the potential impacts on local salmon runs. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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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."

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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.

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