environment

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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Statewide Burn Ban
4:42 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Burn Ban Extended In Washington

A statewide burn ban has been extended through mid-October due to the long stretch of unusually dry weather. Washington had no measurable rain in August, and September was the third driest on record.

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Wash. Wolf Pack Kill
6:13 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Differing Ideas Offered To Avoid A Repeat Of Washington Wolf Pack Kill

Courtesy of USFW Services

The director of Washington's Fish and Wildlife Department Friday said he hopes never again to have to order the killing of an entire wolf pack, as happened last month. In Olympia Friday, cattlemen and wolf lovers offered the agency radically different ideas for how to avoid a repeat.

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