environment

Cleaning Up Hanford
6:39 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Gregoire Says Energy Secretary Chu 'Committed' To Hanford Work

Wash. Gov. Chris Gregoire says U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, shown here, told her last week that he’s spending 10 hours a week personally dealing with Hanford’s major issues.
Dept. of Energy

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says she’s hoping the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s personal attention to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation can avert a lawsuit over cleanup delays there. She made the comments today after a speech about Hanford in the Tri-Cities in southeast Washington.

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Firefighter Charged With Starting Fire
4:15 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Idaho Firefighter Charged With Starting Karney Fire Near Boise

Nathaniel Bartholomew is charged with setting the Karney fire in Idaho.
Ada County Sheriff's Department

An 18-year-old volunteer firefighter is charged with setting a Monday fire that’s threatening homes about 20 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho.

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Relief From Wildfires
4:09 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Fire Officials Look To Fall Weather For Respite

There have been more than 1,000 separate forest fires in Idaho this year.
Salmon-Challis National Forest

Idaho’s forest fires have claimed 1.5 million acres this year, from more than 1,000 separate fires.

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Clean Water Act
6:35 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Clean Water: The Next Act - Emerging Contaminants Feminizing Puget Sound Fish

At NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle Denis da Silva analyzes bile taken from English sole to detect endocrine disrupting chemicals like Bisphenol A and synthetic estrogens from birth control pills.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn EarthFix

When the Clean Water Act was created 40 years ago rivers were on fire and raw sewage was spilling into some waterways. The Act has accomplished a lot over the years - reining in the largest industrial polluters and improving water quality, overall.

But there are some emerging contaminants the Clean Water Act was never designed to control, and they are affecting the environment in new and different ways. Ashley Ahearn has the latest installment in our ongoing EarthFix series “Clean Water: The Next Act."

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Yakima Basin Plan
6:27 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Yakima Basin Plan Could Flood Shoreline Community

Central Washington's Bumping Lake.
Photo by Courtney Flatt EarthFix

A plan to manage central Washington’s water is not sitting well with some cabin owners. The water plan aims to enlarge a lake that would flood a small, shoreline community. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt takes a look at how environmental planners balance the wish of some against the need of many.

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Portland Fluoridation
5:05 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Fluoridation On Tap For Portland City Council

Photo Credit: Stuart Seeger/Wiki Commons

Wednesday the Portland City Council is expected to pass an ordinance to add fluoride to the municipal water system. Anti-fluoridation groups have been outspoken in their opposition to the move but Mayor Sam Adams and two commissioners have already voiced their support, ensuring a majority on the five-member panel.

Kimberly Kaminski is Director of "Clean Water Portland." Her group opposes adding fluoride to city water supplies.

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People for Puget Sound
6:55 am
Wed September 12, 2012

People For Puget Sound Is Shutting Its Doors

Photo Credit: John Ryan

One of Washington's largest environmental groups is shutting down. People for Puget Sound announced it will close its doors at the end of the month.

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Elk Hoof Disease
6:50 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Unexplained Hoof Disease Spreads Quickly in Southwest Washington Elk

Biologists are asking for help gathering clues about a hoof disease affecting elk in southwest Washington. They say the disease is severe and spreading quickly. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix has the story.

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Gillnet Ban
6:43 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Tribes Oppose Oregon Measure to Ban Gillnetting

Columbia River Indian tribes are opposing a ballot measure that would ban commercial gillnet fishing in Oregon. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Puget Sound Quality
6:40 am
Fri September 7, 2012

New Report Details Water Quality In Puget Sound

An aerial view of Puget Sound, seen off the Seattle coast.
Photo by Dcoetzee Wikimedia Commons

A new report released Thursday brings together the best data on the environmental health of Puget Sound. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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