environment

Oregon Phasing Out Gillnetting
5:40 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Oregon Moving Ahead With Phase-Out Of Gillnetting

A measure that could ban commercial gillnet fishing has qualified for the November ballot.
Daily Inter Lake FWS

Oregon is moving ahead with a proposed phase-out of commercial gillnetting along the Columbia River. A state fish and wildlife panel Tuesday gave the initial go-ahead to the proposal made by Gov. John Kitzhaber. The action comes as the governor tries to head off a more restrictive ballot measure.

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Tiadl Energy
6:08 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Puget Sound Tidal Energy Project Challenged

The Washington coast is home to some of the strongest tidal currents in the country. Some want to harness those tides for power. Ashley Ahearn reports a proposed tidal power facility in Puget Sound is running into some trouble.

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Refrigerant Leak
6:01 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Icicle Seafood Company Fined Over Release Of Ozone-Depleting Refrigerant

A Seattle-based seafood company has been fined 430,000 dollars for violations of the Clean Air Act. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

Icicle Seafoods harvests and sells salmon, crab Pollock and other fish from the waters of the Northwest and Alaska. And one of the key components of catching fish and bringing them to market – is refrigerant.

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Earthquake Risk
5:54 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Earthquake Study Raises Risk Potential Around Central Washington Dams

Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Central Washington was considered at low risk for earthquakes back when big hydropower dams went up on the Columbia River many decades ago. But a recently completed seismic hazard assessment has found greater earthquake potential for the area than previously thought. Now the dam owners have to figure out how to respond. Seismic retrofits could cost ratepayers across the region hundreds of millions of dollars. Correspondent Tom Banse has this exclusive report.

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Cougar Hunting Controversy
6:05 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

California Cougar Hunt Controversy 'Ridiculous' In Eyes Of Idaho Hunters

This photo of Dan Richards, the former California Fish and Game Commission president, appeared in Western Outdoor News.
Western Outdoor News

A controversy over a California wildlife official has Idaho hunters shaking their heads. The California Fish and Game commission stripped its president of his title for hunting a cougar in Idaho – which is legal in the Gem State, but not in California.

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Willamette Pollution
5:57 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Willamette Pollution Riles Environmentalists

Polluted water in the Willamette River turns brown.
Photo by Vince Patton Northwest News Network

The Willamette Riverkeeper is threatening to sue two pulp mills in the Willamette Valley for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act. OPB’s Vince Patton was paddling with the Riverkeeper director when the water suddenly turned dark brown.

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Citizen Science
6:36 am
Wed August 8, 2012

"Citizen Science" Gains Momentum In Northwest And Nationally

Joan Rupp of Tacoma counts and records bird sightings outside her living room window as part of Project FeederWatch.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Public participation in scientific research is mushrooming in the Northwest and across the country. The trend is called "citizen science." It can take the form of volunteer monitoring and data collection, or crowd-sourced science, or science education with a research component. One sign the movement is gaining acceptance and credibility: It's a big topic of discussion at a science conference in Portland this week. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Tsunami Debris Cleanup
6:06 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Tsunami Debris Cleanup Costs Mounting

This refrigerator with Japanese labels was found on Long Beach on July 5.
Shelly Pollock

The costs of cleaning up Japanese tsunami debris along Northwest coasts are adding up. Oregon says it's reached the half-million dollar mark. And officials say debris is now being spotted in unexpected places.

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Wastewater Heat
6:12 am
Fri August 3, 2012

King County Opens The Door For Heat Energy From Wastewater

This sewage pipe was installed in 1905 near Discovery Park. King County wants to partner with the private sector to harness the heat energy from wastewater for use in buildings.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn Northwest News Network

The Department of Energy estimates that 350 billion KWH of energy are flushed down drains in the form of heated water. King County is one of the first counties in the nation to try to do something about all that wasted heat energy. EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Hanford's "Black Cells"
4:17 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Energy Secretary, Experts Take Closer Look At Hanford's Black Cells

A new research panel, which includes Secretary Steven Chu himself, is aimed at ensuring problems inside "black cells" can be detected and fixed.
Department of Energy

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s so-called “black cells” are getting another look from a new high-level group of experts. The announcement today from the U.S. Department of Energy comes just as the southeast Washington nuclear site implements new safety standards for non-radioactive risks.

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