environment

Columbia Sea Lions
5:19 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Federal Judge OK’s Killing of Sea Lions in Columbia River

SEATTLE - A federal judge ruled Thursday that Washington and Oregon can resume killing sea lions on the lower Colombia River at the Bonneville Dam.

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Wind Power Record
5:40 am
Thu March 22, 2012

BPA Wind Power Sets New Record

Wind farms like this one in California are a growing part of Northwest energy production.
Photo by James McCauley Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – Wind farms have generated a record-breaking amount of power this month. As correspondent Courtney Flatt reports, the Bonneville Power Administration is hoping to avoid over-generation problems that happened last spring.

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Hanford
6:22 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Hanford Waste Plant’s Vessels May Have To Be Redesigned Says Top-Level U.S. Energy Official

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Parts of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s massive waste treatment plant may have to be redesigned. That’s according to testimony Wednesday in Washington, D.C. by a top level manager for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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EPA Lawsuit
4:10 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

North Idaho Couple Celebrates Court Victory

Chantell and Mike Sackett say the EPA violated their right to due process when it said they were building a house on a wetland and ordered them to restore the land.
Photo Credit: Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A north Idaho couple is celebrating a major legal victory at the nation's highest court. Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Mike and Chantell Sackett have the right to challenge a decision by federal regulators that their property is a protected wetland.

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Hanford Cleanup
8:00 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Hanford’s Work With Robotic Arm Slow And Halting At Tank Farms

Washington River Protection Solutions workers cover a broken tank farm pump with yellow plastic to shield the radiation. The pump is part of the MARS operating system that’s been shut down since last December at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – At the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington, the race is on to clean up radioactive sludge buried in aging underground tanks. Some of that waste has already leaked into the soil not far from the Columbia River. But attempts to use high-tech robotics to hose out waste tanks haven't gone as planned. And an important federal cleanup deadline is fast approaching. Correspondent Anna King visited one Hanford tank farm to see what’s causing the delays.

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Bellingham Export Terminal
5:34 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Review Process Kicks Off For Gateway Pacific Terminal In Bellingham

Some protestors wore gas masks in opposition to a proposed bulk export terminal in Bellingham.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn Northwest News Network

BELLINGHAM -- SSA Marine has submitted a permit application to build a bulk export terminal in Bellingham.

If approved, the terminal will be large enough to handle up to 54 million metric tons per year.

That could include wheat and grains but the majority will be coal. It will be delivered by train from mines in Wyoming and Montana – and then shipped out of Washington to Asian markets.

Ashley

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Navy Sonar Testing
3:33 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Navy Looks To Renew Permits for Sonar Testing In The Northwest

Naval Aviation Electronics Technician performing a sonar test.
Photo courtesy of US Navy 2008

Right now the Navy is allowed to use sonar for testing and training exercises off the Northwest coast and down to Northern California. There is evidence that using sonar may interfere with marine mammal behavior – and even damage hearing and cause stranding. But the Navy’s use of sonar could change if it doesn’t get its permits renewed by 2015.

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Electric Vehicles
5:24 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Interstate 5 Will Soon Be An Electric Highway

Washington's Secretary of Transporation Paula Hammond and Commerce Secretary Rogers Weed with one of electric vehicle charging stations.
Photo Source: Washington State Department of Transportation

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- It’s getting easier to take an electric car on a Northwest road-trip. As Amelia Templeton reports, I-5 is going electric.

There’s a Chevron station just off of I-5 in Central Point, Oregon. You can buy gas here. Its more than 4 dollars a gallon. Or you can plug in an electric car for free, and charge it in about 20 minutes. The Oregon Department of Transportation has just opened 8 charging stations like this one in Southern Oregon.

Neal Appleton brought his Nissan Leaf.

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Oregon Water Quality
5:15 am
Mon March 19, 2012

EPA Gives Oregon Water Report A Mixed Review

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon’s 2010 water quality report has earned a mixed review from the U.S. EPA.

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Rising Sea Levels
4:57 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Study: 17,500 NW Homes In Harm's Way From Rising Seas

Hey, where'd the beach go? "King tide" in Victoria, BC dramatizes a possible future.
Photo Credit: elaen_anit, Flickr Northwest News Network

Seventeen and a half thousand. That's how many Oregon and Washington homes could be inundated by rising seas caused by global warming over the next century. The number comes out a study by the research non-profit Climate Central and the University of Arizona.

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