environment

Sea Lion Killing
4:27 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Death Penalty Returns For Bonneville Sea Lions

California sea lion feasts on a salmon.
Photo courtesy of CRITFC Northwest News Network

The federal government has reauthorized the death penalty for the most troublesome California sea lions which congregate at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.

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Wolf Conservation Appeal
5:10 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Whats Next for Wolves After Court Decision

BOISE - The wolf hunt in Idaho will continue through June in part of the state. That’s because the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld Congress’s decision to strip federal protection for wolves in Idaho and Montana. Aaron Kunz has reaction to the decision.

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Umatilla Depot Closing
4:25 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Umatilla Chemical Depot Employees, Nearby Communities, Celebrate Its End

A chemical operations crew from the Umatilla Chemical Depot separate rocket motor and warhead sections on nine M55 rockets.
Photo credit: U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency

RICHLAND, Wash. – There’s one less chemical weapons cache in the world today. The U.S. Army has certified to the international panel in The Hague that the Umatilla Chemical Weapons Depot is free of all chemical agents in compliance with international treaties. An end-of-operations celebration is planned for March 15. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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Electric Car Fees
5:05 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Fee On Electric Cars In Wash. To Offset Unpaid Gas Tax

Electric car owner Dick Hauser lives in Olympia, WA.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Electric car owners in Washington state would pay a $100 fee under a measure headed to the governor's desk. The aim is to offset the gas taxes these drivers are not paying. The bill passed Thursday night in one of the final votes of this year's regular session of the Washington Legislature, as Tom Banse reports.

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Salmon Fishing Forecast
3:52 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Banner Year For Ocean Salmon Fishing Projected

An angler casts into the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam in 2010.
Photo credit by Tom Banse. Northwest News Network

It's shaping up to be a banner year for sport and commercial salmon fishing on the coast. The Pacific Fishery Management Council has released its proposals for the length of the ocean fishing season and catch limits for 2012.

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Cattle Air Pollution
6:24 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Yakima Valley Dairies Causing Air Pollution

Cattle raised on dairy farms can be a cause of air pollution.
Photo by Brian Robert Marshall Northwest News Network

OUTLOOK, Wash. – A recent study is raising questions about the air quality in the Yakima Valley. The area has a high concentration of large-scale dairies. As Courtney Flatt reports, residents living near the dairies have noticed respiratory problems as more dairies moved in.

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Meat Substitutes
6:13 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Real Or Fake? New Meat Alternatives Strive To Make It Hard To Tell

Turtle Island Foods founder Seth Tibbott examines freshly made Tofurky Italian sausages.
Phot by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- Northwest-born Gardenburger and Tofurky are vegetarian alternatives to meat. They sell well, but they don't fool any meat lovers. This year, food companies from here and abroad aim to debut fake meat products that come closer than ever to mimicking the real thing. Dutch researchers claim they can grow hamburger in the laboratory from just a few bovine stem cells. But are people really craving a Petri-patty? Correspondent Tom Banse explores that question.

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Aviation
6:02 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Environmental Group Sues EPA Over Leaded Airplane Fuel

Seattle's Boeing Field is Washington's largest source of lead air pollution.
Photo by John Ryan KUOW

SEATTLE -- Small airplanes are the leading source of lead pollution in the nation’s air. Activists are suing the EPA to get the lead out of aviation fuel. KUOW's John Ryan reports.

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Megaloads Move to Pasco
5:31 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Last Megaloads Depart From Lewiston This Week

Alberta-bound "megaloads" stranded at the Port of Lewiston last winter.
Photo credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – If the weather holds, the last megaloads stranded at the Port of Lewiston will head out Tuesday toward Canada’s oil sands. These oversized truckloads of oil processing machinery have been very controversial.  Now oil companies have switched to shipping smaller loads out of the Port of Pasco.

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Idaho Wind Power
6:48 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Landowner Caught In Middle Of Wind Moratorium

Wind turbines on Randy Reynold's Mountain Home land.
Photo by Aaron Kunz Northwest News Network

BOISE, Idaho -- Wind energy is facing some tough opposition in one Northwest state. Idaho lawmakers are hearing concerns that utilities and their customers are paying too much for power because of subsidies for wind energy. But on the other side of the argument, there are some who benefit from wind. Aaron Kunz reports.

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