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Northwest Regional News
4:29 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Pacific Northwest Forest Projects Receive Almost $10 Million in Federal Funds

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Five forest projects in the Pacific Northwest have been awarded nearly 10-million dollars in federal funds for forest restoration. Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding and a new plan for managing the national forests.

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Lead pollution
6:14 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Flying The Leaded Skies: Lead A Concern At Northwest Airports

U.S. EPA data show that Seattle's Boeing Field is Washington's largest source of airborne lead emissions.
Photo Credit: John Ryan Nothwest Public Radio

BOEING FIELD, Wash. -- Lead paint was banned in the United States in the 1970s. Leaded gasoline was slowly phased out over the next 20 years. Those efforts drove one of the great public-health improvements of the past century. The amount of lead found in human bloodstreams has dropped by more than 90 percent.

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Oregon Environmental Reporting
5:01 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Oregonians Can Report Environmental Complaints Through New Online System

Oregonians who want to report a possible environmental problem to the state can now do so through a website
Wikimedia User Eunix Wikimedia Commons

Oregonians who want to report a possible environmental problem to the state can now do so through a website and hotline.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has always fielded citizen complaints, but it was an antiquated system that was not centralized. Now, they have an online database for staff to better track cases. The public can use the new online form or hotline to report perceived environmental violations. Dave Belyea with the DEQ in Eugene says they will respond to the person with an update on how the situation is being handled.

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Wolf advocates say grey wolves aren't killers
6:53 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Groups Boycott 'The Grey' For Portrayal Of Wolves

A new Liam Neeson action thriller opening Friday is receiving howls of protest from wolf advocates. They say “The Grey” wrongly portrays wolves as massive, bloodthirsty beasts. And as Jessica Robinson reports, some wildlife groups are organizing a boycott.

When a plane crash strands a scruffy bunch of guys in the wilds of Alaska, they find themselves going mano a mano against some very mean looking wolves.

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Gas Pipeline
6:30 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Natural Gas Pipeline For Hanford Plant May Go Under Columbia River

Warning sign at entry to Hanford Site, Washington
Wikimedia user: TobinFricke Wikimedia Commons

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy is starting work on a plan to build a 30-mile natural gas pipeline to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant. The announcement Monday includes few details but the pipeline would likely go under the Columbia River.

Hanford’s waste treatment plant is going to need a lot of power. After all, its purpose is to mix radioactive sludge with glass material to form molten liquid. That brew, once cooled, would form huge glass logs for long-term storage.

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Endangered Species Lawsuit
2:11 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Environmentalists Challenge Logging Plans Over Threatened Murrelet

A marbled murrelet swimming
Gus Van Vliet U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

EUGENE, OREGON - Three environmental groups intend to take Oregon's Department of Forestry to court over the effect logging has on a threatened seabird.

The marbled murrelet spends much of its time over the ocean – but it nests in older forests. The Center for Biological Diversity, Audubon Society of Portland, and Cascadia Wildlands argue that logging plans for three state forests would harm the bird's nesting habitat, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. 

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Northwest Features
2:43 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Burgeoning Cluster Of Lifesaving Stove Designers Call Northwest Home

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. - More than a century after the discovery of electricity, billions -- yes, billions -- of people still heat and cook with wood fires. In the developing world, indoor air pollution from smoke is blamed for nearly 2 million deaths per year.

We're focusing on the dangers of wood smoke as part of a public media collaboration with Investigate West and Seattle TV station KCTS. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on how the Northwest became home to a cluster of non-profits that aim to sell millions of cleaner-burning cook stoves to the world's poor.

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Our Northwest Energy
12:15 pm
Fri June 3, 2011

NW Businesses Back Global Warming Bill

SEATTLE - Business lobbies have pushed hard against global warming proposals in Congress. But a group of Northwest companies says tackling climate change will be good for business. They're calling on lawmakers to support an energy bill sponsored by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman. Among the key elements of the proposal is a cap-and-trade system. It would make industries pay for the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses they release into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels. Sarah Severn with Nike says that's an important step toward a clean-energy economy.

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Our Northwest Energy
12:14 pm
Fri June 4, 2010

Race Against The Clock To Save Island Forest

Conservationists are in a race against the clock to save a sizable forest on Whidbey Island. The Whidbey Camano Land Trust needs to raise about $2.5 million between now and next Thursday. Land trust director Pat Powell hopes the ugly pictures from the Gulf oil spill motivate donors.

Pat Powell: “People are really thinking about protecting natural heritage. This is a place – Whidbey Island – that is special for everyone. Protecting the forest helps protect the island, Puget Sound and really helps us to pay back our planet.”

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Our Northwest Water
12:00 am
Wed June 2, 2010

Salmon Migration Study Back On Track

Scientists hope to gain new information about salmon migration patterns now that an in-depth study is back on track. Researchers at Oregon State University had to put their efforts on hold for the past two years. That's because most salmon fishing was restricted along the west coast. The goal of the research is to more accurately pinpoint where salmon from specific rivers spend their time in the ocean. OSU marine researcher Gil Sylvia says that could eventually mean fewer wide scale shutdowns of the salmon industry to protect endangered fish.

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