Renewable Energy
5:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Floating Offshore Wind Farm Gets A Green Light

An offshore wind farm like the one pictured is proposed for the Southern Oregon Coast.
Credit Kim Hansen / Wikimedia

A proposal to build a floating wind farm off the coast of Southern Oregon took a step forward Wednesday. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Gov. John Kitzhaber announced that a Seattle developer is now free to submit plans for the project. 

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Information Privacy
6:37 am
Mon January 27, 2014

How The Farm Bill Could Make It Harder To Track Down Pollution

The EPA accidentally released the names and addresses of 80,000 farmers to environmental groups.
Credit Scott Butner/Flickr

Farmers across the country are hoping that Congress will soon pass a new Farm Bill. The bill helps guide agricultural policy. One version of the bill would limit the public’s access to information about agricultural pollution. And that is drawing interest -- and concern, from groups that don’t normally get involved with farm policy.

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Hanford Waste
4:02 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Washington State Slaps Fine For Mishandled Waste At Hanford

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 3:20 pm

Over the last several years, Hanford Nuclear Reservation managers have mishandled barrels and boxes of hazardous and radioactive waste in the central part of the site.

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Alaska Mining
4:47 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Cantwell Asks White House To Stop Alaska Mine Project

Senator Maria Cantwell wants the White House to stop a proposed mine in Alaska that she says will threaten jobs in Washington state.
Credit Shawn Murphy / Flickr

Senator Maria Cantwell wants the White House to stop a proposed mine in Alaska that she says will threaten jobs in Washington state. The proposed Pebble Mine, in Western Alaska, sits near Bristol Bay, which is one of the world’s most abundant salmon habitats. About 1,000 Washington residents hold commercial fishing permits there. At a rally at Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle, Cantwell described the mine as a “giant cauldron of toxic waste.”

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Olympic Conservation
4:59 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Legislation Revived To Protect 126,000 Acres Of Olympic Peninsula

New legislation could put 126,000 acres of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula into permanent conservation.
Credit Dominio Público / Wikimedia Commons

New legislation could put 126,000 acres of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula into permanent conservation.

Democratic Senator Patty Murray introduced the Wild Olympics Act on Friday. It’s a chunk of national forest land almost as big as the city of Chicago. The Act would also provide protection for 19 rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Gas Tax Package
5:14 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Washington Gas Tax Alliance Hits Rough Spot

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:06 pm

Washington’s mostly Republican Senate majority will formally unveil a proposed 12-year, $12 billion transportation funding package Thursday.

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Coal Exports
6:05 am
Tue November 5, 2013

New Research Provides More Evidence Of Coal Dust Escaping From Trains

BNSF Railway has publicly testified that up to 645 pounds of coal dust can escape from each train car on a 400-mile journey.
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As Washington and Oregon consider proposals for three coal export terminals, many have raised questions about how much coal dust could come off the trains that would service those terminals. If the Gateway Pacific Terminal is built near Bellingham up to 18 coal trains could travel along the I-5 corridor every day. According to new research, some dust will escape from those trains.

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Puget Sound Water Quality
7:40 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Puget Sound Still In "Critical Condition"

Puget Sound just got the results back from its annual check up…and they’re not good. A new report from the Puget Sound Partnership labels the Sound as still in “crisis” but says some small progress has been made.

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Stream Restoration
7:44 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Governor Jay Inslee: Ellensburg Area Stream Restoration Good For Salmon and Farms

Governor Jay Inslee signs his name to some of the pipe that will put water back in Manastash Creek near Ellensburg, Wash.
Anna King

A dried-out three-mile-stretch of creek in Central Washington will soon swell again with water. It’s part of a project near Ellensburg to pipe irrigation water from the Yakima River to keep water in the creek for salmon and steelhead.

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Northwest News
9:27 am
Thu October 17, 2013

EPA Sued To Deal With Ocean Acidification

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the EPA calling on it to do something about the acidifying waters of the Northwest.

The ocean absorbs millions of tons of greenhouse gases every day, and those gases are lowering the ocean’s pH and causing problems for shellfish and other creatures.

Under the Clean Water Act a water body can be declared “impaired” if it is too acidic.

Then it falls on the EPA to regulate the source of the pollution that’s causing the problem. In this case – CO2 emissions.

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