environment

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.
Credit gibbseynz/Flickr

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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Northwest News
4:15 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Furloughed EPA Workers Anxious to Return to Work

A deal is in the works today for Congress to end the partial government shutdown. If it goes through, hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees could be back at work as early as tomorrow.

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Washington Fish Consumption
6:05 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Environmental And Commercial Fishing Groups File Lawsuit To Raise Washington Fish Consumption Rate

Environmental and commercial fishing groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday calling on Washington State to update the fish consumption rate. The groups say the state has failed to acknowledge how much fish people eat. That standard will dictate how much pollution is allowed into the water before fish are dangerous to eat.

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Oil Terminal Protest
6:49 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Environmental Groups Sue To Overturn Vancouver Oil Terminal Lease

Jerry Oliver, center, is the president of the Port of Vancouver Commission
Credit Cassandra Profita

Three environmental groups are suing the Port of Vancouver to overturn the approval of a lease for a proposed oil terminal.

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Anti-Logging Protest
4:05 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Protesters Suspend Themselves On Oregon's Capitol Dome

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 2:59 pm

Oregon State Police have removed a huge banner from the Oregon state capitol and detained five environmental protesters. 

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Oregon Forest Bill Threatened
6:07 am
Thu September 19, 2013

White House Threatens To Veto Forest Bill

White house budget officials say they will advise the president to veto a logging bill the House is discussing this week.

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Out-Dated Dam in Tacoma
6:58 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Out-Dated Dam Killing Thousands Of Fish Near Tacoma

Right now there are tens of thousands of salmon - including endangered species - dying at the base of an out-dated dam on the White River east of Tacoma. The Buckley Diversion Dam is blocking their homeward journey to spawn in the Mt. Rainier watershed. Local tribes say the federal government is failing in its responsibility to transport the fish around the dams on this river.

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