environment

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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Northwest Coal Transportation
5:48 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Columbia River Coal Comments Most in DEQ History

Comments ranged from support for jobs to concerns about climate change.
Credit Chris McKenna / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon environmental regulators have been sifting through more than 16,000 comments about a proposed coal export terminal along the Columbia River. the public comment period recently closed.

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Klamath Water Crisis
6:55 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Klamath Task Force Reports Progress

Groups with a big interest in resolving Klamath Basin water issues say they need more time to deliver recommendations to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.
Credit terriem

Groups with a big interest in resolving Klamath Basin water issues say they need more time to deliver recommendations to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden.

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Environmental Studies
6:49 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Activists Deploy Underwater Camera To Research Fish Habitat

"A rockfish off Oregon's Cape Arago courtesy of Oceana"
Credit Oceana

The environmental group Oceana will send a high-definition camera into the ocean off Oregon Tuesday.  The group plans to collect underwater video footage using a remote-operated vehicle over the course of seven days. The videos will be used to make the case for closing more ocean habitat to bottom trawl fishing.

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