EPA

Environment
4:58 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Polluting Grain Facility In E. Wash. Proposed For Superfund Cleanup

Stock photo of a grain facility.
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A grain handling facility in Eastern Washington has been leaking chemicals into the only source of drinking water for a local school district. The Environmental Protection Agency now wants to add it to the Superfund list of hazardous waste cleanup projects.

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Water Protection
5:18 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Feds Rule Oregon Not Protecting Coastal Waters From Logging

The Environmental Protection Agency told Oregon it needed to tighten regulations on its coastal water pollution plan.
Credit Anne Swoboda / Flickr

Federal regulators said Oregon is not doing enough to protect water quality in coastal areas. A ruling Friday could end up costing the state millions.

More than fifteen years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency told Oregon it needed to tighten regulations on nonpoint source, or runoff-related, pollution. Some changes happened, but not enough. Federal officials said Oregon’s logging rules still don’t do enough to protect fish habitat and drinking water.

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Dairy Nitrates
4:57 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Judge Rules Dairies Are Contaminating Yakima Valley Drinking Water

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A judge today ruled that dairies are contaminating drinking water in Washington’s Yakima Valley.

The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by two environmental groups after an EPA study linked the dairies to high nitrate levels in residential drinking wells.

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Dairy Nitrates
5:49 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Yakima Valley Dairies Try To Reduce Nitrate Pollution

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After a more than a year of testing, dairies in Washington’s Lower Yakima Valley are trying to reduce pollution from manure. A report from the Environmental Protection Agency had found the dairies were likely sources of nitrate pollution to nearby residential wells.

When nitrates contaminate drinking water, they can cause birth defects and miscarriages and harm the health of some adults.

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Meth Cleanup
5:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program

The Salishan public housing development in Tacoma is one of the sites that will be tested and cleaned through an EPA grant.
Credit Tacoma Housing Authority

Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to another long-time industry: meth. For the first time, the EPA’s Brownfields program is covering the clean-up of former meth houses. And the inaugural sites are right here in the Northwest.

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Clean Water Act
7:35 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Farmers Urge EPA To "Ditch The Rule"

Angela Bailey farms decorative trees and shrubs near Gresham, Oregon.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman. / Northwest News Network

And now a story about farmers and water. It’s a common and often contentious issue out here in the West. Well now farmers across the country are also riled up. That’s because the U.S. EPA wants to revise the clean water act. As Correspondent Chris Lehman explains depending on who you talk to these revisions are either a “land grab” under the “brute force” of the federal government or a simple clarification of rules that ensure all Americans have clean water to drink.

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Oregon Wood Stove Rules
5:20 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Oregon Sues EPA Over Wood Stove Rules

By Philip Barker, Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 5:14 pm

Oregon is accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of dragging its feet in coming up with new wood-stove regulations. The state announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the federal agency.

Oregon was joined in the legal action by six other states, along with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency in the Seattle-area.

Jeff Manning of the Oregon Department of Justice says those 25-year-old rules should be updated to require sales of newer, cleaner-burning stoves. But Manning says that doesn't mean people will have to give up their current stoves.

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Long-term Pollution Challenges
6:05 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Tests On Idaho River Reveal Challenge Of Cleaning Up Waterways

Technicians contracted by the EPA are gather core samples of the Coeur d'Alene River bed.
Credit Jessica Robinson

A river basin cleanup in north Idaho is showing just how difficult it is to remove long-term pollution from Northwest waterways. This month, the EPA is running tests on layers of muck from the bottom of the Coeur d'Alene River. It’s downstream from a federal superfund site.

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Precision Castparts Defense
6:36 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Portland Manufacturer Challenges Its Ranking As Top Toxic Polluter

Portland-based manufacturer Precision Castparts is denouncing a recent study that ranked the company number one in the nation for toxic air pollution.

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Pollution
7:02 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Portland-Based Manufacturer Tops List Of Toxic Polluters

The Portland-based manufacturing firm Precision Castparts Corporation is the number one toxic air polluter in the country in a new ranking released by the University of Massachusetts.

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