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Transportation
5:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Governor Inslee Unveils Transportation Plan

Govenor Jay Inslee unveiled his transportation plan Tuesday. His $12 billion proposal calls for a list of safety fixes. The fixes include old bridges that are at risk of becoming structurally deficient. The package also includes nearly $6 billion for new construction projects. To help pay for them, Inslee is proposing to charge the state’s major polluters.

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Illia Dunes Closed
5:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Epic Swim Hole, Party Spot Closed After Strewn With Trash, Feces

The Dunes were crowded with party-goers Saturday.
Credit U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers / Northwest News Network

In Eastern Washington, an epic swim hole and university party spot on public land was just closed down. This past weekend, nearly 2,000 people mobbed the spot. The horde littered the place known as “The Dunes” with trash, adult-beverage containers and … well, other leavings. 

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Fuel Standards
4:45 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Inslee Predicts Washington Will Adopt Controversial Fuel Standard

Washington will likely adopt a California-style pollution limit on gasoline and other transportation fuels.
Credit Kristen Steele / Flickr

For months now, Washington Republicans have been predicting that Governor Jay Inslee will use his executive powers to enact something called a low-carbon fuel standard. Inslee acknowledges he’s looking at ways to do this without legislative approval. Either way he thinks Washington is poised to move forward.

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Portable Classrooms
8:15 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Inside The Box: School Districts Explore Solutions For Excessive Portable Classroom Use

Workers at Blazer Industries push a half-built portable classroom out the door of the modular building manufacturing plant in Aumsville, Oregon.
Credit Cassandra Profita / EarthFix

Students around the Northwest go to school every day in portable classrooms. These classrooms are an affordable solution to budget-strapped districts that need more space. But they can be bad for student health and performance. That’s why some districts are moving away from portable classrooms.

One district in Spokane has found a solution.

Courtney Flatt brings us part 2 of our special series "Inside the Box."

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Portable Classrooms
8:06 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Inside The Box: Overcrowded, Underfunded Schools Turn To Environmentally Costly Portable Classrooms

Toys adorn the tackboard walls of Billie Lane's portable classroom at Puyallup's Kalles Junior High, where she's taught for 16 years.
Credit Katie Campbell / EarthFix

Thousands of students in Washington and Oregon go to school in what are known as “portable classrooms."

These temporary structures were a quick solution to the problem of growing population and lack of funding for school facilities in parts of the Northwest.

But many of these “temporary” structures are still around. They’re not environmentally friendly or healthy places for students to learn.

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Carbon Emissions
4:55 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Governor Inslee Wants ‘Cap And Market’ System For Carbon Reduction

Cap and market, or cap and trade as it’s more commonly known, means the state places a hard limit on carbon emissions.
Credit Dori / Wikimedia

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants the state to adopt a market-based system for reducing carbon emissions. The Democrat signed a nine-page executive order on carbon pollution reduction. Among other things, the order creates a 21-member task force to come up with a cap and market program before the end of the year.

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Pollution
4:34 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Climate Model Shows Pollution In Asia Influences Weather Worldwide

Tiny particles from coal smoke stacks float up in the air.
Credit punditmom.com

Pollution in Asia can influence weather over much of the world. Those are the findings from a new climate study from northwest researchers, who teamed up with researchers from Texas.

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Biomass Proposal
6:02 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Biomass Proposal in Lakeview Sparks Concerns About Particulate Pollution

Regulators have approved an air pollution permit for a proposed biomass power plant in Lakeview, Oregon, which already struggles with pollution from wood stoves.
Credit Galina Mikhalishina / Creative Commons

Regulators have approved an air pollution permit for a proposed biomass power plant in Lakeview, Oregon. Some residents have questioned the permit because the town is already struggling with pollution from wood stoves.

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Columbia River Fish
3:56 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Warning: Some Columbia River Fish Not Safe To Eat

US Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:50 pm

New advisories from health officials in Washington and Oregon warn that some fish in the Columbia River aren’t safe to eat.

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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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