pollution

Carbon Emmissions
5:55 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Oregon Researchers Find New Method To Reduce Carbon Emissions

University of Oregon researchers say they have found a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning plants by more than 90 percent. Their formula uses refrigeration to capture and control the dangerous chemicals pumped out of smoke stacks.

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Clean Water Act
6:32 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Clean Water Act: Agriculture Struggles With Temperature

A ranch in the Pahsimeroi Valley.
Photo by Aaron Kunz Northwest News Network

Farming is the single biggest reason rivers are failing to meet standards set by the Clean Water Act. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz visited Idaho’s Pahsimeroi Valley for our series with Investigate West on this environmental law’s 40th anniversary. It turns out the problem isn’t so much what cattle ranchers and alfalfa growers are putting into the water – it’s what they’re taking out.

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Refrigerant Leak
6:01 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Icicle Seafood Company Fined Over Release Of Ozone-Depleting Refrigerant

A Seattle-based seafood company has been fined 430,000 dollars for violations of the Clean Air Act. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

Icicle Seafoods harvests and sells salmon, crab Pollock and other fish from the waters of the Northwest and Alaska. And one of the key components of catching fish and bringing them to market – is refrigerant.

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Willamette Pollution
5:57 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Willamette Pollution Riles Environmentalists

Polluted water in the Willamette River turns brown.
Photo by Vince Patton Northwest News Network

The Willamette Riverkeeper is threatening to sue two pulp mills in the Willamette Valley for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act. OPB’s Vince Patton was paddling with the Riverkeeper director when the water suddenly turned dark brown.

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Duwamish River Pollution
6:27 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Clean Water: The Next Act - Seattle's Duwamish River, Part I

The upper part of the Duwamish River, seen from 119th Street in Tukwila, Wash.
Photo by Joe Mabel Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Seattle’s Duwamish River has been the industrial heart of the city for a century. It’s been straightened, filled and diked. During World War II thousands of airplanes were built there. Today cargo from around the world arrives in massive container ships, lining the mouth of the river. Industrial facilities dot its banks.

As part of EarthFix and Investigate West’s series on the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Ashley Ahearn takes a look at the Duwamish River now – and how its future recovery could play out.

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Water Pollution
6:39 am
Mon July 2, 2012

High Bacteria Levels in WA Waters, Not Found In OR, ID

Environmental regulators have detected high levels of fecal coliform in one of the Northwest's most important areas for growing food. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Logging Runoff
4:36 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Supreme Court To Decide If Logging Road Runoff Is Pollution

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the runoff from logging operations is considered pollution.
Duncan Lock Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal in a case that asks if the muddy water that flows from logging operations is industrial pollution.

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Waterway Pollution
6:25 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Tackling Water Pollution One Creek At A Time

Barker Creek on the Kitsap Peninsula.
Photo by Ashley Ahearn Northwest News Network

Barker Creek cuts through the semi-rural landscape of hobby farms and small towns on Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula. And like many small waterways in this region, Barker Creek has had problems with fecal coliform. Rain washes the bacteria from animal manure and leaky septic systems into nearby waterways.

In some watersheds, the contamination can get so bad that officials have to close shellfish beds and post signs warning people to stay away from the water. EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn reports on one success story.

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Superfund Cleanup
5:09 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Work Begins On Central Washington Superfund Site

The Moses Lake Wellfield Contamination Superfund Site is located in the City of Moses Lake in eastern Washington.
EPA Northwest News Network

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has started the cleanup of a superfund site near Moses Lake in central Washington. As correspondent Anna King reports, this restoration has been in the works for decades.

The contaminated area is made up of an old Air Force airport, a county airport and some adjacent lands. Dumpsites there are loaded with chemicals like PCBs, lead and petroleum. The EPA has started testing and designing a treatment system to remove trichloroethylene from the groundwater at the superfund site.

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Pesticide Testing
6:39 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Lane County Residents Try DIY Pesticide Testing

A group of Lane County residents has formed an unusual partnership to test streams for chemicals. The residents are worried that herbicides sprayed onto clear-cut forests are drifting into nearby waters. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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