pollution

Sunken Boat
6:29 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Sunken Vessel Off Whidbey Island To Be Removed Sunday

A 140-foot fishing boat has been leaking oil from the bottom of Penn Cove off Whidbey Island for almost three weeks now. The ship caught fire and sank on May 13th. Local shellfish beds have been closed as agencies prepare to remove the ship. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Logging Roads Case
6:12 am
Fri June 1, 2012

DOJ Advises Supreme Court to Pass On Oregon Logging Roads Case

An active logging road on federal land in the Applegate Valley, in Southern Oregon.
Photo by Amelia Templeton Northwest News Network

The Supreme Court is being advised not to take on a controversial logging pollution lawsuit that began in Oregon. Amelia Templeton explains.

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Longview Coal Terminal
6:43 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Longview Considers Coal Exports At Former Aluminum Plant

Residents of Longview, Wash., want to see a new industry take over the old Reynolds aluminum smelter site south of town. But they disagree over whether a proposed coal export terminal will be a good fit. Cassandra Profita reports.

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Thunderstorm Science
7:30 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Study: Summer Thunderclouds Warm the Atmosphere

Researchers in the Northwest have found some pollution is making thunderstorms stronger and the atmosphere warmer. Correspondent Courtney Flatt explains.

Those giant, anvil-shaped thunderclouds you see looming in the distance may actually be getting bigger and stronger this summer, all because of aerosol pollutants.

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Lead Regulations
6:44 am
Thu May 17, 2012

CDC Cuts Lead Poisoning Threshold

Correspondent John Ryan of Seattle station KUOW has been investigating lead pollution in the Northwest. Lead has been known for centuries to be a powerful poison. Even small concentrations can lower children's IQs and cause permanent brain damage. As John reports, the federal government now says children's brains are even more sensitive to lead than previously thought.

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Columbia River Contaminants
5:41 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

'Personal Care Products,' Pharmaceutical Toxics Found In Columbia River

The Dalles Dam on the Columbia River near the west end of the Columbia River Gorge.
Photo courtesy of USGS

Giant smoke stacks and industrial dump sites are no longer the only water quality problem on the Columbia River. a recent study has found that our day to day life has a major impact as well.

U.S. Geological Survey researchers looked at nine cities along the river, from Wenatchee to Longview, Wash. They detected hundreds of contaminants flowing from wastewater treatment plants and stormwater runoff.

Hydrologist Jennifer Morace says the toxic contaminants included things like shampoo and pharmaceuticals.

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Selenium Pollution
5:58 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Two-Headed Trout Spur Scrutiny Of Mine Pollution

A study commissioned by the J.R. Simplot Company on selenium contamination in creeks in southeast Idaho includes photos of deformed Yellowstone cutthroat trout (top) and brown trout (bottom).
Photos courtesy J.R. Simplot Idaho DEQ

Here’s an image you usually don’t see without the help of Photoshop: two-headed fish. Pictures of deformed baby trout with two heads show up in a study of creeks in a remote part of southeast Idaho. The study examined the effects of a contaminant called selenium. It comes from a nearby mine owned by the agribusiness giant, J.R. Simplot. Critics say the two-headed trout have implications beyond a couple of Idaho creeks. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Cattle Air Pollution
6:24 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Yakima Valley Dairies Causing Air Pollution

Cattle raised on dairy farms can be a cause of air pollution.
Photo by Brian Robert Marshall Northwest News Network

OUTLOOK, Wash. – A recent study is raising questions about the air quality in the Yakima Valley. The area has a high concentration of large-scale dairies. As Courtney Flatt reports, residents living near the dairies have noticed respiratory problems as more dairies moved in.

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Aviation
6:02 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Environmental Group Sues EPA Over Leaded Airplane Fuel

Seattle's Boeing Field is Washington's largest source of lead air pollution.
Photo by John Ryan KUOW

SEATTLE -- Small airplanes are the leading source of lead pollution in the nation’s air. Activists are suing the EPA to get the lead out of aviation fuel. KUOW's John Ryan reports.

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Lead pollution
6:14 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Flying The Leaded Skies: Lead A Concern At Northwest Airports

U.S. EPA data show that Seattle's Boeing Field is Washington's largest source of airborne lead emissions.
Photo Credit: John Ryan Nothwest Public Radio

BOEING FIELD, Wash. -- Lead paint was banned in the United States in the 1970s. Leaded gasoline was slowly phased out over the next 20 years. Those efforts drove one of the great public-health improvements of the past century. The amount of lead found in human bloodstreams has dropped by more than 90 percent.

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