Bringing Back Klamath Wetlands, One Wocus At A Time

OPB/EarthFix | June 23, 2016

Work is underway to restore a native water lily called the wocus to wetlands in the Klamath Basin — and with it a traditional Native American food and habitat for endangered fish. 

Companies File Legal Dispute Over Portland Harbor Superfund Cleanup

OPB/EarthFix | June 23, 2016

Seven companies have filed a legal dispute with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the plans to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

The Forgotten History of Sixgills in Seattle

KCTS9/EarthFix | June 23, 2016

How one man put sixgill sharks on public display in the 1960s.

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Environment | News | Air | Communities

Portland Bans Demolition Of Old Homes

OPB | June 25, 2016 3:34 p.m. | Portland

Portland is the first city in the country to ban the demolition of its oldest homes.

Environment | Water

EPA Extends Deadline To Comment On Portland Harbor Cleanup

OPB/EarthFix | June 24, 2016 9:53 a.m.

Federal regulators are giving additional time to comment on their plan for cleaning up Portland’s most polluted stretch of the Willamette River.

Environment | News | local | Transportation | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Oil Train Derailment: Q&A With Federal Railroad Administration Head

OPB | June 23, 2016 2:30 p.m.

It’s Union Pacific’s fault. That’s the basic thrust of a preliminary report from federal railroad regulators Thursday.

Environment | News | Economy | local | Nation | Oil Trains In The Northwest

New Report: Union Pacific Failed To Maintain Track, Resulting In Oil Train Derailment

OPB | June 23, 2016 8 a.m.

The Federal Railroad Administration said Union Pacific’s failure to maintain its track and equipment caused this month’s oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge.

Environment | local | News | Energy | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Union Pacific Locomotive Spills Fuel Near Troutdale

OPB | June 22, 2016 11:03 a.m.

A 92-car Union Pacific train heading east spilled an undetermined amount of diesel fuel near Troutdale on Tuesday night.

Business | Environment | News | local | Oil Trains In The Northwest

Union Pacific To Restart Running Oil Trains Through Columbia Gorge

OPB | June 22, 2016 7:56 a.m.

Union Pacific officials say they plan to resume sending crude oil through the Columbia River Gorge. Last week, transportation officials in Oregon called for a moratorium on crude oil moving through the state.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

North Portland Residents Complain Of Flawed Air Testing

OPB/EarthFix | June 21, 2016 7:30 a.m. | Portland

North Portland residents told state officials Monday night that air testing in their neighborhood was flawed and doesn’t address their longstanding concerns about strong paint odors.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Pacific Ocean | Science

Searching For The Mysterious Sixgill Sharks of Puget Sound

KCTS9/EarthFix | June 20, 2016 9:45 p.m. | Hoodsport, Washington

Recent sixgill sightings are giving hope to divers and researchers that the sharks may be returning to Puget Sound.

Environment | The Circuit: Tracking America's Electronic Waste

More NW E-Waste Recyclers Found Exporting

KCTS9/EarthFix | June 20, 2016 6 a.m.

A Seattle-based e-waste watchdog group says recyclers in Washington state's e-waste collection program aren't living up to their pledges.

Environment | local | News | Energy

Vancouver Protest Marks Continued Resistance To Northwest Oil Projects

OPB | June 18, 2016 11:30 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Police arrested 21 people who refused to vacate BNSF Railway tracks in Vancouver, Washington, on Saturday, as they protested oil train activity in the Pacific Northwest.


Searching For The Mysterious Sixgill Sharks of Puget Sound

KCTS9/EarthFix | June 20, 2016

Recent sixgill sightings are giving hope to divers and researchers that the sharks may be returning to Puget Sound.

Oregon Battles Invasive Minnows To Protect Non-Native Trout

OPB/EarthFix | June 14, 2016

There’s no question now: the tui chub are back in Diamond Lake.  What are we willing to do about it?

The Raw Truth About Washington’s Oysters

Crosscut | June 15, 2016

Shellfish are a big business in Washington with major environmental implications. It all started with San Francisco's appetite for oysters after the gold rush.

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