Inslee Pushes Water Quality Rules To Match EPA Recommendations

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 08, 2015

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces the state is pursuing clean water rules that match federal recommendations for protecting human health.

Smog Levels May Be Low In The Northwest But The Region Is Not In The Clear

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 07, 2015

New ozone rules from the EPA won't immediately ding Northwest communities, but pollution challenges remain.

Endangered Columbian White-Tailed Deer Reach Recovery Milestone

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 05, 2015

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to downgrade the protected status of Columbian white-tailed deer from endangered to threatened.

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Technology | Air | Environment | Economy

3 Questions For Volkswagen Diesel Owners In The Northwest

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 23, 2015 4:19 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Volkswagen is engulfed in a scandal after admitting to cheating on emissions testing. And that might have Volkswagen owners a little nervous. 

News | Business | Environment | local

Portland Company Building Highrise From Wood

OPB | Oct. 7, 2015 1:31 p.m.

There's a new 12-story building set for construction in the Pearl District. But this building stands out from the scores of new highrises in a big way: it will be made of wood.

Water | Environment

Diesel Spills Into Columbia After Ship Hits Astoria Pier

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 2, 2015 5:45 p.m.

The Coast Guard says a diesel spill in the Columbia River is being cleaned up after a cargo ship leaked more than 1,000 gallons of fuel Friday.


Critics Say Whales Put At Risk By Navy Testing Plan

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 2, 2015 5 p.m. | Seattle

The Navy released the final environmental review Friday for its proposed sonar and explosives training practices in waters off the coast of the Northwest.

Science | Economy | Environment | Transportation | Air | Climate change | Health

Oregon and Washington In Good Shape With New National Ozone Standards

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 1, 2015 noon | Ashland, Oregon

High concentrations of smog in the Northwest are relatively rare. 

Agriculture | Environment | Forestry

Pesticide Spraying Firm Penalized After Chemical-Exposure Incident

OPB/EarthFix | Oct. 1, 2015 11:45 a.m.

Oregon fines a helicopter company and suspends its license to spray pesticides after a worker complained of chemical exposure in Douglas County.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

New Plan For Recovering Bull Trout Takes Effect

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2015 5:30 p.m.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a new plan for bringing back the declining bull trout in five western states. But conservationists say it won't actually restore the fish's population.

Economy | Water | Land use | Communities | Environment | Climate change | Energy | Fish & Wildlife

Southern Oregon Natural Gas Project Gets Federal Environmental Approval

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 30, 2015 noon | Ashland, Oregon

Federal regulators determine that Jordan Cove can take steps to minimize environmental and safety concerns surrounding the liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline.

Energy | Environment

EPA Sets Tougher Pollution Standards For Oil Refineries

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 29, 2015 4:45 p.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency releases new rules requiring better monitoring and control of air emissions from  oil refineries, including  five operating in Washington.

News | Energy | Business | Environment

Northwest Shipbuilder: Shell Leaving Arctic Is Bad For Business

OPB | Sept. 28, 2015 2:16 p.m.

The Pacific Northwest has served as a key staging ground for Shell's Arctic fleet and for protesters who oppose drilling there.  


My Grandfather And The Plane That Changed Seattle

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2015 9 a.m. | Seattle

A reporter explores the connections between Seattle's polluted river, her grandfather's wartime experiences and the airplane that changed the city.


My Grandfather And The Plane That Changed Seattle

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2015

A reporter explores the connections between Seattle's polluted river, her grandfather's wartime experiences and the airplane that changed the city.

Quake Could Threaten 90 Percent Of Oregon Fuel Supply

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 27, 2015

Along the Willamette River, a six-mile stretch in Portland holds more than 90 percent of the state’s fuel supply. If a quake strikes here, it could devastate supply lines for fuel, electricity and natural gas. 

Explainer Video: How Firefighters Combat Wildfires

KCTS9/EarthFix | Sept. 02, 2015

More than 43,000 wildfires have burned about 8.2 million acres across the country this year -- and there’s another month of the typical fire season to come.

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