Puget Sound Suffers As Homeowners Wall Off Natural Shoreline

KUOW | April 26, 2016

Along Hood Canal and other rural parts of Puget Sound, the owners of coveted waterfront homes keep building more walls to keep their properties from eroding. The natural shoreline is paying for it.

Neighbors To North Portland Polluter Say DEQ Ignored Their Complaints

OPB/EarthFix | April 20, 2016

An EarthFix examination finds Oregon regulators routinely fail to conduct thorough investigations of air and odor complaints. They do less than regulators in neighboring California and Washington to resolve complaints and control nuisance odors.  

Is Washington Ready For The Next Big Oil Spill?

crosscut | April 25, 2016

Is Washington ready for the next big one? That’s the question the state Department of Ecology had in mind at the first-of-its-kind “worst-case” oil spill drill in Puget Sound.

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Communities | Air | Environment

Washington More Responsive Than Oregon on Air Complaints, But Problems Remain

OPB/EarthFix | April 20, 2016 10 p.m. | Portland

EarthFix found clean air agencies in Washington take more steps to resolve air and odor complaints than Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.

Environment

Seattle Puts Environmental Justice On Its Agenda

Crosscut | April 25, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Seattle

Communities of color in Seattle could have more reason to celebrate the local environment in years to come.

News | Environment | Air | local | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland State University Launches New Toxic Air Pollution Study

OPB/EarthFix | April 27, 2016 2:30 p.m. | Portland

Portland State University, the city of Portland and Multnomah County announced plans Wednesday to spend $125,000 on a two-year study of the city’s toxic air pollution.

Forestry | Flora and Fauna | Climate change | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Old-Growth Forests Provide Temperature Refuges In Face Of Climate Change: Study

OPB/EarthFix | April 22, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

A new Oregon State University study shows old-growth forests could have a larger role to play than simply providing habitat for wildlife. 

News | Environment | Politics | Transportation | local

Herrera Beutler Pushes More Oil Train Spill Planning

OPB | April 22, 2016 12:21 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler has introduced a bill that would help firefighters around the country better plan for oil train derailments.

local | News | Environment | Health | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland Air Monitors Find More Toxic Chromium, But Source Unknown

OPB | April 21, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

New air monitors set up in Southeast Portland found elevated amounts of hexavalent chromium near Bullseye Glass, but it isn't coming from that company.

Environment | Air | Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Oregon Commission Approves New Pollution Rules For Glassmakers

OPB/EarthFix | April 21, 2016 1:30 p.m.

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted 4-1 Thursday to approve new air pollution restrictions for colored glassmakers statewide.

Land | Energy | Sustainability | Climate change | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Senate Energy Bill Would Move Northwest Projects Forward

OPB/EarthFix | April 20, 2016 5 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The U.S. Senate passed energy legislation Wednesday that includes advancement of renewables and other more specific projects in the Pacific Northwest.

News | Environment | Air

Neighbors Protest Daimler At New Headquarters In Portland

OPB/EarthFix | April 19, 2016 1:31 p.m.

Neighbors of the Daimler Trucks manufacturing plant on Swan Island protested the opening of the company's new corporate headquarters in Portland Tuesday.

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Oregon Kite Power Start-Up Gets State And Federal Funding

OPB | April 18, 2016 11:15 a.m. | Portland

An Oregon start-up that’s trying to use kites to generate electricity has secured close to a quarter of a million dollars from the US Department of Agriculture and state agencies.

Energy | News | Environment | local

Vancouver Port Gives Oil Companies What They Want — More Time

OPB | April 15, 2016 6:08 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Commissioners at the Port of Vancouver unanimously approved an amended lease with the backers of a proposed oil terminal Friday.

Water | Communities | Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Fishermen Look Ahead To Slow Ocean Salmon Season

OPB/EarthFix | April 15, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

There won’t be much of a salmon season this year off the coasts of Oregon, Washington and California.

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Old-Growth Forests Provide Temperature Refuges In Face Of Climate Change: Study

OPB/EarthFix | April 22, 2016

A new Oregon State University study shows old-growth forests could have a larger role to play than simply providing habitat for wildlife. 

Why Portland's Water Hasn't Gotten The Lead Out

OPB/EarthFix | April 09, 2016

Portland stands out for its high levels of lead in its drinking water, according to an analysis of a new database compiled by the Associated Press.

Aerial Pesticide Spraying To Kill Gypsy Moths In Portland, Vancouver

OPB/EarthFix | April 08, 2016

The Oregon Department of Agriculture plans to spray an organic insecticide across thousands of acres of North Portland and Vancouver, Washington, over the next month to eradicate invasive gypsy moths.


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