Union Pacific Stands Out For Track-Caused Derailments But Not Oil Spills

OPB/EarthFix | July 26, 2016

Federal officials placed the blame for this summer's fiery derailment in Mosier with Union Pacific Railroad. EarthFix analyzed federal data to put the railroad's safety record into context.

Wild Horse Advocates Sue BLM Over Spay Procedures

OPB | July 26, 2016

Feral horses and burros are protected under the 1971 Wild Horses and Burros Act, but overpopulated herds can do a lot of environmental damage.

An Urban Refuge Where Humans And Wildlife Coexist

KCTS9/EarthFix | July 25, 2016

One of the nation's first urban fish and wildlife refuges coexists with 20 percent of Washington's population in the Lake Sammamish watershed east of Seattle.

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Oregon Timber Harvest Slips For 2nd Consecutive Year

OPB | July 25, 2016 9:42 a.m. | Portland

Before the great recession, Oregon was producing about 4 billion board feet of lumber a year. That dropped after the recession as people stopped building houses.

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NW Fire Season Slow So Far, But That Could Change In August

OPB | July 24, 2016 12:44 p.m.

The winter’s thicker snowpack and cooler temperatures this summer have helped keep large fires at bay.

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Oregon Bottle Deposit Set To Double Next Year

OPB/EarthFix | July 22, 2016 3:52 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Low redemption rates have triggered a doubling of the Oregon beverage container deposit to a dime. The change goes into effect next April.

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Washington State's Multiple Choice Test On Capping Carbon Pollution

KUOW/EarthFix | July 22, 2016 3 p.m.

Friday was the public's last chance to comment on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to limit carbon pollution from the state's biggest emitters. But with a carbon tax on the November ballot, it won't be voters' last word on the matter.

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Bend Citizens Debate Climate Change Resolution

OPB | July 22, 2016 noon

Bend is the latest city in Oregon to consider a plan to combat climate change.

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State Accepting Art Glass Comments For One More Week

OPB | July 22, 2016 8:50 a.m. | Portland

Regulators are trying to iron out whether regulations will apply to all makers across the state.

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Mosier Groundwater Contaminated After Oil Train Derailment

OPB | July 19, 2016 1:45 p.m.

Groundwater at the site of the oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, is contaminated with elevated levels of benzene and other volatile organic compounds. But the main worry isn't drinking water: it's the health of nearby wildlife.

Environment | Pacific Ocean | Climate change

Starving Seabirds Are Washing Up Dead On Washington, BC Beaches

KUOW | July 19, 2016 12:01 p.m. | Seattle

Seabirds have been washing up dead on beaches in Washington and British Columbia this summer, and scientists can't say why.

Environment | Flora and Fauna

Humpback Whales Enjoying Salish Sea In Big Numbers

KUOW | July 19, 2016 11:45 a.m.

This summer is proving to be a bonanza for whale-watchers. Tourists and researchers are seeing groups of humpback whales in the Salish Sea and Puget Sound nearly every day.

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House Budget Bill Would Block Owyhee Monument

OPB | July 19, 2016 10:18 a.m.

The House bill includes language to block funding for new national monuments created by the president.

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House Budget Bill Would Block Owyhee Monument

OPB | July 19, 2016

The House bill includes language to block funding for new national monuments created by the president.

Mosier Groundwater Contaminated After Oil Train Derailment

OPB | July 19, 2016

Groundwater at the site of the oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, is contaminated with elevated levels of benzene and other volatile organic compounds. But the main worry isn't drinking water: it's the health of nearby wildlife.

A Month After Mosier Derailment, New Rules To Improve Safety Of Oil Trains

OPB/EarthFix | July 13, 2016

In response to the Mosier oil train derailment, Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden introduced their second bill tackling oil train safety.  


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