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The new entrance sign telegraphs the state-tribal partnership to manage the new state park. CREDIT: WA STATE PARKS

Washington’s Newest State Park Is In The Works Along Nisqually River Near Eatonville

Washington is getting its first new full-service state park in many years. The planned park build-out is on land the state owns along the Nisqually River near Eatonville, Washington. Nisqually State Park will be developed thanks to $3 million included in a state construction budget to be signed into law by Washington’s governor Tuesday. Continue Reading Washington’s Newest State Park Is In The Works Along Nisqually River Near Eatonville

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A wind mill supplies water to a stock tank, surrounded by wind turbines of the Smoky Hills Wind Project near Wilson, Kansas. CREDIT: ORLIN WAGNER/AP

An Old Northeastern Oregon Wind Farm Could Get A Tech Upgrade

New technology could help a wind farm in Eastern Oregon work more efficiently. Officials are voting Friday on the updates to the wind farm. Wind turbines are expected to last about 20 years. Oregon’s Stateline Wind Farm is getting up there – construction started way back in 2001. That’s why the farm’s owners are asking to update part of the facility. Continue Reading An Old Northeastern Oregon Wind Farm Could Get A Tech Upgrade

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A new sign graces the entrance onto the Hanford site near Richland, Washington. CREDIT: ANNA KING

Federal Report Says Hanford’s Radioactive Waste Treatment Plant Is Built With Questionable Parts

Federal watchdogs are looking into all types of parts at a $17 billion construction project at the Hanford Nuclear Site. The Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Energy has found a sample of parts going into a large waste treatment plant at Hanford had problems. Continue Reading Federal Report Says Hanford’s Radioactive Waste Treatment Plant Is Built With Questionable Parts

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Dwight Hammond Jr. greets protesters outside his home in Burns, Oregon in January 2016. Hammond was convicted of arson on federal charges in 2012. The case sparked the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Occupation led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy. CREDIT: AMELIA TEMPLETON/OPB

Environmental Groups Sue Over Restored Grazing Rights For Oregon Ranchers Pardoned By Trump

Environmental groups sued this week over a federal decision allowing two Eastern Oregon ranchers to graze cattle on the same land they were convicted of burning in 2012. Prison sentences for ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond sparked protests, leading to the 2016 standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Continue Reading Environmental Groups Sue Over Restored Grazing Rights For Oregon Ranchers Pardoned By Trump

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A wind mill supplies water to a stock tank, surrounded by wind turbines of the Smoky Hills Wind Project near Wilson, Kansas. CREDIT: ORLIN WAGNER/AP

Wind Power Is Renewable, Turbines Aren’t: Recycling Technology That Gets Too Old

In the Northwest, some of the oldest wind farms were built in the early 2000s. When the turbines get too old, wind farm owners can either upgrade to newer technology or shut down the farms. Those processes are called re-powering or decommissioning, respectively. How do you recycle wind technology? Continue Reading Wind Power Is Renewable, Turbines Aren’t: Recycling Technology That Gets Too Old

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