Crews from multiple state agencies responded Monday to reports of a 38-foot tugboat that has sunken in the Columbia River. According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the tugboat reportedly has 750 gallons of diesel on board. Continue Reading Tugboat Carrying Diesel Fuel Sinks In Columbia River Near Umatilla Above McNary Dam
This week, a group of five-dozen microplastics researchers from major universities, government agencies, tribes, aquariums, environmental groups and even water sanitation districts across the U.S. West is gathering in Bremerton, Washington, to tackle the issue. Continue Reading Scientists Gather To Study Risks Of Microplastic Pollution In Northwest Waters
The Bureau of Land Management decides who gets to do what on some 250 million acres of public land in the country, or to put it another way roughly one-tenth of all the land in the U.S. Relocating its headquarters to the West, where most of its actual land is, has been floated for years. But now the Trump administration is actually making it happen. Continue Reading BLM Director Defends Agency’s Controversial Move From D.C. To Western U.S.
The report from the independent Government Accountability Office says the U.S. Department of Energy has not found the root causes of the partial collapse of the waste-storage tunnel, and that failures in DOE’s investigation, inspections and maintenance of other aging and contaminated facilities is concerning. Continue Reading Federal Watchdog Criticizes Energy Department For Hanford Cleanup, Tunnel Collapse
Winters are warming faster than summers in many places, and colder parts of the U.S. are warming faster than hotter ones. The warming winter climate has year-round consequences across the country. Continue Reading How Warming Winters Are Affecting Everything
Amazon, the company Bezos founded and heads, has come under increasing scrutiny for its own carbon footprint. Continue Reading Jeff Bezos Pledges $10 Billion To Fight Climate Change
The Bureau of Land Management announced a proposal Friday that would fund up to 11,000 miles of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to better control wildfires. Continue Reading Federal Land Managers Propose 11K Miles Of Fuel Breaks To Combat Wildfires In Western States
The Oregon Department of Energy has issued a notice of violation to a hazardous waste facility for accepting more than 2 million pounds of radioactive materials east of the Columbia River Gorge. Continue Reading 2.5 Million Pounds Of Radioactive Waste Illegally Dumped In Oregon Landfill Near Columbia River
A group that wants to bring back wild sea otters to the Oregon Coast is taking a big step forward. The federal government has awarded them a grant to launch a feasibility study for a possible reintroduction effort. Continue Reading Bringing Back Oregon’s Sea Otters Gets Federal Bucks For Feasibility Study
In Bozeman, Mont., the Water Reclamation Facility treats more than 6 million gallons of water every day from sinks, showers, toilets — really anything that goes down a drain. That includes liquid waste from more than 10 breweries in this city of nearly 50,000. Continue Reading Beer Waste Helps Montana Town Save Money On Water Treatment
Don’t feel bad for not noticing the blunt-leaf orchid. Native to bogs in the Pacific Northwest among other places, this unassuming little flower is easy to miss. It’s green all over like the moss it grows out of — right down to its green flowers. Continue Reading The Mosquito And The Northwest Orchid: A Love Story. Sort Of.
The Trans Mountain expansion, which would add more than 600 miles to the pipeline and increase its capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000, has been mired in controversy and legal battles since Canada’s cabinet first approved the project in 2016. Continue Reading Canadian Court Clears The Way For Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion; First Nations Opposed