Oregon’s bottle deposit system is recycling more containers than ever before despite major disruptions in global recycling markets. Continue Reading Oregon Bottle Deposit System Hits 90 Percent Redemption Rate
A new proposal from the Trump administration could dramatically change the way the government cleans up radioactive tank waste at Hanford. What does that mean? Anna King explains. Continue Reading Explainer: Feds Want To Reclassify Hanford Waste. What Does That Mean, And What’s At Stake?
For years, Oregon and Washington have been searching for the best way to catch more hatchery fish while letting the wild fish return unharmed to their spawning grounds. Now, one group says they’ve found it. Continue Reading Banned Fish Trap Returns To Columbia As Sustainable Way To Catch Salmon
The partial government shutdown is blocking some of important oversight at Hanford. In the past 10 years, the Environmental Protection Agency office in Richland has shrunk from nearly 10 experts working on Hanford issues to just three – including the top manager.
Continue Reading Federal Hanford Cleanup Watchdog Put To Sleep During Government Shutdown
Warning that Washington state is at a “tipping point,” Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday delivered a State of the State address that called on lawmakers to address carbon pollution, “transform” the mental health system and save Puget Sound orcas. Continue Reading In State Of State Address, Jay Inslee Calls For Climate Change Action, Addressing Mental Health
For the last 35 years, the snowpack in the West’s mountains has resisted the impacts of global warming. But that could soon change, according to a new study out of Oregon State University. Continue Reading Snowpack In The West Has Resisted Climate Change, But That Won’t Last Forever
Researchers say there’s a new calf among the population of critically endangered killer whales that live in the waters between Washington and Canada. Continue Reading Whale Researchers Rejoice: New Calf Born To Endangered Puget Sound Orcas, But Odds Are Tough
The Environmental Health Disparities Map ranks neighborhoods from 1 to 10. Ten is coded in red, meaning a higher environmental risk while 1, being the lowest, is coded in blue. On that map, Yakima County is a big, red blemish. Continue Reading New Map Shows Hotspots Of Environmental Health Hazards For Washington Neighborhoods
Concern over climate change rose in late November with the release of a United Nations report on limiting global warming. “An ear-splitting wake-up call to the… Continue Reading Climate and Environment Radio Programs Begin in January
A new federal report shows the amount of coal burned for power has fallen to its lowest point in almost 40 years. That’s because natural gas is cheap, renewable energy is growing and coal plants are shutting down. Continue Reading Northwest Utilities Plan For Future As Regional Coal-Power Plants Are Phased Out
Washington State Ferries has come up with a plan to replace more than half of its fleet with new, electric-powered ferries. But the new plan faces hurdles from a cost standpoint and limited shipyard capacity. Continue Reading Washington State Ferries Unveils Plan For Younger, Greener (And A Bit Larger) Fleet By 2040
The city of Vancouver has been fined $60,000 after raw sewage was accidentally released into the Columbia River in 2017. The discharged sewage from Vancouver’s Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant happened during two separate spills in September and October of 2017 Continue Reading Vancouver Fined $60,000 For 2017 Columbia River Sewage Spills