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Environment

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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A northern pike dropoff station at the Tribal Trails gas station near Kettle Falls, Washington. CREDIT Scott A. Leadingham/NWPB

Wanted Dead (Not Alive): Tribes, State Target Invasive Salmon-Killing Pike In Washington

Three Washington Native tribes are joining two state agencies and two public utility districts in targeting the northern pike. That’s a big species of fish that’s caught for sport in the upper Midwest, but which fisheries biologists say poses huge potential damage to Northwest salmon runs. Continue Reading Wanted Dead (Not Alive): Tribes, State Target Invasive Salmon-Killing Pike In Washington

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