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
A rancher is rattled by the recent slaying of one of his cows near Hampton, Oregon. Continue Reading ‘You’re Scared To Go Out Without A Gun’: Another Mutilated Cow In Central Oregon Rattles Ranchers
As more old orchard land in central Washington is converted into housing developments and schools, there are concerns over legacy pesticides in the soil where children play and families live. That’s especially true in Wenatchee and Yakima.
Continue Reading Group Aims To Address Pesticides In Central Washington’s Soil
The Trump administration is stripping clean water protections put in place by President Barack Obama, and some in the industry worry that the regulatory changes will threaten their business. Continue Reading Clean Water Protection Businesses Could Dry Up As Trump Administration Rolls Back Regulations