Rare earths are used in communications, health care and national security. China blocked rare earths to Japan in 2010, but analysts say the threat — regardless of the trade war — may be hollow. Continue Reading ‘Plenty Of Cards To Play’: Chinese Media Suggest Cutting Rare Earth Exports To U.S.
At the Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington, and across the West, winter’s deep snow and a cool spring have produced lots of brush and grass. That’s a problem for the coming fire season. Continue Reading Big Spring Growth Could Make For Big Fire Season At Hanford And Across The West
The Trump administration announced Friday it will close two U.S. Forest Service job training centers in Oregon and Washington. The Timber Lake Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (CCC) in Estacada, Oregon, and the Fort Simcoe CCC near Yakima, Washington, are two of nine facilities nationwide that will close. Continue Reading Federal Government To Close Forest Service Job Training Centers Near Yakima And Portland
Coal-fired power plants keep closing, and communities around the country must decide what to do with those sites. Pennsylvania has a plan, aiming to create new jobs where old ones have been lost. It’s a trend seen in other states, including Washington. Continue Reading Finding New Opportunity For Old Coal-Fired Power Plant Sites
Recomposition will be allowed at Washington’s crematories starting in May 2020 under a new law signed by Gov. Jay Inslee this week. The final remains can be buried in “scattering gardens” in cemeteries or other locations by permit. Continue Reading Washington Becomes First State To Allow Human Composting
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
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
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
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
The verdict represents the third time a California jury has decided in favor of consumers who claimed their cancer was caused by the glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer. Continue Reading California Jury Awards $2 Billion To Couple In Roundup Weed Killer Cancer Trial
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
If you just take a snippet out of a gene without inserting anything new, though, the product falls into a gray area. The European Union has decided that it’s still a GMO. The U.S., however, says it’s not. In fact, you may not need explicit government approval to sell that product. Continue Reading Will Gene-Edited Food Be Government Regulated?